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New GIS@ACC Blog

posted Aug 30, 2017, 5:56 PM by Sean Moran

Since 2010, the GIS@ACC Announcements has sent out over 200 emails to almost 400 subscribers with news of everything GIS. We've launched a new GIS@ACC website and a new GIS@ACC Blog. Anyone currently signed up for the old GIS@ACC Announcements will receive an email confirming your subscription to the new GIS@ACC Blog. Please respond to the email and complete your registration if you want to continue to receive news on internships, jobs, and GIS in Central Texas. See you on the flip side. Sean

GIS Specialist with Austin IT Company

posted Aug 30, 2017, 2:15 PM by Sean Moran

Maps is seeking a GIS Specialist as the primary technical role on an innovative Maps project. The ideal candidate will have education and professional experience in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), spatial data theory, and mapping processes; development of technical project specifications and workflows; spatial statistics; and project management. Detail-oriented and strong communicator with leadership skills is critical.
Key Qualifications
  • 4+ years experience of relevant industry experience
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, high-energy work environment
  • Expertise in geographic data editing and analysis
  • Strong analytical skills and interpretation of results, capable of making data driven decisions
  • Ability to understand, develop, and articulate complex workflows and processes
  • Experience with GIS software such as ArcGIS, Quantum GIS, PostgreSQL/PostGIS
  • Strong leadership skills; ability to direct small teams
  • Ability to communicate clearly and often regarding project status
  • Experience in evaluating and maintaining data quality and accuracy
  • Results oriented
  • Ability to work both in a team and independently when required
Description of Duties
  • Disseminate and enforce project scope, workflow, and editing policy to editing team
  • Ensure quality of project product through established QA practices
  • Provide on-going support to team members - point of contact for editors
  • Execute the project lifecycle
  • Work cross-functionally to complete project tasks
  • Serve as project Subject Matter Expert (SME); provide project expertise to dependent teams including Training, Operations, QA
  • Drive project process development and refinement
  • Education
  • BA/BS in GIS, Geography, or other related field; Master's a plus
Please send cover letter and resume to:
Sudip Sen | Team Recruitment |
W: 732.201.7413/732.930.6536|

GIS Internships with TNRIS

posted Aug 24, 2017, 4:09 PM by Sean Moran   [ updated Aug 28, 2017, 8:55 AM ]

The Texas Natural Resources Information System (TNRIS) is seeking candidates for two GIS Interns that will assist in projects to enhance the ability of TNRIS to serve data to the public, work primarily focused on Research and Distribution Center including maintenance of the historic photo archive and special projects such as the Texas Story Map initiative.  Other assignments may be added as needed and to provide the intern with greater exposure to the important work performed by TNRIS teams.

This is a paid and credit-based internship.  $12.00 per hour for the semester and credit through college/university (to be arranged by the student). 

Please see the attached document for more information. To apply, forward your cover letter and resume to Kathleen Mack at Application deadline is August 30th, 2017.

Advance Your GIS Career with Scripting and Enterprise Data Management

posted Aug 19, 2017, 6:26 AM by Sean Moran

ACC is offering GISC 2250 Scripting in GIS and GISC 2479 Geospatial Data Management this Fall Semester. Both courses will teach you skills that can advance your GIS career. In Scripting for GIS, students learn how to automate geoprocessing tasks and geospatial analysis using ArcGIS ModelBuilder. This class is a great introduction to scripting and Python. In Geospatial Data Management, students learn how to create, administer, and optimize geodatabases within an enterprise relational database management system like Microsoft SQL Server. Both classes are listed below and can be viewed in the ACC GIS Course Schedule. Sign up TODAY - registration closes on Wednesday, August 23rd!
  • GISC 2250 Scripting for GIS on Fridays at ACC Northridge Campus from 3:00 to 5:40 PM
  • GISC 2479 Geospatial Data Management on Mondays and Wednesdays at ACC Northridge Campus from 7:50 to 10:30 PM

ModelBuilder example

IT Geospatial Analyst with Austin Energy

posted Aug 11, 2017, 8:28 AM by Sean Moran

Austin Energy is seeking candidates for an IT Geospatial Analyst position. This position creates, maintains, displays and updates a comprehensive geospatial information system. For more information and to apply online please visit our website: and refer to job posting AE501459.

