10:30 AM - Noon
Marriott Library Plaza
See how Geographers use the latest technology to solve environmental problems and map your world!
The 42nd Quarterly Salt Lake GIS Users Group (SLUG) Meeting
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Hinckley Caucus Room – GC 2018
Advance registration required. See this page for more information and to register
Career Panel Discussion
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Hinckley Caucus Room – GC 2018
Meet Geographers and learn about their careers in GIS and Remote Sensing.
- Josh Reynolds, Geospatial Programmer, Redcastle Resources
- Greg Bunce, GIS Data Coordinator, Utah Automated Geographic Reference Center
- Kaitlin Marousis, Data and Assets Manager, Traffic & Safety Division, Utah Department of Transportation
- Chelsea Welker, Geoscientific Systems and Data Specialist, Rio Tinto
Humanitarian Mapping Party
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Join the Geography Department as we put vulnerable communities on the map!
A Mapping Party or "Mapathon" is an event where people from all backgrounds work together to add data to OpenStreetMap (OSM) in areas prone to disasters. Mapping with OSM is a great way to contribute to international humanitarian aid without leaving your room! We map anywhere in the world, but we give priority to areas in need of disaster relief (like Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria), or areas that are high risk of a disaster and are insufficiently mapped. Humanitarian relief organizations, like the Red Cross, depend on maps to efficiently distribute aid. If communities are not mapped, they may not receive the help they need!
At this Mapathon we will focus on an area of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan that is prone to intense earthquakes and extreme heat and cold (which get more extreme as climate changes). At the event, all you need is a laptop and internet connection! OSM is an online tool, so no software is necessary. OSM is easy to learn, no mapping experience is required! If you have never mapped with OSM, consider this event a way to learn how to map for use on your own, or for future Mapathon events.
Please bring your laptop to the Mapathon. Any laptop will do!
Food and drink will be provided and you are welcome to come anytime between 11am - 2pm and leave when you want (though at least an hour is appreciated!). The work is individual (but helping each other is encouraged) so you will not miss anything if you show up halfway through. There will be a brief overview at the start and there will be help throughout the event.
Can't wait? You can get started now by following the instructions here: https://spark.adobe.com/page/ozjVIsLMfiAdP/
Geography Week Colloquium
Hinckley Caucus Room – GC 2018
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Coffee and Refreshments at 9:30, Colloquium starts at 10:00.
“Rethink, Reinvent, and Relate: Conceptualization, Representation, and Analysis in GIS”
May Yuan, Ashbel Smith Professor of Geospatial Information Sciences, University of Texas at Dallas
Our conceptualization of geographic space affects how we represent, analyze, and comprehend the world. Spatial data analysis methods operate on predefined units of analysis to seek distribution patterns or spatial relationships among these units. Most, if not all, predefined spatial units are set by observations (such as sample locations), survey grids, or enumeration areas (such as census blocks). However, observations, surveys, or enumerations may not reflect ways in which we conceptualize geographic events or processes. Thinking outside the GIS box, I would like to advocate for geospatial conceptualization as the driver to innovate representation and analysis in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Instead of confining our thinking in current GIS frameworks and trendy machine learning and social media analytics, I would share some of my efforts in seeking novel ways to think about geographic problems and then develop methods to transform and analyze space-time data for new insights and solutions. I would give examples of how geospatial conceptualization can push for the new thinking of geographic problems and, consequently, new digital representation and analytical methods in GIS that can lead to new findings and interpretations.
One of the longest-standing traditions of the University of Utah’s Homecoming Celebration is the selection of a Homecoming Court, comprised of six students chosen to “represent the university and student body at various campus and community events throughout Homecoming Week.” The first royalty ever selected was 1932 Homecoming Queen Margaret Price Carlson, and the tradition has been carried on through the years since.
In order to be selected for membership on the court, students have to either be nominated or individually nominate themselves, be a full-time student at the U and hold a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater. The nominees each submitted answers to questions about their involvement at the U, attended an interview with the Royalty Committee and created a presentation explaining what Homecoming Royalty means to them. Those selected for the Court each won a $1,000 scholarship for the spring 2018 semester.
The six members of 2017 Homecoming Court are:
Groneman is a senior studying human development and family studies through the Honors College while pursuing a minor in nutrition. She has been involved in numerous campus programs over the years, including the Bennion Center Scholars, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) and Associated Students of the University of Utah (ASUU) First Year Council.
