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GIS Specialist I at Camp Mabry

posted May 15, 2015, 10:08 AM by Sean Moran

The Construction Facility Management Office (CFMO) at Camp Mabry in Austin, Texas is seeking candidates for a GIS Specialist I (CFMO GIS Support Specialist). This position performs routine (journey-level) Geographic Information Systems (GIS) work utilizing various software to collect, administer, analyze and process geographic data in support of Installations Master Planning activities.  This includes the production of decision-support tools such as map products and related graphics in different formats, as well as meeting Federal data submission requirements for Higher Headquarters. Work involves using ArcGIS Desktop Suite 10.x and other ESRI products (ArcGIS Server and ArcSDE), understanding of building and using simple Structured Query Language (SQL) queries and coordinating with others in closely related fields to utilize allied technologies such as Global Positioning Systems (GPS) / Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), Remote Sensing and Computer Aided Drafting (CAD).  Reports to the Branch Chief in the Business & Information Services branch in support of Master Planning and Environmental geospatial needs and works under moderate supervision with limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

For more information and to apply for this position, see the CFMO GIS Support Specialist job posting on the Texas Military Department Employment Opportunities website.

GIS Internship with City of Austin

posted May 5, 2015, 2:25 PM by Sean Moran

The City of Austin Planning and Development Review is seeking candidates for an unpaid GIS Intern to:
  1. Research subdivision and site plan documents for reserved open space parks, drainage ponds etc. to create a data base for land zoned for residential use that will not be built on. 
  2. Inventory of PZD GIS data to identify where metadata is needed, outdated information, and update data to meet City Standards. 
  3. Review PZD GIS layers to ensure that CTM Base Map data realignments are successful. 
  4. QC Historic Landmarks layer and update as needed. 
  5. Create and maintain Great Streets data.
Visit City of Austin Job Requisition Number COA073723 for more information and to apply for this internship.

Interesting Nepal Earthquake Maps

posted May 4, 2015, 1:05 PM by Mary Booth   [ updated May 4, 2015, 1:06 PM ]

Esri has a very interesting website with lots of different interactive maps about the recent 7.8 Nepal Earthquake. The first map on the page has links to some powerful YouTube videos of the actual quake. The before and after Swipe Map provides an interactive look at the devastation. There are many story maps of the quake as well on this page. The maps provide a fascinating and powerful look at the scope of this catastrophe.


Phil K. (a current ACC GIS student) sent a great example of VGI (Volunteered Geographic Information) in action. In grey are roads and features mapped prior to the earthquake.  In color are features mapped by volunteers since the earthquake. It's pretty amazing for two reasons: 1) It's hard to believe how few roads had been mapped in Nepal prior to the earthquake, and 2) it's amazing how many roads were mapped by volunteers within a week of the quake. Here's the link:

The 7.8 magnitude earthquake occurred on April 25th. The death toll is over 7,000 and at least 1.1 million people are homeless as a result of the quake (approximately the population of Austin and the surrounding suburbs). Relief efforts have been hampered by the rugged terrain, remoteness of some of the hardest-hit communities, and a governmental structure that has been barely function for at least a decade. So the VGI is even more crucial than usual.

ACC GIS Poster Session at ACC South Austin Campus on 5/13 from 4 to 5 PM

posted May 4, 2015, 8:08 AM by Sean Moran

ACC GIS students have teamed up with the Austin Chamber of Commerce this semester to analyze a variety of topics of interest to the Chamber, including:
  • Analyze Spatial Impact of Special Events on Alcohol and Hotel Sales
  • Map Aerospace Industries and Propose Aerospace Industrial Park
  • Map Economic Footprint of I-35 and MOPAC Transportation Corridors
  • Analyze Austin Metro Commuter and Labor Sheds by ZIP Code
  • and more!
Students will be showcasing their semester-long projects at the ACC South Austin Campus in Room SAC1-1130. 

Attendees are invited to view student posters, visit with their authors, and enjoy local coffee and homemade chocolate chip cookies. See pictures from previous Poster Sessions at LCRA and Austin City Hall. Please feel free to forward this email to a friend.

A special thanks to Chris Ramser with the Chamber for sponsoring our event. Contact Sean Moran at if you have any questions about the Poster Session or visit GIS@ACC to learn more about the ACC GIS program. Hope you can swing by the ACC South Austin Campus on Wednesday, May 13th and see our students' latest work!

