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Public forum on NAIP Imagery – January 25th, 2018 2:00pm-4:30pm

NAIP Public Forum

Reduced funding from federal partners are causing the USDA Farm Service Agency to explore funding and licensing options for NAIP. Recently NorCal URISA was asked to see if we could help have a conversation across the community about NAIP and perhaps bring more use cases and needs forward that might otherwise go unaided. A representative from USDA is planning on attending this meeting and giving a short overview, after that we would like to have an open discussion about use cases for how you have been using NAIP. We are going to be documenting these use cases discussed and assembling them for our friends at the USDA and Save the NAIP so that they can have more examples about the far-reaching benefits of this valuable dataset.

West Sacramento Galleria - 1110 West Capitol Ave, West Sacramento, CA 95691

In addition to an in-person meeting, we are offering an online webinar. Please REGISTER HERE in advance.

Lastly, we would like to thank to Fehr and Peers for their gracious donation of their meeting services for this webinar and the City of West Sacramento for use of their meeting space.

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CGIA Member Spotlight: Steve Kincaid

 Steve Kincaid

Job: GIS Analyst II, City of Redding, CA

Bio: Steve has been a GIS Analyst for the City of Redding for the past 6 ½ years.  He has comprehensive knowledge of GIS in local government, specifically in the areas of ArcGIS Server, ArcGIS Online, and ArcGIS Desktop.  Steve also assists in the administration of the City’s utility asset management system, called Cartegraph, which integrates with GIS.

Steve has worked as a GIS Coordinator/Fisheries Biologist Technician, Senior GIS Specialist, and Programmer/Analyst (USGS, 2004-2005; ENPLAN 2005-2008; Jackson County, OR 2008-2010).  Steve enjoys creating high quality cartographic and meaningful maps and assisting his customers on a daily basis with their mapping needs. As Steve learns more about map apps, he hopes to incorporate tools such as Survey 123, Operations Dashboard, and Insights for ArcGIS.  His career goal is to continue to make the City and all of its customers more efficient through the use of GIS.

Project(s): When Steve worked for the USGS he used GIS/GPS to map the locations of endangered radio tagged short nose and Lost River suckers (fish).  Then using GIS, he compared their spatial distribution with the drop in water quality in Upper Klamath Lake.

Working for ENPLAN Steve helped develop and implement GIS systems for small municipalities in Northern California.  Some of the municipalities include City of Anderson, City of Mt. Shasta, City of Shasta Lake, and City of Corning.

Some of his current projects include analyzing public/private parking capacity and percent occupied in downtown Redding.  Analyzing the density of ADA compliant curb ramp locations across the City and locate deficient areas using heat maps.  Deployment of iPads using ArcGIS Collector for water valve and hydrant inspections.  Utilizing Network Analyst for building a road network and routing services for the Police department’s upcoming implementation of their new public safety software and CAD system.  Creating the City’s Open Data webpage and administration of the City’s organizational ArcGIS Online account.

Anything about yourself? Steve spends most of his free time with his wife and two children riding bikes, boating, swimming, and traveling.  Steve also enjoys outdoor activities including wakeboarding, wakesurfing, golf, and basketball.  You can find Steve on LinkedIn ( or at the City of Redding (, City of Redding Open Data Site (



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GIS Analyst I Position Open at City of Redding



GIS Analyst I

City of Redding, California

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description:

The City of Redding is establishing an eligibility list to fill a full-time vacancy as well as future vacancies that occur during the life of the list. Under direction, incumbents are expected to: operate Geographic Information System (GIS) workstations and software; perform spatial and attribute data creation and maintenance; and difficult analytical work related to GIS. GIS Analyst II is distinguished from GIS Analyst I by journey-level work, typically of greater complexity, and the expectation of working with greater independence on a broader range of GIS-related tasks.

