Geography Instructor Position

College of the Canyons is looking for a full-time Geography instructor.  This is a 10-month professional, full-time tenure track position beginning Fall 2018.  Duties include:

  • Teaches a full load of courses in Geography in the areas of Physical, Atmospheric, Human, and Regional Geography with a commitment to excellence and currency.
  • Participates in departmental field studies activities.
  • Works with and supports department- related student groups such as the Geosciences Club.
  • Participates in program, curriculum, and student learning outcomes (SLO) development, revision, and assessment.
  • Maintains office hours and participates in department, division, and college committees and governance.
  • Participates in and implements departmental and college program reviews.
  • Participates in additional faculty responsibilities, including college decision-making activities related to professional and academic matters.  The activities will occur both within the department as well as the larger College setting.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

More info here.  Initial reviews May 7, 2018.

Visit the College of the Canyons Human Resources page to apply.

The Observatory of Economic Complexity

Besides having a cool name, the Observatory of Economic Complexity is a tool that allows users to quickly compose a visual narrative about countries and the products they exchange. It was created by a student working on their Master Thesis in Media Arts and Sciences at the MIT Media Lab.

You can visualize a country’s import/export data by a tree map, stacked, network, rings, scatter, line, or geo map.  Check it out!



Geocortex Current Status and Road Ahead Webinar

Do you use Geocortex software?  Want to know the latest and greatest in Geocortex technology?  Join Drew Millen (Director, Products) and Lisa Cottrell (Marketing and Event Specialist) as they share their latest development work, and hear more about their plans for the future.

Intended for Geocortex licensees, topics include new and soon to be released features, upcoming events and training opportunities, deep dives into important Geocortex capabilities, and medium- and long-term plans on further integration with the ArcGIS platform and modern web GIS pattern.

The webinar will be on February 22 from 10-10:30am PST.  You can register here.

Next Gen 9-1-1 Workshops

The SoCal URISA Chapter is hosting two free Next Gen 9-1-1 events in Orange County on February 20th and LA County on February 21st.

Topics Covered:

  • Why Next Gen 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1)?
  • Key stakeholders: PSAP, Address, GIS
  • 9-1-1 Technology, Terminology & Standards
  • GIS and Next Generation 9-1-1
  • Getting Your GIS Ready
  • Real-World Examples and Lessons Learned

For more info on these free workshops and to register, visit their Events page.

Environmental Services Coordinator

Name: Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains


Position: Environmental Services Coordinator
HOURS: 30-40 hours per week depending on contracts and grants

• Report directly to Executive Officer/Architect, work with Senior Conservation Biologist and Senior Planning/Design staff.
• With support of senior staff, develop customer base and assist landowners with biological inventories and assessments in support of environmental permitting.
• With support of senior staff, develop customer base of developers and contractors to assist them with ecological constraints analysis and ecologically appropriate site planning in support of permitting.
• Spearhead sustainable agriculture and urban farming program development, research and connection with local landowners.
• With support of senior staff, develop contacts and work with local vintners, permaculturists and equestrian properties to reduce impact of farming on habitat and wildlife and to improve creek water quality per permitting requirements and best practices.
• Develop, implement and find funding for additional programs promoting sustainability for local public and private landowners.
• Provide GIS services to landowners and the RCD for reports, permits and conservation design and planning, while coordinating as needed with partner agencies such as NPS, Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, etc.
• Assist RCD Architect and Senior Conservation Biologist in designing habitat restoration, green infrastructure, bioswales, etc.
• Promote and conduct Keep Your Green site-based consultations.
• Advise and work with government agencies, private groups or individuals.
• Assist with coordinating sub-contractors, including but not limited to: civil engineers, traffic engineers, surveyors, construction staff, etc.
• Assist with supervision of the Watershed Steward Program and other interns.
• Assist in developing and maintaining working relationships with leaders in the local and environmental community.
• Prepare comments on EIRs and other development and planning documents.
• Represent RCDSMM at public meetings and special events, including some evenings and weekends.
• Plan and lead discussion groups and workshops on resource issues.
• Assist with developing and designing brochures, web content and social media content for new and existing programs.
• Assist with data entry and management.
• May assist with monitoring of, and research on, native trees, southern steelhead trout, other fish species, southwestern pond turtles, amphibians and other wildlife.
• May assist with field work, including but not limited to hiking, snorkeling, revegetation, invasive plant removal, and lifting/moving equipment.
• May assist with designing and staffing environmental education programs for all ages.

