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


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
3D and EMA Projects
Columbia County Government Center, Evans GA


Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division — Job Announcement, GIS Specialist 3

Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Wildlife Resources Division

Job Title: GIS Specialist 3
Position#: 00213630
Job Location: Walton County

Job Responsibilities: Under limited supervision, working both independently and as part of a team,
this position will support the coordination, development and management of land and species
management geospatial databases. The incumbent will coordinate statewide data collection, bridge
data and information gaps, develop informative GIS products, and evaluate and support
administrative requirements for annual reporting. This position will also coordinate the collection
and management of geospatial data to include annual population surveys, wildlife management area
(WMA) habitat projects, WMA operation and maintenance activities, shooting ranges, timber
management activities, hunting maps, and all spatial data needed for federal grant proposals and
performance reports.

Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree in geography, cartography, geology, forestry or a closely related field from an
accredited college or university
One year of experience in the area of assignment
One year of experience required at the lower level GIS Spec 2 (LSP061) or position equivalent.

Preferred Qualifications:
Preference may be given to applicants with:
1) Experience with Geographic Information System applications, tools, and resources,
including familiarity with both raster and vector resources, geodatabases, cartographic
principles and common software tools.
2) Experience with relational, multi-user spatial database design, development and
management; including the integration of existing databases (spatial and non-spatial).
3) Experience with collection, analysis and dissemination of geospatial and related
4) Experience with wildlife management or biological sciences databases or geospatial

Salary: $42,622.26/year plus benefits

If interested in applying for this position, please submit an electronic DNR application
( for employment to the e-mail address below or mail a completed DNR
application for employment to following address:

Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Wildlife Resources Division
Office of Human Resources
Connie Hopkins
2067 U.S. Hwy. 278, SE
Social Circle, GA 30025

The Deadline to submit applications is February 20, 2020.

City of Atlanta – Hiring GIS Coordinator

GIS Coordinator(Job Number: 200137)


Here at the City of Atlanta, we are passionate about building and improving our community. Our Police Officers, Fire Fighters, and Building Inspectors keep our Citizens safe. Our Public Works Staff keep our City clean and help to maintain, build, and improve our City’s infrastructure. Our City planners help envision and shape future City growth. Our Parks & Recreation professionals enhance our quality of life. Our Engineers help to keep our drinking water clean, the largest airport in the world (by passenger volume) operating, and our buildings maintained.   Along with the host of Finance, Procurement, and Human Resources professionals whose support is vital, we are the City of Atlanta!   If you’re seeking a meaningful role where you can make a real difference improving and growing our City, we welcome you to explore the job opportunities we have to offer.

Position Expires: 2/5/2020

Salary:  Commensurate with experience

General Description and Classification Standards

Coordinates GIS projects and activities in the department. Uses geospatial technology expertise to provide support for various departments as it relates to the needs of users to access city records and plans.  Helps to develop the annual budget.  This is a Senior level position capable of carrying out most assignments under general direction.

Supervision Received

Works under very general supervision. Reports directly to GIS Manager. Works independently or with other skilled or semi-skilled workers with responsibility for completion of assigned tasks.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities These are typical responsibilities for this position and should not be construed as exclusive or all inclusive.  May perform other duties as assigned.  Essential functions may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Coordinates and assigns GIS personnel to projects.
  • Provides team lead oversight on projects including quality assurance, data analysis, map production and report production.
  • Provides technical support to staff and other departments to ensure that the Department GIS system is meeting the needs of the department’s missions.
  • May provide daily management of city’s enterprise geographic information system servers, and related workstations.
  • Ability to serve as ArcGIS administrator
  • Maintains and updates GIS databases, including database design, uploading and downloading files.

Decision Making

Selects from multiple procedures and methods to accomplish tasks.  May make purchasing or resource allocation decisions within organization guidelines.  Applies organizational policies.  May interpret organizational policies and recommend exceptions.

Leadership Provided

Serves as a technical resource or mentor to other employees. May lead or instruct less experienced workers in high level or technical jobs.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities This is a partial listing of necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the job successfully.  It is not an exhaustive list.