“I really love how many opportunities there are around campus,” Groneman said. “I know that I personally have gotten a lot out of the programs I’ve been a part of.”
Through the Bennion Center Scholars program, Amanda has been working to complete 400 hours of service. She has volunteered with Kids Crew at Primary Children’s Hospital, served as a reading tutor at Roosevelt Elementary and a vision screener at Friends for Sight. Groneman recently began volunteering in hospice care as well. She aims to become a pediatric cancer nurse, and has acquired experience at Primary Children’s working as a cancer unit technician and has helped conduct multiple research studies at the hospital.
Groneman said that being a member of the Homecoming Court is an incredible honor not just for her, but her family as well.
“I have many grandparents who have graduated from the U, and it’s amazing to continue the legacy of the university in my family history,” Groneman said.
She said she can’t wait for the day that she gets to see her own grandchildren follow in her footsteps and participate in the U’s traditions. Amanda loves the excitement and passion she sees at sporting events — some of her favorite traditions at the U include tailgates, pep rallies and other game day festivities.
Shields is a junior and member of the Honors College at the U. She is a pre-med student in human development with an emphasis in child life and is minoring in chemistry and pediatric research. Shields is passionate about organic chemistry, traveling, journaling, the outdoors and spending time with friends and family. In addition to her diverse interests, Shields has been a part of many different programs around campus, including the First Year Service Corps as both a member and a director, the Bennion Center’s Community Outreach Program, Project Youth, UROP and the Pan-Hellenic Scholarship board. She also currently works as a piano teacher and hospice care volunteer.
“My time in hospice has made me passionate about end of life care, companionship and patient needs,” Shields said.
She said that she loves both kids and medicine, so she is aiming to become a pediatrician in the future.
Shields feels grateful to be apart of Homecoming Court because she feels that it represents how far she has come throughout her undergraduate career — professionally, personally and academically. She is happy to represent the U as well, especially because she is a third generation student.
“I am proud and honored to represent a school that means so much so much to my family and has come, over the years, to mean so much to me,” she said.
Shields considers Legacy of Lowell to be one of her favorite campus traditions. She has attended it every year of her undergraduate career. This year, she has played a larger role in planning the event and will lead a river clean-up project.
Nhem is a senior pursuing an honors degree in psychology with a minor in gender studies. During his time at the U, Nhem has been involved in both research and volunteer work. He has worked in a research lab studying first-generation students’ experiences in college and he is one of the directors of Project Youth, a Bennion Center program that teaches Title I elementary students about higher education. In addition to Project Youth, Nhem participates in the Bud Bailey Youth Tutoring Program, where he tutors diverse, underserved students in English, and the Elevate Theater Company of Tanner Dance at the U. Later this year, he plans to use the data from his research in his senior thesis.
“This research means a lot because I am a first-generation student myself,” Nhem said.
Nhem aims to attend graduate school at the U and would ultimately like to become a high school counselor.
“Students in that age group go through some difficult times, and I want to be there for them to help guide them,” Nhem said.
He is looking forward to the activities happening throughout Homecoming Week. Nhem is eager to be a member of the Court and to celebrate the culture of the U. He credits his family with helping him get to where he is today, and is excited to for the opportunity to represent his Cambodian culture. Of all the traditions at the U, Eric said that he loves Legacy of Lowell at the Bennion Center the most.
“It’s a day where people who want to do good come together and perform various service projects for the betterment of the community.”
Kringlen is a senior majoring in Geography. She is fascinated by maps and the movement of people. In addition to her interests in geography, Kringlen is a pre-med student and minoring in French. She has been speaking the language for over four years. Throughout her time at the U, Kringlen has served as the social justice coordinator for the Bennion Center, where she oversees 10 different student-directed programs relating to social justice in the community. She also volunteers with Connect2Health in the Pediatric Specialty unit, and was a Girl Scout troop leader for a group of refugees. Her favorite volunteer experience has been her work at Camp Hobé, a camp for children with cancer.
“I would like to become a doctor, and I have a lot of interest in oncology as well, so it’s great to work with kids impacted by cancer at this camp,” Kringlen said.
Kringlen is happy to be a part of this year’s Homecoming Court because she hopes to represent students from a wide variety of interests and departments at the U.
“I’m excited to bring my passions to a larger platform on campus, and I think it will be a great way to connect with students and the community,” she said.
Her favorite campus tradition is Legacy of Lowell, which she thinks is a great way for get students involved in service projects.
