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GIS Interns with Texas Natural Resources Information System

posted Feb 20, 2017, 12:30 PM by Sean Moran   [ updated Feb 20, 2017, 12:49 PM by Rhonda Little ]

The Texas Natural Resources Information System (TNRIS), a division of the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB), is seeking candidates for two GIS StratMap Interns and one GIS Research & Distribution Intern. These are great internships that pay $12/hour. Please see the attached job announcements for more information. NOTE: Application deadline: February 28, 2017.

US Geospatial Intel Foundation Scholarship

posted Jan 31, 2017, 6:19 AM by Sean Moran

The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) is dedicated to assist promising students studying GEOINT, geospatial sciences, and related fields. The annual USGIF Scholarship Program recognizes the achievements of graduating high school seniors, undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students.

USGIF has awarded $1,003,000 in scholarships since launching the program in 2004. See the USGIF Scholarship Program website for high school and higher education scholarship applications. The deadline is May 15, 2017.

Contractor GIS Technicians with ONE Gas

posted Jan 30, 2017, 9:07 AM by Sean Moran   [ updated Jan 30, 2017, 9:08 AM ]

ONE Gas - Texas Gas Service division in Austin is seeking candidates for contractor GIS Technician positions in Austin.  Position will perform digitizing of gas system facilities utilizing ArcGIS/ArcFM and perform data entry in Maximo with work expected to last through this Summer.
  • Experience with ArcGIS Desktop software
  • Ability to interpret engineering drawings and project descriptions
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment
  • Ability to pass a drug test
These positions pay $17/hr and are contract positions with no benefits. A minimum of 30 hours per week is required with 40 hours being preferable. Regular work attendance is a necessity. Please forward a cover letter and resume to Enterprise GIS Manager Shawn Devereaux at

ACC GIS Call for Spring Tutors

posted Jan 23, 2017, 10:16 AM by Sean Moran

Our ACC GIS Tutors are an important part of the ACC GIS program...just ask our students. 

With GIS classes having started, we are seeking candidates interested in tutoring this Spring. The pay for tutoring is $11.25/hour. We plan on having tutors available at the following times and locations:
  • Monday 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at NRG 3207 (Tentative)
  • Monday 5:00 pm to 8 pm at NRG 3207 (Tentative)
  • Wednesday 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at NRG 3207 (Tentative)
  • Wednesday 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at NRG 3207 (Tentative)
  • Thursday 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm at NRG 3207 (Tentative)
The time slots are tentative, so please forward your preferences, even if they don't line up with the proposed schedule. Current and former ACC GIS Tutors will receive priority, but we will try to reserve slots for new tutors as well. Please forward:
  1. What your day and time preference is, and
  2. If you haven't tutored before, what your GIS work and/or course experience is.
Please email your preferences to Rhonda Little at by Friday, February 3rd.  We will review all of the responses and send out an email with tutoring assignments Thursday, February 9th. The tutoring schedule will begin on Monday, February 13th and run through Thursday, May 11th. Thank you for your interest and we look forward to receiving your replies.

Listen to the World on Radio Garden

posted Jan 5, 2017, 4:44 PM by Sean Moran

City of Austin GIS Analyst and ACC GIS alumnus Charlie Boa just emailed me a link to Radio amazing new site where you dial-in radio stations from around the world by spinning the globe. Checkout this NPR article by Deepak Singh or just dial-in to Radio Garden to hear what's happening out there.

Learn Python, Create a 3D Model, and Assimilate GPS Data

posted Jan 4, 2017, 12:58 PM by Sean Moran   [ updated Jan 5, 2017, 7:47 AM ]

Are you looking to extend your skills as a GIS professional? ACC GIS is a great place to learn GIS skills you can apply in the workplace. We're currently enrolling students for the 2017 Spring Semester in the following courses:
  • GISC 1401 GIS and GPS - Learn how to collect recreational/mapping/survey-grade GPS data in the field and then use GIS to analyze it in the office.
  • GISC 2231 Advanced Problems in GIS - Extend your skills by creating and analyzing a GIS network, 3D model of Barton Springs, satellite images of the Highland Lakes, and geostatisitcal gang-related crime data.
  • GISC 2420 Intermediate GIS - Know the basics, but want to learn more. In Intermediate GIS students will focus on extending their GIS analytical skills.
  • GISC 2435 Programming for GIS - Learn Python for GIS and enhance your value as a GIS professional.
See the ACC GIS Course Schedule for course times and locations. For more information, please contact GIS Department Chair Sean Moran at We hope to see you at ACC this Spring!