  • Specialized knowledge of GIS software including ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Pro. Ability to resolve issues without escalation.  Substantial understanding of the job and applies knowledge and skills to complete a wide range of tasks.
  • Knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) suite of services for web design, deployment, systems development practices, activities, and techniques including systems analysis.
  • Skill in using a range of software tools for GIS map creation and maintenance, data analysis, and Internet-enabled GIS.
  • Identifies modifications to existing applications based on user needs and specifications. Skill in managing user relations, administrative tasks, and projects.  Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with customers receiving GIS services.


Minimum Qualifications – Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in GIS, geography, computer science or engineering (equivalent professional experience may be considered for substitution for the required degree on an exception basis).
  • 6-8 years GIS work experience

Preferred Education & Experience

  • Master’s degree in computer science, geography or CAD or a related field
  • 8-10 years GIS work experience

Licensures and Certifications

GISP or Esri Desktop Certification preferred

Position would be expected to have licensure or professional certifications appropriate to the position.

Required: Valid Georgia driver’s license

Essential Capabilities and Work Environment

Required physical, lifting, and sensory capabilities are requirements to perform the job successfully. Typical environmental conditions associated with job.

For more information or to apply, please visit:

Announcing Three Job Opportunities with Georgia’s Geospatial Information Office

The short and sweet – here are three open positions in the Geospatial Information Office with the links to apply… keep reading below if you’d like more information on geospatial data, the Office, or the positions:

Geospatial information refers to any digital data containing location-based information, which is at the core of nearly all government functions. Local, regional, and state government in Georgia use geospatial information to support nearly all the services they provide citizens, including keeping track of property boundaries, road management, public works, environmental management, and much, much more. The State’s Geospatial Information Office (Office), housed within the Department of Community Affairs, is charged with securing and improving access to the most current statewide geospatial data and facilitating its development through cross-jurisdictional coordination – eliminating duplicative efforts and decreasing acquisition and creation costs.

The Office’s coordinated approach to data development enables multi-jurisdictional interoperability – helping cities, counties, and regions work with each other and with state and federal agencies – to improve the quality of services provided to the State’s citizens, to drive economic development and to respond to natural disasters. In doing so, the Geospatial Information Office plays a key role in promoting the safety and economic vibrancy of all Georgia communities, while maximizing taxpayer value by leveraging the wise use of technology.

Our passion for improving quality of life through the integrated use of high-quality, spatially-enabled data in decision-making is at the heart of everything we do. Geospatial sciences and technologies inspire and enable every level of government to save money, lives, and our environment through a deeper understanding of the changing world around us.

The Geospatial Information Office is seeking great minds to come join our team – are you passionate about applying geospatial information and technologies to solve real-world problems? Would you like to be a leader on a team that helps shape strategies on the effective adoption and use of these technologies at local, regional, and state government scales across the great State of Georgia? If so, we invite you to add your creative mind and problem-solving skills to our team and become an integral member of the Georgia Geospatial Information Office.

The Office is seeking three amazing minds to fill the following positions and join the team:

  • Geospatial Data Program Manager: lead the development of Programs in support of the development and ongoing maintenance of vital statewide spatial datasets that will support critical governmental functions, including the State’s migration to a next generation 9-1-1 ecosystem (NG911). To learn more or apply, click here
  • Geospatial Solution Engineer: design and build 1) enterprise applications (configurable, custom and COTS) and business processes to support data management and geospatial analysis at a state scale and 2) the framework for a common operating data ecosystem to enable holistic sharing and management of spatial data statewide such as addresses, road centerlines, and various boundary data to support NG911. To learn more or apply, click here
  • Business Development Specialist: help make us a well-funded and well-oiled machine. Assist with a variety of the Office’s program management, capacity building, and sustainability planning efforts. Identify needs and opportunities to support current Office business and expansion of operations; engage stakeholders and leverage interagency synergies; and bring innovative funding sources and economies of scale to bear for our Programs. To learn more or apply, click here

In addition, we are also hiring the following Communications Internship, to work 15-30 hours per week:

  • Communications Intern: Despite the job description saying “mapping” this is a Communications Internship, not a mapping internship. It will, however, be working in the Geospatial Information Office. To learn more or apply, click here

GIS Mapper Needed

The Banks County GIS/Mapping Department is accepting applications for a Full time GIS
mapper. This position start date is January 20, 2020

The primary purpose of this position is to use geographic information system applications to
compile and update digital parcel tax mapping based on information from metes and bounds
descriptions on recorded deeds and surveyed plats; must interpret, read and prepare digital
and or printed maps, and perform all related data entry in WinGAP database.

