Georgia Urban and Regional Information Systems Association

Georgia URISA is a proud chapter of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA). The Georgia URISA Chapter is an organization of professionals using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and other information technologies to solve challenges at the state, county, and local government levels. In addition, we collaborate with various private sector agencies that utilizes GIS.

URISA is a non-profit professional and educational association that promotes the effective and ethical use of spatial information and information technologies for the understanding and management of urban and regional systems. It is a multidisciplinary association where professionals from all parts of the spatial data community can come together and share concerns and ideas.

For more information about URISA, go to www.urisa.org.


Monthly Lunches

Georgia URISA holds networking lunches the second Tuesday of every month. More details can be found here.  Click on the event below to reserve your space now.

Date/Time Event
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
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GIS Analyst – Middle Georgia Regional Commission (Macon)

The Middle Georgia Regional Commission is seeking to fill the position of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analyst.  The GIS Analyst position is responsible for meeting the daily information technology requirements of the Middle Georgia Regional Commission (MGRC) and assisting member local governments and partner agencies with service requests of a technical nature.  These duties typically include the application of GIS technology, website and/or web application design and support, network administration, and general systems maintenance.  The GIS Analyst works under the direct supervision of the Director of Technology Services.

Qualified applicants should, at a minimum, possess an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university as well as have previous experience in relevant information technology fields; or five to seven years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.  This position requires advanced computer application skills.

The Middle Georgia Regional Commission provides services to 11 counties and 20 cities in Middle Georgia through its office located in Macon, Georgia.  Interested persons should submit a cover letter, resume, and three references to:

Middle Georgia Regional Commission

Attention: Jen Doran

175 Emery Highway

Suite C

Macon, GA 31217


by e-mail to jdoran@mg-rc.org.

Applications will be accepted for this position until the position is filled.  Candidates for the position will be subject to a criminal background check, motor vehicle license verification, pre-employment drug screening and skills assessments.

The Middle Georgia Regional Commission is an equal employment opportunity employer.

Internship – Georgia Geospatial Information Office (Atlanta)


Georgia’s Geospatial Information Office (GIO) is looking for an undergraduate or graduate level intern to help grown the Office. The position is available immediately and may be extended through the 2018-2019 academic year. The intern will be assigned to the Geospatial Information Officer and will be housed in the Department of Community Affairs building, in Executive Park at Druid Hills and I-85, within the State Planning, Mapping & Research team. The intern will be exposed to all these groups on a daily basis.

POSITION DESCRIPTION: The tasks of the internship will focus on administrative functions in support of the State Geospatial Information Officer. The intern will be exposed to programs such as:

  • Building statewide Programs (e.g. State-wide Imagery, LiDAR, Addressing, etc) in support of every level of government, from cities and counties, to regional, State and federal agencies
  • Building and Facilitating various GIS-related Communities of Practice, including GIS technical teams and governance
  • Website and social media management, including content development and design
  • Marketing, Outreach and Education – promoting this new office throughout the State
  • Administrative functions of a State Office (administrative assistance to the Geospatial Information Officer, planning constituent meetings, preparing reports, etc.)
  • Grant, contract, and technical writing
  • Creating State guidance and best practices for every level of government
  • Development of supporting applications (e.g. StoryMaps and prototyping GIS applications for various State agencies)

CANDIDATE ATTRIBUTES: The GIO’s work centers on establishing and creating sustainability for this new Office within the State. Much of the work involves local and State government and regional commission interaction, public policy, program administration, and some GIS/application building. The ideal candidate will have a basic understanding of programmatic administrative and policy concepts, some functional GIS skills such as the ability to make StoryMaps in ArcGIS Online, and, most importantly, a strong interest in the governmental processes and programs that establish the facilitation of a statewide geospatial community. As such, the following skills are preferred:

  • Comprehensive understanding of Microsoft’s suite of office software
  • Understanding of Esri software (ArcMap, ArcGIS Online, creation of StoryMaps, etc.)
  • Research and Technical writing
  • Interpersonal skills and ability to interact with internal and external partners
  • Strong organization skills, experience as an administrative assistant will be helpful
  • Impeccable attention to detail, thoroughness and time management skills; and,
  • Ability to manage multiple projects at a time

LOGISTICS: The intern will work 15-30 hours per week (flexible based upon class schedule and candidate’s desire) at a rate of $10-13 per hour (dependent upon educational level and previous experience). An interview will be required for consideration. A valid driver’s license and personal transportation is required.

