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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!

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What Geographers Do: BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook
Geographers/Job Outlook: BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook
Utah Geographers Occupational Profile - Career One Stop


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5/15/15
GIS Intern - work approx. 40 hrs/week from hire to end of August 2015.
AgReserves, Inc.,
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
For details, click here.  To apply, send resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

4/14/15
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

4/13/15
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
If interested, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone (801) 538-4951

4/9/15
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)
Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

4/8/15
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

4/3/15
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
For details, click here.  To apply, submit cover letter, resume, & 3 references to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by April 22nd deadline

4/3/15
Regulatory Coordinator
NaviTrust, SLC
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
For more information or to apply, click here

4/3/15
GIS Technician
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
For more information, click here.  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

4/3/15
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.

4/3/15
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

4/2/15
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
Send resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

4/2/15
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
For details, click here.  Applicants must submit an application & submit it electronically to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by  April 20, 2015 at noon

3/31/15
GIS and Data Analysis Intern - May to August 2015 (potentially through December), 20-40 hrs/week, paid
Wasatch Front Regional Council
Gather/analyze data relating to the urban design of streets throughout region.  Extensive field work anticipated.
Cleaning, organizing & analyzing transportation, traffic, land use & demographic data used in forcasting models.
GIS coursework required, statistics, economics & programming coursework a plus.  Interest & ability in urban planning, geography or demographics.
If interested, send letter of interest & resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than Wednesday, April 22nd.

3/26/15
GIS Internship - paid ($12/hr)/part time (not to exceed 29 hrs/wk, not to exceed 9 months)
DNR-Dvision of Wildlife Resources, SLC
Beginning level GIS tasks & data entry: entry of coordinate data from field notes & surveys, data query, data summary, & creation of map layouts
Need ArcGIS 10.0, Microsoft Excel, familiarity w/public land survey (PLSS, GCDB), map coordinate systems & geographic transformations
For more information, click here.  To apply, please send letter of interest & resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before 4/3/15

3/24/15
Development Intern - paid, part time during school, full time during summer
sPower, Salt Lake City
Proficiency in ArcGIS required, BS or grad work w/ excellent academic record, passion for renewable energy
Perform GIS-driven suitability analysis, produce high visual impact maps, build GIS library, aptitude for spatial analysis
For details, click here.  To apply, submit resume, cover letter & references to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

3/17/15
GIS Intern - Early May to late August, 2015 (dates are flexible), $12/hr & possible housing
AgReserves, Inc., South Valley Farms - Wasco, CA
Use ArcGIS & AutoCAD to map farm infrastructure & mapping property legal descriptions in geodatabase
Create GIS data to accurately record/map assets, Use Trimble GPS w/ESRI ArcPad to collect & refine datasets
Experience w/ESRI ArcGIS required, AutoCAD experience preferred, PLSS & COGO knowledge preferred
For details, click here.  To apply, send cover letter & resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

3/16/15
Watershed Technician Assistant -undergraduate student part time (8-16 hrs/wk) during school, full time (30-40 hrs/wk) during summer
iUTAH, Red Butte Creek Watershed
Stream flow measurement, instrument maintenance & calibration, water sampling, data monitoring & quality assurance
Data entry, tree water us studies, equipment installation, misc. lab tasks
Currently pursing BS in earth sciences or related field, interest in hydrology, ecology or sustainability
Able to commit 2 half days (4hrs) or 1 full day (8 hrs) per week. Computer programming & data analysis experience
For details, click here.  If interested, email resume & unofficial transcript to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 3/27/15

3/13/15
GIS Specialist - entry level
Environmental Planning Group, Salt Lake City or Phoenix
Assist w/map production, GIS editing, geoprocessing, database creation & documentation, GIS modelling & analyses
BS, at least 1 yr experience, proficient in ArcGIS 10.2, knowledge of GPS data collection & processing & SDE databases
For more details, click here.  To apply This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. your resume and cover letter listing at least 3 references

3/13/15
Active (non-motorized bicycle & pedestrian) Transportation Planner - full time
Wasatch Front Regional Council, Salt Lake City
Develop partnerships w/governments, transit agencies, communities, stakeholders, private sector on projects
Work w/partners to facilitate coordination & promote uniformity in planning, serve as expert resource & tech assistance
BS in geography, planning or related field, MS preferred, 2-3+ years work experience
For more details, click here.  If interested, submit a letter of interest (1-2 pages) and resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by April 15

3/13/15
Transportation Planner / Engineer - full time
Wasatch Front Regional Council, Salt Lake City
Prepare cost estimates & projections for projects & analyze funding options, coordinates tasks & maintains progress reports
Serve as liaison between WFRC & outside groups, participate on internal teams, prepare & deliver communications
BS in geography or related field, MS preferred, 3+ years experience
For more details, click here.  To apply, submit a letter of interest (1-2 pages) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by April 15th

3/12/15
Field Service Technician (Benefits)
Utah Telecommunication Open Infrastructure Agency - West Valley City
Maintains daily route, enter date into operational systems, work with GIS mapping to resolve field discrepancies, Prep fiber optic cable to fusion splice
Field experience in structure cable systems, knowledge of FTTH construction/design
For more details or to apply, click here

3/12/15
Region 2 ROW Manager
State of Utah, Salt Lake County
Oversees right-of-way project needs,coordinating review packages & IDing surplus property needs.
Performs cadastral land surveys to determine DOT properties & right-of-way boundaries & boundary changes
Must be licensed Professional Land Surveyor w/2yrs surveying experience, prefer GIS experience
For more information or to apply, click here

3/12/15
GIS and Data Specialist
West Valley City Public Works / Engineering Division
Knowledge & use of ESRI software, concepts of GIS database design, mapping techniques, GPS field data collection techniques
BS in Geography, GIS, or other related field, 2yrs ArcGIS experience
For more details or to apply, click here

3/12/15
Risk Management Intern
City of Logan, UT
Work on utility pole inspection & replacement program. organize data & upload to map.
For more information or to apply, click here

3/4/15
Fall 2015 Pathways Internship Employment Program (IEP)
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Must be US citizen, current undergraduate or graduate student, applications accepted 3/9-16/15
For more information, click here.  Non-federal service student research-based STEM opportunities for 10wk summer assignment, apply here.

