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IT Geospatial Technicians with City of Austin

posted Nov 22, 2016, 8:08 AM by Sean Moran

The City of Austin is seeking candidates for 4 IT Geospatial Technician positions in the Watershed Protection Division. These are temporary, full-time positions that pay between $18.83 to $21.89 per hour. Note that most permanent GIS employees at the City of Austin started in internships or temporary positions. The positions will support the Department’s Fee Team in maintaining impervious cover, parcel, and billing data in GIS. This position will also do data maintenance in the City’s billing system, CC&B, and handle customer service requests from our utility customers. This position is expected to last until December 2017. For more information and to apply for this position, see City of Austin Position Number T67002 on the website.

The Best New Maps - National Geographic's Atlas of Design

posted Nov 17, 2016, 1:22 PM by Sean Moran

The new National Geographic Atlas of Design includes a collection of beautiful maps for cartographers and map lovers to appreciate. Checkout some images from the new book in Betsy Mason's blog post on National Geographic All Over the Map.

GIS Analysts with TPWD, Actavo, and KCI Technologies

posted Nov 15, 2016, 5:38 AM by Sean Moran   [ updated Nov 15, 2016, 5:38 AM ]

Are you an ACC GIS alum that is looking to advance your GIS career? These employers are all seeking candidates for GIS Analyst positions with a few years GIS experience. Click on the link below for more information and to apply for these positions.
Good luck!

GIS Intern with AECOM

posted Nov 9, 2016, 8:06 AM by Sean Moran

AECOM is actively seeking a highly motivated GIS Intern for an opportunity in the Austin, Texas office. AECOM is searching for candidates that have the ability to be a role model, be client-focused, be impactful and be decisive. If this role evolves to full-time employee, entry-level technical new hires are eligible to participate in AECOM’s Graduate Development Program (GDP), a 2-year development experience designed to support assimilation into the organization, help with technical development planning toward licensure (or other early technical milestones), and with creating a foundation of knowledge necessary for future career success.

Imagine working on rewarding projects within a diverse culture, and having access to exceptional training and career development opportunities. Working at AECOM means being part of a global team, working with award-winning professionals across the world. Aspire to be a key player on some of the best projects regionally, with opportunities to work on projects nationally or internationally. Our people bring deep industry knowledge to help you succeed.

Responsibilities Include:
  • Utilize Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and associated software to produce, display, and analyze geospatial data
  • Develop and maintain geodatabases, reports, and cartographic products
  • Create, organize, manipulate, and retrieve GIS data for reporting, analysis, and presentation purposes
  • Perform quality assurance of GIS data and associated cartographic products
  • Use defined concepts, practices and procedures to extract and provide GIS data to clients
  • GIS desktop mapping and GPS-enabled field work
  • Work under supervision of a project manager or senior-level team member
Minimum Requirements:
  • Currently working towards an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in Geography or related field
  • Basic understanding of fundamentals in mapping, cartography, and geospatial data management with proven experience utilizing the ESRI ArcGIS platform
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong focus on quality and attention to detail
Preferred Qualifications:
  • GIS experience in an Intern role preferred
  • A college level student with no more than one academic year remaining before earning a degree preferred
See Requisition/Vacancy No. 146145BR on the AECOM Careers website for more information and to apply for this position.

GIS Tech and Analyst Positions in Austin

posted Nov 2, 2016, 9:27 AM by Sean Moran

A number of GIS Technician and Analyst position have been posted recently, including:
Click on the links above to learn more and apply for these positions.


posted Nov 1, 2016, 3:29 PM by Sean Moran

ACC made a splash at the Texas GIS Forum with a booth, presentations, posters, and attendees. You could hardly take a step without running into a current or former ACC GIS student, faculty member, or advisory committee member. See pictures provided by ACC GIS Alumnus Lauren Kirk and Courtney Roe below.

ACC GIS Alumnus Lauren Kirk with ACC GIS Faculty Member Sally Holl

ACC GIS Alumnus Courtney Roe with her poster It's Flooding Down in Texas

ACC GIS Faculty Member Sally Holl presents on the value USGS public domain data

ACC GIS Alumnus and ACC Inc GIS Intern Brian Christman shows us the math for assessing the spatial accuracy of Next Generation 9-1-1 data

ACC GIS Faculty Member Sean Moran highlights the importance of GIS in 9-1-1

GIS Analyst with the City of Leander

posted Oct 5, 2016, 9:01 AM by Sean Moran

The City of Leander is seeking candidates for a GIS Analyst position. Under the direction of the GIS Manager, the GIS Analyst performs mapping and data analysis tasks related to GIS/CAD/aerial data to include producing graphic and tabular data to support planning activities, maintaining the City street addressing system, creating and maintaining GIS databases. The work at this level involves the creation of increasingly complex programs for the development of mapping products and a working understanding of cadastral and land management principals. Comprehend and analyze database systems including department equipment and software.

Visit the City of Leander GIS Analyst job posting for more information and to apply for this position.

Lead Geo Analyst with HomeAway

posted Sep 27, 2016, 6:54 AM by Sean Moran

HomeAway is seeking candidates for a a hybrid Cartographer, QA, Analyst, and Product Manager to take ownership of our geospatial data that powers our core value proposition for helping our travelers find the perfect vacation rental. The ideal candidate is analytical, detailed and results-oriented with excellent problem-solving skills and a strong work ethic.  See the job posting for more information and to apply for this position.

Primary Responsibilities 
  • Mapping the world’s neighborhoods, touristic regions, and top vacation rental destinations as the lead cartographer
  • Collaborate with the Geography Platform Product Manager and Development team to create a world class search experience for vacation rental Travelers
  • Triage owner complaints and manage resolution of urgent data defects while communicating changes to global business stakeholders
  • Lead requirements gathering (and documentation) from internal stakeholders for geography data investments
  • Assist competitive analysis activities to identify gaps and opportunities that will further inform the geography data roadmap
  • Track and report on key metrics

Candidate Profile 
  • Computer Science degree or comparable technical background
  • Basic SQL skills and report generation
  • Strong Google searching/internet research skills
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • GIS experience is nice to have

Custom PDF Topos from National Geographic

posted Sep 23, 2016, 2:05 PM by Sean Moran

ACC GIS student Todd Minehardt forwarded me this link: Nat Geo Launched a Free Website for Printing Detailed Topographical Maps. The new online application includes an interactive map that allows you to create custom 8.5 x 11 topographic PDF maps. What a great tool for hikers, outdoor enthusiasts, and anyone needing a field map.

Historical Geography Technician with Austin Employer

posted Sep 14, 2016, 7:53 AM by Sean Moran

An Austin employer is seeking candidates for a Entry-Level Historical Geography Technician. See the job posting on for more information and to apply for this position.

  • Acts as the primary point of contact for all incoming historical directory projects
  • Identify streets and address ranges within the area of interest (AOI) using GIS software and county assessor’s websites
  • Research city directories, street address directories, and criss-cross directories to identify historical land use in and around the AOI
  • Coordinate research work with remote research staff at archival facilities across the country
  • Data enter historical records into in-house data collection system
  • Upload third party data entry into in-house system and perform QA/QC of the data
  • Perform research of available historical materials housed at the Texas State Library
  • Extract data from historical research materials using optical character recognition (OCR) software
  • Produce reports detailing research findings for submittal to clients
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience working with OCR software
  • Experience using GIS software

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