Utah Department of Natural Resources: Senior GIS Analyst/Audio Visual Media Specialist

Salary: $19.42 – $33.41 Hourly
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Job Type: Full Time
Agency: 560 Department of Natural Resources
Job Number: 11968
Closing date and time: 5/29/2017 at 11:59 PM Mountain Time (US & Canada)

Job Description
Do you enjoy the challenge of creating complex GIS projects and databases and have some experience with audio visual equipment?  If so, the Division of Oil, Gas & Mining has the job for you! We are recruiting for a Senior GIS Analyst/Audio Visual Media Specialist to complete GIS projects and operate scanning/imaging and/or photographic, audio-visual or related equipment for the division.

Principal Duties
The Senior GIS Analyst/Audio Visual Media Specialist will:

  • use ESRI solutions to create, analyze, manage, integrate and share various spatial information and help non-GIS staff to use GIS applications
  • provide ad-hoc mapping, data and services for division business units
  • set up and operate audio/visual equipment and lighting controls for film and video productions
  • execute a process for discovering, framing, implementing and documenting the impact of effective information products
  • travel statewide to locate locations for GIS purposes and film productions
  • edit film and video productions

The Ideal Candidate
The model candidate for this position is someone who:

  • has an understanding of ESRI technology solutions and GIS best practices
  • has the ability to create, complete and maintain high level or complex GIS projects and supporting databases
  • has the ability and knowledge to operate scanning/imaging and/or photographic, audio-visual or related equipment
  • has the ability and knowledge to use sound recording equipment and videography equipment

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Reflections on the 2017 NSGIC Midyear Meeting

NSGIC’s State Caucus Meeting

Annapolis, MD: Josh Groeneveld and Kasey Hansen (UGIC Board Members)

The National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) held its Midyear Meeting in Annapolis, MD from February 27th – March 2nd.  Representatives from 27 states and the District of Columbia were in attendance to collaborate, share best practices and learn about the latest geospatial advancements, particularly in the federal space.  

NSGIC promotes the philosophy of “make it once, use it a bunch”.  There is so much value to all involved in terms of time and effort saved if we can share existing solutions and best practices.  When we have to explain what GIS is to a non-professional, we often hear things like, “Hasn’t everything already been mapped?”  

Not at all!  It was apparent at the Midyear Meeting that there are still challenges creating data in a timely fashion and sharing it with stakeholders across all levels of government. Many national data programs have been implemented for the purpose of addressing these challenges. For first-timers at NSGIC, the sheer number of programs can feel a little overwhelming (not to mention the abundance of federal acronyms!), however the purpose and goal of each program was discussed thoroughly at the meeting.  Even so, while many GIS professionals may be willing to share data, some are under legal constraints to not share data because of privacy concerns.  There are also concerns of some “shared” datasets where the authoritative agency can submit their data into a database and then never see the resulting product.  Some of the hot-button topics at the meeting were Next-Generation 911, the USGS 3D Elevation Program (3DEP), open data, and the GIS Inventory.  

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