3/3/15
GIS Analyst - full time w/benefits
Horrocks Engineers, Pleasant Grove UT
BS in GIS, geography, planning, cartography, computer science, or related field; 3-6 years experience desired
Experience with ArcGIS Server, ArcSDE, creating & managing web services, working with web & mobile GIS applications including ArcGIS online
AutoCAD and/or MicroStation interaction w/GIS, spatial analysis, improve database management, aerial photography interpretation & map interpolation
Python experience, ESRI Local Government Information Model, SQL Server database, GPS data gathering & "ground to grid" conversion
Closes March 16, 2015.  Send resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , only applicants selected for interview will be contacted.

2/26/15
GIS Intern - Job #03958 ($7.25-$25.00/hr)
UDOT, Calvin Rampton Complex, Salt Lake City
Creates content on ArcGIS, writes metadata, enables tabular data using GIS Desktop tools, edits data geometry & attributes
Must be student seeking degree in geography, knowledge of ArcGIS suite & Microsoft Office
For more information or to apply, click here

2/26/15
Stewardship Director - full-time/benefits
Utah Open Lands, Salt Lake City
Conservation easement monitoring, document violations, advise owner/new owner/local realtors of easement terms
Prepare management plan for appropriate stewardwhip projects, define stewardship needs for land projects, supervise volunteers & interns
BS in natural science; knowledge of GPS & GIS, knowledge of techniques to preserve, restore, & maintain forests, uplands, wetlands, shorelines, wildlife habitats
For more information or to apply, click here

2/18/15
Watershed Coordinator - full time
Kamas Valley Conservation District
Coordinating w/local water quality committees, identifying & developing proposals for funding, develop plans to address non-point sources of water pollution
Solicit landowner/partner agencies/local officials project support, implement watershed improvement projects, assist w/water quality monitoring activities
Leadership & negotiation ability, knowledge of public due process, water quality regulations & conservation practices
BS in hydrology, watershed management, watershed planning, soil science, natural resources or a related field
For more information, click here.  Submit cover letter, resume, and 3 references to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

2/17/15
GIS Intern - part time flex hours between 7:30am & 5:30pm, paid ($8/hr)
Herriman City
Position may last up to 6 months. Resumes not accepted w/o applications. 
For details or to apply, click here.

2/17/15
Survey Technician - $18.50/hr, Full-time
Salt Lake County
Operates & maintains field office & survey equipment, assists in field calculations, data collection & evaluation, maintains accuracy of survey control network
Reads & interprets survey descriptions,investigates complaints & initiates corrective action, maintains inventory of survey monuments & supplies
For more information or to apply, click here.

2/17/15
Mid-Level Environmental Associate - full time w/benefits, telework position in western US
Skeo Solutions, Salt Lake City
Provide technical assistance to communities dealing w/environmental challenges
BS in environmental sciences or related field, proficient w/Microsoft Office, prefer some teaching experience
Prefer Adobe Creative Suite & GIS experience, facilitation or planning experience a plus
Closes March 6, 2015.  Fore more information, click here.  To submit application materials, click here.

2/17/15
14-931: Temporary GIS Assistant/Developer
International Medical Corps - United States
GIS experience w/coding, databases, & risk analysis. Knowledge of ArcGIS software suite & Good Maps API, web programming languages.
For more details or to apply, click here

2/9/15
GIS Technician Internship - paid full time position until July (part time considered)
Davis Demographic & Planning, Inc., Irving TX
Data collection for developing & updating GIS planning databases, geocoding student databases w/ArcGIS, map production
Knowledge of ArcGIS 10.0 or newer, geodatabase concepts, Microsoft Office Suite
Send resume & cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2/9/15
GIS Internship - $15/hr (temporary, part-time)
SITLA (State of Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration), SLC UT
Knowledge of ESRI ArcGIS 10.0, familiarity w/public land survey & legal land description, geodatabase concept & versioning maintenance
Start date March 1st, not to exceed 29 hrs/wk & not to exceed 6 months
For more info, click here.  Email letter of interest and resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

2/3/15
GIS Intern - Part-time (25 hrs/wk-flexible), $12-14/hr, DOQ
Phillips Edison & Company (PECO), Salt Lake City
GIS software or market researach experience required
Contact Joe Kindt, 222 S Main St, Ste 1730, SLC, UT 84101

1/28/15
GIS Technician I - Part time (25 hrs/wk-flexible)
Salt Lake City Streets
10yr personal, criminal and employment background check required
Address geocoding, mapping, data base compilation & maintenance,and CAD
Two years experience or training in civil engineering, computer science, GIS, surveying or related field
For more information, click here.  Apply by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

1/23/15
GIS Technician - full time
Intterra, Castle Rock, CO
Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

1/22/15
GIS Technician-Information Systems Specialist 2
Oregon Department of Transportation
Provide technical customer support/training, analyze/resolve GIS software problems, draft GIS project proposals, develop/maintain GIS based web pages
Spatial analysis, create custom GIS databases, use CAD/GIS scripting languages and automated plotting equipment
AS in computer science or 20 semester hours computer science credits OR 2 yrs computer systems support
GIST analysis experience preferred with excellent communication skills
For more information, click here. Closing date 2/5/15

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.

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