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ESRI Founder Jack Dangermond with ACC GIS

posted Jul 21, 2016, 3:42 PM by Sean Moran

ACC GIS collected the ESRI Special Achievement in GIS Award at the 2016 ESRI User Conference in San Diego. It was a wonderful ceremony in which ESRI CEO Jack Dangermond highlighted the ACC GIS program in his opening remarks. The ceremony wrapped up with a great group shot of ACC GIS students, faculty, and advisory committee members gathered around Mr. Dangermond (know as 'Jack' to GISers). Click these links to learn more about the ACC GIS 2016 SAG Award and to see more group photos

Outreach Workers with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid

posted Jul 20, 2016, 11:14 AM by Sean Moran   [ updated Jul 20, 2016, 11:14 AM ]

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (“TRLA”) seeks dynamic outreach workers (full-time and part-time) with community engagement experience to work with attorneys to develop and implement its BASTA (Building and Strengthening Tenant Action). The outreach worker will work as part of a team to support low-income Austin residents’ ability to access safe, decent, and affordable housing through a variety of modes of advocacy, including education, litigation and empowerment strategies.

Visit the job posting on for more information and to apply for this position.

The duties and activities of the outreach worker include the following:
  • Visit substandard properties and educate residents on their legal right to live in healthy housing, the steps they can take to get the property owners to make repairs, and the effects slum housing has on their health.
  • Help residents document substandard conditions and needed repairs.
  • Assist residents in requesting repairs, meeting with property managers, and reporting substandard conditions, as needed, to code enforcement. Monitor responsiveness and follow up as needed.
  • Develop additional, creative strategies and actions, as needed, to get property owners to make repairs, needed improvements.
  • Work with attorneys to identify properties where litigation could be a useful strategy to effectuate repairs and help communicate with residents so that they can remain actively engaged in any initiated litigation.
  • Document outreach activities and compile data to track outcomes and efficacy of the project.
  • Provide litigation support to attorneys, including witness interviews, research, case management, and discovery.
  • All other duties assigned
Salary is commensurate with experience and includes an excellent fringe benefits package

Required Qualifications:
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish.
  • 2+ years of outreach and community engagement experience.
  • Dedication to economic, social and racial justice.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of people, including residents, property owners and management, media, and government agency staff.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Creative problem-solver.
  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule including some evenings and weekends.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Knowledge of housing issues and/or landlord-tenant law.
  • Personal experience with low-income housing.
  • Experience coordinating projects.
  • Experience leading workshops and trainings.
  • Experience working with both conventional and social media.
  • Computer proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and willingness to develop additional skills. Knowledge of GIS a plus.
Job Type: Full-time

Required experience:

Community Outreach: 2 years
Required language: Spanish

GIS Intern with JLL

posted Jul 20, 2016, 11:11 AM by Sean Moran

JLL is seeking a GIS Intern to support the creation, analysis, management, and distribution of geospatial information, products, and services. The Intern will be primarily responsible for assisting the Director of GIS in map creation and automation projects for JLL’s GIS Platform.
The ideal candidate is a highly technology-oriented, creative problem-solver, and savvy with various GIS formats. This individual will have the ability to pick up customized tools and be willing to adapt to change.

See JLL job posting 40457BR for more information and to apply of this position.
  • Production of maps covering commercial real estate and other relevant subjects
  • Compile geographic data from a variety of sources to improve industry and market knowledge
  • Assist in geo-database maintenance and other company databases
  • Perform specialized studies and research in regards to specific projects and goals
  • Evaluation of data from public resources or third-party providers
  • Present data findings to key stakeholders
  • Minimum 1 year professional and/or academic experience in GIS or related field
  • Understanding of ArcGIS and related software
  • Understanding of Microsoft and Google Office Products
  • Emphasis on Excel and Google Earth/Maps
  • Understanding of Adobe Creative Suite Products: Photoshop
  • Understanding of commercial real estate

Global Obesity Trends

posted Jul 20, 2016, 11:05 AM by Sean Moran

Saloni Rajput, Ph.D, a Senior GIS Analyst with the Texas Demographic Center and ACC GIS alumnus forwarded me this link to the Metrocosm article Watch how fast the world became obese. by Max Galka. See the map below and click on the article title to read more about this interesting global trend.