Example of Duties:

Utilizes in-house GIS data in ESRI ArcGIS and/or Autodesk Map format to create routine map exhibits; utilizes GIS data from in-house and outside sources to process special mapping requests for small and large format presentations; researches, verifies, creates, edits and maintains spatial and attribute databases; performs complex queries using database field calculations, derived values and/or summary data for the purpose of creating subsets and/or select sets of spatial and attribute data; creates, modifies, imports, and/or utilizes existing cell or grid based GIS datasets to perform complex spatial analysis using ArcGIS, Spatial Analyst, or 3D Analyst software; performs complex point, polygon and address geocoding and/or linking of external data files to existing georeferenced datasets; performs complex database manipulations in SQL Server, Access, Dbase-files, and/or text files; develops map and attribute data for online publishing and mapping applications; and performs other related duties as assigned.

California Department of Fish and Wildlife – Job Announcement

California Department of Fish and Wildlife - JOB ANNOUNCEMENT POSTING


Sacramento County

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

Who We Are:
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) manages California’s diverse fish, wildlife and plant resources and the habitats upon which they depend. Throughout the organization, CDFW staff are committed to sustaining California’s abundant natural resources. CDFW combines several diverse lines of businesses dedicated to science, conservation and research including: Marine, Ecosystem Conservation, Wildlife, Fisheries, Spill Prevention and Response, Law Enforcement, Fiscal and Information Technology. Located in downtown Sacramento, we are a premier state employer offering competitive salary, excellent benefit packages with opportunity for advancement. We are looking for people who share our interests and dedication to the state’s natural resources and desire to work in a stimulating environment with truly dedicated staff.

What You Will Do:
CDFW has an exciting opportunity for a Research Program Specialist I (GIS) to provide support for the Department’s Fisheries Branch. This position will be part of the Department’s GIS Unit within the Biogeographic Data Branch, but will be housed a few blocks away at the shared Fisheries Branch / Water Branch building, where there is currently 1 additional GIS staff position. Among the programs that this position will play a key role in include the Coastal Monitoring Program, Fishing Regulations data management, and the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) program.

More info

Upcoming NG-911 Workshops (Nov/Dec) sponsored by SoCal URISA


4 GISP CEUs are granted to attendees!

Click to Register - Limit of 35 attendees per workshop

Topics Covered:

  • Why Next Gen 9‐1‐1 (NG9‐1‐1)?
  • Keystakeholders: PSAP, Address, GIS
  • 9‐1‐1 Technology, Terminology & Standards
  • GIS and Next Generation 9‐1‐1
  • Getting Your GIS Ready
  • Real‐World Examples and Lessons Learned


DATE: Tue, November 28, 2017

TIME: 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM PST

San Diego Environmental Services
9601 Ridgehaven Court
San Diego, CA 92123


DATE: Thu, December 7, 2017

TIME: 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM PST

City Of Rancho Cucamonga
10500 Civic Center Drive
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

Jeff Ledbetter, GISP, PMP

  • URISA NG9-1-1 Task Force Member
  • NG9-1-1 Subject Matter Expert and former Program Manager for the San Diego Regional Public Safety Geodatabase (SD-RPSG)
  • Now with Michael Baker International


GIS Day at Ventura College 11/17

Extend your GIS Day through the end of Geography week!
More info at:

Save the Date – GIS-Pro & CalGIS 2018 – Oct 8-11, 2018

CalGIS 2018 will be presented in partnership with URISA's GIS-Pro annual conference. CGIA and the four California URISA Chapters are excited to support this event.

Date & Location: October 8-11, 2018 in Palm Springs!

Check back for more information here:

GIS Day at LA County

LA County is celebrating its 10th GIS Day.  If you are in the area it is one of the larger events out there - with over 50 booths from vendors, county departments, schools, and many presentations.

LA County’s GIS Day is free to attend both for the public and presenters, supported by County departments and funded by the County’s enterprise GIS Program.  We invite you to join us to learn more about how the County, government agencies, private companies, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in  emergency response, social services and administration to make life better in Los Angeles County.

