Career Opportunities in GIS
The potential applications of geographic information software (GIS) and related technologies are almost endless. GIS is being used in applications ranging from transportation planning, urban growth management, market analysis, retail site selection, business logistics, health care planning, epidemeology, facilities management, archaeology, landscape architecture, environmental analysis, natural resource management, hazards mitigation, hazards response and even oceanography! Plus, GIS is a growth industry and software firms are always looking for people with the right background.
Because of the many applications of GIS, individuals with a solid education in geographic information science (GISci) are in great demand at all levels of industry, government and the private sector. A "solid education" in GISci requires both a foundation in geographic theory and problems as well as computer science skills. The University of Utah Certificate Program in Geographic Information Science offers the education and skills necessary for a first-rate career in GIS!
For more information on careers in GIS, see the following:
- The GISJobs Clearinghouse
- GeoWeb Interactive
- Careers at Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI)
- Western U.S. GIS Job Search Page
- GeoSearch, Inc.
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GIS Intern, $11.00/hr for 10-20 hrs per week (total not to exceed 400)
Draper City is looking for an intern to provide support to the GIS Division. The intern will be supervised by the GIS Manager. Duties include, but are not limited to, editing and maintaining existing datasets in SDE, producing maps, collecting data using Trimble mapping grade GPS unit. This internship will allow the student or graduate to gain experience in a municipal government setting. Applicants must provide their own transportation to and from the office.
Applicant should be a current college student or graduate with a major in GIS, Geography, Civil Engineering, or related field. Applicants should have a working knowledge of Esri ArcGIS software 10.x (ArcGIS for Desktop, ArcGIS for Server, ArcSDE). Familiarity with Trimble mapping grade GPS unit is preferred.
Field Service Technician, $15.00-21.00/hr
UTOPIA (Utah Telecommunication Open Infrastructure Agency) - West Valley City, Utah
Work with excel spread sheet and GIS mapping to resolve field discrepancies. Prep and prepare fiber optical cable to fusion splice then test with power meter and OTDR equipment.
High school diploma or GED. 5 years field experience in structure cable systems involving Data, VOIP and IPTV. Knowledge of FTTH construction and design.
Environment Scientist III, DAQ, 27.63-$41.51/hr
Salt Lake County, State of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
The Department of Environmental Quality, Division of Air Quality has an opening in their Technical Analysis section for an Environmental Scientist III position. Incumbents will work on the photochemical modeling team. Additionally, this position will work on State Implementation Plan (SIP) development regarding air quality. This position requires the ability to create and communicate detailed analysis of regulatory actions based on a technical understanding of the industry processes involved.
Typical Qualifications: (includes knowledge, skills, and abilities required upon entry into position and trainable after entry into position) Preference may be given for applicable education and experience.
Price River Project Manager
Trout Unlimited, Price Utah.
Identify, prioritize, plan, and implement irrigation efficiency projects consistent with the goals of the Upper Colorado River Basin System Conservation Pilot Project in the Price River Watershed.
Bachelor’s degree required; graduate degree preferred. Professional experience in stream restoration project management. Demonstrated performance in grant writing and other fundraising activities. Experience in fisheries and water quality restoration. Superior interpersonal skills and ability to work constructively and collaboratively with diverse partners and private landowners. Excellent written and oral communication skills are required. Previous experience with media and outreach. Good organizational and problem solving abilities. Ability to work independently while managing complex projects. Willingness to travel within the region as necessary. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs and GIS software strongly. Passion for protecting and restoring trout streams and their watersheds.
SIGINT Geospatial Analyst 2
Hill AFB, UT
Minimum Clearance TS/SCI with polygraph
SIGINT Geospatial Analysts (SGAs) leverages their skills, knowledge, and experience to apply geospatial analysis techniques against SIGINT metadata collected from foreign communications systems in order to identify, locate and track SIGINT targets and to accurately report the intelligence gained from geospatial metadata analysis to SIGINT customers.
8 years’ demonstrated experience in the Labor Category. At least 2 years’ experience must have been in the past 5 years. Independently processes and develops SIGINT geospatial information across DNI and DNR disciplines, recognizing the convergence of circuit based and packet based telephony, and the increased emphasis on development of internet based tasking and targeting. Ensures the value of the branch’s SGA production by performing quality control on reporting and/or gesospatial products for accuracy, readability, and relevance. Augments others’ product reporting and development efforts with geospatial analysis. Capable of working with others to publish geolocational data in formal reporting. Basic understanding of SIGINT collection. Able to task own selectors with assistance of senior analysts. Knowledgeable in internet protocols, internet routing, and multiple communications technologies (e.g. GSM, CDMA, Thurya, etc.). A TS/SCI with polygraph is required. Desired qualifications: BS in a technical field & DEPL2000 course.
