GIS/CAD Technician

The Valencia Water Company in Santa Clarita has an opening for a GIS/CAD Technician.

Under general supervision, this position prepares, maintains, and updates GIS and CAD data and drawings in support of the Valencia Water Company’s applications; performs field GPS data collection and other related duties as required.

Essential functions include:

  • Working knowledge of AutoCAD and ArcGIS software
  • Working knowledge of GPS technology and the migration from GPS to GIS and CAD applications.
  • Perform geodatabase maintenance and updates.
  • Updates necessary layers, data sets, and database in the maintenance of GIS and CAD applications.
  • Data editing both in GIS and CAD environments.
  • Prepare detailed post-construction drawings.
  • Perform field GPS data collection for data capture and conversion.
  • Performs digitization of drawings and maps.
  • Participates in department meetings for the purpose of work review, project planning and project execution.
  • Receives and responds to requests for GIS map and CAD drawing productions.
  • Reviews tabular and spatial data for consistency, quality, and accuracy.
  • Scans, maintains, and prints engineering/as-built drawings.

For more information, click here.  To apply, fill out this form here and email to Jose Huerta .


New Maps Plus Program

Thinking about developing your skills in digital mapping?  Then check out University of Kentucky’s New Maps Plus program.

New Maps Plus is a completely online program consisting of three courses (MAP671, MAP672, and MAP673) that focus on online and open source mapping solutions (like QGIS), JavaScript programming, and cartographic design for the web.  Students completing the program will earn a Graduate Certificate in Digital Mapping from the UK Geography Department and the College of Arts & Sciences.  The courses are taught during 10-week terms that are offered four times a year (see schedule).  The next term will be starting January 23rd, with an application deadline of January 8th.

The 2016-17 academic year cost per credit hour is $639.50, plus a $10 per credit hour distance learning fee. Thus the MAP 671 course (3 credits) costs $1948.50 and the MAP 672/673 courses (4 credits) cost $2598 each.

Check it out by clicking below:


Pearl Harbor Attack Map

Today is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.  On this date 75 years ago, Pearl Harbor was attacked by Japanese forces, leaving over 3,400 casualties and pushing the U.S. to join the Allies in World War II.

National Geographic has an interesting site with an audio/visual timeline tour showing what went down during that day through attack maps.  Check it out!


Maps Looking For A Home

San Diego map collector, William Speidel, would like to donate his map collection of about 1,000 maps to a library, geography or geology department in the United States.  The collection is current with maps dating from the 1960s to the 2000s.  While the collection would be a donation, the accepting library would need to pay for the mailing of materials.  Included in the donation are the following types of maps: * Nautical charts (Alaska, Australia, China, Japan, US Gulf of Mexico, US Pacific, US Atlantic, Thailand, Vietnam, Western Mediterranean); * Bathymetric charts (Australia, US Atlantic, California, China, Gulf of California, Thailand); * USGS topographic maps (1:24k, 1:62.5K) (California, Arizona, Texas, Mississippi, etc.); * Other maps including miscellaneous geologic maps, Gebco Charts, soil charts, sediment distribution.  Excel spreadsheets are available detailing the full collection.

Mr. Speidel is interested in the whole collection going to one library rather than breaking it up into pieces.  If you are interested, please contact Julie Sweetkind-Singer ( and she will pass along his contact information and the spreadsheets to you directly.

DPLA and Library of Congress = Maps!

The Library of Congress signed a memorandum of understanding with the Digital Public Library of America to become a Content Hub and will ultimately share a significant portion of its rich digital resources with DPLA’s database of digital content records.


The first batch of records will include 5,000 items from three major Library of Congress map collections: the Revolutionary War, Civil War, and panoramic maps.

Free EPA Report on Climate Change Indicators

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) has published a new report, Climate Change Indicators in the United States, 2016 (Fourth Edition), which includes seven new indicators and a feature on climate and health.  EPA partners with more than 40 data contributors from various government agencies, academic institutions, and other organizations to compile a key set of indicators related to the causes and effects of climate change.