GIS Day 2017 Promotional Flyer – click here


When and where is the event?gisdaybanner

GIS Day will be at Olive Court at Grand Park in Downtown Los Angeles.

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017
9:00am to 3:00pm
Los Angeles County Grand Park, Olive Court
200 N. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Senate Bill S.1253 Introduced – Geospatial Data Act of 2017

This bill was introduced in the Senate on 5/25/2017 to "improve the coordination and use of geospatial data". The lead sponsor of the Geospatial Data Act (S.1253) is Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and the co-sponsors are Senators Mark Warner (D-VA), Dean Heller (R-NV), and Ron Wyden (D-OR).

The Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA) has a good set of links that summarizes the issues and positions of a number of geospatial organizations.

One major impact of this bill, if passed, is that it would require that GIS and mapping services fall under the 1972 Brooks Act requiring those service be limited to licensed architects, engineers, and surveyors.

GIS Day in Irvine – Tuesday Nov, 14 (10am-2pm)

If you're looking for something to do as you gear up for GIS Day 2017, the City of Irvine is holding its annual event a day early on Tuesday Nov. 14.

Info at:

The event includes both exhibits and workshop opportunities.

CAL FIRE RPS1 (GIS) Position in Sacramento

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)
Geographic Information System Specialist



GIS Technician II/I Position Open at Placer County Water Agency

Placer County Water Agency is looking for a temporary GIS Technician II/I. Duties may include:

  • Create maps based upon verbal or written instructions, rough sketches and data collected by field personnel.
  • Use Geographic Information System (GIS) software programs, commands and compilation methods to generate and utilize spatial overlays.
  • Update and maintain the Agency’s GIS database according to established policies and procedures.
  • More...
Minimum Monthly Salary $24.950/Hour (Technician II) / $22.077/Hour (Technician I)
Maximum Monthly Salary $31.842/Hour (Technician II) / $28.175/Hour (Technician I)

Click here to see full details

Senior GIS Specialist position open at Foothill Associates

Foothill Associates, an environmental consulting corporation, is seeking a full-time Senior GIS Specialist in their Rocklin, CA office.

Responsibilities: The Senior GIS Specialist will lead the GIS Division in preparation of presentation-quality maps and other graphics. Additional responsibilities include providing direction and mentoring for GIS staff; development/refinement of map production and analysis procedures; management of workload; quality control; and the collection, processing and analysis of GIS data. New business development including
responding to RFP requests and expanding the customer base for advanced geospatial services is also a significant aspect of this position.

Click here for more details

Save the Date: CalGIS 2018

CalGIS 2018 will be presented in partnership with URISA's GIS-Pro annual conference. Save the Date: October 8-11, 2018 in Palm Springs, CA!

Stay tuned for more info later this year!

2017 CGIA GIS Award Winners

CGIA announced the winners of the 2017 Awards  at the ESRI Conference in San Diego in July.

The winners are:
Advancement of Collaboration Award - Santa Clara Collaborative GIS Group
Exemplary Systems Award - Lorri Peltz-Lewis, US Forest Service
Outstanding Internet Application Award - Tie - Rebecca Ferkovich,
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

Outstanding Internet Application Award - Tie - Alison Dalgity,
Getty Conservation Institute

Chair's Award - Cristi Delgado, City of Berkeley, CA

Continue reading 2017 CGIA GIS Award Winners

CGIA Member Spotlight: An-Min Wu

 An-Min Wu


Lecturer of Spatial Sciences, University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, California

Bio: An-Min Wu teaches GIS courses in the online Geographic Information Science and Technology graduate program and in the interdisciplinary Population, Health and Place PhD program at USC. Her area of expertise is in geospatial analysis and modeling. As she learns more and more about open source GIS and data science, she hopes to incorporate Big Data technologies to solve GIScience problems, particularly about human impacts on the natural environment in various spatial and temporal scales.

