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GIS Volunteer Opportunity!

GIS Volunteer Opportunity

Job description

1-2 volunteers are needed to help us use a GIS to take GPS points of trees that have been planted in Washington DC, and then to make a map showing all tree locations. Only volunteers with GIS and/or GPS mapping experience and knowledge should apply – we don’t need anything sophisticated but we will lean on you to guide us through the use of the GIS app/equipment/software. The taking of GPS points will happen over the course of 1-2 full days in January while the creation of the map can take place on a 3rd day. You will go out with one of our staff in our vehicle to take the GPS coordinates of the trees.

In your response, please indicate which GIS and GPS coordinate-taking apps, equipment and/or software you are familiar with. Please also indicate if you are willing to bring this with you to support the activity.

This is a volunteer opportunity provided by VolunteerMatch, in partnership with LinkedIn for Good.

Desired Skills and Experience

This position requires the following skills: Google Apps

Critical Need! DHN Typhoon Pam in Vanuatu

Subject: DHN Typhoon Pam in Vanuatu –  Activation

March 16,  2014

GISCorps  is officially deploying remote volunteers in response to a Digital Humanitarian Network (DHN) request from UN OCHA to assist with baseline and response data mapping for Typhoon Pam, a typhoon that devastated the island nation of Vanuatu on March 14, 2015.   GISCorps will be working on this task with MapAction (who are deploying to Vanuatu) and PeaceGeeks (who will be bringing in volunteers who are familiar with Vanuatu’s geography and language).

Softwares requested for this work include ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Online,  and access to Skype and Google Drive documents. Volunteers are likely to also use additional tools such as Google Earth, Micromappers, and others.

Volunteer skills required (If you have one or more of the skills listed below – please join us):

ArcGIS Desktop

ArcGIS Online

Experienced geo-location skills

Media monitoring skills for data mining.

Verification skills.

GISCorps volunteers will be coordinating online via Skype and Google Drive.

Estimated deployment timeframe: Monday, March 16 through Sunday, March, 22.

STEP 1: Please sign up for the deployment here and indicate your availability:


STEP 2: We will add you to the Skype chat window for the deployment and share the Data Scramble Google Doc.  Please check the Skype window for further instructions and to obtain tasks.

Deployment Leads:

Helen Campbell (ACAPS) – helen_rcampbell@hotmail.com

Renee Black (PeaceGeeks) – renee@peacegeeks.org

Heather Milton (GISCorps) – hmilton@gmail.com

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Thank you very much for your time and we look forward to working with you!






Federal User’s Conference and Developer Summit STUDENT ASSISTANTSHIPS

This is a great opportunity and something you could add to your GIS resume:

Esri is seeking student volunteers to support its annual Federal GIS Conference and Developer Summit,

Washington, DC (DEV DC). You can attend this event for free in exchange for volunteering a day or more of your time.

Take advantage of this opportunity to learn how geospatial technology supports mission-critical activities at agencies

across the nation. The Esri Federal GIS Conference and the DEV DC host the largest gathering of federal geospatial

leaders, decision makers, and geographic information system (GIS) professionals. Esri® solutions support many

disciplines including land and natural resources, health and human services, science and exploration, national security,

and global affairs.

Volunteer duties may include

• Greeting and offering assistance to attendees.

• Taking on-site registrations.

• Handing out and collecting surveys.

• Monitoring sessions and counting attendance.

As stated above this is a student program,  if you are interested in participating please send an email request to ucstudents@esri.com with your resume attached.  If selected, you will be sent an email confirming your Volunteer status.

Crisis Mapping for the Philipines Humanitarian OSM Team

Here’s the information on the Crisis Mapping for Philipines:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/crisiscamp-philippines-washington-dc-tickets-9289145083  this event is closed, but there is some information on it about the Team and how to join.

Additional information on the Humanitarian OSM team: http://hot.openstreetmap.org/updates/2013-11-10_remote_hot_activation_in_the_philippines_for_typhoon_yolandahaiyan  You’ll also find information about the group in general and what needs they have.

