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LA County Office of Emergency Management Seeking GIS Intern

The County of Los Angeles Chief Executive Office, Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is seeking undergraduate or graduate student(s) who are pursuing GIS coursework, especially a GIS degree or certification, for its Fall/Winter Season volunteer/unpaid internship opportunity.

Potential tasks and/or projects you may be requested to do include the following, but not limited to:

  • Create/Edit/Update geographic data
  • Research GIS solutions for specific project needs
  • Publish various map layers as services in ArcGIS Online
  • Assist GIS staff with creating map products, web maps and apps for internal and external audiences

If you are interested in utilizing and strengthening your GIS skills working in the emergency management profession, focusing on emergency/disaster preparedness, response and recovery, please refer to this notice to learn more about the County OEM volunteer/unpaid internship opportunity.

CalGIS 2020 — February 9-11, 2020

CalGIS will be back in SoCal this spring!

Hilton Long Beach

Share your success stories, lessons learned, and research with the California GIS Community during #CalGIS2020 in Long Beach!

We invite you to share your work using GIS and geospatial methods in all application areas and disciplines. As geospatial tools and technology have permeated our world, geospatial applications are present in all aspects of our lives ranging from “traditional” uses in government, industry and academia to emerging fields of location analytics, big data, drone mapping across disciplines as diverse as journalism, tourism, marketing and many others.  Regardless of how you implement geospatial technology in your work, we encourage you to share.

CalGIS provides a forum for GIS practitioners from students to seasoned professions to share their experiences, lessons learned, and tips and tricks with colleagues across the state. Participation in CalGIS can be submitted in multiple formats, including presentations (individual or panel), posters and interactive maps, workshops, town halls, or any other means you’d like to suggest for best sharing your work.

Workshop and presentation proposals are invited and submissions are due on or before September 23, 2019. Review the details, suggested topics and submit via online proposal forms.

Learn more today!

Santa Monica College offers three GIS courses for Fall 2019

See below image (you may have to click on it to enlarge) for the three courses.


Rio Hondo College GIS courses start August 17th

Rio Hondo College GIS courses start the week of August 17th 

Apply for admission and register for classes entirely online. Available courses include hybrid Introduction to GIS (GIS 120) on Tuesday 6pm at LA County Department of Public Works (900 S Fremont Ave, Alhambra) or on Rio Hondo campus on Saturday morning.  Also offered is the Cartography Design and GIS (GIS 221), Crime Mapping (GIS 281). Geospatial Programming (Python) & Web Services (GIS 280), GIS Applications (GIS 220) and the Environmental GIS (GIS 230 offered Friday morning and includes drone survey mapping).  

Waivers are available if you meet prerequisites with experience or attended an introductory course elsewhere. Contact for support. For more information on the courses you can view here and you can follow the steps here to register P.S. Did you know select Rio Hondo GIS now offers the GIS AS Degree in addition to the CA state approved GIS Certificate and includes courses that are transferable courses to CSU and other universities?

Historic Imagery – from UCSB (Aerial Photography Collections)

Passing this along; since we get requests for historic aerials from time to time.

Access to the UCSB Library’s digital Aerial Photography Collections is free and open to the public.  It’s a Web AppBuilder app too (called FrameFinder).

CLICK HERE for the link.

Red dots are the ones you can download immediately.  For others you can request a scan (I think you create a login).  It works – and it’s very cool!

CA Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG911) – GIS Involvement

What is NG911? Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG911) is an Internet Protocol (IP)-based system that allows digital information (e.g., voice, photos, videos, text messages) to flow seamlessly from the public, through the 9-1-1 network, and on to the 9-1-1 Call taker and on to Emergency Responders. NG911 provides advantages as a technology based solution, which uses GeoSpatial data to send/’route’ an 9-1-1 call to the appropriate Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP).

Why the move to NG911? The current system is antiquated (think look-up tables). The public is using technologically advanced devices and applications that can provide helpful data that is currently NOT made available in the 911 system. The public have expectations that these technologies should work the same when contacting 911. “If Pizza Hut and Starbucks can see your name, location and get real-time updated information, why can’t public safety?”

On an GIS-Technology side, What has to happen to get to NG911? A Lot! But at an initial level… Address information containing street segments must be GIS based! (Currently in a tabular form. MSAG & ALI.) There is a lot to do, as per the NENA Guidance Documents; Suffice to say, it’s a ‘heavy lift’ process to achieve all required and recommended components for NG911, but it is not unrealistic. The Los Angeles County’s Countywide Address Management (CAMS) Program is a starting place to achieve the NG911 GIS data standards of accuracy and completeness.

What is LA County’s Role? 

  • Departments, Committees and Staff in Los Angeles County are participating in their respective Technology/Specialty component of NG911. The eGIS group via the CAMS Program is involved with things GIS related.
  • California Next Generation 9-1-1 GIS Task Force facilitated by CalOES. LA County is honored to have the LA County 9-1-1 Coordinator (Ella - Representing PSAP’s) and CAMS Coordinator (Rachel – Representing GIS) work together as co-chairs of the State of California’s NG911 GIS Task Force.

For more information please contact: Rachel R. Rodriguez, eGIS ( 

(This post is informational only, in order to provide links to the eGIS pages for the projects.)

Data Con LA 2019 Registration is Open

Data Con LA, formerly known as Big Data Day LA, is open for registration. The one day event is currently scheduled for Saturday, either August 10 or 17, 2019, at USC. The final date will be announced at the end of April. Taking advantage of Early Bird pricing simply means you’ll need to tie down an extra Saturday for a month or so.

This is the largest data conference of its kind in Southern California, with plenty of knowledge tracks and interesting people to meet. If you plan to attend, registering early is a good idea. This event fills quickly.

Date: Saturday, August 17
Location: USC Marshall School of Business, 3551 Trousdale Pkwy, Los Angeles, CA 90089

A Bit About How GIS Will Be Used in the 2020 Census

This was an article I came across today; re-enforcing some of what we had been hearing about how the Census Bureau was going to handle the 2020 Census.  This is about some of their field technology they’ll be using, including Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Full article here (in English and Spanish):


Bulletins for GIS Analyst, GIS Sr. Analyst, Principal GIS Analyst and GIS Specialist (Feb 2019)

The County of Los Angeles has posted job bulletins for the following GIS Analyst series position(s).

These positions are open for applications for 3 business days: February 15, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. (PST) to February 20, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. (PST)


Geographic Information Systems Analyst


Senior Geographic Information Systems Analyst


Geographic Information Systems Specialist


Principal GIS Analyst (added a few days later, closed 2/26/19) - to February 26, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. (PST)


Additional postings for GIS positions:

  • Supervising GIS Technician (internal, transfer opportunity)

If you are interested in applying to any of these positions, sign up NOW with Los Angeles County Human Resources to receive this information as soon as it becomes available:

To sign up by job category (select Geographic Information Systems).

LA County Bulletins for GIS Managers (Feb 2019)

The County of Los Angeles has posted job bulletins for the following GIS Manager position(s).


Open for applications 5 business days: February 15, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. (PST) to February 22, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. (PST)


Open for applications 5 business days: February 15, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. (PST) to February 22, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. (PST)

Additional postings for GIS positions will be announced in the near future.

  • GIS Specialist
  • Principal GIS Analyst
  • Senior GIS Analyst
  • GIS Analyst

If you are interested in applying to any of these positions, sign up NOW with Los Angeles County Human Resources to receive this information as soon as it becomes available:

To sign up by job category (select Geographic Information Systems).