Friday, December 17, 2010

Marin Municipal Water District internships

The Mt Tamalpais Watershed has several internships starting in 2011 that
offer direct application and practical experience of skills learned in
school. The volunteer positions available are involved with vegetation
ecology, GIS, photomonitoring, environmental education and database
development. These activities will support such projects as the high
school restoration field trip program, Sudden Oak Death monitoring,
updating the Mt Tamalpais Rare Plant Report, Douglas-fir encroachment
project and the Weed Watcher program. Students must commit to 35 hours
during a semester and have substantial knowledge in one of these
disciplines or the aptitude to learn.

We also have volunteer habitat restoration events at least one Saturday
per month and may be able to schedule mid-week events for groups. Please
let me know who I should talk with at Sonoma State to get the word out.
Students can contact me for more info or for an internship application.

More information on volunteer opportunities on the Watershed can also be
viewed on our website:

Thank you. Have a great holiday season.

Suzanne Whelan

Volunteer Program
Sky Oaks Watershed Headquarters
Marin Municipal Water District

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Spatial Statistics 2011 conference

 The international Spatial Statistics 2011 conference, which will take place 23 – 25 March, 2011 in The Netherlands:

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

10-week research internship in air quality at UC Davis

> I am writing to request your help in recruiting promising undergraduate
students to a 10-week research internship in air quality at UC Davis that
will take place in the summer of 2011. This program is open to rising junior
and senior undergraduates in all fields - including the physical,
biological, and social sciences, engineering, and economics. Each student
will work on an air-pollution-related research project with a faculty member
at Davis and will meet weekly as a group to discuss the ins and outs of
graduate school. Students will receive a $4,000 stipend, room and board on
campus, and money for travel to and from Davis. More details about the
program can be found at:
> To help us advertise this program, please print and post this flier
(, and or forward this flier to
students in your program(s). Similarly, we would be happy to share any
information from programs at your campus with our students here.
> Thank you for your assistance, and please feel free to contact me or Kate
Shasky, our program coordinator, at, if you have any
> All the best,
> Cort
> Department of Land, Air & Water Resources
> UC Davis

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

GIS market forecast summary

Here is a recent market forecast for the GIS market.  The industry has robust growth predicted:

ESRI technical certification program

ESRI has a new certification program for user of their software, modeled after the Microsoft software certification.  See:

Monday, December 6, 2010

Erasmus Mundus Masters of Science in Geospatial Technologies
Erasmus Mundus Masters of Science in Geospatial Technologies
The three-semester Erasmus Mundus Masters of Science in Geospatial Technologies program targets holders of Bachelor degrees in application areas of Geographic Information (GI), e.g., environmental planning, regional planning, geography, logistics, transportation, marketing, energy provision, computer science.

The following grants are open for applications (the exact numbers have still to be confirmed):
• ~ 7 financial contributions to EU students (in this context nationals from EU Member States and EEA-EFTA countries).
The financial contribution includes a support towards living costs of 500 € per month (9.000 € in total – to be confirmed),
coverage of tuition fees of 1.500 € per semester (4.500 € in total), and an insurance package.
•  ~ 1 full scholarships to students from the Western Balkans and Turkey Window. Full scholarships include a
contribution to travel, installation and all other types of costs (8.000 € in total – to be confirmed), monthly allowances of 1.000
€ per month (18.000 € in total – to be confirmed), coverage of tuition fees of 3.500 € per semester (10.500 € in total), and an
insurance package.
• ~ 8 full scholarships to third country students (other nationals than EU and Window students above).
Full scholarships include a contribution to travel, installation and all other types of costs (8.000 € in total – to be confirmed),
monthly allowances of 1.000 € per month (18.000 € in total – to be confirmed), coverage of tuition fees of 3.500 € per
semester (10.500 € in total), and an insurance package.
• ~ 2 scholarships for third country scholars (visiting researchers). Scholarships include a lump sum of 7.200 € (to be confirmed) for supporting all types of costs.

Scholarship application deadline: January 15, 2011.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Esri's Summer Internship Program

Applications are now being accepted for Esri's Summer Internship Program and the Esri UC Student Assistantship Program.  Details are available at .  Both programs provide great work experience as well as opportunities to network with professional GIS users and explore career options.

