Monday, November 17, 2008

GIS Analyst: Commercial wind and solar energy generation

Job Description

GIS Analyst

Scope of Position
Support development team of commercial wind and solar energy generation facilities by creating static and Interactive maps for site analysis, presentation, publication for wind and solar generation layouts.

Reports To: Regional Director
Location: Escondido, CA or San Ramon, CA
Division/Department: Development

Working Conditions
85% of the time is spent in the office environment, utilizing computers (frequent use of ArcGIS 9.x, Global Mapper, Microsoft Office (primarily Excel and Access)), telephones and general office equipment. 10%-15% of the time is spent in the field, working to collect GPS or analytical data.

  • Create high-quality static and interactive maps for site analysis, presentation, publication, wind & solar generation layouts.
  • Assess and validate model results from resource assessment team with respect to development constraints.
  • Provide spatial planning support, conduct analytical studies, and validate development constraints, permits, and conditions.
  • Use variety of multiple resources and data layers to develop maps and databases of property information for site developers, including project boundaries and ownership, wind data, transmission lines, etc.
  • Coordinate with corporate GIS staff to maintain standard management of GIS data
  • Support staff and consultants in analyzing sites for environmental & development permitting.
  • Coordinate use of outside consultants for additional GIS, surveying, modeling, analytical, environmental and development activities.
  • Assist in designing wind turbine layouts.
  • Occasional field work to validate proposed development via GPS.
  • Assist with in-house graphic design work for small publications.
  • All other job related duties as assigned by the manager or his/her designee.
  • 2-3 years experience in using GIS software for analytical decision support and communicative cartography including:
    • Data collection
    • Site suitability analysis
    • Vector data geoprocessing
    • Raster spatial analysis
    • Final, high-quality production cartography
  • Extensive knowledge of ESRI software including
    • ArcGIS 9.x
      • Spatial Analyst
      • 3D Analyst
    • Global Mapper
  • Experience using GPS technology to collect or validate field data.
    • Trimble data collectors preferred
    • Post-processing experience desirable
  • Working knowledge of the following is desirable:
    • AutoCAD (Map3D, LDD, or Civil3D preferred)
    • Scripting or programming for repetitive task automation (ArcObjects, VBA, VB, C++, C#, Python, AML)
  • BA/BS in GIS Geography, Envronmental studies or similar
  • Cursory knowledge of solar site assessment or software is favorable (PVSol, PVSys, etc).
  • Cursory knowledge of wind modeling or turbine siting and software is favorable (WAsP, Meteodyne, WindSim, Wind Farmer, Open Wind, etc).
  • BA/BS in GIS Geography, Environmental studies or similar.
  • Willing and able to learn new technical skills involving industry-specific software and or/techniques.
  • Familiarity with environmental issues, assessments, permitting, wind and solar energy, and electrical utility desirable.
  • Priority management, multi-tasking, flexibility, attention to detail, and creativity are required.
  • Applicant must be intuitive, accurate, hard working and professional.
  • Able to work with diverse group of individuals (county assessor/regional GIS agents, surveyors, land use agents, project developers).
  • Strong and clear interpersonal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and as member of a team.
  • Always willing and wanting to "take the extra step" to achieve quality work and bring value to the team and company.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Geography Positions for the US Census Bureau

The Los Angeles Regional Census Center of the US Census Bureau currently has 3 job announcements posted. These are supervisory, technical and clerical positions that we will be filling to build our Geography staff for the 2010 Census. Depending on
the announcement, the educational and experience qualifications vary. The positions are located in Northridge, CA.

Geographic Specialist (multiple positions)
Geographic Clerk (multiple positions)
Secretary (1 position)
(A Geographic Lead Clerk announcement will open in the next few weeks, please check the website below on an ongoing basis.)

A complete job description and the application procedures can be found at the following website:

Please refer to the 3 steps for a successful application located at the top of the page for guidelines on how to complete you application in order to be considered the position to which you are applying.