Duties, Functions and Responsibilities:
Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.
  1. Produce and/or analyze data from various sources to produce data sets, cartographic layouts, and reports in accordance with specifications and standards 
  2. Assist in the design, implementation and/or perform data management activities such as modifying elements and assigning privileges.
  3. Assist with programming activities such as design, development, testing, debugging, documentation, and modification of geospatial applications
  4. Research and interpret source records and documents
  5. Perform business process analysis and develops alternatives, making recommendations 
  6. Respond to requests for information from internal and external customers
  7. Assist with the creation, publication, implementation, and improvement of IT policies, governance, standards, and security
  8. Install new software releases and/or upgrades including researching, testing, and implementing new geospatial technology
  9. Communicate and interface with members of the IT, vendor, and user communities
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Bachelors Degree in GIS, Planning, Geography, Computer Science, or Engineering.
  • Experience and/or coursework in:
  • 2 years with GIS
  • working with network models within a GIS
  • with GE Smallworld software
  • with ESRI software
  • with electric distribution systems
  • with AutoCad
  • with current Microsoft Office suite
  • Must have the ability to respond to after hour call back during system disturbances
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Two (2) years of education from an accredited college or university in a field related to the job.
  • Experience may substitute for education up to two (2) years.

GIS Analyst with City of Georgetown

posted Aug 7, 2017, 9:44 AM by Sean Moran

The City of Georgetown is seeking candidates for a GIS Analyst position. This position will develop and support the City's or Utility's geographic information system.  Performs GIS advanced spatial analysis; GIS data development, editing, and maintenance; basic relational database management; designing and maintaining basic web mapping tools; managing 911 address databases; utility systems, preparation of digital and hardcopy maps; and coordination with other public and private organizations. This is a full-time professional position that will office out of the Georgetown Municipal Complex. For more information and to apply for this position, see the GIS Analyst job posting on the City of Georgetown's website.

Brookhaven CC Offers UAS (drone) Workshops

posted Aug 1, 2017, 9:33 AM by Sean Moran

Our fellow GIS program at Brookhaven Community College in Dallas is offering two separate Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) workshops this weekend and early next week. This is a great opportunity for individuals looking to obtain their FAA Part 107 Operators Certificate and learn how to integrate GIS and UAS technologies. I've listed both workshops below:

Course Title                          UAS Remote Pilot Cert. Prep.
Term                                     Summer 2017
Location                               BHC - Brookhaven College
Course                                  SIEZ
Number                                1000
Section                                 24211
Dates                                    8/04 – 8/06
Hours / # Meetings                 24 hrs. / 3
Class Times                           8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Days                                     Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Instructor                               Richard Parra
Tuition                                   $299
Notes:  Lunch will be provided each day.
Course Title                          UAS IN GIS WORKSHOP
Term                                     Summer 2017
Location                                BHC - Brookhaven College
Course                                  SIEZ
Number                                 1000
Section                                 24210
Dates                                    8/07 – 8/09
Hours / # Meetings                 24 hrs. / 3
Class Times                          8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Days                                     Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
Instructor                              J. Scott Sires
Tuition                                  $275
Notes:  Lunch will be provided each day.

On this page click the “Register for CE/WT Classes” link
On the resulting form plug in the orange, bolded items above (Term, Location, Course, Course # and Section #) for your desired workshop then click the SUBMIT button.
Or Call 972-860-4715 and provide the person with the details above.

GIS/Mapping Intern with GrantWorks

posted Jul 11, 2017, 1:39 PM by Sean Moran

GrantWorks is an Austin based grant management consulting firm serving rural City and County governments throughout Texas. The GIS / Mapping Intern will support the Planning Department with preparing land use, zoning, infrastructure, and related maps as part of Comprehensive Plans and associated tasks as needed.

The preferred candidate will be familiar with ArcGIS, Microsoft Office Suite, Census data, and basic data management. Specifically, the candidate should have knowledge and expertise of ArcGIS methodology, geographic, and cartographic principles, and comprehension of projections, datums and coordinate systems. Experience with editing and working within geodatabases required. Prior experience with Census data acquisition and analysis a plus.

This is a seasonal part-time position expected to last six (6) months. Base pay rate is $12 to $14 per hour, depending on experience and qualifications. We are seeking to fill this position with someone who can begin work immediately. Please submit your resume, references, and work samples to with subject “GIS / Mapping Intern.” In your email, tell us why you are a good fit for this position.

Predicting Wealth from Space

posted Jul 6, 2017, 1:36 PM by Sean Moran

ACC GIS alumna and GIS Planner with the Office of the Governor Debra Gomez forwarded me a link to Penny. Penny is an AI built by Stamen Design and researchers at Carnegie Mellon University on top of GBDX, DigitalGlobe’s analytics platform. DigitalGlobe operates the world’s most advanced commercial imaging satellites, and GBDX allows developers to build products on top of DigitalGlobe’s high resolution imagery.

Penny uses US Census Bureau income data and satellite imagery to predict income for a city block. You can even add different land uses (e.g. park, trash, etc) and see the predicted impact on this block. Check it out at


posted Jul 3, 2017, 12:27 PM by Sean Moran

ESRI's Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) Program recently announced the Do-It-Yourself Geo Apps course.  This course will show you how to combine location and narrative in one application to better communicate and broadcast your story, create custom web applications that solve problems in your community, and build powerful native applications for iOS and Android devices without touching a piece of code. The course runs from September 6th through October 3rd. Click on this link to learn more and register for this course.

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