Census to Hire 40 Geographers!!

Census Bureau Plans to Hire 40 Geographers: Students Encouraged to Apply

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The Census Bureau is looking to hire 40 geographers for positions in the Office of the Associate Director for Decennial Census. Details about the positions are available at USAJobs.gov and the link provided below.

In summary, the positions are listed as two-year term positions that can be extended to four years. The positions range from GS-9 to GS-12.  A GS-9 position typically requires post-graduate credits or a degree; however, candidates with a bachelor’s degree can qualify with experience. Students are encouraged to apply. Applicants should give themselves credit in their resumes and responses to the questions for any evidence of work they have accomplished, including internships, course exercises, fieldwork, volunteer work, etc. Initial evaluations will be done by professionals who are not familiar with the discipline; therefore, the choice of words is important in responses.

This announcement will remain open for several months, but the Bureau will begin processing applications in early March.

This opportunity affords graduates to gain experience in a world-class organization that has a diverse range of opportunities in the field of geography from “making” geography by delineating new geographies, to multiple uses of GIS skills, to determining standards and criteria for geospatial data quality, and managing other staff that support geographic operations.

To learn more, see the listing for Geographer, GG-0150-09/11/12, Census-DE-ICV at

Summer of Maps Fellowship Program


About Summer of Maps

Summer of Maps is a fellowship program organized by Azavea. We are a B Corporation that specializes  in civic-minded GIS software development and spatial analysis.

Summer of Maps offers stipends to student GIS analysts to perform geospatial data analysis for non-profit organizations. Every year we match up non-profit organizations that have spatial analysis needs with talented students of GIS to implement projects over a three-month period during the summer.

Student Eligibility

This is a paid fellowship program opened to full-time or part-time students. The Summer of Maps program defines a student as an individual accepted into or enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution located in the United States, including community colleges, universities, masters, PhD and undergraduate programs. Alternatively, applicants may be enrolled in an accredited non-U.S. university, but must have a valid work visa that enables work in the United States (we are not able to sponsor students for a visa or provide travel expenses for travel to the U.S.).  If students are accepted into or enrolled in a college or university program as of April 2016, they are eligible to participate in the program, even if they will graduate during the program. Applicants must be available to work at the Azavea office in Philadelphia beginning June 1st.

Applicants may be asked to provide transcripts or other documentation from their accredited institution as proof of enrollment or admission status. Applicants do not need to be in a Geography or GIS program in order to apply, but they should have experience performing analysis using desktop GIS software.

Students that accept the offer to participate in the program are expected to work 12 weeks of time and 40 hours per week out of Azavea’s Philadelphia office. Fellows are expected to adhere to a consistent weekly schedule. Responsibilities are listed below:

  • Work directly with their nonprofit clients to determine project requirements and conduct a scope of work
  • Research and assemble geospatial data from their clients and public data sources
  • Coordinate with their mentors to provide regular status updates to their clients
  • Develop map-based analyses for nonprofit clients
  • Design cartography for analysis projects
  • Write a minimum of two blog posts about the project work completed
  • Perform other data analysis and cartography tasks as directed by the Project Manager
  • Participate in Azavea company activities
  • Conduct final presentations to their clients
  • Participate in kick off and culminating program events
  • Prepare short presentations on projects for the culminating event
  • Produce a final deliverable packages for each project including documentation, data, maps, a report and other necessary client deliverables
  • Complete all program work to satisfaction by the final day of the program without exception

Meet-up Great Falls Library Thurs. Feb 25

Droners & Coders Protecting Endangered Sea Turtles

Thursday, Feb 25, 2016, 7:00 PM

Great Falls Library
9830 Georgetown Pike Great Falls, VA

8 DaVinci: Innovators Went

Topic: Monitoring Sea Turtle Activity with MiSHELL DronesDroners and Coders Meeting. Building a drone is the first step in the DaVinci Challenge. It uses open source hardware and software, giving people of all ages an opportunity to build, fly, and earn a Kashmir Robotics Drone Operators Certificate.DaVinci Alumni take the next step, and create s…

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2016 Geospatial Skills Competition

2016 Geospatial Skills Competition

The GeoTech Center is pleased to announce the 2016 Undergraduate Geospatial Technology Skills Competition! The intent of the competition is to showcase the geospatial technology skills of U.S. undergraduate students. Competing students will create a project that utilizes geospatial technology to address a real-world problem. The student will then present the project and the resulting deliverables as a Poster that not only highlights their use of geospatial technology, but also demonstrates their communication and presentation skills.

All materials must be submitted no later than midnight Eastern Time on Friday, April 29th.

The competition will be judged by a panel of experienced geospatial specialists, and the combined scores from all judges will determine the winners. These winners will receive an all-expense-paid trip to the 2016 ESRI User Conference in San Diego, CA on June 27 – July 1, 2016. Winning posters will be on display at the 2016 Esri User Conference map gallery.

Please check out our website for more information:



Vision Zero Hackathon, Saturday, Feb 13

(Washington, DC) The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and OpenGov Hub will host civic hackers, transportation experts, urban planners, academics and advocates at the first-of-its-kind Vision Zero Hackathon Saturday, February 13, 2016. During the event, participants will brainstorm and code their way to fresh insights about transportation safety, using newly released open data on crashes and enforcement.
 The in-person Hackathon will convene groups to perform further analysis and showcase new data visualizations, apps, and GIS analysis. The event aims to increase dialog about transportation safety policy and services, as well as provide an opportunity for hacking to offer new perspectives for using safety data.
 The District will publish three new data sets, containing records from 2010 to 2014:
• Crash Data
• Moving Violations
• Parking Violations
What:                  Vision Zero Hackathon
When:                Saturday, February 13, 2016
                            9 am – 4 pm
Where:               OpenGov Hub
                            1110 Vermont Avenue, NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20005
The public is invited but you must register at this eventbrite link, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dc-vision-zero-hackathon-tickets-21014067642