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering, Planning, Computer Science
or closely related field preferred; additionally, one-year mapping, surveying or closely related
field required; project oriented and resourceful; or any equivalent combination of education,
training and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for this

Banks County is an EOE and a Drug Free Workplace. Please apply online at or in person at the Human Resource office
located in the Banks County Courthouse Annex Building at 150 Hudson Ridge, Suite 1, Homer,
GA 30547.

Salary based on qualifications. Experience preferred but willing to train.
Deadline for applications will be Open Until Filled

Newton County — GIS Analyst

Newton County, Georgia (est. population 110,000) is currently seeking applicants for a GIS Analyst position in the GIS Department.  An analyst is needed to help support the County’s GIS staff with some of the duties listed below.  Depending on qualifications and experience, this position would hold the title of GIS Analyst I, II, or III with an annual entry-level salary of $36,971 to $46,550.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Operates global positioning system (GPS) equipment and mobile devices to collect field data.
  • Produces maps for internal customers and the general public.
  • Scans/digitizes paper maps and plans.
  • Drafts and updates metadata and other support documentation.
  • Edits map layers and geodatabases.
  • May design, develop, and deploy web and mobile GIS applications.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or GED equivalent (required).
  • Bachelor’s Degree with a major in Geography, GIS, or closely related field (preferred).
  • Knowledge of cartographic design principles and practices.
  • Experience using Esri ArcGIS Desktop software (ArcMap or ArcGIS Pro).
  • Experience with web or mobile GIS applications, such as: ArcGIS Online, Esri’s Collector app, or Trimble GPS.
  • Willingness to learn and contribute to a team environment.

Selection Process:

To apply, please complete an application on our website by 3pm on January 17, 2020:

We will contact by phone or email only those applicants whose qualifications meet our minimum requirements and are selected to move forward in the process. We comply with the Drug Free Workplace Guidelines.

Newton County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

GIS Technician – Sandy Springs, GA

GIS Technician

  • Type:Full Time
  • Salary/Pay Rate:$21.63 per hour
  • Posted Date:11/12/2019
  • Deadline to Apply:11/30/2019

To apply, please visit our Career Center 

GIS Technician
The City of Sandy Springs is currently accepting applications for a GIS Technician.  Qualified applicants will have knowledge of GIS principles as well as practical experience with Esri ArcGIS.  The person in this position may be required to collect data in the field and in the office, make online and hardcopy maps, edit existing datasets and provide GIS support to other departments.

The GIS Technician will work under the supervision of the GIS Manager and with the GIS Analyst.  This position does not have supervisory responsibilities.

Applicants are preferred to have a Bachelor’s degree or Certificate in Geography, GIS or related field.   The successful candidate will have a drive to learn new skills and technologies while providing excellent support to staff and citizens.

Required Skills
Experience with Esri ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Desktop
Knowledge of GIS principles, including projection, editing, cartography, geodatabases, queries
Ability to work well with GIS staff as well as other departments
Ability to follow written and verbal directions, prioritize tasks and communicate progress
Ability to meet project deadlines, some of which have short turnaround requirements
Desire to continue learning new technologies 

Duties and Responsibilities
Design and produce high quality cartographic products for a variety of city departments such as Public Works, Community Development, Fire Department, and Emergency Management
Perform data editing in an enterprise versioned environment.  Datasets include addresses, roads, stormwater infrastructure and city assets
Digitize mapping information from a variety of sources and verify digitized data for accuracy.
Interpret detailed plans, photographs, maps, and legal descriptions
Assist with development and maintenance of GIS data resources to be utilized for public access
Assist in maintaining web based products including ArcGIS Online content such as web maps and web applications
Perform spatial analyses and create information products using GIS geoprocessing tools
Perform GIS data conversion
Provide GIS staffing support in the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) during emergency activations such as severe weather which may include irregular hours. Training, supervision and standard operating procedures will be provided.

This is a full-time position. The GIS Technician is expected to work on-site Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm.  Additional hours may be required to support Emergency Operations and periodic maintenance.

This is an hourly position at $21.63 per hour.
The City of Sandy Springs offers a range of benefits, including but not limited to retirement, medical and dental.