Reiss is a senior in the Honors College, majoring in business marketing. She considers her interests to be very diverse, including sports, nature, technology and philanthropy among her many passions. Reiss is currently the co-chair of the Marketing Committee on the MUSS Board, as well as the social media intern for the MUSS, under the Alumni Association. She is also working with the Utah Athletics Marketing Department as the lead technology and video intern. In the past, she has served as the vice president and director of scholarship for her sorority, Chi Omega, volunteered with Make-A-Wish Foundation and participated in Business Scholars.
“I find philanthropy to be extremely rewarding, and I love having the opportunity to help aid children in making their dreams come true,” Reiss said.
In the future, she aims to attend business school and eventually be part of a company that works to solve problems in the community.
For Liz, being selected for the Homecoming Court means that she gets to represent the institution that she feels has given her so much. She said she is grateful for this opportunity to give back and hopes to show the community why she loves the U so much.
“The University of Utah offers nearly everything I value in life — friendship, culture, family, community, academics and spirit,” she said.
Her favorite university tradition is The MUSS, and she has been heavily involved in it since she was a freshman.
“Nothing is more fun than being surrounded by people who are as enthusiastic and as spirited as you are about supporting our teams.”
Durrant is a junior pursuing a major in biomedical engineering. He has been held numerous positions at the U, including university ambassador, orientation leader and residential advisor. Durrant is currently funded by UROP for research on tissue engineering with bone marrow. He has volunteered at the Ronald McDonald house and has also worked as the campus marketing representative for the social media application Yik Yak. Durrant’s career goals are in the field of biomedicine. He said that he hopes to research and contribute to regenerative medicine techniques in the future, so that he can help make lives easier through developments in this area.
He is eager to participate in this year’s Homecoming Court for several reasons.
“It means I get to represent the greatest university in the best state in the nation, and that I get to be involved with awesome service projects and social initiatives on campus, too,” Durrant said.
His favorite campus tradition is the Freshman Class Block U photo taken on the field at Rice Eccles Stadium at the beginning of every year. He says that it’s fun to be all together as a class.
Construction is proceeding on the new Carolyn and Kem Gardner Building, and Geography is scheduled to move in next fall. We will have new office space, an entire floor of advanced laboratory space for Geography and Anthropology, and a new home for the DIGIT Lab. The building will also host several dining options and the University Welcome Center. The Gardner Building is being touted as the first on campus to be heated and cooled using a new ground-source geothermal field.
Check out a live view and time lapse videos of building construction: http://union.utah.edu/live-camera-carolyn-and-kem-gardner-building/
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U.S. Census Bureau
The Population Division of the U.S. Census Bureau has employment opportunities for people with skills in geography and related fields.
To apply, please visit USAjobs.gov and enter “Census Bureau” in the keyword search to see current postings and complete an application, or go directly to the posting page: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/557684700
We are looking for well-qualified people with training in GIS, population geography or demography, remote sensing/satellite image analysis, and urban geography, among other specialties.
Salaries reflect experience and the level of education completed. All positions require U.S. citizenship.
Utah Geological Survey
Wetland Botany Technician / Crew Leader
Title: Wetland Botany Technician/Crew Leader
Work Location: Utah Geological Survey, Salt Lake City, UT
Pay Rate: $16-18/hour, plus $42 per diem when traveling overnight
Closing Date: Applications will be reviewed starting February 17
Employment Period: Mid-May through mid-November (approximately six months)
Utah Geological Survey
Title: Wetland Mapping and Field Technician
Work Location: Utah Geological Survey, Salt Lake City, UT
Pay Rate: $15/hour
Closing Date: Applications will be reviewed starting February 10
Employment Period : Approximately mid-March to mid-November (8 months), with potential extension depending on funding
NASA DEVELOP program
This is a great opportunity for participants who are interested in practical applications of remote sensing and GIS, specifically in the field of Earth Science. Our projects focus on addressing local and international community concerns while utilizing NASA's Earth observations. Participants will work with NASA scientists and partner organizations to learn about the use of NASA remote sensing imagery for use in water resources, disaster management, ecological forecasting, and other applications to address environmental community concerns.
Details about the internship and how to apply can be found at http://develop.larc.nasa.gov/. The application window for the summer term is January 20 - February 28. Responsibilities will include: literature review, data processing and analysis, composing of deliverables including a technical paper, presentation, and poster. Previous GIS or remote sensing knowledge, while beneficial, is not required for acceptance.