An-Min has worked as a GIS analyst, mapping engineer, and mapping project manager (Penn State University, 2004-2005; Magellan Navigation 2005-2008). She enjoys doing fieldwork and making meaningful maps to communicate important environmental issues to people. As her research interests lie in the area of changes in natural environment under human influences using quantitative analyses and geospatial technologies, she works closely on the issues of soil erosion, carbon storage and processes on agricultural landscapes, forests and wetlands in the United States. Her career goal is to use GIS to help making our living environment sustainable.

An-Min received PhD in Land and Atmospheric Science with a minor in Geographic Information Science at University of Minnesota, and the concurrent Master’s degrees in Soil Science and Environmental Pollution Control at The Pennsylvania State University.

Project(s): In her Ph.D. dissertation research, An-Min examined the effect of agricultural erosion and deposition to soil organic carbon in depressional landscapes of Minnesota. With GIS technologies and associated software/languages such as ArcGIS, SAGA-GIS, Python, and R, she developed upslope terrain attributes to better predict the spatial redistribution of soil mass and soil organic carbon under this human disturbance.

Her favorite project to-date is her master’s thesis research in land suitability modeling for winegrape vineyards, the ‘terroir’, in Pennsylvania. She worked with farmers and grape experts to build the Pennsylvania Site Assessment System (PASAS) that employed 13 critical climate parameters, soil properties, and topographic characteristics for specific sites throughout nine Pennsylvania Counties. The PASAS model was then built into a web mapping application for current and potential farmers in assessing site quality for winegrape growing. The database development and spatial statistics skills as well as collaboration experience she learned from the project are invaluable to her personal life and GIS career.

Before teaching at USC, An-Min worked as a postdoctoral associate with US Forest Service Northern Research Station and University of Minnesota to detect changes in soil carbon density in US forests. She identified soil organic carbon variability and determined the minimum detectable changes in soil organic carbon for main forest type groups under the current sampling scheme, and provided suggestions for future soil sampling protocols in US Forest Services’ Forest Analysis and Inventory National Program.

Her recent new course in the Population, Health, and Place program allows her to explore current GIS research on public health. In turn, she also plans to integrate GIS with environmental health data to understand spatial correlations between human health and our living environment. She is currently investigating spatial distributions of soil lead from residential households and is looking into the link between soil lead and children’s blood lead level.

Anything about yourself? An-Min enjoys meeting new people, travelling, practicing karate, and doing outdoor activities including hiking, rock climbing and scuba diving. Most of these activities, however, are currently in place of playing with her 2-year-old. You can find An-Min on her social media accounts including LinkedIn ( and Twitter (

LA County Geographic Information Officer (GIO) position is open

LA County has opened its GIO position to outside entities.  This is a great opportunity for those seeking the challenge of running a large GIS operation in the largest County in the United States!

View job posting

$126,684.00 - $166,152.00 Annually

GIS Director position at Maricopa Orchards in Fresno

Job Summary:

Maricopa Orchards is seeking a qualified Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP) to manage company mapping software along with geographical information and data related to our organization. The GISP candidate will develop our custom GIS database and mapping analysis.  The GISP will also integrate existing company software and data necessary for capturing, managing, analyzing and displaying all forms of geographic information.  In addition, the candidate must be able to collaborate with IT disciplines to ensure that necessary changes to the information technology environment are instituted with an appropriate level of quality, cost, and consistency.

Click here for more info & to apply.

CGIA & SoCal URISA Pizza Night at 2017 Esri User Conference

Hello Everyone,

In conjunction with Geospatial LA and Geospatial San Diego, CGIA and SoCal URISA are hosting “pizza night” for their members and those interested in joining. It should be fun and lively! Pizza will be provided, yum!

Feel free to bring a friend and introduce them to the CGIA family, we hope they will all want to join us.

Here is the flyer for the event and location (click here to download flyer).

Event details:

Monday, July 10th
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Basic Urban Kitchen
410 10th Ave
San Diego, CA

Please RSVP just so we can get a count: .

Hope to see you there.