GIS Technician – City of Hinesville

The City of Hinesville is accepting applications for a Geographic Information Systems Technician in the Inspections Department.  The position is responsible for the development and maintenance of GIS data of the City of Hinesville and Liberty County.


  • Collecting data and information from a variety of sources for the development and maintenance of the GIS databases.
  • Managing reoccurring and as-needed data and map requests
  • Performs GIS data creation, manipulation, management, and analysis, such as digitizing, georeferencing, geocoding, editing, COGO, and querying both spatial and non-spatial data.
  • Works with various City of Hinesville Departments and Liberty County to determine their needs for GIS services and provide recommendations.
  • Performs other duties, as assigned

A Bachelor’s Degree in Geography, or related field, with major course work in Geographic Information Systems is required, or two (2) years of professional experience with Geographic Information Systems.

Applicants must also have experience in the use of ESRI products including ArcGIS for Desktop 10.0 or higher and ArcGIS Online; working knowledge of Microsoft Office; Strong problem solving, time management and verbal/written communication skills including ability to communicate effectively with customers and the ability to multi-task and complete projects in a timely manner.

Minimum starting salary is $38,402.54 plus excellent benefits. The position closes on Friday, December 6, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

Please submit applications online at:

Direct Link


Geospatial Solutions Analyst – Tucker, Georgia

The City of Tucker is a relatively recently (2016) established city in the northeastern Atlanta suburbs. Despite its youth, Tucker an extremely close-knit city with many active community groups who regularly collaborate with city government. Due to its young age, the city has also retained many of its founding councilpeople and the original mayor who take an active role in shaping the city to the wishes of its citizens. This has resulted in a government that works with great focus and determination in reaching its goals which are greatly enhanced by its enterprise-level GIS Department.

As our ideal candidate, you possess:
• A passion for GIS to improve our community
• Exceptional, customer service-oriented work ethic
• GIS technical and cartographic skills
• Ability to bring new and imaginative ideas
• Interests and experience in urban planning/city planning GIS or similar fields
• Strong written and oral communication skills
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
• Interpret detailed plans, photographs, maps, and legal descriptions including addresses, roads, zoning, and various city-owned assets.
• Perform spatial analyses and create information products utilizing GIS geoprocessing tools.
• Assist in user experience testing of web applications.
• Perform spatial analysis and creating information products (maps, reports, etc.) using advanced GIS geoprocessing tools and processes
• Maintain key data sets such as addresses, roads, utilities and other assets
• Publishing content to and administering ArcGIS Online (content, groups, users, permissions, etc.)
• Develop GIS tools and applications that engage staff and community
• Develop and implement GIS standards, policies and procedures
• Provide training and support to GIS users as necessary

• A passion for GIS and data science
• Knowledge of mapping and database software packages such as ArcGIS
• Ability to diagnose and troubleshoot software problems
• Ability to follow written and verbal directions, prioritize a list of tasks, and communicate progress and results
• Excellent written and oral communications skills
• 2-5 years of experience in, preferably local government, GIS.
• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
• Regular attendance at meetup groups, conferences, or other industry events
• Experience working with some or all of the following Esri tools: Survey123, Collector for ArcGIS, ArcGIS Community Analyst, ArcGIS Hub, ArcGIS Urban
• Volunteer experience a plus

Classification: Full-time, exempt
Salary Range: $50,000 – $60,000
Reports to: Location Intelligence Lead
Benefits: Yes


GIS Analyst – Marietta, Georgia

Under general supervision, the purpose of the position is to provide technical support for multiple projects and to create and organize spatial and tabular data by way of geographic information systems. Employee in this classification function in a senior capacity, to perform work both specialized and technical in nature, and are responsible for developing, updating and maintaining complex database information using current technologies. Work includes high-level GIS operations, database administration with communication and interpersonal skills to establish and maintain effective working relationships with City departments, outside agencies and organizations, and the general public.



GIS Analyst – Liberty County, Georgia

The Liberty County Board of Commissioners is currently accepting applications for a GIS Analyst within the Information Technology department. This position is responsible for management
of the county’s geographic information system (GIS).

The selected applicant must be motivated, independent, and ready to help establish workflows and procedures within this new division of the Information Technology department.

Applicants must download an official application from the Liberty County website: and submit the signed application in person or via email or fax before the applicant can be considered for
this position.

Info: Liberty County Georgia – GIS Analyst Announcement

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