GIS Specialist for Aspen Environmental Group

Aspen Environmental Group, a leader in providing environmental compliance, impact assessment, and mitigation services for energy and infrastructure projects in the western United States, is currently seeking qualified candidates for an entry-level GIS Specialist position at Aspen’s corporate office in Agoura Hills, CA.

Qualified candidates should at a minimum have a Bachelor’s degree in geography, environmental studies, geology, hydrology, biology, engineering or other related studies and have 1-2 years of prior work experience in the GIS profession, including some field experience in collecting spatial data.

The position requires using ESRI ArcGIS desktop software and various extensions (v10.x); data editing; cartographic skills; spatial data creation, analysis, and management; use of MS Office 2010 Suite, especially MS Access; GPS data collection using Trimble GeoXT and Juno units, post-processing and manipulation; imagery analysis; document production graphic support; troubleshooting of systems components. Travel to various remote locations to support field data collection efforts in the Western US will be required. The ideal candidate should show linear infrastructure projects experience (transmission, pipeline, transportation, etc.); work independently leveraging multiple project requests on short notice and interface with project managers and clients on a daily basis. Strong communication and client relations skills are a must.

This position will be under the direct guidance of Aspen’s GIS Manager, supervised by other GIS Specialists, and is based out of the Agoura Hills, CA office. CA candidates preferred.

Do not reply to this job posting unless you have the minimum requirements.

Send resumes to with “GIS_I_Position_AgouraHills” in the Subject field.

Resource Information Specialist (GIS Analyst) for US Forest Service

The USDA Forest Service has a GIS Analyst position opening located in Goleta, CA.  Duties include:

  • Serves as part of a team responsible for implementing, directing and maintaining a Geographic Information System (GIS) Information Management structure.
  • Serves as unit expert on the use of complicated computer systems and GIS software for spatial, tabular and statistical analysis on a wide range of varied resource data.
  • Incumbent serves as a GIS analyst. Provides analytical support and training to Forest resources specialist and District GIS/Information personnel on the Forest GIS/Information standards, and procedures in working with GIS software and the associated spatial and attribute information.
  • Develops complex applications, designs user friendly interfaces for complex applications and instructs GIS users how to use them for their own analysis and GIS products.
  • Independently schedules and manages time to complete projects in recommended time frames.
  • Trouble shoots and works independently with individual GIS users to facilitate access and use GIS software, data and applications.
  • Validates database information associated with spatial layers, determines the need for correction and provides direction for the update.

The position pays up to $57,408 per year.  For more info, visit .  The closing date is July 19, 2013.

Drafting Technician I,II,III at LACSD

Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts is looking for a Drafting Technician I, II, or III in their offices in Whittier.

Under the general supervision of a Supervising Engineer, the incumbent fulfills requests for maps and exhibits from various sections throughout the Districts using Geographic Information System (GIS) and computer aided design (CAD) software; completes basic GIS processing; creates, edits and maintains GIS layers and other digital information including maps, databases and metadata; performs a variety of right-of-way, property acquisition and annexation work involving preparation of legal descriptions and right-of-way maps, title research and survey calculations; interprets engineering drawings, land surveys, assessor’s maps, title deeds and easement agreements; prepares legal descriptions for rights-of-way required; prepares sketches and performs complex traverse calculations as needed; prepares tables, charts, maps and exhibits for planning reports; and performs related duties as required.

The position pays hourly up to $40.29 per hour, or $84,132 annually.  For more info, visit .  The position closes July 19, 2013.

Supreme Court Clarifies Distinction Between GIS Data And Software Under The Public Records Act

Most of you have probably been following the case against Orange County and their GIS data.  If not, the California Supreme Court ruled last week that data in a geographic
information system (“GIS”) file format is a public record subject to disclosure
under the California Public Records Act.  A great explanation of this ruling can be found here.

2013 ESRI Conference – Some Surprises

As the 2013 ESRI Conference wraps up this week, I wanted to mention a few pleasant surprises this year that might mean some big things for government GIS.


This year ESRI’s focus was on web GIS. Their products are definitely maturing and integrated with the web. I remember hearing “ArcGIS is now a web GIS”.

One of the surprises was Portal for ArcGIS. If you have an advanced license of ArcGIS Server, Portal is now included for the 10.2 release as an extension. If you have a standard license, you will need to purchase the extension. If you don’t know what Portal is, just think of it as ArcGIS Online that you can install on your own server (Web GIS on Premises). For us government GIS types, this opens up some fantastic options for internal use on our own networks. One big thing that I liked was the ability to use single sign on with Portal. You can import your active directory logins into Portal so you don’t have to create a bunch of logins manually like in ArcGIS Online.  When users go to your Portal site, they will not have to login since they already logged into their computer.  Nice!

Another interesting surprise was the new ArcGIS Professional product. It has a clean ribbon interface with tabs (think Microsoft Office look and feel), is fast, and integrates 2D and 3D together. It was pretty slick. ESRI said if you can use ArcMap, you can use ArcGIS Professional.  Here are some other properties:

  • 64 bit
  • Fast 2D/3D graphics engine
  • Multiple maps and multiple layouts
  • Multi-threaded application
  • Integrated with ArcGIS Online/Portal
  • ArcMap/ArcCatalog/ArcGlobe fused together into one application
  • Project centric workflows
  • Simple search and query
  • Integrated with ESRI Solutions (Local Gov, Address Mgt, Water Util, etc)
  • Task Assistant to help you with editing (put tools together for a task and many tasks as a workflow)
  • Updates will not require uninstall/reinstall
  • Extensible with addins, python scripting, .NET API

My impression of ArcGIS Professional is that it was a replacement for ArcMap, though ESRI said it was not. Both will function together on the same computer. I attended the Desktop Road Ahead workshop, thinking that I would see where ArcMap and the Desktop product was going, but instead it turned out to be a big demo of ArcGIS Professional. Hmm.  During one of the demos, the presenter slipped up and called it ArcGIS 11 then quickly corrected and called it ArcGIS Professional! Hmm again … time will tell.

As for ArcGIS Professional licensing, ESRI said it was too early to announce, but they were considering a simplified subscription based model. ArcGIS Professional is slated for a Q4 2013 release, probably in November.

One last surprise was ESRI publishing videos of the Plenary session the next day. That was fast! You can view them here:  I wonder how fast the workshops will be published?

Oh, and walking back to my hotel I discovered a wall of Etch-a-Sketch’s that you could draw maps or whatever on! Pretty neat.


Looks like someone took one home!

That’s all for now.  Time for the Thursday night party!  Please reply to this post and share your conference observations too!  -mike