GIS Positions at The Morcos Group

The Morcos Group, Inc., a Los Angeles based Engineering firm specialized in Transportation, Water, and Solid Resources Projects, is seeking highly motivated and dynamic individuals who are following their passion in delivering the highest-quality work in GIS. The successful selected individuals will work as part of a team on our project with the City of Los Angeles, Bureau of Sanitation.

Required Qualifications for Success:

  • Master’s degree in Geography, Cartography, Archaeology, GIS Technology (GIST), Biology, Environmental Science or related field with an emphasis in GIS
  • Minimum of two years GIS experience
  • Demonstrated knowledge/experience with ArcGIS 10.x as well as knowledge of cartography and computer mapping including design principles and understanding map creation procedures in ArcGIS
  • Demonstrated ability of data transfer, data analysis, data mining, and data inventory using basic spreadsheet applications (e.g., Excel, Access, ArcGIS attribute tables)
  • Demonstrated knowledge/experience with GPS technology and field data collection techniques
  • Knowledge of some of the following: ArcSDE, ArcPad, ArcServer, Python, and key markup language is a plus
  • Good Communication skills
  • Must be a US citizen or permanent resident of the US (Green Card)

The positions are entry/mid-level. Interested? Please send your resume to Sherif Morcos at

Is Your City Participating In LUCA?

Do you know if your City is participating in the 2020 Census LUCA Operation to update address data?  Here are a few things to know:

  • The registration deadline is December 15, 2016.  Even if your jurisdiction is unsure about their participation, you should register with the Census Bureau to give yourself the option later.  Registration for the jurisdiction can only come from the highest elected official – the city mayor or county board of supervisors.  The registration forms have already been sent by the Census Bureau to each jurisdiction.  If you cannot find your registration forms, e-mail the U.S. Census Bureau at immediately to request another set or go to the 2020 Census page to find PDF versions of the forms.
  • If you want to see if your jurisdiction has already registered, view the map of LUCA participants here.
  • In recognition of the importance of LUCA, the State has established an incentive fund to encourage cities and counties to participate in the program and to help mitigate some of the cost of that participation.  A minimum of $7,500 will be available for each jurisdiction that applies for the incentive and participates in the program.  A complete list of the awards for each city and county in California and the requirements to receive an award are available on the California LUCA web page .
  • A schedule of LUCA Technical Workshops is now online.  This list will be updated weekly so check back often.  These workshops will provide detailed information on what materials will be provided, how the participants will review the Census Bureau address listings, and how to report changes, such as missing or duplicated addresses, to the Census Bureau.  In addition to in-person workshops, several webinars have been scheduled.  To register for a webinar, click on the link in the file.  To register for an in-person workshop, e-mail or call the main line at 818-267-1724.  Specify the training location and date in the subject line and provide your jurisdiction and who will be attending.
  • The Census Bureau updated the Address Block Count files on October 27, 2017.  If you downloaded the previous files, you may want to download the new versions.

Also know that if your jurisdiction cannot participate or needs help, Los Angeles County would like to help you out.  Contact Durga Niraula at for more information.

Programming ArcGIS Pro with Python

Eric Pimpler of Geospatial Training Services is giving away copies of his new book Programming ArcGIS Pro with Python.  Enter to win a copy, just click below!


Chapters include:

  • Chapter 1: Introduction to the Python Programming Language
  • Chapter 2: Introduction to using Arcpy in ArcGIS Pro
  • Chapter 3: Executing Geoprocessing Tools from Scripts
  • Chapter 4: Using the Arcpy Mapping Module to Manage Projects, Maps, Layers, and Tables
  • Chapter 5: Managing Layouts
  • Chapter 6: Automating Map Production
  • Chapter 7: Updating and Fixing Data Sources
  • Chapter 8: Querying and Selecting Data
  • Chapter 9: Using the Arcpy Data Access Module
  • Chapter 10: Creating Custom Geoprocessing Tools