Required or Preferred:
• Education: Minimum of BS in Biology, Environmental Science, Landscape Architecture or related field, Masters preferred.
• 3 years minimum experience in professional practice.
• Experience with biological monitoring of construction projects.
• Knowledge of Federal, State and County environmental regulations and permitting requirements.
• Experience writing and/or reviewing EIRs, CEQA documents and permitting reports preferred.
• Expertise in Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, Power Point, Google Earth, and ESRI ArcGIS.
• Experience with field mapping tools (i.e. Garmen GPS, Trimble GPS, etc.).
• Strong writing skills.
• Experience with watershed coordination, conservation easements, land trusts, “greenprint” or other regional planning and suitability analysis preferred.
• Broad scope of knowledge in natural resource issues with special emphasis on the ecology of the Santa Monica Mountains preferred.
• Knowledge of the flora and fauna of the Santa Monica Mountains preferred.
• Experience with CAD and conversions to GIS preferred.
• Self-directed and able to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
• Organize time and resources efficiently.
• Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
• Flexible in terms of total work hours and schedule.
• Ability to provide required reports and data within time specified.
• Ability to take initiative and solve problems
• Physical fitness for field work.
• Ability to report on time to all work assignments.
• Sense of Humor!
Additional Desireable Skills:
• Experience snorkeling and diving.
• Certified Arborist or experience toward certification.
• Experience with California Department of Fish and Wildlife, SWAMP, and/or National Marine Fisheries Service field protocols.
• Experience working with endangered species and knowledge of the Endangered Species Act.
• Current California Scientific Collecting permit(s).

• Current CPR and first aid certification (RCD will provide if needed).
• Current valid California drivers license.
• Reliable transportation to and from the RCD Office, various locations within the Santa Monica Mountains, and other field locations as needed.

Hourly rate ranges between $25.00-35.00 per hour, depending on knowledge and experience. The RCDSMM also offers a health insurance stipend, CalPERS pension, 457 contribution plan, 13 holidays and a supportive, passionate and dynamic work environment.

Please submit a complete application package electronically containing the following to Lyn Rauls ( with the subject line ESC application) no later than 5 p.m. February 20, 2018:
• Cover letter
• Resume/CV
• Biological Report or other comparable writing sample
• GIS mapping sample (can be part of the biological report)
• Minimum of 3 references with both email and phone contact information

We will respond within two business days of your transmission indicating whether your application is complete. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Candidates must be available to interview one afternoon between February 27 and March 1, 2018.

GIS Intern – City of Burbank

The City of Burbank is looking for a GIS Intern to join their GIS team in the IT Department.  This part-time hourly employee will assist the GIS team on different department projects utilizing GIS and web applications, including GIS data development, maintenance, collection, reports, and map creation.

The successful GIS Intern must have experience using ArcGIS Desktop 10.x (ArcMap) and/or ArcGIS Pro 2.x, as well as general office software on Windows 7/10.  The candidate should be self-motivated, work independently with minimal supervision, detailed oriented, and have excellent communication skills.  Experience with a scripting language like Python is a plus.


  • Convert, edit, or create geographic datasets as necessary using ArcMap
  • Ensure the accuracy and completeness of digital GIS maps and datasets
  • Assist GIS users with new and existing applications
  • Frequent communication and documentation of progress will be required
  • Prepare GIS data and map layouts
  • Collect GIS-related field data


  • At least one semester of college level courses or technical training in GIS
  • Experience using ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap) 10.x or ArcGIS Pro 2.x
  • Attention to detail and accuracy when editing GIS data
  • Understanding of Geodatabases
  • Familiarity with vector and raster data
  • Be able to work at least 16 hours per week
  • Work well independently
  • Familiar with Microsoft Excel and Word

Salary range is $16.76 to $22.04 hourly, 20 to 30 hours/week, 1000 hours over 12 months max, no benefits.  Prior to working, a standard background check will be conducted.

If interested, apply by 2/27/2018 5pm PST for the “Management Intern” position (this is used for recruiting a GIS Intern).

Maps, Adventure, Treasure Hunting, TV Job

Ok, I found this one and could not resist posting it here!  Good luck to you if you apply.

TV opportunity – Seeking a person who’s passionate about maps and adventure to be the host of a TV series on treasure hunting. Please contact Trey at

Trey Borzillieri
Producer – Special Projects
Karga Seven Pictures
Ph: 323-570-0507 x220
Fax: 323-389-3700