Geospatial Analyst Intern
Following and amending documented workflows for post-processing UAV data using various software packages. Assessing and validating positional accuracy of data using ground control points and performing RMSE calculations. Upload orthoimagery into ArcServer and also perform NDVI analysis and perform spectral adjustments to RGB, CIR and NDVI imagery. Developing procedures for laying out ground control points (GCPs) using RTK GPS antennas.
Desired (but not Required) Certifications and Licenses- Licensed State of Florida Professional Surveyor and Mapper (PSM) or State of Florida Surveyor-In-Training (SIT)
GIS Professional (GIS Certification Institute). Any ASPRS Certification Associated with Photogrammetry or Remote Sensing. Any other relevant GIS or Remote Sensing Certifications. Desired (but not required) Educational Background. Masters in Geomatics, Geography, Remote Sensing or GIS. Experience in: GIS, Photogrammetry and/or remote sensing. Working with ESRI ArcGIS. Post-processing orthoimagery. NDVI Analysis. RTK GPS
Research Technician, $34,000.00
Dept. of Watershed Sciences, Utah State Univ., Logan, UT
Conducting geospatial research projects. Completing and overseeing analyses on research projects. Publish findings in peer-reviewed outlets and prepare project reports. Provide occasional training of students and other researchers and document protocols
Experience in ArcGIS, ArcPy, Python Scripting. Experience in stream network analysis and modelling. Field experience in studying rivers and streams & aquatic ecosystems
Minor in GIS or Certificate in GIS. Ability to abide by all Utah State University driving policies and procedures. BS in Watershed Science or similar field or equivalent experience. Experience developing and/or applying innovative new monitoring and geospatial technologies. Experience mapping physical habitat. Experience with beaver habitat assessment. Experience assessing riparian condition.
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Hinckley Institute BLM Internship, Washington D.C.
Develop data process, geospatial products & interactive websites to support national recreation program projects
Need current ArcGIS software & geodatabase skills, completed at least 2yrs toward degree, knowledge of web development software, able to program websites in CQ or Drupal required
GIS Specialist, $40,471.00-77,865.00/year
The incumbent serves as the principle technical advisor on Geographic Information Systems to the Administrative Officer, providing deliverables for two field offices and District resource staff.
In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement - please be sure to include this information in your resume. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade (GS-07 for GS-09, GS-09 for GS-11) of the position to be filled.
Student Trainee (GIS Specialist), $40,471.00 - $77,965.00/year
Bureau of Land Management, Phoenix, AZ
The incumbent serves as the principle technical advisor on Geographic Information Systems to the Administrative Officer, providing deliverables for two field offices and District resource staff.
16 years of age or older for non-arduous or non-hazardous duty position. Be a student who has been accepted for enrollment or is currently enrolled at least half-time in a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) seeking program in an accredited high school, technical or vocational school, 2-year or 4-year college or university, graduate or professional school. Possess a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 or higher.
MS GIS, cartographers
Fehr & Peers Los Angeles, CA
Inorganic Analytical Chemistry/Geochemistry/Metallurgy
FBI Laboratory, Quantico, VA
Visiting scientist with a background in analytical inorganic chemistry to work on the elemental chemistry of a variety of forensically relevant materials.
While there are no specific projects in the works, candidates with a range of backgrounds are welcome to apply, in particular those with backgrounds in human genetics, microscopy, analytical chemistry, forensic anthropology, statistics, isotope ratio analysis, geology/botany. Must be a U.S. citizen.
GIS and Environmental Science
FBI Laboratory, Quantico, VA
We are seeking a visiting scientist with strong GIS skills and an understanding of the natural world (geology, soils, ecology).
Master¹s degree would be ideal, but a motivated BS level candidate would also be considered. Postdoctoral candidates will also be considered. Must be U.S. Citizen. Must have received your last degree within 5 years of your appointment date, or be a current faculty member at a university seeking a sabbatical appointment.
Research Assistant & Postdoctoral Researcher, Faculty Assistant
Dept. of Geographical Sciences at University of Maryland, College Park
Professional Track Research Faculty Members (non-tenure positions) to support the development of an integrated inundation monitoring algorithm suite that will be used to produce dynamic inundation products at a weekly time-step for the United States and Canada.
