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GIS Analyst Position with TxDOT Mapping

posted by Sean Moran

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is seeking candidates for a GIS Analyst I to support data development, integration and analysis, produces maps and graphics, and extracts, analyzes and reports data. This position is located at 118 E. Riverside Drive,  Austin, TX  78704; and the pay range is $3293.41 – $5239.75 monthly. The job closes on July 30th, so get your applications in today.

Visit the Careers @ TxDOT web page and search for Job ID 102743 to learn more and apply for this position.

Environmental Research Analyst with Banks Environmental Data

posted Jul 23, 2015, 1:18 PM by Sean Moran

Banks Environmental Data is seeking candidates for an Environmental Research Analyst position. The position pays $15/hr and is located in Austin. 

Banks Environmental Data, Inc. is a research firm located in Austin, Texas. We have a 30-year history of providing data to the environmental industry. We are currently seeking a candidate to fill a research analyst position.  The full-time position includes salary, benefits & training. 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 large spatial database. We are a small company with a close-knit team. We 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.
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. Assist the department manager with day-to-day workflow, including 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
  • Excellent typing skills
  • A sharp eye for quality control
  • A can-do attitude
  • Organization skills
  • Great phone/people skills 
 Application instructions:
Email cover letter, resume, and LinkedIn profile to

Take a Virtual Tour of Berry Springs in Williamson County

posted Jul 21, 2015, 11:17 AM by Sean Moran

Williamson County recently posted a link to a Virtual Tour of Berry Springs Park and Preserve on the Berry Springs website. The ESRI story map was developed by ACC GIS graduate and Capital Area Master Naturalist Kathy McCormack as her Travelogue Story Map Project for ACC GISC 2459 Web-Enabled GIS. If you've never been to Berry Springs, take a virtual tour and then head up to Williamson County to experience this beautiful park in person!

Austin Floodplain Changes Web Map

posted Jul 2, 2015, 11:45 AM by Sean Moran

ACC GIS graduate Gillian Roos emailed me this link the City of Austin Floodplain Viewer. It's a simple interactive map that displays proposed changes to FEMA's 100-year floodplains for selected watersheds in the City of Austin. It's a great example of how to use web-enabled GIS to engage the public in an important planning process.

New EPA Environmental Justice Tool

posted Jun 30, 2015, 12:16 PM by Sean Moran

George Strebel emailed me a link to a new EPA Environmental Justice Tool called EJSCREEN. The tool allows users to access high-resolution environmental and demographic information for locations in the United States, and compare their selected locations to the rest of the state, EPA region, or the nation.

The tool may help users identify areas with:
  • Minority and/or low-income populations
  • Potential environmental quality issues
  • A combination of environmental and demographic indicators that is greater than usual
  • Other factors that may be of interest
EJSCREEN may also be used to support:
  • Educational programs
  • Grant writing
  • Community awareness efforts
  • Other purposes
Read more about this new tool in this fedscoop article by Whitney Blair Wyckoff - "Environmental Justice Tool Links Data from Across Government."

Mapping the Bacteria in New York’s Subways

posted Jun 23, 2015, 10:38 AM by Mary Booth

"Every day, New York City’s 5.5 million commuters seed the city subways with bacteria from the food they eat, the pets or plants they keep, and their shoes, sneezes and unwashed hands.

For the first time, researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College sampled DNA in New York City’s 466 open subway stations. They found genetic material from 15,152 different species, most of them harmless or unidentified. Almost half the DNA belonged to bacteria. No two subway stations were exactly the same, and the research continues." (Wall Street Journal, June, 2015)

The map allows you to click on a category to see the subway stations where researchers found the responsible organism. Warning: you may not want to explore this map while you are eating or planning a trip to New York!

Here's the link:

Thanks to long-time ACC GIS supporter Pat R. for passing along this fascinating interactive map.

Pathway Internships with USGS

posted Jun 14, 2015, 9:29 AM by Sean Moran

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) is seeking candidates for IT Support student trainees in their Austin office. The job posting will open on Monday, June 15th and close on Friday, June 19th. Also, the vacancy is limited to the first 50 applications received and will close at midnight Eastern Time on the day this application limit is reached regardless of the closing date specified in this vacancy announcement. See USAJOBS Announcement Number ATL-2015-0926 for more information and to apply for this position.

GIS Analyst with Comal County

posted Jun 11, 2015, 1:27 PM by Sean Moran

Comal County is seeking candidates for a GIS Analyst. Candidates should be comfortable using ArcGIS to design, implement and maintain a Geographic Information System (GIS), including database design, web application development, and system integration for County business purposes. This position pays $47,114 and is based in New Braunfels, Texas. Mandatory qualifications include Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in GIS, Geography, Computer Science, or closely related field AND four (4) years’ experience in GIS or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience. The job posting closes on June 17th. Please visit the Comal County GIS Analyst job posting for more information and to apply for this position.

USGS Releases Geologic Atlas of Texas (GAT) Viewer

posted Jun 9, 2015, 2:06 PM by Sean Moran

ACC GIS Instructor and USGS Geographer Sally Holl alerted me that the USGS released the Geologic Atlas of Texas (GAT) Viewer. Now anyone with Internet access can view these beautiful 1:250,000 scale maps. Learn more about the viewer from TNRIS Deputy GIO Felicia Retiz on the TNRIS website or go directly to the USGS GAT Viewer to explore Texas geology!

Intro to GIS course (GEOG 2470) has been added for the 2nd Summer session

posted Jun 2, 2015, 11:17 AM by Mary Booth   [ updated Jun 2, 2015, 11:35 AM by Rhonda Little ]

A section of the introduction to GIS course (GEOG 2470) has been added for the second summer session that starts on July 8th. It will be held on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the South Austin Campus.

This course is the prerequisite for all our other GIS courses, so this is a great opportunity for you or your colleagues to start on a GIS certificate or degree this summer. Please help spread the word about this new section.  

For more information about registering for courses at ACC, please see:

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