Chair and Vice Chair needed for California GIS Council

The California GIS Council needs a Chair and a Vice Chair to serve July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022. The Vice Chair would move into the Chair position for the July 2022 – June 2023 term.

The original deadline of May 7 has been extended. The nomination period for the Council’s Chair and Vice Chair for 2021-2022 fiscal year will close at 5:00 pm on May 13, 2021. Self-nominations are highly encouraged! Please consider nominating a colleague or stepping up yourself for this opportunity to help facilitate greater cooperation throughout the State of California by supporting the collection, acquisition, sharing, and dissemination of GIS data, standards, and policies.

Nominees must specify a constituency that they identify with. Please note that identification with a constituency does not imply any official representation; rather, an individual brings the perspective of one’s work within that constituency to the Council. The Council Charter identifies the following constituencies:

State Government
Federal Government
County Government
City Government
Tribal Government
Regional Government and Regional GIS Councils
Special Districts
Private Industry
Professional Associations
Public and Private Utilities

The positions’ responsibilities are specified in Section 4 of the Council Charter:

“The Chair will be responsible for scheduling Council meetings, presiding over the Council, and representing the Council in public meetings.”

“The Council will elect a Vice Chair from a different constituency than the Chair for a one-year term. The Vice Chair becomes the Chair the following year. The Vice Chair will be responsible for supporting the Chair in his or her responsibilities and fulfilling the Chair’s duties when the Chair is unavailable.”

The time commitment for the Chair position can average out to about 8 hours per month. Additional time may be needed for any Workgroups that the Chair may also be involved with. The most time is spent in the weeks leading up to the quarterly meetings. It’s usually a bit less for Vice Chair. Anyone considering taking on these roles is welcome to contact the current Chair Jane Schafer-Kramer and current Vice Chair Ashlee Llewellyn at or message us on LinkedIn to inquire further.

Nominations are being accepted now and will close at 5:00 p.m. on May 13, 2021.  Please use the form linked below to enter your nomination. Those nominating themselves should be prepared to include a brief candidate statement. If you are nominating someone else, please inform them that you are doing so!

GIS Council Chair Nomination Form

GIS Council Vice Chair Nomination Form

Thank you,

Jane Schafer-Kramer
California GIS Council Chair until June 30, 2021

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Junior GIS Project Manager Position @ CSUN


Deadline: Open Until Filled

Start date: Immediate

Location: Work remotely until summer – then on campus at CSUN.


The Center for Geospatial Science and Technology at California State University, Northridge is seeking a highly motivated and detail-oriented Junior GIS Project Manager to support Center activities. More information about the Center can be found on our website at:

This position requires an advanced understanding of GIS and an in-depth knowledge of ArcGIS Desktop and/or ArcGIS Pro. Under general supervision of the Center director and current project manager, the junior project manager is responsible for a variety of duties related to managing 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. The junior project manager will also perform other related duties as assigned.


  • BA/BS in Geography OR related discipline with concentration in GIS or GIS Certificate;
  • 2+ years of related paid work experience and 1+ year of project management experience
  • Comprehensive understanding of concepts related to GIS (i.e. map projections, data processing, data and file management, spatial analysis, topology, linear referencing, etc.).
  • Demonstrable skills in spatial data creation, quality control, management and analysis;
  • Fundamental understanding of relational database design concepts;
  • Experience in developing project documentation including, but not limited to: workflows; standards documentation, and progress trackers;
  • Experience supervising, training, communicating with and delegating to staff;
  • In-depth knowledge of ArcGIS Desktop and/or ArcGIS Pro and Microsoft Office Products (i.e. Excel, Word, Access, PowerPoint, etc.);
  • Attention to detail and a deep understanding of methods to ensure data and project integrity;
  • Excellent communication skills; and
  • Ability to organize, prioritize and manage multiple responsibilities and tasks.


  • Experience with free or open source software;
  • Proficiency in SQL, Python and/or other programming languages;
  • Proficiency in spatial statistics;
  • Familiarity with mobile GIS technology;
  • Development and administration of web-based mapping applications; and
  • Experience and knowledge of hydro-related concepts and datasets, specifically the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD).


Salary commensurate with experience. This position is full time and includes a comprehensive benefits package. Employment is through The University Corporation (TUC).

Equal Employment Opportunity:

The University Corporation is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Applicants who wish to request an accommodation for a disability may contact the Office of Equity and Diversity at (818) 677-2077.

Please send resume and cover letter to: Danielle Bram Director, Center for Geospatial Science and Technology Use the subject line: Project Manager Position

Cinco De Mayo on the Map

The holiday of Cinco De Mayo, The 5th Of May, commemorates the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at The Battle Of Puebla in 1862. It is primarily a regional holiday celebrated in the Mexican state capital city of Puebla and throughout the state of Puebla, with some limited recognition in other parts of Mexico.

Check out the story by clicking the map below!

GIS Specialist Position at LAHSA

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) has an opening for a GIS Specialist. The GIS Specialist creates and maintains spatial data for the Access and Engagement Department. Applies Geographic Information System (GIS) techniques to develop internal and external reports. Conducts data formatting relating to homeless outreach and performance data analysis. Collects, updates, integrates, and documents geospatial data from the field to existing GIS datasets. Communicates and collaborates with other internal and external departments to address and resolve GIS related services and/or issues. Prepares and maintains comprehensive records and files. Conducts technical research as required.

Click here for more info and to apply.

Still Time for your MS in GIS!

One-Year MS in GIS @ CSULB – Apply Now for Fall 2021!

The Department of Geography at California State University is accepting applications for our 1-year 30-unit Master of Science in Geographic Information Science (MSGISci). Classes are scheduled on weeknights and weekends to accommodate working professionals. Program details and application instructions can be found at Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis, and will be accepted until June 1st 2021.