California GIS Jobs This Week

This will be the last jobs posting for the year, so I packed quite a few in all over California.  Check out the one at JPL, looks interesting.  See you next year!  -mike

GIS Analyst – Tejon Ranch Company, Lebec

Environmental GIS Analyst/Programmer – Sanborn Map Company, Vallejo

Forest Service GIS Analyst/Programmer – Sanborn Map Company, Vallejo

Earth Science Data Engineer – JPL, Pasadena

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GIS Project Manager Position at CSUN

The Center for Geospatial Science and Technology at California State University, Northridge is seeking a highly motivated and detail-oriented GIS Project Manager to support Center activities. More information about the Center can be found here: https://www.csun.edu/cgst .

Under general supervision of Center Director, the Project Manager is responsible for a variety of duties related to managing Geographical Information Systems (GIS) projects and supervising staff. These duties include administering GIS projects from conception to completion, developing budgets and proposals, managing project teams, serving as a liaison with Center clients and partners, developing documentation, supporting and developing Center GIS technology and training and supervising Center staff.

This position requires an advanced understanding of GIS and an in-depth knowledge of ArcGIS 10.x. In addition, the candidate should have a solid understanding of hydrography concepts to ensure efficient and exceptional execution of water resource-related projects. The Project Manager will also perform other related duties as assigned.

For more information and to apply, see the job announcement here.

SoCal Was Almost Colorado

Not too long, in the 1800’s, the south half of California almost became a state named Colorado!

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The proposal was authored by Andres Pico, a wealthy landowner.  Pico was a Californio, part of the Spanish culture that had first settled in the region in the 1700’s.

Long before Americans arrived in the far West, Californio agriculture and trade were thriving.  Their problem was the lure of gold.  Once the first nugget was discovered in the region in 1848, hordes of settlers rushed to northern California.  The Californios were quickly outnumbered, and that’s what led Pico to push for separation.  Of course, Pico’s plan would not be the last attempt to split California.  California has been the subject of more than 220 proposals to divide it into multiple states since its admission to the union in 1850, including at least 27 significant proposals in the first 150 years of statehood.  Pico brought California the closest to separation and never again would a plan have such widespread support.  The state legislature, the governor, and the residents were all on board for this one!

Pico’s proposal suggested calling the new state “Colorado”, which by the way ranks among the most coveted state names ever.  Votes were taken and the matter was sent to Washington, D.C., for final approval.

BUT … Congress was not listening because they were preoccupied with a tiny matter called the Civil War.  It did not happen yet, the year was 1859, but tensions were rising.  The folks in Washington just were not interested in California’s plan to slice itself in half.

After southern California’s rebranding attempt failed, the Arizona territory laid its plans to rename itself “Colorado”, however the rectangular state to the north beat them to the prize!

61hdx2kt19lThis piece of trivia was taken from the book, An Astounding Atlas of Altered States: The Real Stories of the States That Never Came To Be.  Could be a great gift for someone you know!