An earned master’s degree is required for the Faculty Assistant position. A doctoral degree is required for the Postdoctoral Researcher or the Assistant or Associate Research Professor position. A doctoral degree in Geographical Sciences or allied fields in environmental science, such as Biology or Forestry is highly desired. Candidates with doctoral degrees in other fields (for example, Physics, Computer Science, and Electrical Engineering) with demonstrated knowledge and understanding of remote sensing of the land surface will also be considered, as well as candidates who have a master’s degree with multi-year experience and exceptional qualifications. Strong programming and statistical skills (such as IDL, Linus/UNIX scripts, MatLab, C/C++, and R) are required.
GIS Ecosystem Monitoring, $18,000-$30,000/annum depending on qualifications.
Serengeti National Park
Develop geo-databases in collaboration with TANAPA’s GIS Department that fulfil the objectives of the monitoring and evaluation priorities for the ecosystem. Train TANAPA and TAWIRI staff in using GIS/RS especially for reporting. Assist in a large scale GPS collaring program of migratory animals. Mentor and assist on-job training, MSc and PhD students.
Preferably education to MSc or PhD level, but emphasis will be on professional track-record. Proven capacity in developing GIS and RS geo-databases. Statistical analyses (preferably with quantitative skills in R). KiSwahili is a clear bonus.
Cadastral Mapper II, Step 30, $18.21 per hour, $1,457.00 bi-weekly - plus benefits package Cadastral Mapper I (3050) Step 26, $16.58 per hour, $1,326.00 Bi-weekly - plus benefits package. Step increase available after completing probation and annually thereafter. Performs technical and analytical work in creating, maintaining, and updating land ownership records, the abstract of said records, the parcel library layer of Utah County’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) database, and hard copy maps.
Cadastral Mapper II: Bachelor’s degree in GIS, geography, civil engineering, or a related field and one (1)year of work experience using Arc/Map software. Equivalent combinations of education and experience may also be considered providing applicant has a minimum of one year of work experience using Arc/Map software.
Pathways Intern Student Trainee (Management Analyst) - $13.68 to $17.79/hr, full-time/temporary
Department of Agricultlure - Farm Service Agnecy (FSA)
Applicants must be an enrolled student at least half-time in a program leading to a degree or certificate with at least 2 yrs of post-high education
Gathering/compiling/analyzing data, preparation of reports, assist in analyzing/evaluating effectiveness of line program operations
Opportunity to work in one or all of following areas: GIS project, RS project, Aerial film scanning, paper archive scanning, general office functions
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Williams, Inc., North Canton, OH
GIS mapping, wetland delineations, SHPO evaluations, endangered species evaluations, and desktop surveys as related to permitting needs. Assist in the permitting process, gather and maintain permitting requirements, identification of agency permits, setting permit submittal deadlines, preparation and filing of all permit applications.
Basic computer knowledge, valid diver license, understanding of city ordinances, working knowledge of GIS/Cartography and associated terminology programs such as ArcGIS etc. 2-5 years of experience in permitting. Undergraduate degree or equipl combination of education and experience.
Senior Environmental Scientist
SWCA Environmental Consultants, SLC, UT
Manage and support natural resource projects in the Intermountain Region and across the company.
Bachelor’s Degree in biology, natural resource management, or other relate field preferred, or equivalent experience required. Minimum of 10 years of experience in project management. Should have an extensive working and expert knowledge of applicable federal and state resource management laws and knowledge of ecological conditions in the Intermountain area.
Biological Science Technician
US Fish & Wildlife Service, Randlett, UT
Seasonal field crew leader. Conduct GIS/mapping work, assist with safety training/employee orientation, prepare pesticide use proposals/use reports and coordinate daily activities of habitat restoration projects.
GS-06: one year of progressively responsible experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 grade level. GS-06: Successful completion of one-half year (9 semester hours, 13.5 quarter hours or the equivalent) of graduate level education from an accredited college or university that is directly related to the position being filled.
W. W. Clyde Utah
Support construction projects. Assist Project Managers and Superintendents. Perform data preparation. Willing to travel.
Geomathics degree with 5 to 8 years of experience or equivalent combination of technical training and related experience. CADD experience, knowledge of control setup-GPS and conventional, construction equipment and techniques, drawing and specifications, building materials and required standards applicable to discipline. Experience with Trimble surveying equipment preferred.
Senior GIS Analyst, $55,000-$65,000 depending on qualifications
Lochner, Salt Lake City, UT
Collect, organize and analyze geographic information, including preparation of maps/web-mapping applications. Lead GIS production and analysis, manage MicroStation/GIS workflow, develop database structures.