GIS/CAD Technician with an Austin Employer

posted Jul 14, 2016, 8:19 AM by Sean Moran

A local Austin employer is looking for a candidate to fill a full-time, temporary maximum one year contract position working in teams on spatial data projects and supporting engineers and data teams. The candidate will be responsible for content analysis, validation, cleansing, collection and reporting. In addition, the candidate will have to analyze and validate data content and assemble new content from various sources, including databases, files/spreadsheets, and websites. 
  • Follow written instructions and data specifications.
  • Respond to data inquiries from managers.
  • Create and publish regularly scheduled and/or ad hoc reports as needed.
Key Qualifications
  • One to two years of experience using GIS software for spatial analysis
  • Background and related coursework in Urban Planning, Architecture, Geography or GIS
  • Database experience with SQL, scripting experience with Python
  • Internet research skills and experience
Additional Qualifications
  • Experience with CAD/BIM applications with an emphasis on AutoCAD
  • Good report writing and communication skills
  • BS/BA or MS/MA in Geography, GIS, Architecture, Urban Planning, Interior Design or Engineering.
Submit a cover letter and resume to Drew Pelkey with Apex Systems at to apply for this position.

GIS Specialist I with Texas Legislative Council

posted Jul 12, 2016, 9:08 AM by Sean Moran

The Texas Legislative Council is seeking candidates for a GIS Specialist I to Assist with maintaining geographic databases. Prepare redistricting and other policy maps using GIS technology. Respond to requests for geographic and redistricting information; and support redistricting clients. See the attached Adobe PDF for more information and a link to submit a State of Texas Application for Employment (available on the council's website:


posted Jul 8, 2016, 2:10 PM by Sean Moran   [ updated Jul 8, 2016, 7:54 PM ]

ACC GIS made quite a showing at the recent 2016 ESRI User Conference in San Diego. We received the prestigious Special Achievement in GIS Award which is presented to one tenth of one percent of ESRI users each year. ESRI CEO Jack Dangermond specifically mentioned ACC's GIS program during his award ceremony speech, noting that it rivals most 4-year university GIS programs. The ceremony wrapped up with a group shot of ACC students, faculty, and committee members gathered around ESRI founder Jack Dangermond and ACC GIS founder (and recently retired) Dr. Mary Beth Booth.

Additionally, ACC GIS Student Lauren Kirk won second place in the Student Map - Post-Secondary category of the Map Gallery. This is an amazing accomplishment. The Map Gallery features submissions from universities all over the world. A special thanks to ACC GIS Faculty Member Sally Holl who entered Lauren and many other student maps into the 2016 Map Gallery. 

See pics from the SAG Award ceremony, the conference, and Lauren's award winning Enchanted Rock State Park map below.

IT Geospatial Analyst Senior with City of Austin Aviation

posted Jul 7, 2016, 1:25 PM by Sean Moran

The City of Austin Aviation Department is seeking candidates for an IT Geospatial Analyst Senior position. This is a full-time temporary position with a pay range of $25.80-33.43 per hour. Please see City of Austin Job Requisition Number COA075349 for more information and to apply for this position.

Join ACC GIS at the ESRI SAG Award Ceremony

posted Jun 22, 2016, 10:52 AM by Sean Moran   [ updated Jun 22, 2016, 12:42 PM ]

Calling all ACC GIS students, graduates, instructors, and committee members! Are you attending the ESRI International User Conference in San Diego next week? If so, please join us in receiving a 2016 Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) award at the ESRI SAG Award Ceremony. The ceremony is on Wednesday, June 29 from 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM in Ballroom 20 B/C/D at the San Diego Convention Center. You can attend the ceremony or the ESRI social just outside the ballroom exit and we'll see if security will let you in the for the group picture with ESRI Founder and President Jack Dangermond.

After the SAG Award Ceremony we'll meet at 7:00 PM over at the Altitude Sky Lounge to take in the sunset and celebrate our achievement with our fellow Austinites.

MaptimeATX Summer Meetup

posted Jun 21, 2016, 7:51 AM by Sean Moran   [ updated Jun 21, 2016, 9:19 AM ]

Come hang out with your fellow GIS professionals next week at MaptimeATX meetup and happy hour on Monday, June 27th at the 4th Tap Brewery Co-op. See the #maptimeatx meetup website for more details about the Mid-year Social & Hack Night.

Note the CenTexGIS meetup scheduled for this week has been canceled.

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