NEXT STEPS: Interested students should submit a letter of interest and resume via email to Megan Haley at megan.haley@dca.ga.gov no later than April 9, 2018.

For more information, email above or contact:

Megan Haley

Georgia Geospatial Information Office

60 Executive Park South NE

Atlanta, GA 30329

Phone: 404.679.3147


GIS Technician – InterDev (Sandy Springs)

Position Description:


We are offering an entry-level opportunity to join our collaborative team to help expand GIS at the City of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This is a part-time position (20 hours per week), available immediately, that may transition to a full-time position in 6 months. Work will be on-site at the city hall with flexible scheduling available during normal business hours.

Our award-winning team excels in providing high quality GIS products and services to municipal governments through the public-private partnership model. Learn from experienced GIS professionals while honing your skills by working on a wide range of city projects. Highlights of our work include: democratizing GIS through open data sites and public access GIS applications, customized internal staff apps, and integrating GIS in emergency operations. Training and attendance at professional community events is encouraged.

More Info

Email resumes to Mike Edelson/GIS Manager medelson@interdev.com

Intown Subchapter’s First Quarter Happy Hour – 2018

What: Intown SubChapter’s First Quarter Happy Hour – 2018
Where: Fado Irish Pub / 933 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
When: Thursday, March 8, 2018 / 6pm to 8pm

Guest Speaker: Sara Yurman, GISP, Principal – Spatial Focus
Presentation: “My Life in Open Source GIS”
Bio: Sara is a founding partner in Spatial Focus, a GIS consultancy started in 1998.  Her work with Spatial Focus has been all over the United States, with international projects in places such as Abu Dhabi, Serbia, Indonesia and Malawi.  She manages Spatial Focus production staff, often using open source GIS to build master address repositories.  She is a member of the Address Standard Working Group, chairing the Quality Control section of the FGDC Thoroughfare, Landmark and Postal Address Data Standard.  Sara is a former GIS Manager for local, regional and state organizations, and currently serves as Immediate Past President of Georgia URISA.

GIS Analyst – Coastal Regional Commission (Darien, Georgia)

The Coastal Regional Commission is seeking a motivated Geospatial Information Systems
Analyst. The GIS Analyst position is responsible for meeting the daily information technology
requirements of the Coastal Regional Commission and assisting member local governments and
partner agencies with service requests of a technical nature. These duties typically include the
application of GIS technology, website and/or web application design and support, network
administration, and general system maintenance. The GIS Analyst works under the direct
supervision of the Director of Information Services.

Requirements: Qualified applicants should, at a minimum, possess an undergraduate degree from
an accredited college or university as well as have previous experience in relevant information
technology fields; or five to seven years related experience and/or training; or equivalent
combination of education and experience.  This position requires advanced computer application

The Coastal Regional Commission provides services to 10 counties and 35 cities in Coastal
Georgia through its offices located in Darien GA. The Information Services Division provides a
range of technical services including spatial data maintenance, geospatial web applications,
systems administration and cartography.
Salary: DOE, with a competitive benefits package. Deadline: Open until filled.

Submit a resume and cover letter to:
Colletta Harper
Coastal Regional Commission
1181 Coastal Drive SW
Darien, GA 31305

Systems Analyst II – Athens-Clarke Government (Athens, Georgia)

Purpose of Job
The purpose of this job is to perform systems and applications analysis, development, implementation, support, and maintenance activities. Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to: analyzing automation needs county wide; plan, design, develop, and launch efficient information systems and operations systems in support of core organizational functions, manage hardware and software usage, configure and deploy end user devices, respond to service desk calls, and train end users.  This individual will apply proven communication, analytical and problem-solving skills to help identify, communicate and resolve systems issues in order to maximize the benefit of IT systems investments.

The following duties are normal for this job. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.

Conducts systems analysis of manual and automated systems for unified government departments and divisions; review and analyze the effectiveness and efficiency of existing systems and develop strategies for further leveraging these systems or migrating to new platforms.

Evaluates hardware and software based upon current and anticipated user needs and vendor demonstrations.

Collaborates with management, staff, and internal customers to determine desired technological goals, priorities, and resources. Analyzes operating procedures and develops related operating manuals.