B.S. degree in geography information technology or related field. 6+ years of related work experience (transportation field preferred). Experience using ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Online, MicroStation, Adobe Creative Suite, MS Office, Model Builder, basic programming/scripting skills (e.g. Python, Java Script). Basic web skills.
GIS Intern - work approx. 40 hrs/week from hire to end of August 2015.
Use ArcGIS to map multi-sourced legal description info, ESRI tools to map geometry & populate attributs
Create GIS data to accurately record/map assets, project assistance for property management, etc.
Upper classman or recent graduate in accredited program required
Experience w/ESRI ArcGIS required, PLSS & COGO knowledge preferred, GPS experience w/Trimble
Research Geographer, $83,098 (step 01) to $108,034 (step 10)
Conduct research, communicate and present complex scientific information. Use complex remote sensing software. Program in R and Python. Publish in scientific journals and give presentations at scientific meetings.
Must be U.S. Citizen. One year of appropriate professional experience in geography that is equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in Federal service.
Transcon Environmental, Mesa AZ, Draper, UT or Berkley, CA.
Provide GIS support to a multi-disciplinary team of planners, biologists, and archaeologists.
Degree from university, technical, or vocational school in GIS, geography, civil engineering, computer science, planning, or related field. Direct experience in GIS analysis, database design and management, and map generation using ESRI software.
Technical Editor (full-time hourly)
Transcon Environmental, Berkley, CA
Review and format environmental resource reports, primarily biological reports. In addition, the Technical Editor will support our Senior Editor in office administration and coordination tasks.
Undergraduate degree in English, or other language-oriented focus.
On-Call Biologist. Reimbursed for mileage, $20-$30.00/hr.
Transcon Environmental, Bay area, CA
Conducting sensitive plant and animal assessments data.
B.S. or M. S. degree in biology, botany, ecology, natural resources, wildlife management, or a closely related discipline. Clean driving record at least 5 years prior to start date.
Cultural Resources Coordinator (full time hourly)
Transcon Environmental, Berkley, CA
Coordination of cultural resources projects using a database.
Undergraduate degree related to environmental planning or cultural resources. ArcGIS proficiency. Proficiency in prehistoric or historic archaeology of northern California. Preferred 1 year full-time professional experience in environmental resources.
Programming/Application Development (full-time)
Meridian Engineering, West Jordan, UT
Program, design and develop a second generation database.
Experience with AutoCAD and/or Microstation, as well as with ArcGIS.
Familiarity with CADD programs, GIS or scripting in these environments is ideal, but may not be required. Visual Basic and Python experience is requested.
Summer Crew Supervisor
Rocky Mountain Youth Corps RMYC, New Mexico. $480-540.00 per weeks, plus overnight compensation.
Supervise a crew of 8-9 corps members. Facilitate on-going training.
Minimum 21 years of age. Minimum of one year of supervisory experience working with youth ages 16-25, preferably in a mentoring or instructional capacity. Valid driver’s license. Ability to perform strenuous work assignments. 2 years minimum of college, vocational or technical training in resource management, sociology, education or related field required.
YCC Summer Program Coordinator. $27,000 to $31,000.
Rocky Mountain Youth Corps RMYC, New Mexico.
Manage summer NMYCC crews. Directly supervise, coach, and guide crew supervisors. Substitute for field crew supervisors when necessary
Strong verbal (public/group speaking) and written (computer) communication skills. Minimum 21 years of age and valid NM license. College, vocational or technical training. 4-year college preferred, but in exceptional cases, relevant work experience may be substituted for all or part of the education requirement.
Rocky Mountain Youth Corps RMYC, New Mexico. Living stipend of $680 before taxes, every two weeks. Upon completion of the program will receive an education award of $1,212.
16-25 years old. Basic written & verbal communication skills. Ability to work in all weather conditions and in supervised environment.
Internship (stipend payments)
US Army Dugway Proving Gounds
Data Collection, yearly testing and inspections.
Completed a degree within five years of start date, or able to complete degree within six months of starting date. Must be U.S. citizen.
Natural History Museum of Utah. SLC, UT
Collaborate with education staff to refine existing curriculum. Develop materials and/or activities for teacher workshops and fieldtrips. Assigned projects and activities to support School programs staff as needed.
Undergraduate student interested in education and science. Ability to work independently and collaboratively with Museum staff, school teachers, and K-12 students. Must pass criminal background check.
GIS Summer Intern Program
Utah Public Lands Policy Coordination Office
Collect field data for Utah’s R.S. 2477 rights-of-way litigation research.
