GIS Technician

City of Healdsburg logoThe City of Healdsburg is accepting applications for the position of GIS Technician.

The GIS Technician will perform oversight, support, maintenance and development of the GIS infrastructure, servers, and related database(s) including new and existing layers and using applications in LAN/WAN. The GIS Technician will guide the implementation and integration of GIS products across the organization. This position plays a vital role in assisting the IT Manager and Department Heads regarding GIS needs and requirements including; identifying, designing, and developing GIS applications, strategies, and procedures for the display and access of geospatial data. The City maintains a robust compliment of existing GIS data with an increasing need for integration with other systems and oversight to ensure continuing successful deployment including facilitating maintenance of the data by all departments.

More Info and Application Info

Note: Application deadline is 3/22/2020

Pepperwood - EDI Summer 2020 Fellowship Program

Sonoma County Ag + Open Space logoCongratulations to Pepperwood Preserve as they have been selected as a host location for the Environmental Data Initiative (EDI) Summer 2020 Fellowship Program. Pepperwood Preserve is one of nine locations in the United States selected. 

EDI "fellows will receive training in ecological data management and gain hands-on experience through participation in data preparation, archiving and publishing with scientists and information managers at specific host research sites."

For more information about the fellowship program, including application information go to the EDI Website.

Conservation GIS User Group Meeting - March 2020

The SF Bay Area Society for Conservation GIS ChapterBayGeo, and the North Bay GIS User Group have teamed up for an evening of pizza, networking, and presentations. The meeting will be in Petaluma on March 11th and will include four presentations.

Presentation List

  • Vegetation Mapping and Conservation Applications for Marin and San Mateo Counties
    Danny Franco (Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy)
  • Conservation Lands Network 2.0
    Tom Robinson (Tom Robinson Consulting)
  • Bay Area Greenprint: Empowering Conservation Action
    Adam Garcia
  • Vital Lands Initiative
    Allison Schichtel (Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District)

Help us avoid the embarrassment of running out of food by registering for the meeting.

Eventbrite - North Bay GIS User Group Meeting

Sonoma Ecology Center Project Story Map

Sonoma Ecology Center has created a Project Story Map to highlight 25 projects they have worked on in the past 25 years. Highlighted projects include Summer Science Camp, Sonoma Overlook Trail, and Sediment Source Analysis.

Jackson Family Wines Maps the Complex Conditions for Grape Growing

Esri put out a blog post on how "Jackson Family Wines Enhances Quality, Focusing on Complexities of Location"... just one of our small local companies who use GIS.

Read the article on the Esri website.

North Bay GIS Day 2019

This year the North Bay GIS User Group hosted close to 300 elementary students, GIS professionals, and the general public at our annual GIS Day event. We had some fantastic presentations, an exhibit hall filled with local agencies and vendors, a map gallery showing off the vast array of mapping in our region, the ever popular AR Sandbox, and public safety vehicles. It was a fun event that we look forward to every year! If you missed it this year don’t worry join us next year.


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.

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.

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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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Come join us for our second ever 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!

Hillary Gattian will talk about her art that is currently on display at Griffin Map Design and other pieces she has created. You can view her work at Make sure to view her Ceramics works on her site.

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

Eventbrite - Mappy Hour - April 2015

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