Salary : $40,752 - $72,286
DUTIES: The incumbent performs geographic support activities for decennial censuses and surveys. Geographic activities include: improvement of the Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing system, (TIGER); update of the Master Address File (MAF) for designated areas; maps for use in geographically structuring census operations; and geographic correction activities. In addition, the incumbent provides guidance, advice, and assistance to departmental geographers, statisticians, and headquarters personnel. The incumbent will be required to establish and maintain long-term partnerships with state, tribal, and local governments regarding the exchange of paper maps and geo-spatial data including GIS data and address files. Incumbent will communicate the designs, requirements, and timelines of census programs to federal, state, tribal, and local officials by making telephone calls, attending meetings, and traveling to regional conferences. Participates in training regional office staff to improve use and availability of TIGER. Participates in the hiring
and training interviewer staff to create additional address lists as needed. Incumbent will perform a variety of GIS analysis on data received from local governments to determine suitability for use in the Master Address File and the TIGER modernization program.

Salary: TBA
DUTIES: Leads 8 to 10 lower grade employees who do digitizing, map production and
update census maps. Assists employees by answering questions and resolving
problems. Assists in the orientation of new employees by explaining work in general and providing on-the-job training. Edits previously digitized data for completeness and accuracy according to established standards and identifies and works to correct specific
deficiencies based on the editing. Edits may be performed using graphic plots or specialized interactive data edit systems at various scales.

Salary: $29,405
DUTIES: The incumbent performs clerical support duties associated with the geography program. Works on Census 2010 geographic programs. Receives, sorts, opens, controls and routes incoming mail. Maintains correspondence files. Receives telephone and personal callers and directs them to appropriate office employees based on knowledge of employees’ areas of responsibility. Maintains a variety of logs. Maintains stockroom supply levels. Operates various office machines. Performs other clerical duties as required.

Salary: $32,898
DUTIES: The incumbent of this position serves as a geographic secretary in the Regional Census Center (RCC). The secretary is responsible for receiving telephone calls and visitors, and referring callers to appropriate offices. The secretary may maintain an appointment calendar, advising individuals when appointments must be rescheduled, and arranging mutually convenient times. The incumbent also makes arrangements for meetings, travel arrangements for supervisor and staff, and prepares related travel vouchers and reports. The secretary receives and controls mail, routing items to appropriate offices. The secretary may assemble background information for supervisors, and notify supervisors of any pending delays related to the RCC. The incumbent reviews outgoing correspondence for conformance with instructions, grammar, and typographical accuracy. The secretary may also provide advice to secretaries in subordinate units concerning matters such as time and attendance, etc...

Thursday, June 12, 2008


The Contra Costa County Public Works Department has an excellent career opportunity for individuals interested in an Environmental Analyst I or Environmental Analyst II position. The Department currently has two vacancies in the Environmental Division and both positions are located in Martinez, California. Dependent upon the qualifications of the applicants, the Department may hire at either level. If you are interested and qualify for both positions, you must submit separate applications for each level.

Environmental Analysts assist with facilitating environmental compliance for road and flood protection projects in the San Francisco Bay Area. Duties will include: Coordinating with Public Works staff planning for public infrastructure projects, preparing public disclosure documents for the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), preparing studies in support of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and preparing regulatory permit applications and negotiating permit conditions. Other tasks will include but are not limited to: planning, scheduling, assigning and reviewing the work of consultants relative to evaluation and assessment of potential environmental impacts of proposed Public Works Maintenance and capital improvement projects.

We offer excellent management benefits such as education reimbursement, professional development allowance, health and life Insurance options, 13 holidays, 3 weeks of vacation, 70 hours of management administrative leave, retirement and deferred compensation, employee wellness program, Credit Union and more.

The eligible list established from this examination may remain in effect for six (6) months.
Minimum Qualifications:
Both Levels:

License Required: Valid California Driver’s License

Education: Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in ecology, geography, environmental resource planning, natural resources management or other closely related natural sciences field which must have included successful completion of 12 semester or 18 quarter units of college coursework in the biological, ecological or natural resources science fields.

Substitution for Academic Major: One (1) year of full-time (or its equivalent) experience in the public or private sector conducting environmental analysis of public infrastructure projects may be substituted for the academic major.