Internships are paid positions at Esri headquarters in Redlands, CA and a few of the Esri Regional Offices.  Internships are open to both undergraduate and graduate students.  Positions are available in a variety of areas, including Product Development, Professional Services, Educational Services/Training, Marketing, and Technical Support.  Positions are generally 12 weeks long, starting between May and July, depending on the student's schedule and hiring team's needs.   Deadline to apply is March 18, 2011.

The UC Assistantship Program provides students an opportunity to participate in the International User Conference in San Diego, July 11-15, 2011.  Students work part of the time, and have time to attend sessions and network with conference attendees.  Esri provides conference registration and lodging (students pay for their own travel to San Diego).  This program is open to graduate students and 4th year undergraduate students attending a college/university in the U.S.  Deadline to apply is April 1, 2011.

Thank you for forwarding this to students and post secondary faculty.

Joseph Kerski

Joseph J. Kerski, Ph.D.| Education Manager
Esri | 1 International Court | Broomfield CO  80021-3200 | USA
Tel 303-449-7779, ext. 8237 | Fax 303-449-8830 |
Twitter:  @josephkerski

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Paid Spring 2011 Federal Internship Opportunity Utilizing GIS!

Paid Spring 2011 Federal Internship Opportunity Utilizing GIS!

Come join The Washington Center for a 15 week-long internship with the U.S. Census Bureau and participate in an integrated work and academic program in Washington, DC! Accepted students receive scholarships covering the cost of The Washington Center's Program and housing fee for living in furnished housing facilities, as well as a living stipend.

* United States citizenship (please note we can make no exceptions to this requirement);
* Currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student focusing in studies related to geographic information systems (GIS), cartography, or geography with a GPA of 3.0 or higher;
* Undergraduate students must receive credit for participating in this program (if you have questions regarding this requirement, please contact;
* Available for a fifteen-week period beginning January 19th, 2011;
* Proficiency with GIS software (ArcGIS 9.2 preferred).
* Applicants should be independent and proactive workers who are detail-oriented and have experience manipulating data. Knowledge of GIS is required; knowledge or willingness to learn databases, Google Earth, ORACLE, Microsoft Access, Adobe Illustrator, etc. is desirable.

Desired Skills or Qualities, in addition to those mentioned above:
* Experience writing scripts and/or software code using PERL, HTML, SQL, etc.
* Experience using advanced functionality of a database (Oracle, Access, Excel, etc).

Intern Duties:
* Basic map production support
* Map printing and plotting
* Interactive map image editing
* Electronic Map image review

How to Apply:

Students must submit an online application at Once they create a username and log in, they should select "Internship" from the drop-down menu, and select "Apply Now." Under the Personal Information tab, students should select "Government Scholarship Program." Students should check the Census Bureau box. Students must submit official transcripts to The Washington Center.

Please note that there is no application fee in order to apply for this program; if the student is prompted to provide payment information, they have selected the incorrect application and should make sure they have selected the Government Scholarship Program. If they have any concerns, they should contact Josh at or 202-238-7986. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, with a deadline to submit the application by November 27th, 2010. Applicants are encouraged to submit sooner than the deadline if at all possible, to allow more than adequate time to be put through a security clearance process.

The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars
1333 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036-2205
Direct line: 202-238-7986
Fax: 202-238-7700

Monday, September 13, 2010

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Announcing the winners of the Bizarre Map Challenge (BMC)

“Bizarre” – in this competition – refers to maps that are strikingly out of the ordinary. Public Voting for the Nationwide Bizarre Map Challenge (BMC) competition ended on April 26. There are 3269 valid votes total for all ten maps during the two weeks public voting period. All winners’ and finalists’ maps can be viewed at

The first place winner is an undergraduate student, Christopher Brown, from University of Alabama. He won the $5000 cash award for his bizarre map (Alligator Bayou), which is an investigation of French colonial longlots in coastal Louisiana using a NOAA land cover dataset and satellite imagery. The bifurcation shown in this map, between the Mississippi River and the Bayou Lafourche (the fork) looked very much like an alligator's head!

The second place winner is Martha Schnure from Middlebury College in Vermont with $1000 cash award. Her map (I Spy) shows the spatial distribution of the missed connections posted in the beloved “I-Spy” section of Seven Days, a local free newspaper out of Burlington, Vermont. Martha plots the encounters on a map of the “Old Town” section of Burlington with proportional symbols and uses the text of the posts to make up the base map of the city.

The third place winner is Jordan Valen, also from Middlebury College. He won $600 for his map (The United Constellation of America). His map shows some basic infrastructure therein (roads) in a fresh, novel way. It borrows conventions normally used for depicting features of the sky on a constellation map, and turns our normal perspectives of the earth and land features upside-down – we are now looking at the stars and sky that make up our country!

