Friday, September 18, 2015

LiDAR Specialist jobs at Washington Geological Survey

State of Washington
Dept. of Natural Resources

invites applications for the position of:
ITS 3-LiDAR Specialist
SALARY: $4,237.00 - $5,557.00 Monthly
$50,844.00 - $66,684.00 Annually

OPENING DATE: 09/14/15
CLOSING DATE: 09/30/15 11:59 PM

Service, Science, Sustainability
Under the leadership of the Commissioner of Public Lands, our work at the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is done with the public’s interest in mind, which means transparency and public knowledge.  Our decisions are guided by sound science as we manage state trust lands, native ecosystems and natural resources. We support the vision of a sustainable future by protecting and managing the natural resources so future generations will have them.

DNR manages over 5 million acres of state-owned land that includes forest, range, commercial, agricultural and aquatic lands. We generate revenue that supports public schools, state institutions and county services. But managing lands is only half of our story. We also protect other public resources such as fish, wildlife, water, and provide public access to outdoor recreation. Two of our largest and most important state-wide resource protection responsibilities are fire prevention and suppression, and overseeing forest practices.

The DNR has an annual operating budget of approximately $187 million and has over 1200 permanent employees with approximately 300 additional staff hired during the summer fire season.

We have some of the most talented people in the industry.  We honor diversity in the workplace and support one another with respect and trust.  We invite you to learn more about our culture, our careers, and why some of the top forestry and natural science professionals have joined Washington DNR by visiting our DNR website.  
 ITS 3 
LiDAR Specialist

Recruitment #2015-09-7389-09163
SALARY RANGE:            $4,237 – $5,557 per month  
TYPE OF POSITION:       Permanent, Full-time.   This position is represented by the WFSE.  
Important Note:   Once appointed to this position the incumbent will be required to pay union dues or other representation fees within the first 30 days of employment.
LOCATION:                      Olympia, Washington
CLOSES:                          September 30, 2015
                                           Note: It is to your advantage to submit your materials sooner
                                           than later. Recruitment may close at any time without
                                           prior notification
This position serves as the GIS expert for the DNR-DGER LiDAR program on LiDAR derived products such as contours, aspect, slope, and shaded relief maps for use by hazard geologists, the public, and other agencies. The LiDAR Section’s main task is to maintain digital data structure, integrity, security, and performance of lidar data by collecting, storing, analyzing, and delivering high-resolution LiDAR and derivatives to the public, DNR, and other agencies and LiDAR products.  This position provides the derived LiDAR products, produces data layers for the Geology Portal, and performs additional quality control of the lidar data.  As a research project leader, they independently develop LiDAR based topographical derivatives, set priorities for product development, and act as internal consultant on derivative products.

  • BS in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) program
  • Two years of experience working in GIS creating shapefiles, geodatabases, and features
  • Two years of experience working with LiDAR data, interpretation, production (point cloud processing, etc.), and analysis
  • Demonstrated experience in GIS consultation, raster/vector analysis, system design, and technical support
  • Demonstrated experience in programing languages (Python, VB, C#, JavaScript, etc.)
  • Excellent attention to detail; must be able to analyze, edit, and modify spatial data 
  • MS in geography, GIS, informatics, computer science, geology, or closely related field
  • Four years of demonstrated working experience in GIS consultation, raster/vector analysis, system design, and technical support
  • Two years of experience in programing languages (Python, VB, C#, JavaScript, etc.)
  • Familiarity with commercial photogrammetric software packages, e.g. SocetSet
  • Duty station is the Natural Resource Building in Olympia. Incumbent is expected to work 40 hours per week within normal weekday office hours (M-F, 8:00 to 4:30).
This recruitment is open to anyone who meets the required qualifications for this position.
To be considered you must apply online at (Click on the APPLY button above)
Submit the following:
  • Attach a letter of interest describing how your experience and qualifications relate to the position profile, required and desired position qualifications, and special position requirements.  
  • Attach your Resume – do not add it into the text of the application, it must be an attachment.
  • The names of three to five professional references – you may attach a document, use the References text field in the online application, or include with resume. 
  • Carefully review your application materials before submitting. 
  • You may not reapply for this posting for 30 days.
Questions?  Please contact Dave Norman at phone number (360) 902-1439 or or e-mail us at 
By submitting the application materials you are indicating that all information is true and correct to the best of your knowledge.  You understand that the state may verify information and that untruthful or misleading information is cause for removal from applicant pool or dismissal if employed.
This announcement is published by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR).  The DNR is an equal opportunity employer.  Persons with a disability who need assistance during the screening process or those needing this announcement in an alternative format may contact DNR Recruiting staff (360) 902-1350 or (360) 902-1097.  DNR may be contacted using the Washington State Telecommunications Relay Service (TTY) by dialing 711.