Applicants must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and be able to work in a fast-paced environment. Days of the week are flexible, but applicants should be able to commit to approximately 29 hours per week. The position is paid on an hourly basis and determined by education level.
Medici Land Governance
Medici Land Governance is looking for a GIS intern for the period of Feb 1st to March 6th, 2020. There is also a possibility to extend this internship for the summer.
Fort Lewis College, Durango CO
Fort Lewis College (FLC) Department of Geosciences is doing a preliminary outreach for an adjunct or visiting instructor position focused on teaching undergraduate-level GIS and remote sensing courses for the 2020-2021 academic year. The 1-year position would involve teaching two courses per semester, each with a lab, likely including an introductory and advanced GIS course, an introductory remote sensing course, and a GIS programming and web mapping course. It requires a minimum of a Master's degree (PhD preferred), ideally in Geography, Geology, Environmental Science, or similar with extensive experience in the theory and application of Geographic Information Science. Expertise in ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Pro is essential, as are skills in digital image analysis, Python programming, and ArcGIS Online. These are all upper-division (300- and 400-level) courses, so the students are predominantly juniors and seniors, almost all of whom are enrolled in the GIS Certificate Program at FLC. Class sizes range from 24 - 34. FLC is a small (~3500 student) public liberal arts college with a particular focus on serving the needs of underrepresented students. It is situated in Durango, CO, an idyllic mountain-desert town in the Four Corners region of the US where outdoor recreational opportunities abound.
There is a chance that this position would turn into a tenure-track position in the following year. So, if the candidate has a PhD and a career interest focused in teaching at the undergraduate level, there is potential to turn into a long-term career.
Red Castle Resources
Remote Sensing and GIS Internship
We are looking for one or more interns to contribute to our vegetation and post-fire mapping programs. Instructions for applying for the positions are found in the job advertisement.
Full posting here: https://www.redcastleresources.com/jobs
Aquatic AIM Monitoring Lead and Field Technicians
POSITION TYPE: Full-time, temporary
NUMBER OF POSITIONS: 6 in total, 3 Lead Technicians and 3 Field Technicians
WORK LOCATIONS: Multiple locations throughout Utah
PAY RATE: $16.00–$19.00, depending on experience and position.
Per diem when traveling beyond base location. Health insurance provided.
DURATION: April–August 2020
USGS Utah Water Science Center GIS team
Applications must be submitted through USAJobs: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/554093200
Job Number: PATH DEN-2020-0004
Application period: 12/11/19 to 12/24/19
Red Butte Garden
For position details and application information, please see the posting https://utah.peopleadmin.com/hr/postings/100880
Or https://employment.utah.edu/university-of-utah/new-jobs/ and job # PRN10134N
Interested applicants must apply on-line through the University of Utah Human Resources website, and reference job # PRN10134N
Please, no phone calls or emails about the position.
Head of Science - Biodiversity Informatics and Spatial Analysis
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Kew is seeking an innovative, inspirational Head of Science for the Biodiversity Informatics and Spatial Analysis (BISA) Department to play a pivotal role in enabling Kew Science to continue to deliver its scientific vision. The last five years have seen science at Kew go from strength to strength delivering innovative and globally impactful outputs such as Plants of the World Online portal, the Plant and Fungal Trees of Life project and the State of the World’s Plants report and website.
University of Idaho
The University of Idaho’s James A. and Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research seeks a postdoctoral fellow to join a dynamic team engaged in an ambitious, multi-year, multi-institution research project, the Idaho Climate-Economy Impacts Assessment. This research project focuses on determining and empirically describing what the latest scientific research discoveries on Idaho’s changing climate imply for Idaho’s economy.
Weber State adjunct positions
What: Gen. Ed. class taught somewhere or sometime other than days at the Ogden campus
Wages: Adjunct wages are typically $900/credit hour (Most classes are 3 credit hours). That can vary a bit if teaching online or off-campus,or at night.
teaching experience, a big plus.
apply through campus employment: https://jobs.weber.edu/postings/10178
Undergraduate Hourly Research Positions
Summer 2020 Internship Opportunities with Dominion Energy
- The first opportunity I have is with our Wexpro team. We are looking for a student who is pursing bachelor's or master's degree in Math, Physics, Biology, Geography, Geology, Computer Science, Data Science, Statistics or a related degree. We are looking for a student who has and anticipated graduation date of Spring 2021 or 2022 and has a 3.0 GPA. The student will be specifically working with the natural gas exploration and extraction division of Dominion Energy. They would be working closely with a technical team of petroleum engineers, geologists, and other technicians. Interested students must apply on our website (link below). The posting is scheduled to close on Sunday, Nov 10th at 9:50 MST.
