In Napa Valley, Future Landscapes Are Viewed in the Past

The New York Times has an article about how historical maps are being used to help restoration of ecosystems in the Napa Valley. The work is being done by San Francisco Estuary Institute, who has presented at past North Bay GIS User Group Meetings.

Read the article on the New York Times website.

Watershed Science Technician

SEC logoSonoma Ecology Center seeks a motivated, team‐oriented Watershed Science Technician.

Essential duties and responsibilities include:

  • Observe and record field data, with consistency and precision
  • Data management including data download, data transcription, and file management
  • Configure, conduct and trouble‐shoot GPS navigation and data collection using tablet and handheld GPS

Additional preferred competencies include experience with GIS.

Additional information and application process

GIS Analyst

EKI logoEKI is an employee-owned, full-service, engineering and environmental sciences consulting firm, serving private and public sector clients throughout the United States. EKI are currently seeking GIS Analysts for our Burlingame, CA office.

The GIS Analyst’s role is to work closely with professional technical staff to generate figures and visualizations of data for a variety of applications, including reports, field programs, presentations, and statistical and spatial analysis under the supervision of the GIS team manager as part of a growing GIS team.

Cadastral Mapping Technician I/II

County of Marin logoThe Marin County Human Resources Department and the Marin County Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk are accepting applications for the position of Cadastral Mapping Technician I/II.

There are currently two (2) full-time vacancies which will be filled at either the Cadastral Mapping Technician I or the Cadastral Mapping Technician II level. The eligible list established from this recruitment will be used to fill the current vacancy and any future vacancies for open, fixed-term, full-time or part-time positions which may occur in this assignment while the list remains active.

Bring a map to Mappy Hour!

Do you have a map that you just think is awesome? Come join us for Mappy Hour and bring that magnificent map along to share. We will hang out, enjoy some drinks and snacks, and talk maps.

Mappy Hour is at Griffin Map Design in Petaluma on Wednesday, July 29th from 6-8PM.

Eventbrite - Mappy Hour - July 2015

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Come join us for Mappy Hour!

Join fellow GIS and Mapping folks as we get together for a good time... and talk maps. Drinks and snacks will be provided. We are limited to 30 people so get your free ticket today!

Mappy Hour is at Griffin Map Design in Petaluma on Wednesday, April 13th from 6-8PM.

For additional information about Griffin Map Design go to

Eventbrite - Mappy Hour - April 2016

Field Day 2015 - Register Today

Eventbrite - North Bay GIS Field Day 2015

Sonoma County Regional Parks and Electronic Data Solutions are sponsoring this event which is completely free to attend. Be sure to take look at Sonoma County Regional Parks website for great outdoor opportunities.


All exhibitors will have a table and be showcasing their products throughout the morning.

June 10, 2015
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Spring Lake Regional Park - Shady Oaks Picnic Area
393 Violetti Rd
Santa Rosa, CA 95409

More Info on our Field Day Page

SRJC Summer Class - GIS Applications In Natural Resource Management

SRJC Logo Santa Rosa Junior College is offering an introductory course, NRM 87 -- GIS Applications in Natural Resource Management. This class runs from June 14th through July 25th and will be held at the Santa Rosa campus with additional field work at the Shone Farm. Taught by experienced SRJC instructor, Tim Pudoff, this course satisfies a requirement for SRJC geo-spatial and natural resource certificate programs, as well as being a primer for new GIS students.

Topics covered include an introduction to vector and raster data models, basic cartography, data development, spatial analysis, and the basics of field data collection. The course will be taught from the perspective of a natural resource manager or conservation planner with a particular focus on features within Sonoma County’s planning watersheds. Students will be taking an inventory of conditions using local data, and will examine the interrelationships between different types of human activity and the environment. New or returning students, staff at government agencies and employees in local business that have an interest in understanding how GIS data can be used to better understand the local landscape, are encouraged to sign up and participate!

For more information and to register go to Santa Rosa Junior College Schedule of Classes.

Napa County 2014 Orthophotos and LiDAR Available

Napa County GIS is proud to announce that our 2014 orthophotography products are now available to the public. They are not available for download. However, you can purchase the entire dataset from the San Francisco Estuary Institute for $300 including a hard drive. Their contact info is:

Micha Salomon
San Francisco Estuary Institute
4911 Central Avenue
Richmond, CA 94804
(510) 746-7353
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The 2014 Orthophoto project includes 6 inch resolution, 4-band imagery for the entire county. There is also 3 inch resolution imagery for the cities of American Canyon, Napa and Yountville. LiDAR data was captured for much of the Napa River valley. The entire dataset is about 600 Gb.

Our imagery is also included in Esri's free World Imagery Service.

For more information, please contact:

Patrick Kowta
Napa County GIS Manager
(707) 259-8141
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GIS Specialist

City of Healdsburg logoThe City of Healdsburg is accepting applications for the position of GIS Specialist. There is one full-time position in the Finance Department. The GIS Specialist is a nonexempt position and is subject to a six-month probationary period.

Under the supervision of the Information Services Coordinator, the GIS Specialist will develop, support, and maintain new and existing GIS (Geographical Information System) layers and GIS user applications in a LAN/WAN environment as well as provide occasional helpdesk support on a variety of hardware, software and telephony platforms currently deployed throughout the City of Healdsburg as needed. The GIS Specialist is required to be part of the helpdesk after-hours on call rotation.

Additional information at GIS Specialist Job Description and Application.

Student Assistant II/III (GIS Assistant)

City of Healdsburg logoThe City of Healdsburg, is seeking internship candidates, Geographical Information System (GIS) Assistant, majoring in Geospatial Technology or Geographic Information Systems.

Under the direction of City Staff; review, correct, and update various city GIS databases with information provided by field crews. Verify the accuracy of the water, wastewater, and electric networks within the GIS database. Collect and input missing data sets. Update hardcopy maps for field crews. Be able to perform field data collection as needed.

Additional information at GIS Assistant Job Description and Application.

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