April 2014
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Los Angeles County creates 140 GIS positions

Today, April 22nd, I am very happy to report that the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved the reclassification of 140 existing positions into the GIS classification series that was approved two years ago (click here for that older announcement).  This included the creation of a new item, GIS Technician I, to fill out our complete GIS series.

To view the board letter, click here (Reclassification Board Letter).

This action will the County’s ability to hire and retain Geographic Information Systems (GIS) staff that will help the County use geography and GIS technologies to support the citizens of the County more effectively for emergency response, citizen engagement, child and family well being, and analyis and decision making.

5 years of effort have finally come to this – that the County recognizes that the work of these 140 staff is focused on geographic technologies, not on the disparate positions that they were hired on.  Thank you to the staff who have waited and labored patiently, doing a great job while waiting for this day.

What happens now?

County staff that want to transition onto these new items will be given the opportunity to meet the qualifications (since they are already doing the work, it will be straightforward).  Those that do not will be able to continue in their current position.

Once the internal transitions have occurred, we anticipate releasing external exams to fill the lists so that County departments will be able to hire talent from outside the County.

More detailed Information about the positions

Current GIS job descriptions are found at the County’s Human Resources Class Specification Search site, which will have the most up to date information in the next few weeks.  The CAO salary listing will have current salary information

To access the job descriptions:

  1. Click on this site http://dhrdcap.co.la.ca.us/classspec/index.cfm?fuseaction=search.searchResult

  2. In the “Search Job Title” box type “Geographic” and you will see the GIS classifications listed.  See the sample to the right.

To find the current salary listing, go to this link: http://cao.lacounty.gov/PDF/scha.pdf and find “Geographic” – the GIS series will appear.

Details as of August 1, 2012

To make things a bit easier, I have compiled the information from various sources into a single  set of information here.

# Item Salary Schedule Step 1 Step 2 Yearly Yearly 2
4419 Geographic Information Systems Technician I 88C  $  4,576.73  $    6,002.82  $  54,920.76  $    72,033.84
4411 Geographic Information Systems Technician II 89F  $  4,832.00  $    6,002.82  $  57,984.00  $    72,033.84
4412 Supervising Geographic Information Systems Technician 94C  $  5,492.64  $    6,823.36  $  65,911.68  $    81,880.32
4413 Geographic Information Systems Analyst 94C  $  5,492.64  $    6,823.36  $  65,911.68  $    81,880.32
4414 Senior Geographic Information Systems Analyst 99B  $  6,275.27  $    7,795.82  $  75,303.24  $    93,549.84
4415 Principal Geographic Information Systems Analyst 103E  $  7,045.55  $    9,060.82  $  84,546.60  $  108,729.84
4416 Geographic Information Systems Specialist 108G  $  7,951.27  $    9,241.00  $  95,415.24  $  110,892.00
4417 Geographic Information Systems Manager I S11  $    9,890.30  $                 -  $  118,683.60
4418 Geographic Information Systems Manager II S12  $  10,631.85  $                 -  $  127,582.20

Open event – Los Angeles Regional GIS Meeting


Next week we will be having a special meeting, open to anyone in Southern California, where we will have a special guest - Scott Gregory, CA State GIO, and what promises to be an interesting demonstration of UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems) from the Aerospace Corporation.

This is an opportunity for GIS staff, students, practitioners, to hear the plans of the State GIO regarding his goals for advancing GIS statewide, and to provide input and goals for local agencies and staff aligned with that vision.

I highly recommend that you attend if you have even a little bit of free time.  Pass along to your colleagues as well!

After the event, we will have a networking social (non-hosted) organized by Geospatial LA at 38 degrees alehouse and grill nearby.

ArcGIS 10.2.2 available

I’ve heard about a lot of issues with ArcGIS 10.2.1 (I’m still on 10.2) – but here you go!

Continue reading ArcGIS 10.2.2 available

Port of LA hiring a GIS student

The Port of Los Angeles is currently looking to fill a GIS student position in our Engineering division.


  • Under grad students must be in school full-time (9 semester units or 12 quarter units) and must maintain at 2.5 GPA.
  • Grad students must be in school full-time (6 semester units or 8 quarter units) and must maintain a 3.0 GPA.

Students can work a max of 20 hours/week during school year and 40 hours/week during summer.

Position pays $13.46 – $16.72 per hour.
Work location is 425 S. Palos Verdes St, San Pedro, CA 90731
Students, please submit resume to Christine Thome, by Friday, May 16th, 2014, at: GIS@portla.org
Christine Thome

Enterprise GIS Manager


Port of Los Angeles                

425 S. Palos Verdes Street, San Pedro, CA 90731

Email: gis@portla.org

CalGIS 2014 Recap #1 – Big Data

I got back from the 2014 CalGIS Conference yesterday.  For those of you who haven’t been, I highly recommend it – it is a small conference focused on California, and is non-vendor specific.

I’ll be posting some recaps of what I took away from the conference – I got a lot out of it (including talking with Jack Dangermond for 45 minutes on the plane ride home), but I wanted to start with something fun – big data.

Google presented about what they can do with big data – in this case time-lapse videos of change from satellite data.  You can go anywhere in the world and see these videos.

Link to Google Earth Engine

How To Interpret a Satellite Image

This is a good read; and not too long.  From Earth Imaging Journal, January/February 2014.

Five basic strategies will help you discover a wealth of knowledge.

Click here for the article.  Credits to:  Holli Riebeek, NASA Earth Observatory (http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov), Greenbelt, Md.


Reminder – no eGIS Meeting tomorrow

Just a reminder that we will be meeting on the 29th instead.

LA County GIS Data Portal adds instructional videos

instructional_videosWe have a pair of instructional videos for the LA County GIS Data Portal that will help you make better use of the data.  The first video shows you how to find and download GIS data from our site, while the second shows you how to use free software to begin making maps with our free data.

Thank you Public Works, and John Hickock in particular, for making this for us!

Click here to go to the videos page.

Upcoming SCAG GIS Trainings – Intermediate and Advanced (free)

scag_gisPassing this along to you, in case you are a SCAG GIS Services participant (most local governments in Southern California are)

Thank you for participating SCAG GIS Services Program. As promised, SCAG will be providing 8 intermediate and 5 advanced GIS trainings in months of April, May, and June at different venues. Online registration is available at https://scag.wufoo.com/forms/scag-gis-training-2014.

As part of SCAG GIS Service Program, these trainings are free to the participating jurisdictions. For more information about SCAG GIS Services Program, please refer to http://gisdata.scag.ca.gov/Pages/Home.aspx. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or Javier Aguilar at Aguilar@scag.ca.gov


Again, thank you for your participation!

GIS positions implementation approval finally before the Board On 15 April

Recommendation: Approve the introduction of an ordinance to add one non-represented classification, change the title of one non-represented classification, and reclassify 140 positions to implement results of the Countywide Geographic Information Systems study in the Departments of the Assessor, Chief Executive Officer, Children and Family Services, Fire, Health Services, Internal Services, Public Health, Public Works, Regional Planning, and Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk. (Relates to Agenda No. 47) (14-1658)

 Also contains the new positions as recommended for individuals (not by name) as per the survey.