The National Map



The USGS National Geospatial Program (NGP) sponsored various forms of volunteer map data collection projects over the past two decades. Citizen cartographers revised many maps during this period, but the program was suspended in 2008.

New technologies and Internet services have made it easy to georeference many different types of information and share this information with others on map-based Internet platforms and social networking sites in recent years.

This activity has been referred to as crowdsourcing, and the information produced has been called volunteered geographic information (VGI).

In light of this rapidly changing technical landscape, the increasing use of social software for citizen mapping, and the mandates for more transparency and citizen involvement in government, the USGS has revitalized its volunteer program.

As a result, the USGS has launched a pilot project to once again encourage citizen participation.

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Mentoring Opportunity: Dream Project Mentoring Program




Mentor Application


 The Dream Project is a non-profit organization that encourages and supports promising immigrant youth in their pursuit of higher education through mentoring, scholarships, advocacy, and community outreach.


The mentoring program is geared towards preparing local high school students to gain admission to and succeed in college. The mentees of the program are current high-school seniors from Northern Virginia. The mentors of the program are current college students from surrounding colleges and universities in the area.


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Don’t miss this year’s GEOINT Community Week as we bring together the defense, intelligence, homeland security, and geospatial communities at-large for a week of briefings, educational sessions, learning workshops, technology exhibits and networking opportunities..

Registration is required for all events except GEOINTeration Tuesday.

REGISTER TODAY as space is limited!

  • Tuesday, May 21 – NGA Tech Showcase East This year’s new format will include morning briefings followed by demos at analyst workstations throughout the building. Registration is required as space is limited given the new format. NCE – Springfield, VA 0700 – 1500 Free for Government / $150 all others / Registration required
  • Wednesday, May 22 – Spatial Literacy Workshop and YPG Session Esri will host a workshop on the geographic approach and spatial literacy. You can also join USGIF’s Young Professionals Group on managing your online presence, followed by a networking reception. Reston Hyatt, Reston, VA 1400 – 1900 Free and open to all / Registration required
  • Thursday, May 23 – USGIF Technology Day Features nearly 20 professional development, education, and training offerings this year as well as 50 exhibiting organizations and a networking reception. Trainings are first-come, first-serve and will fill up quickly. Reston Hyatt, Reston, VA 0700 -1900 Free for Government / $25 all others / Registration required

REGISTER TODAY as space is limited!

Spatial Data Resources; Geospatial volunteer?

The American Red Cross web pages are a great resource if you are looking for a links to geospatial data warehouses–particularly data sets used in responding to disasters.  Check out the following for more info: http://maps.redcross.org/website/Links/ARC_Disaster_Links_Resources.html

Volunteer your geospatial skills at:  http://www.redcross.org/support/volunteer/opportunities.  The American Red Cross also has internships and paid positions; some are for GIS professionals.  (Note:  the easiest way to volunteer with the Red Cross as a geospatial professional is likely to be as a GIS Corps member!)

Want to Get Involved? (GIS Corps)

Are you looking for opportunities to volunteer your GIS skills? Do you want to work with other GIS professionals? Interested in networking? Consider joining URISA’s GIS Corps! Check out http://giscorps.org/ for general information. For more detail, check out the webcast on GIS Corps history and projects: https://esri.adobeconnect.com/_a851811965/p87bjfx5ljf/?launcher=false&fcsContent=true&pbMode=normal

Student Volunteers Location Inteligence Conference

Last year, NVCC provided student volunteers to help out at the Location Intelligence conference.   Directs Magazine would offer free registration if a student will work a 4-hour shift for at the conference.  The conference will be held May 21-22, 2013 at the Ronald Reagan Building, Washington, DC.  For more information, please click on the link:  http://www.locationintelligence.net/dc/

If any GIS student is interested in helping out, please contact Jane Elliott:  Jane Elliott <jane.elliott@directionsmag.com>.