Environmental Analyst I:

Internal Substitution for Education: Experience in the classification of Environmental Assistant for Contra Costa County along with the successful completion of 12 semester or 18 quarter units of college coursework in the biological, ecological or natural resources sciences fields may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.

Experience: None required

Environmental Analyst II:

Internal Substitution for Education: Incumbency in the class of Environmental Analyst I for Contra Costa County may be substituted for the Bachelor’s degree.

Experience: Two (2) years of full-time (or its equivalent) professional experience in public infrastructure environmental analysis and/or activity which included securing regulatory permits and preparing CEQA(California Environmental Quality Act)/NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) documents.

Please submit your official or unofficial transcripts along with your application. If you are applying online, you may scan them and attach them to your application or you may fax them to the Human Resources Department (Attn: Teji O'Malley) at (925) 335-1797 or mail them to 651 Pine Street, 2nd Floor, Martinez, CA 94553.
Selection Process:
1. Application Filing: Applicants are encouraged to apply online and may do so at or a Contra Costa County application must be received or postmarked by the final filing date listed above. An application may be obtained by visiting our office at 651 Pine St., 2nd floor, Martinez, CA 94553. Please see HOW TO APPLY on the reverse side of this announcement for additional locations to apply. To view the typical tasks, knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with this position, please visit our website to see the detailed job description.

2. Oral Interview: An oral interview will be conducted by a Qualifications Appraisal Board in Martinez, Ca. The Board will evaluate candidates in job-related areas. Candidates must receive a rating of at least 70 from a majority of the Board members to be ranked on the employment list. (Weighted 100%)

The Human Resources Department may change the examination steps noted above in accordance with Personnel Management Regulations and accepted selection practices.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Land Management Internships - SSU Galbreath Preserve

Land-Management Internships

at SSU’s Galbreath Wildlands Preserve

SSU recently acquired a 3,670 acre nature preserve in southern Mendocino County and has hired a team of interns to assist the Preserve Director with a variety of land management activities.

We hope to hire two additional interns this semester and are soliciting applications. Students can work up to 20 hours/week and are paid $10.25/hour. Applicants must be able to work on weekends and have at least one day during the week free to work at the preserve.

A partial list of duties is as follows:

maintaining, developing and mapping hiking trails;

installing signage throughout the preserve;

maintaining species lists for groups of organisms found at preserve;

mapping non-native plant species and initiating eradication programs;

monitoring the progression of forest diseases (e.g. Sudden Oak Death) and feral pigs at the preserve; and

providing logistical support to students, faculty and off-campus visitors that use the preserve.

Applicants must have background in biology, geology, environmental studies and/or land management. In addition, applicants must be willing and able to work in a rugged and remote location for long periods often under physically demanding circumstances. A valid driver’s license and safe driving record are required.

If interested in applying for one of these positions, please email Dr. Hall Cushman ( a letter of interest, a resume and the names of and contact information for two references.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Environmental Scientist/Geologist

EBA Engineering, a well established, growing North Bay environmental firm, seeks motivated environmental professionals, entry level and experienced. Phase I-III, UST, monitoring, remediation, sampling, report prep; Writing skills essential. Med/401K EOE


  • Compensation: DOE
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  • Please, no phone calls about this job!
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Environmental Compliance Specialist

Environmental Compliance Specialist

High energy Environmental Services Company is currently seeking an Environmental Compliance Specialist to assist our environmental compliance team in various locations throughout California. Candidate must have a BS/BA in environmental science, law, engineering or related field. Position is entry level to 2 years experience. Training is provided for inspection techniques and regulatory requirements.

Responsibilities to include:

v Support ongoing compliance programs related to underground storage tank facilities.

v Perform field inspections and complete associated reports.
Prepare environmental compliance documents.

v Research and review applicable regulations and interface with regulatory agencies.

v Assist in maintaining regulatory database and compliance tracking system.

This job requires ability to work independently, attention to detail and focus on quality. Candidate must have excellent writing, verbal communication, research, & problem solving skills.

Benefits and Compensation:

•Competitive salary with excellent growth potential
•Company sponsored health and dental insurance
•401K program with company match
•Profit sharing
•Paid vacation, holidays, and sick days

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