GIS Technican – Washington D.C.

Location: Washington D.C., United States
Posted: April 04, 2014
Employment Type: Full Time
Contact Info:
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
2121 Ward Court, NW, 5th Floor
Washington DC, 20037
United States
Phone: 202-974-5153

 Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is a national nonprofit organization advocating for healthier lifestyles by creating a nationwide network of public trails seeks a GIS Technician in the National office located in Washington, DC. This is an entry level position.

Core Job Duties:

digitizing and maintaining spatial data; locate new multi-use trail data and update data for existing trails; fulfill the strategies and goals related to TrailLink; and assist with locating data for research projects.

Job Requirements/Qualifications:

strong grasp of the ArcGIS platform; experience creating large datasets from digitization; experience working with GPS data; proficiency with ESRI’s ArcGIS platform and ArcSDE data; experience with image interpretation/verification; experience locating project-specific datasets and working with Census data (including ACS) and other government datasets is desirable; excellent communication and interpersonal skills required to listen to and interpret non-technical user requests or problems and clearly communicate technical ideas and concepts to GIS operators and users, and non-GIS users. For a detailed job announcement, please visit our website at and then click on careers at the bottom of the page.

To Apply:

(Choose one form of transmitting your resume. No phone calls please).

Mail, fax or email cover letter, resume, and three professional references to:

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Attention: Elton A. Clark, Human Resources Office, 2121 Ward Court, NW, 5thFloor, Duke Ellington Building; Fax: 202-223-9257; Email:

Women and diverse candidates are encouraged to apply. EOE



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GIS job opportunity – Brownsburg, IN

Floodplain Consultants Incorporated is advertising for a GIS-related position. Geographers w/ GIS skills are encouraged to apply. Details below…



Position: National Flood Insurance Program Technician
Floodplain Consultants Incorporated
800 East 56th Street, Brownsburg, Indiana 46112
Phone No. 317-858-4420

Contact: Wayne C. Capek, Jr., President/CEO or Tom Luken, VP Operations

Pay/Benefits: Starting Pay: $14.00 per hour (pay increases with education and/or
experience). Average Overtime Hours 5 per week, Profit Sharing Bonus Program. (Estimated Annual Pay with Overtime and Profit Sharing $38,000) Individual Heahh Insurance paid by company. 100 percent company match 401k retirement program after one year. 10 paid vacation days plus one additional day per year of service.

Educational Requirement: Bachelors or Associates Degree in Geography is preferred However, the NFIP Technician position does not require a specific Bachelor or Associates Degree. Consideration will be given for prior work experience.

Description: A NFIP Technician determines if buildings and/or properties are in or out of the Special F1ood Hazard Area (floodplain) as defined by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The flood risk determination is completed by using Flood Insurance Rate Maps published by FEMA. Street maps, plat maps, tax parcel maps, USGS 7.5 min. quad maps, aerial photography and a variety of other maps are used to help plot the location of each building and/or property. The ability to plot a legal description is an essential element in locating new or rural route properties. In addition to paper maps, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are also used to locate properties along with
proprietary database information. In addition a wide variety of internet based mapping sites are utilized when researching properties.

It is also necessary for the technician to communicate with clients to answers questions about specific flood zone certifications, request additional information, and to resolve problem certifications. A basic understanding of the laws and regulations of the National Flood Insurance Program and Indiana Floodplain Management is a helpful but not required. Also, it is necessary to have a basic understanding of the mortgage loan process and related concerns of our clients in order to provide superior service that exceeds client expectations.

Some properties are visited in person in order to complete the determinations. On occasion, site visits to properties are conducted by the technician requiring one day or less per week in the field. A site visit trip may require the technician to take field measurements to properly located buildings on the FIRM using a measuring wheel or tape. Additional research at a county court house may be necessary to obtain a plat, legal description, aerial photograph etc… FCI travel area is usually limited to Indiana and the surrounding States and most trips do not require an overnight stay.

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GIS Technician Job Vacancy

Nonprofit organization, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, has announced an entry level GIS technician job opportunity in Washington D.C.. This organization advocates for healthier lifestyles “ by creating a nationwide network of public trails, many from former rail lines and connecting corridors.” This position’s duties include digitizing data for Rails-to-Trails’ database, maintaining spatial data, assist other staff members with GIS and map requests. An ideal candidate would have extensive experience with ArcGIS, relational databases, remote sensing data, GPS data, and experience creating SQL queries. Additionally, working with Census data, experience with Google Maps, and GIS programming experience is a plus. A bachelor’s degree in Geography, Urban Planning, Computer Science or a related field will suffice as adequate education/experience.


Because I live in the D.C. area, I already knew about this organization. I visited their official webpage and navigated to careers. This opportunity has been posted on other search engines as well, such as GIS Jobs Clearinghouse and given keywords “GIS” and “Washington D.C.”.


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GIS scholarship

GENI/GIS Scholarship Oppt.

Geography / GIS students:  Please consider submitting an application for a GIS Scholarship from the GITA Mid-Atlantic Chapter & the EnerGIS Conference.

Five $500 and one $1000 scholarships will be awarded.
The winner of our $1000 scholarship will be granted the opportunity to present his or her project to the EnerGIS conference this September!
Please complete the attached application and an abstract of your project or presentation!

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Paid Internship Opportunity

This particular internship opportunity is located in Fishers Town Hall in Fishers Indiana. It is a paid internship that pays eleven dollars per hour of work over the course of this summer. Minimum requirements of a high school diploma and knowledge of ArcMap and use of GPS. During the course of the summer will be expected to collect and analyze town assets in and around Fishers, Indiana. You will collect, manage, and create maps using ArcGis. Benefits include being apart of a growing innovative community of Fishers, Indiana. Collecting spatial information and data and creating useful maps to analyze for the community. Apply online with the following link

This internship opportunity was found from searching google using tag words “gis jobs indiana.” From those results I chose a more specified GIS search engine called Indeed. From vigorous searching and digging through search engines and using various different tag words the following internship appeared.

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GIS Job Opening: Entry Level GIS Technician Opening at Duke Energy

From Phil Worrall on the IGIC General Listserv:

This is an entry level GIS Technician position based in the Plainfield, Indiana office.  Successful candidate will be responsible to post completed electric jobs in the Duke Energy GIS system.  There is opportunity for advancement and increased responsibility in this position.

GIS Technician I (Basic Qualifications)

  1. Basic Qualifications 
  • Demonstrated a basic understanding of  computers and various Microsoft office programs
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, organize, and schedule individual work activities.
  • Demonstrated effective analytical, communication, and decision-making skills.

     2.   Desired Qualifications

  •  Associate Degree or higher in a GIS technology related discipline.
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated excellent multi-tasking skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and act as a self-starter.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage conflict

All job posting details and to apply visit:

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GIS Analyst

This GIS Analyst job is located on 60 Temple Place, Boston, Massachusetts. For this job, you will collect, organize, and analyze geographic data, as well as create new data sets and maps for presentation. You will need to know how to do this for presentations in print and online. There are many skills needed for this position, which include: a bachelor’s degree, a high level of cartographic experience, being able to create and update spatial and tabular data, high proficiency with ArcGIS 10.x, expert skills in Microsoft Office, being able to work with divers data sets from federal, state, and local agencies, experience with ArcGIS ModelBuilder, innovation, effective communication, and being able to apply spatial statistics and methods for analyzing. This position will be opened until it is filled, therefore the deadline is until they hire someone. So, put in an application ASAP!

I found this site using Google. When I opened Google, I typed in “GIS Jobs” then looked around a few different links until I found a job with the acceptable experience range.

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