ITS 3-LiDAR Specialist Supplemental Questionnaire
* 1. Do you have a bachelors of science (BS)BS in a EM (science, technology, engineering, and math) program?

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* 2. Do you have two (2) years of experience working in GIS creating shapefiles, geodatabases, and features?

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* 3. Do you have two (2) years of experience working with LiDAR data, interpretation, production (point cloud processing, etc.), and analysis?

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* 4. Do you have demonstrated experience in GIS consultation, raster/vector analysis, system design, and technical support?

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* 5. Do you have demonstrated experience in programming languages (Python, VB, C#, JavaScript, etc.)?

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* 6. Do you have excellent attention to detail?

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* 7. Are you able to analyze, edit, and modify spatial data?

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* 8. Where did you originally hear about this job (i.e. friend, newspaper,, specific job board website)?

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Job opening: Associate Director, Bureau of Economic Geology, UT Austin

The Bureau of Economic Geology at The University of Texas at Austin invites applications for a leadership position overseeing the Energy Division. The Associate Director, Energy Division, at the Bureau is responsible for a broad research portfolio comprising over 70 scientists, engineers, and economists with an international reputation for conducting objective, basic, and applied research. For additional information, please go to:

The Energy Division conducts approximately two-thirds of the current Bureau research effort. This component of the Bureau focuses on research involving energy resources, primarily oil and natural gas. It includes 10 Industrial Associates programs for basic research, as well as numerous sponsored-research projects funded by the State of Texas, the DOE, and individual companies or groups of companies.

Main areas of focus include salt tectonics, carbonate and clastic reservoir characterization, mudrock systems, fracture characterization and prediction, multicomponent seismic applications, computational seismology, geofluids, and energy economics. We are noted for bringing insight and innovation from outcrop and core studies to the evolving science of reservoir characterization. With 70% of in-place reserves typically remaining in the ground at the time of oil field abandonment, this research has enduring economic and societal importance.

The Bureau of Economic Geology, with a staff of 250 including approximately 60 graduate student research assistants, is the oldest research unit of The University of Texas at Austin. We enjoy outstanding IT resources and support. The Bureau has a diverse workforce and extensive laboratory facilities, and operates the largest rock-core collection in the United States (~1500 miles of core). The highly ranked Jackson School of Geosciences is the largest U.S. geoscience program.

Associate Director for Energy
Job Posting # 15-06-24-02-0381
SALARY RANGE: Commensurate with experience
TYPE OF POSITION: Permanent, Full-time
LOCATION: Austin, Texas
CLOSES: September 25, 2015
(Note: It is to your advantage to submit your material sooner than later as this recruitment may close at any time without prior notification.)

Coordinate and manage research in the Energy Division of the Bureau, staying aware of current research progress, identifying areas of potential synergies between projects, and ensuring that necessary collaboration occurs. Coordinate with Bureau Environmental Division, seeking staffing synergies and collaboration opportunities. Identify new research directions and plan for appropriate staffing by internal transfer or recruiting and hiring. Work with staff and the directorate to seek and develop new funding opportunities consistent with Bureau strategies, skills and budgetary needs. Develop in-depth contacts in industry, federal and state governments, and selected foundations. Develop broad collaborative efforts with other units in the Jackson School, across UT, in other universities, national labs and beyond. Promote the Bureau through presentations to external audiences, interactions with the media, outreach to the education community, hosting industry and governmental guests, and participation in Bureau events. Optimize organizational structure to ensure good supervision and timely identification of performance issues and promotional candidates. Supervise approximately 10 direct reports and a 70 member Division. Participate in discussions with Bureau Directorate regarding tactics and strategies for the Bureau and support the Director broadly. Work with administrative support staff on routine matters including payroll; recruiting; proposals for funding; travel, access, and external employment approvals; information technology; infrastructure improvements; etc. Track budget status in each major project (Industrial Associates Programs, Sponsored Research Projects etc.) and work with PIs to resolve issues with budgets or deliverables.

Master’s Degree in geosciences or closely related subject; at least 10 years of supervisory or managerial experience; evidence of commitment to research and publication; enthusiasm for collaboration with industry; excellent communications skills; and a track record of multi-tasking. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

PhD in geosciences, 15 or more years energy industry experience, leadership role in energy industry.

Licenses: Class "C" Operator's Driver's License. Applicant selected must provide a current three year Driving Record from the current state of residence. If not currently a Texas resident, must obtain a Texas Driver's License within 30 days after entering Texas as a new resident. May work around standard office conditions Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation Occasional weekend, overtime, and evening work to meet deadlines. Occasional travel intrastate, interstate, international. Occasional fieldwork as necessary. Occasionally drive UT vehicle.


