Saturday, August 16, 2008

Geographic Information Systems Analyst II, San Rafael, CA

Organization: Marin County
Title: Geographic Information Systems Analyst II
Location: San Rafael, CA
Application Deadline: 2008-08-29
Posted: 2008-08-15

Position Description:

Marin County, San Rafael, CA
$5,475 - $6,554/Month

Marin County Community Development Agency is announcing a recruitment for the position of GIS Information Systems Analyst II. The incumbent will perform high-level professional work related to the development and implementation of systems, databases and scripts to create, maintain, display and upgrade a Countywide geographic information system (GIS) for use in applications for County departments, governmental agencies, private entities and the public. You will utilize this system for the analysis of spatial and tabular data and for the production of electronic and hard-copy maps; and perform related work as assigned. The County uses ESRI software.

This position typically requires graduation from a four-year college or university with major course work in planning, engineering, computer science or geographic studies or a field related to the work AND two years of professional-level experience in working with digital ortho photography and/or automated geographic information databases and systems at a level equivalent to that of the County’s class of GIS Analyst I (see class specification for details). Experience in digitizing data or working with geographic information system data, in map drafting or in the planning function may be substituted for the education on a year for year basis to a maximum of two years.

Application Procedure:
Deadline to apply is Friday, August 29, 2008 at 5pm. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the required County application and Supplemental Application Form. Apply online at or contact HR Dept, Room 403, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903 or call (415) 499-6104. EEO/TTY

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Google Earth / Maps Workshop and Talks

Looking for some hands-on training from Google Earth Outreach ? If you are located near San Francisco or you can travel to the Bay Area, look no further. We'll be conducting a workshop on October 20, 2008 in San Rafael, CA as part of the Bioneers conference. During the Bioneers Conference, taking place from October 17th to 19th, we'll also have a computer lab open where you can walk-in and get demos of Google Earth and Maps (and other Google tools, too).

Google Earth Outreach Workshop: Mapping Solutions to a Positive Future

A special one-day intensive hands-on training for activists and public interest advocates on the use of Google's mapping technology and applications for public interest purposes. This session provides hands-on training with Google Earth and Google Maps. You will also learn how to use these applications for internal planning, decision-making, and an overall mapping framework for your organization or cause. Activists and change-makers the world over are finding these tools invaluable in the struggle to protect the Earth and our human communities.

When: October 20, 2008
Location: Embassy Suites Hotel, San Rafael, CA 9am-5pm
The training is donated by Google to Bioneers. Cost for the workshop:
Member - $150
Non-profit/individual - $175
For-profit - $200

Register at

Bioneers Conference 2008:

What is a "Bioneer?" A biologist and an engineer, of course! Each year, people from those two groups gather together to tell inspiring stories of civil advocacy. The mission is to inspire a shift to live on the Earth in ways that honor the web of lie, each other and future generations.

October 17-19, 2008
Location: Marin Center, San Rafael, California

Plenary Session: Rebecca Moore
Google Earth: Visualizing Change, Mapping the Future
Google Earth’s mapping and visualization technologies are powerful tools for public-interest purposes, from environmental justice to climate change, biocultural preservation, land conservation and creating a sustainable society. This software engineer turned public-interest advocate founded Google Earth Outreach, and her efforts are dramatically leveraging the crucial work of NGOs, communities and indigenous peoples worldwide.

Google Earth Outreach: High Tech Hits the Ground Mapping
Presented by Google Earth Outreach. Google Earth Outreach is leveraging positive environmental and social change by merging high tech with activism. With: Rebecca Moore; Mary Anne Hitt, executive director of Appalachian Voices, whose online campaign is using Google Earth to stop “mountaintop removal” coal mining; Sylvia Earle, world-renowned oceanographer, on mapping to conserve the life of oceans; and Peter Warshall, polymath, former Whole Earth editor, and co-director of Dreaming New Mexico, a Bioneers project using Google Earth to create a “future map” of the Age of Renewable Energy at the state level.

Google Earth Outreach Meets Grassroots Community Organizing
GEO’s high-tech visualization capabilities add a critical organizing tool that works best when combined with classic grassroots community organizing. Here’s how two innovative groups are approaching this mix. NAIL—Neighbors Against Irresponsible Logging—in the Santa Cruz Mountains, CA, integrated classical organizing with Google Earth to mobilize the community to stop a water company from cutting 1,000 acres of redwood forest, including old-growth trees. Dreaming New Mexico is using a Future Map of the Age of Renewable Energy to help coalesce networks and action steps at the state level. With: Rebecca Moore; NAIL Steering Committee members Terry Clark, Kevin Flynn, Rea Freedom, Eric Horton, Rick Parfitt, Linda Wallace, and logging consultant Jodi Frediani; Kenny Ausubel and Peter Warshall, co-directors, Dreaming New Mexico.

Continuing Education Units are available for attending the Bioneers conference.
Listen to a KQED broadcast describing the Bioneers experience:

Google Inc.
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View, CA 94043

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Sacramento River Watershed Program intern


I’m writing to pass on an excellent student internship or independent contractor opportunity with a dynamic team of folks at the Sacramento River Watershed Program ( ). The project has some great GIS/cartography/watershed science crossover and will be an great opportunity to demonstrate cartographic skills to a broad range of stakeholders and the general public in the largest and one of the most diverse watersheds in California. The team is geographically dispersed and will work to accommodate the schedules and location of chosen candidates within the project timeframe. The deadline for response is the 22nd of August so time is of the essence. Please direct questions Mary Lee Knecht, SRWP Executive Director at 916.549.4017 or via email:

Warm regards,

Peter Tittmann

peter tittmann

phd candidate

geography graduate group

university of california, davis

m 707.849.4135