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The City of Downey has an Opening for a GIS Intern

The City of Downey has an opening for a GIS Intern (deadline is 7/17/2017).

Please see the flyer – click here.



Los Angeles County Geographic Information Officer (GIO) Position is Open

Los Angeles County has opened its Geographic Information Officer (GIO) position to outside entities.  This is a great opportunity for those seeking the challenge of running a large GIS operation in the most populous county in the United States!

View job posting

$126,684.00 – $166,152.00 Annually
More about Los Angeles County, click here.

GIS Technician II – Unclassified at County of Santa Clara

Santa Clara County Information Services Department GIS group is seeking a GIS Technician.

Title: GIS Technician II – Unclassified*

Location: San Jose, CA

Salary: $5,927.48 – $7,176.17 Monthly

Job Summary:  GIS Technician II will digitize and maintain the GIS data following standard procedures while performing research on a variety of documents for verification. For more details and application submission instruction, please click here.

GISCI Map Contest – 2017 Results

Disaster Response

The GIS Certification Institute (GISCI) is proud to announce the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners of this year’s annual map contest.

The challenge was to develop a map which shows us how GIS could be, or has been used in a disaster response scenario, either real or imagined. Maps showed use of GIS for preparing for disasters, managing emergencies during an event, or managing post-disaster recovery efforts.

Feel free to visit here to see who won, vote for the People’s Choice award, or view the 2017 contestants’ entries. Visit here to learn more about the prizes that were awarded.

Seeing changes in the world through images of the world at night

A really interesting set of maps about changes in night lights.

“John Nelson, a cartographer at Esri, a digital mapping company, was curious what these lights could tell us about how the world around us had changed over time. Had some areas grown brighter while others had dimmed? And if so, he wondered, what was behind these changes? 

So Nelson used NASA’s satellite images from 2012 and 2016 and calculated the difference in light pixels to see which areas of the world had grown more luminous and which areas went dark.

The resulting maps shows where lights have increased in blue and where lights have diminished in pink in the past five years.”

Link to the article

Link to the NASA site that released the data

GIS Student Position at Port of LA

The Port of Los Angeles is currently looking to fill a GIS Student position in our Information Technology GIS section.


  • 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.

Position pays $12.89 – $18.85 per hour.

Work location is 425 S. Palos Verdes St, San Pedro, CA 90731

Please submit your resume to Christine Thome by Monday, July 31st, 2017 at: GIS@portla.org

Big Data Day LA 2017

Did you ever want to learn more about Hadoop, Spark, and gleaning loosely structured NoSQL data stores for trends? Big Data Day LA offers numerous sessions for everyone from hardcore data scientists to newbies to the world of Big Data. Several of these streams of data contain location information, and Esri has taken a great deal of interest and has added big data analysis tools in the ArcGIS 10.5 release.

Organized and supported by an enthusiastic community of volunteers, sponsors and speakers, Big Data Day LA is the largest conference of its kind as well as the only free Big Data conference in Southern California.

Date: Saturday, August 5, 2017
Location: USC Marshall School of Business, 3670 Trousdale Pkwy, Los Angeles
Cost: Free (Donations are welcomed.)

Nominations Open for 2017 CGIA GIS Awards

CGIA annually recognizes outstanding achievements in GIS within California through its awards program.Awards are open to any person in the State of California, and will be announced at a social event at the ESRI User Conference July 10, 2017, San Diego, California.

Nominations for the 2017 Annual CGIA Awards are now open for these categories.

  • Student Project or Paper  : Granted to the outstanding quality of work using GIS technology. A travel award (up to $500) to the 2017 ESRI User Conference will be given to the recipient of this award. The travel award can be used toward the registration fee (a must), hotel, and/or flight/gas. Receipts are required. The recipient must provide a written summary of his/her overall experience of the CalGIS conference along with a brief review of the sessions attended (due no later than July 31, 2017).
  • Exemplary Systems Award: Granted for outstanding application of GIS technology representing innovative, elegant, or creative techniques.
  •  Advancement of Collaboration Award: Granted for outstanding inter-organization collaborative efforts in GIS.
  •  Outstanding Internet Application Award: Granted to the outstanding integration of GIS and web technologies demonstrating excellence in aesthetic presentation, functionality, ease of use, and overall user experience.
  •  Excellence in Education Award: Granted to the educational institution that displays extraordinary approach, contribution, development or commitment to GIS education in California.

Start Nomination

Nominations must be submitted by May 1, 2017

CalGIS LocationCon 2017 is Coming!

The CalGIS LocationCon 2017 conference is rapidly approaching. Register before April 23 to qualify for early bird rates before registration prices increase – click here for more information about registration.  It’s in Oakland California, May 22-24, 2017.

The room block at the Marriott is filling up. Reserve your room today at the discounted conference rate. Any rooms not booked in the room block by April 23 will be released back to the Marriott. Reserve your room before April 23: https://aws.passkey.com/event/49044166/owner/17821/home

Thank you to our current sponsors!

SILVER: CAD Masters and Esri

BRONZE: Azavea, CycloMedia, GIS Inc, Harris Geospatial Solutions, Hexagon Geospatial, Infogroup, Michael Baker International, Open Spatial, Psomas, Quantum Spatial, and Vestra Resources Inc.

NON-PROFIT/EDUCATIONAL/GOVERNMENT:  California Geographic Information Association (CGIA) and San Francisco State University Institute for Geographic Information Science


Some additional sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information – click here.

We look forward to seeing you in Oakland May 22-24. For all conference details – click here.

Job Posting – Software Engineer IV (GIS Developer) at County of Santa Clara

Software Engineer IV (GIS Developer) at County of Santa Clara

Santa Clara County Information Services Department GIS group is seeking an experienced Software Engineer focused on GIS.
Salary: $99,862.88 – $121,020.64 Annually
Closing: 4/11/2017 11:59 PM Pacific
Location: San Jose Metropolitan Area, CA
Job Type: Full-Time

To apply, please click here.
Please make sure to click “Questions” tab and answer all the questions.