Designs and implements systems; writes, compiles, changes, and tests new programs and conversions between systems.

Performs system configurations, installations, and modifications.

Trains users on hardware and software; demonstrates new systems and assists users with computer related problems.

Designs inter-machine program conversions.

Provides advanced technical assistance and troubleshooting for computer hardware, software, network and/or other related technology problems. Assists with problem and/or process identification, definition and resolution.

Tests and de-bugs systems; writes internal, on-line, system, and user program documentation.

Plans and performs disaster data recovery activities as needed.

Consults with outside technical engineers when performing troubleshooting and problem solving activities as needed.

Implements and maintains security of confidential data, applications, and systems.

Provides on-call support services to all departments.

Develops and maintains contacts with vendors and technicians.

Tracks and documents time usage in monthly reports and bi-weekly time sheets.

Tracks hardware and software assets.

Other duties as assigned.

When Assigned to Database Administration:

Assess and develop long-term strategic goals for production databases in conjunction with data owners.

Work with staff to upgrade database architectures, standards, and quality assurance policies and procedures.

Create models for new database development and/or changes to existing ones and performs database management.

Respond to and resolve database access and performance issues.

Monitor database system details within the database, including stored procedures, SQL queries, and execution times, and implement efficiency improvements as they are identified using data processing techniques, entity relationships, or the Unified Modeling Language (UML).

Monitor, optimize, and allocate physical data storage for database systems.

Plan and coordinate data migrations between systems as necessary.

Develop, implement, and maintain change control and testing processes for modifications to databases.

Establish appropriate end-user database access control levels.

Develop routines for end-users to facilitate best practices database use.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of the policies, practices, procedures, and activities of the Athens-Clarke County Government and the operations and functions of the Information Technology Department.

Knowledge of applicable legal policies, procedures, and methods as required in the performance of duties.

Knowledge of computer terminology.

Knowledge of the following:

  • Troubleshooting and resolving hardware, software and peripheral problems
  • Current Microsoft operating systems
  • Mobile operating systems (Android/Apple iOS, Windows).
  • Mid-range and mainframe (iSeries/AS400, Unix)
  • Systems analysis and design methods (problem definition, collection of data, establishing facts, drawing conclusions and making appropriate recommendations)
  • Basic network knowledge: design topologies, protocol usage and troubleshooting
  • Business Intelligence applications (SSRS, Crystal Reports, Cognos)Programming languages (including scripting, web, client/server, mainframe/midrange)
  • Staying up to date with current technology trends and principles
  • Project management principles
  • Virtual environments (virtual desktop infrastructure,  virtual application delivery, hypervisors)
  • Database management

Knowledge of hardware and software utilized by Athens-Clarke County.

Ability to compile, organize, prepare and maintain an assortment of records, reports and information in an effective manner and according to division, departmental and/or other governmental regulations.

Ability to comprehend and apply the regulations and procedures of the division and the department.

Ability to communicate technical information to other personnel.

Ability to develop knowledge of the job functions and terminology used by personnel in other departments in order to understand and meet automation needs.

Ability to communicate and interact effectively with management, other IT staff members, vendors, and all groups involved in the activities of the Athens-Clarke County government.

Ability to assemble information and write reports and documents in a concise, clear, and effective manner.

Ability to plan, organize, and prioritize short and long term assignments and work activities.

Ability to use independent judgment in routine and non-routine situations.

Ability to perform mathematical calculations.

Ability to assist and instruct a wide variety of ACC government personnel in the proper and optimal use of available automation tools and systems.

Ability to acquire, integrate, and apply new technical knowledge.

Ability to work in a team oriented, collaborative environment.

Skill in troubleshooting and problem-solving.

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Newton County Water & Sewerage Authority

Posted: Jan. 30, 2018

End Date: Mar. 31, 2018


Performs technical work in the updating and duplication of official Authority maps using Geographic Information System (GIS) software and Global Positioning System (GPS) equipment for field data collection and survey, and computer-aided design (CAD) and drafting.
Education and Experience:

Associates degree from an accredited college or technical school in Geography, Cartography, Public Administration, or a related field; and, 

Three years of related experience; or, 

Fulfills minimum requirements of education, training and experience, which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Submit to:
Tracey Clark, H/R Director
tc@ncwsa.us, fax to 770-786-4536 or apply in person at  11325 Brown Bridge Road, Covington, GA  30016

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