Wednesday, September 09, 2015

GIS Coordinator position, Maine Geological Survey


Department/Bureau: Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry
Open: September 10, 2015 Close: October 7, 2015
Class Code: 9554 Location: Augusta
Position Number: 01730-0311 Position Type: Permanent Full Time
Grade: 20 Salary Range: $41,516.80 - $55,910.40* (*includes 30% salary adjustment)

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The Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry is recruiting to fill the position of GIS Coordinator in Augusta Maine.

BRIEF JOB DESCRIPTION: This is advanced technical services work in operating the Maine Geological Survey’s Geographic Information System. This position will be responsible for compiling, loading and quality checking geologic field data from staff and contractors in order to produce surficial, bedrock, hydrogeologic and/or marine geologic maps in ArcGIS 10.x. A commitment to craftsmanship is expected. The position requires a high level of organization and attention to detail in maintaining the MGS Publications, Map Status, and Mapping Databases. The position will operate large-format ink jet plotters and a wide-format digital scanner. In addition, the position uses graphics software to combine figures, diagrams, and images with text for map and report publications. It will also assist with natural resource geospatial analysis. Work is performed under general supervision and in collaboration with staff geologists.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A six (6) year combination of education, training, and/or experience directly related to the operation, development, and/or maintenance of GIS systems.

The preferred candidate would have an undergraduate degree in geology or a related natural science and/or at least three (3) years of relevant GIS and geology work experience. Preference will be given to candidates with experience using ArcGIS 10.x to display complex natural resource data features. A strong knowledge of cartography and map design in the geologic disciplines of bedrock, glacial, marine, and/or hydrogeology is strongly preferred. Work experience and/or education in geologic field mapping is highly desired. MGS makes broad use of the Microsoft Office applications – Access, Excel, Word and PowerPoint – so proficiency with these tools is necessary. Any experience with Python scripting for ArcGIS and/or database ad hoc querying is a plus.

APPLICATION INFORMATION: Candidates interested in this position must submit a Direct Hire Application, cover letter and a detailed resume to:

Natural Resources Service Center
Thomas Cotnoir, HR Generalist
155 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333

You may email all of the required documentation to: - OR - you can fax your material to 207-287-2216

All Direct Hire Application materials must be received no later than 5:00 pm on the closing date of this posting: Direct Hire Application forms can be obtained by accessing the NRSC website at or by contacting the NRSC Personnel Office at 624-6370.

Friday, September 04, 2015

Planning underway for AASG 2016 annual meeting in Alaska

Assistant State Geologist position open in Washington

WMS-Band 2
Assistant State Geologist/Assistant Division Manager

Recruitment # 2015-09-7391-08664

SALARY RANGE:            $5,550 – $6,707 per month plus comprehensive benefit package and retirement
TYPE OF POSITION:       Permanent, Full-time

LOCATION:                     Olympia, Washington

CLOSES:                         September 21, 2015
Note: It is to your advantage to submit your materials sooner than later. (Recruitment may close at any time without prior notification)
This position provides technical information and science-based recommendations to local, state, and federal government via publication of geological and hazard maps that promote the safety, health, and welfare of the citizens of Washington, protect the environment, and support its economy. It has oversight of and tracks progress on all major projects, helps guide research, and has major decision-making responsibilities, including implementing the Geological Survey Act, the DGER Strategic Plan, the DNR Strategic Plan and the DGER Emergency Response Plan. The control and influence of the position includes the following programs: Landslides, Volcanoes, Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Abandoned Mine Lands, Mineral Hazards, Geological Mapping, Lidar, Library, and Publication & GIS. This position is also responsible for management of the associated biennial budget of approximately $6.7 million.


·         Masters in Geology;
·         Geologist license;
·         Management experience;
·         Documented public speaking; makes presentations to the public, staff, professional engineers and geologists, executive management, tribes, other government agencies, and other DNR programs;
·         Scientific and professional writing ability;
·         Leadership qualities;
·         Requires exceptionally strong written and oral communication skills;
·         Science background in Washington state geology, mapping, and geological hazards;
·         Must be able to evaluate complex research and modeling projects.
 ·         Licensed Engineering Geologist and/or Licensed Hydrogeologist.
·         2 years of management experience.
·         Valid driver’s license.


 ·         Occasional overnight travel is required.
·         The employee may need to walk over rough or steep terrain in inclement weather.

Questions?  Please contact Dave Norman at 360-902-1439 or or e-mail us at