Use Trimble GPS and GIS software. Interpret aerial or ortho photographs.
Requires one-two years’ experience using ESRI software. Experience driving off-road and camping in remote locations.
Assistant Professor/Instructor - 11 month (July 2015-May 2016) position
U.S. Military Academy - West Point, Geography Department
Teach Physical Geography including intro geography, weather & atmospheric processes, climate & vegetation, geomorphology, and cultural landscapes
May also teach upper level geography elective courses contingent upon the Department's needs
BS in Geography - Master's is strongly preferred,
For more information, click here. Open period is from April 8, 2015 to April 21, 2015
Insect trapping positions - Summer/seasonal (May-Oct)
Utah Department of Agriculture and Food
GPS Navigation, data collection, environmental conservation
Gather/record/organize insect samples, collect data in a multidisciplinary entomological field, lab and/or research project
GIS QA Specialist - 6 month paid position, min. 20 hours
Leading provider of mapping & GPS-Located in downtown SLC
Perform end to end QA processes on raw data from street level data collection, visual inspection to ID & flag defects and poor GPS conditions
BS in Geography (GIS)
GIS Specialist II
Draper City - full-time, $18-$26.88/hr, benefitted
BS in Geography (GIS) or related field, 4 yrs experience using ArcGIS
Editing & maintaining data layers, data analysis, data collection, addressing, cadastral mapping, generating maps, & creating web mapping applications
Knowledge of Autodesk software preferredFor a full job description, click here. Submit completed application, resume & cover letter to Draper City, ATTN: Human Resources Dept. by April 17th
Uinta Field Coordinator - part-time (10 hrs/week), seasonal (May 15-October 15)
Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation (ASC), Salt Lake City area
Communicate w/15 lead volunteers, schedule camera checks, assist during two training evernts, pick-up & deliver project supplies
Contribute photos, video & writing to blogs/social media, ensure data is backed up, review files
BS in Geography (GIS), 5-10 years experience in project management, permitting & regulatory compliance, knowledge of Utah regulations
Understand & communicate complex concepts, prepare technical reports, brief senior management, prepare permit applications
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a Fortune 500 energy company in SLC
Bachelor's degree in GIS or minimum 2 yrs experience
Enter data into GIS databases using coordinate geomety, keyboard entry of tabular data, manual digitizing of maps, auto conversion to vectors
Review existing & incoming data for currency, accuracy, usefulness, quality, or completeness; spatial analysis; ad-hoc deliverables
GIS Analyst - benefitted/hourly
Ogden City Corp., Ogden, UT
At least 1yr experience or BS w/emphasis in GIS
Understand ESRI & MS SQL software, land based concepts (i.e. geocoding,coordinate geometry, addressing, accurately collect & analyze information, statistics, & reports
Working knowledge of GPS equipment, create, maintain & distribute maps, charts, graphs, etc., trains users of GIS systems
For more information, click here. Online applications sill be accepted until Friday, April 10, 2015.
Summer GIS Internship - non-paid
Wild Utah Project
Create spatial datasets from field notes & surveys, participate in citizen science field trips, create/publish web & story maps, Assist w/GIS data analysis, data management
Need knowledge of GIS data preparation, analysis & cartography, ESRI software, and a commitment to conservation vision
For more information, click here. Applicants send
QA/AC contract position - 20 to 30 hrs/week (depending on workload)
HERE Operations Team (Berkeley, CA), SLC office
Processing worldwide 3D street-level imagery for earthmine inc.
Need GIS background, willing to learn tracklog processing software, some experience w/SQL
GIS Intern - paid ($10/hr), part-time/non-benefitted position, flexible schedule
City of Cottonwood Heights
Entry-level GIS activities: Field data verification, GPS collection, develop interactive web maps
Use ESRI ArcMap, Timble GPS field collection unit, understand GeoDataBase concept
What Is Geography?
Geography is the study of natural Earth systems, human societies and the interaction between them. Geography bridges the physical and social sciences. Geographers work with powerful technologies such as geographic information systems (GIS), digital Earth imagery (remote sensing) and spatial modeling. And geographers are not afraid to get their boots muddy! Geography has a long-standing field tradition, often involving travel to spectacular locations - some of them in our own backyard.
Geographers use a collaborative and integrated approach to help understand complex 21st century challenges such as climate change, globalization, sustainability, urbanization, and living with hazards. Rewarding careers exist in the private and public sectors, and education.
Geography is a STEM subject in Geographic Information Science (GIS) and Cartography, Geospatial Intelligence, and basic earth science.