PS - Head over to the Austin GIS User Group monthly meetup on South Lamar after the Poster Session to celebrate the end of the semester.

ACC STEM students present at the National Sustainable Design Expo

posted Apr 27, 2015, 11:24 AM by Mary Booth

Austin Community College (ACC) STEM students presented their design for a solar-powered water disinfection system at the National Sustainable Design Expo on April 11 in Old Town Alexandria, VA. The EPA awarded ACC a $15,000 grant to help research and design a product that allows greywater to be reused. The low-cost, energy-efficient, and nontoxic system uses ultraviolet solar radiation to disinfect household water known as greywater for reuse in irrigation. The science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) students spent six months designing and building five prototype. Kristine Lilly (current ACC STEM student and former ACC GIS student) was the project manager for this ACC-STEM Scholarship group. Congratulations to Kristine and her team for a job well done! For more on this exciting opportunity, please see

GIS Internships and Part-Time Positions

posted Apr 22, 2015, 8:21 AM by Sean Moran   [ updated Apr 22, 2015, 9:56 AM ]

A number of employers in the Austin metro area are hiring GIS interns or part-time positions. These are great opportunities to get your foot in the door and add some documented work experience to your resume. Click on the links below for more information and to apply for one or more of these positions.

2015 Storytelling with Maps Contest Now Open

posted Apr 21, 2015, 10:17 AM by Mary Booth

Mappers everywhere who harness the power of geographic information system (GIS) technology to tell their stories can now enter Esri's Storytelling with Maps Contest. Esri is inviting users to submit their top Esri Story Map projects for a chance at prizes and peer recognition at the largest gathering of GIS software users in the world—the Esri User Conference.

Contest participants can submit up to three preexisting or new maps between now and June 8, 2015.

Full-Time GIS Faculty Position with ACC

posted Apr 20, 2015, 7:26 PM by Sean Moran

The Austin Community College (ACC) GIS Department is seeking candidates for a full-time GIS Faculty position to begin teaching in the Fall 2015 Semester. Qualified applicants must have a Bachelor's degree in a geospatial or Earth science field and three years non-teaching professional GIS experience. Preferred applicants will also have a Master's degree with 18 graduate hours in geography or GIS and work experience teaching at a university of community college. Please see ACC Job #1504010 for more information and to apply for this position before it closes on May 29, 2015. 

GIS Analyst with the City of Marble Falls

posted Apr 15, 2015, 8:43 AM by Sean Moran   [ updated Apr 15, 2015, 8:44 AM ]

The City of Marble Falls is seeking candidates for a GIS Analyst to mange the City's Geographic Information System (GIS), corresponding data, related services, and functions that support the Development Services Department operations and all City Departments. This position is the primary contact for all City GIS data management, coordination, and serves as a liaison between City departments, Burnet County Appraisal District (BCAD), Burnet County, Capital Area Council of Governments (CAPCOG), private entities/consultants, and other governmental and non-governmental organizations. Provides support in subdivision, planning, and zoning activities and in review of surveys, plats, and site plans. Performs job duties promoting the organizational core values, conducts business and executes duties/services building rapport and trust with all customers, citizens, developers, industry professionals, City staff, politicians, and the general public. Duties require consistent demonstration of a professional and positive image of the department and City organization. This is a full-time position and pays  $20.25 – $30.37/hr depending on qualifications. Visit the City of Marble Falls Career Portal for more information and to apply for this position.

GIS Analyst with GrantWorks

posted Apr 10, 2015, 4:02 PM by Sean Moran

GrantWorks is an Austin based grant management consulting firm serving rural City and County
governments throughout Texas. The GIS Analyst 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 full-time position. Base pay rate is 35K-40K annually, depending on experience and
qualifications. We are seeking to fill this position with someone who can begin work

GrantWorks offers an excellent benefits package, including company paid health and dental
insurance, a company matched retirement plan, a generous paid time off plan and more. Travel
is an important part of this position, a valid Texas Driver’s License and clean driving record
required. Offer will be contingent upon current driving record issued by Tx Dept of Public

Please send your resume with cover letter, resume and three professional references to to the attention of Cecelia Johnson. Please reference “GIS Analyst” in the
subject line. No phone calls please. GrantWorks is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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