The Bizarre Map Challenge was a map design competition open to entries by high school, college, and university students in the United States. Five world-renowned judges (Keith Clarke, Mark Monmonier, Judy Olson, Mike Peterson, and Sara Fabrikant) – experts in cartography – then selected the top ten bizarre map entries. A public voting process decided the final winners of the Bizarre Map Challenge. This event was created and hosted by San Diego State University, Department of Geography, and the National GeoTech Center ( The GeoTech Center is funded by an award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in support of producing a highly skilled and diverse geospatial technician workforce for America’s geospatial technology industry sectors.

Contact Person: Dr. Ming-Hsiang Tsou (, Department of Geography, San Diego State University. 619-594-0205.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

GIS/Mapping Analyst Level 1

Organization: General Dynamics Information Technology
Title: GIS/Mapping Analyst Level 1
Location: Mare Island - Vallejo CA
Application Deadline:
Posted: 2010-02-09

Position Description:

GDIT has an opening for a GIS/Mapping Analyst Level 1 (entry level) to support our US Forest Service customer on Mare Island in Vallejo California.

This is a full-time job with a good salary and benefits. Due to the immediate need we are only considering local SF Bay Area candidates who are authorized to work in the USA.

The ideal candidate will be a recent college graduate who majored in Geography or a closely related field and who has a year or more of GIS related work experience.

Job Responsibilities: Experience using the following software: ArcGIS(ESRI), Oracle, Access(Microsoft), Excel(Microsoft) and other programs that are in a common office environment. Tasks may include: Spatial/non-spatial data editing and QC, database utilization, knowledge and use of geodatabases, image analysis, cartography, training, and creation of FGDC metadata.

Additional Requirements: Providing assistance with any combination of GPS and GIS services to create original mapping, format conversion, infrastructure analysis and facilities management services, database management and report preparation for various customers. Projects require a multitude of applications for a variety of disciplines including, forestry, wildlife, fire, pest management, inventory and modeling, land use analysis, hydrographic and hydrologic profiling, digital orthophoto imagery preparation, planimetric mapping services, and demographics.

Education/Experience: This position requires a BA/BS degree in a related field as well as 1-3 years of GIS/Mapping work experience.

Apply at: using requisition # 165312 (if the requisition is not found, try again in an hour or so)

Friday, January 15, 2010

Four GISCorps volunteers are needed for a Haiti mission

Dear GISCorps volunteers and friends,

The United Nations Department of Field Support (DFS), Logistics Support Division (LSD), and Specialist Support Section (SSS) are seeking the assistance of four GIS volunteers. All four volunteers will be working at the UN office in NYC.

Job description for Position 1:

1) Remote sensing Specialist:
- Experienced with ERDAS
- Capable of image interpretation and change detection
- Experienced with various types of imagery

Job description for Position 2:

2) ArcGIS Server Specialist:
- Experienced with ArcGIS Server
- Capable to publish and fine tune services

Travel Expenses:
The volunteer will be responsible for cost of:
- airfare
- accommodations
- meals

Positions are available immediately and for an approximate duration of two weeks.

Very Important:
If you are interested in applying for the position of Remote Sensing Specialist send an email to:

If you are interested in applying for the position of ArcGIS Server Specialist send an email to:

Requests sent to any other email address will not be considered.


GISCorps Core Committee

P.S. Please note that you must be a GISCorps volunteer to apply for these positions. If you are not, you can apply here: Also make sure to submit your latest resume.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Santa Rosa Junior College is offering a great new class, GIS 53 – Cartography in GIS

Santa Rosa Junior College is offering a great new class, GIS 53 – Cartography in GIS. This class combines the concepts and theories behind cartography with a practical application in ArcGIS. Students will learn how to create informative maps, which allows the message to be clearly interpreted. They will also learn tricks along the way to make even those simple "quick and dirty" maps more elegant.

The class is Wednesday nights 5:00 – 10:00 at the Petaluma Campus. The first day of class is this Wednesday, January 13th with a start time of 5 PM. Due to the current budget constraints roll will be taken promptly.

For the rest of the semester classes will begin with a lab between 5:00 – 6:30, thus giving us professionals a little leeway in getting to class prior to the start of lecture.

Please contact me if you have any additional questions or need to have the pre-requisite waived.

Thank you,

Kevin Lacefield