Wexpro is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dominion Energy and has been providing natural gas to the utility since 1981. Wexpro is one of the largest and most sustainable natural gas producers in the Rockies region with over 800 operated wells across Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado. Wexpro is pushing the boundaries in some of the largest conventional gas fields by innovating and deploying new technology which has led to an increase in the recovery of natural gas, operational efficiency, and reduced costs. Wexpro is looking for creative and analytical minds who want to contribute to providing safe, reliable, and affordable natural gas to Dominion Energy’s customers in Utah and Wyoming.
- The second job opportunity is with our Gas Infrastructure Group with our Post-Construction mapping team. We are looking for a student pursing a bachelor’s degree or certificate in Geography, Geographic Information System (GIS), or related degree from an accredited institution. The ideal student should have an anticipated graduation date of winter 2022 or later along with a 2.5 or higher GPA. This intern will support the GIS High Pressure Mapping Group on several projects for system improvement. Students are encouraged to apply with the link listed below. This posting is scheduled to close Saturday, November 30th at 9:50 MST. I will also reach out to Dominique about planning an info session for the GIS posting.
West Jordan City
FALL - WINTER 2019/20 INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY
Wasatch Front Regional Council
As part of our ongoing effort to provide the best service possible to our members, partners, and region, the Wasatch Front Regional Council is hiring a Planning Intern. Applications are due no later than Thursday, November 7, 2019.
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is recruiting for a GIS Specialist in the Library’s Scholarly Commons. We are looking for an individual who can connect a diverse audience of researchers and educators who use GIS, and broadly promote the use of geospatial data and methodologies in instruction and research.
University of North Texas
Physical Geography Lecturer Position
Senior Lecturer / Lecturer in Physical Geography and Environmental Science
Mine Manager Engineer
Incoa Performance Minerals
Seniority level: Director
Employment type: Full-time
Job function: Mine Engineering/Strategy/Planning/Other
Industries: Mining & Metals Civil Engineering
Incoa Performance Minerals is a growing international industrial minerals company with open-pit mining operations in the Dominican Republic. Mining operations include extraction, crushing and water management.
Intern / Temp Opportunity
Woods Hole Coastal & Marine Science Center
Job advertisement and application link:
Project web page:
Geography Adjunct Faculty (Physical and/or World Regional Geography - more than 1 section available, online possibilities)
Meteorology Adjunct Faculty (1 online section, 1 live-interactive section, 1 face to face section available)
Salt Lake County Office of Regional Development
Academic Year 2019-2020
Application Deadline: Monday, September 30th, 2019 or until filled.
Pay: $15.00 per hour / no benefits offered.
Experience: No experience is required, but student must be enrolled in college level work in urban planning, geography, architecture, GIS, or a related field. Preferred applicant to have experience with one or more of the following software programs: ArcGIS Pro, Adobe, Sketchup and Microsoft Suite and to show a basic understanding city and regional planning methods.
Data Analysis Position (for doctoral students or post-doc), minimum 10 hours/week
U of U Anthropology Dept
The advisor is available for appointments on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Please click here to make an appointment.
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Career Opportunities in GIS
The potential applications of geographic information software (GIS) and related technologies are almost endless. GIS is being used in applications ranging from transportation planning, urban growth management, market analysis, retail site selection, business logistics, health care planning, epidemeology, facilities management, archaeology, landscape architecture, environmental analysis, natural resource management, hazards mitigation, hazards response and even oceanography! Plus, GIS is a growth industry and software firms are always looking for people with the right background.
Because of the many applications of GIS, individuals with a solid education in geographic information science (GISci) are in great demand at all levels of industry, government and the private sector. A "solid education" in GISci requires both a foundation in geographic theory and problems as well as computer science skills. The University of Utah Certificate Program in Geographic Information Science offers the education and skills necessary for a first-rate career in GIS!
For more information on careers in GIS, see the following:
- The GISJobs Clearinghouse
- GeoWeb Interactive
- Careers at Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI)
- Western U.S. GIS Job Search Page
- GeoSearch, Inc.
We do not endorse these websites. This information is provided only as a resource.