Research Analyst with Banks Environmental Data

posted Dec 27, 2016, 8:02 AM by Sean Moran   [ updated Dec 27, 2016, 8:03 AM ]

Banks Environmental Data is seeking candidates to fill a research analyst position. The research analyst processes incoming orders, prepares environmental data reports using GIS software and tools, and provides support for clients. Additional responsibilities include data gathering and QA/QC on a large spatial database. We are a small company with a close-knit team and are looking for someone who can work independently with minimal supervision. Workloads can be heavy with tight deadlines. The ideal candidate must remain resilient under pressure and demonstrate a willingness to complete projects with precision and enthusiasm. This is a full-time, $15/hour position with salary, benefits & training. Email cover letter, resume, and LinkedIn profile to Interviews start on January 3rd.
Responsibilities include compiling environmental data reports and processing orders- environmental records research and mapping, compiling and georeferencing images, data entry/geocoding, and assisting with daily tasks in the department and the environmental division. Additionally, assisting the department manager with day-to-day workflow, client communication, and general office duties.
Banks hires resourceful critical thinkers who work diligently on their own as well as in collaboration with a team. Ideal candidates enjoy research projects and possess the following skills:
  • Acute attention to detail
  • Spatial awareness/GIS training
  • Excellent typing skills
  • A sharp eye for quality control
  • A can-do attitude
  • Organization skills
  • Great phone/people skills 

Biosphere Summer Program

posted Dec 23, 2016, 6:58 AM by Sean Moran

Biosphere 2 serves as a laboratory for controlled scientific studies, an arena for scientific discovery and discussion, and a far-reaching provider of public education. This Summer, the Biosphere 2 REU is providing 10 undergraduates an opportunity to conduct guided research in environmental and Earth systems science at a leading and unique research institution. Students will receive stipends of $5,000 for the 10-week research internship, housing on the Biosphere 2 campus, $500 to cover travel costs to and from Tucson, AZ and a food allowance. For 2017, the program runs from June 5 to August 11. Students will be selected from across the country to participate in the program. They will conduct research inside Biosphere 2, in labs on the University of Arizona campus, and in the desert and mountain ecosystems of southern Arizona. For more information, see the Biosphere 2 REU Summer Program website.

Geospatial LiDAR Technician with SAM Inc.

posted Dec 15, 2016, 1:14 PM by Sean Moran

Survey and Mapping Incorporated (SAM Inc.) is searching for an organized and task-driven, experienced Geospatial Technician II to join our Geospatial Department.  This position is responsible for assisting certified photogrammetrists and mapping professionals plan, process, calibrate, analyze, adjust, or otherwise convert geospatial data in the form of LiDAR or imagery into aerial mapping products including planimetric and topographic maps. For more information and to apply for this position, see Job ID 16-1946 on the SAM website.
Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Daily processing of geospatial data, including evaluating accuracy and sufficiency, and ensuring compliance to applicable project and industry standards related to aerial/mobile mapping products.
  • Airborne GPS/IMU processing
  • LiDAR Calibration and building projects.
  • Classification of LiDAR point clouds
  • Compilation of mapping features from LiDAR point clouds
  • Quality Control
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Experience - Education and Skills:
  • Experience working with airborne and mobile LiDAR datasets
  • Experience calibrating LiDAR data sets from airborne and/or mobile LiDAR systems
  • Airborne GPS/IMU processing
  • 3-5 years progressive experience in CAD
  • 3-5 years progressive experience with spreadsheets or GIS tools
  • 3-5 years progressive experience with LiDAR classification
  • 3-5 years  experience with compilation from LiDAR or stereo imagery
  • Excellent computer and technical skills, including Auto CAD and/or MicroStation and MS Office Suite
  • Proficient in technical math, including Geometry and Trigonometry
  • Strong listening, writing and verbal communication skills
  • Proven work history, strong work ethic and team-player attitude

GIS Interns with San Antonio River Authority

posted Dec 13, 2016, 1:36 PM by Sean Moran

The San Antonio River Authority (SARA) is seeking candidates for a several GIS Intern positions. See the job posting on the SARA website for more information and to apply for this position.

  • Study data stored in the River Authority’s GIS Database and document any issues observed based on a provided dataset list. 
  • Study GIS mapping works, typical map production, and River Authority map templates generated. 
  • Fulfill data and map requests for both internal and external customers
  • Troubleshoot ESRI software issues and provide technical support to agency’s GIS users
  • Perform digital feature extraction from multiple data sources
  • Study and understand metadata standards, understand what these standards require, and understand what US standard on metadata is (FGDC). Understand different data types from Geoportal perspective (services, live data, and others).
  • Upload metadata to the geoportal using various techniques and tools, and document procedures and issues observed during the upload.
  • Assist in enhancing the geoportal through development of additional tools and functionalities.
  • Represent the River Authority in a professional manner, as needed to promote its mission and purpose.
  • All other duties as assigned.

  • High school education or G.E.D. with at least two-semesters completed at an accredited college or university;
  • college major in Geography, Engineering or Environmental Science with use of Geographic Information Systems.

  • Knowledgeable of GIS concepts and methods, current procedures and technologies;
  • Experience with ESRI products with specific proficiency with ESRI ArcGIS Desktop or ArcGIS Online;
  • inspecting, creating, and editing geospatial data, building and working in geodatabases, and performing spatial analysis using built-in tools and functions;
  • experience working with ArcGIS for Server, and other tools such as Story Maps is a plus;
  • some experience and/or exposure to various programming languages such as Python, JavaScript, C#, VB, and SQL is a plus;
  • experience with enterprise geodatabases and RDMSs ideal;
  • knowledge and/or experience related to water resources and environmental sciences is helpful;
  • must be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher and PowerPoint;
  • must have the ability to multi-task and effectively manage multiple projects simultaneously;
  • must be organized and manage time efficiently;
  • must be able to collaborate with staff in reaching the department goals and objectives;
  • follows all safety rules and regulations when performing work duties remembering safety is first and will not be disregarded for speed or ease.

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