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Western U.S. GIS job links and general gis job related sites

This is the most up-to-date and comprehensive listing of career sites and links for people seeking gis jobs. The page is targeted towards people seeking gis jobs in the Western United States. The major categories and range of links for gis jobs includes environmental links, planning links, transportation gis links, municipality gis employment links, software developer gis links, and other private sector gis companies seeking gis employees.
Related gis jobs links included below are: spatial data professions, CAD, remote sensing and surveying. Also the links can post different classes of gis jobs including full time, part-time, contract, and intern work.

UPDATED 04/02/2018

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Here are some pointers on finding hidden gis jobs -

It’s 2018 and things have changed for the better in the GIS jobs sector. Overall U.S. GIS salaries have finally gone up. Outsourcing is going down finally and companies that do it are frowned on. And the low paying and hated 15k-30k beginner GIS Tech grunt jobs are mostly over with.

So what happened?
The U.S. push for the 15 dollar minimum wage is one of the big things that has happened. Many GIS Techs were still making less than 15 dollars a hour just a few years back. Cities/States/Counties suddenly woke up to the fact that the GIS sector as a whole, was way under paid, compared to other departments. Now they seem to be topped out and overpaid based on current salaries. If you look at cost-of-living back around 2006, you will see that gas prices were just as high and home prices were at the peak of the housing bubble, yet gis salaries were super low and needed to be raised. Now, from about 2011-12 gis salaries have caught up and passed the inflation rate.
But these unbelievable paying gis jobs are still scarce and not easy to get thanks to employees moving laterally into them from other departments and friends saving them for other friends. I have seen this over and over with city, county, and state jobs. This is why inside contacts are so important.

So where are the best GIS jobs and what do the titles pay?

Crazy gis salaries have TOTALLY changed as far as job sectors. You now want to avoid the private sector jobs altogether, and go for municipal, state, county, and city jobs. Government jobs on average are paying WAY more and getting better pay raises and larger benefits. I know many friends that got gis jobs with city/county gis departments 10+ years ago for 45k and are now making 80-100k, while the same person in the private sector gis job is now only making 68k with sad 401(k)s. It really pays off to get a government sector gis job now!

And since about 2011-12 the mother lode of the gis salary increases are in California!
Why? First, California cities like San Francisco are heavily pushing a large minimum wage increase. Second, the bay area housing bubble has warped the cost of living chart making it look bad, which pushes huge COLA raises. And third, California government workers salaries are going up like crazy thanks to senile Jerry Brown and the bleeding-heart, union loving, democratically controlled state congress that want to win votes. By giving insane pay raises similar to what the state teachers got under Gray Davis, Brown and the democrats are actually pushing the cost of living up for ALL private sector workers which don’t get huge COLA pay raises every year. They are basically breaking the state with unfunded salaries and pensions by raising taxes and cutting municipal services!
You can clearly see the difference in California private sector vs. public sector jobs by doing a gis job title search on Transparent California and Glassdoor websites.

The other factor that makes people want a job in California are the great pension plans and benefits. Yes, I said pension plans. Our current governor is trying to get rid of them and repair the damage that Gray Davis did to the state, but pension contracts are hard to change. Many public employees are double and triple dipping pensions. It is a never ending scam in California.
I know many state employees that have basically hit the lotto with their state pensions. Any California State Worker that retired after 2000 is getting 100% of their salary plus a nice fat yearly cost of living raise. You get how much with a 401(k) or Social Security??? I know people that retired with a 70k state pension that are now making a 100k on their pension. This is a scam that workers have found and are milking while the money lasts. Unfortunately this great salary/pension scam won’t last. Many of the counties, cities, and municipalities went bankrupt handing out huge salaries. A good example is the city of Anaheim. I had a friend there that was making 100k as a GIS Tech before the city went broke in 2008. He is now in the private sector making a horrid 65k :-)

Next, if you are going to go for a GIS job in either the state or private sector there are some things to know.
First and most important, get into the GIS IT department as fast as you can. All Information Technology Departments are first in line for the pay raises. And they seem to take the majority of the credit and never get laid off in bad times when management cuts staff from departments. I have seen this first hand over and over again. A friend of mine that worked for a California County was making about 50k in the county’s dying gis department a few years back. During that time they got their gis department and hours cut to save jobs during huge county budget cuts. Just last year this person was transferred to the IT department. Their salary was raised to 102k for doing the same exact thing they were doing as an lowly gis analyst! The bottom line is Information Technology Departments heavily overlap with gis departments and work loads in (programming, software setup, city/county training, and gis support). The Information Technology Departments have across the board power, clout, and a voice in city or county politics. Get in the IT department as fast as you can, it will protect your gis career, salary, and status long term in the industry. Second, go back to school and up your degree to a masters if you only have a BA or BS. Having the higher degree can give that edge over the other guy in the department that wants your same promotion. A higher college degree will also give you more on your yearly COLA and merit raise, and currently the State of California is handing out the HUGE raises as if they were actually a for-profit company. I would not want to be the next Governor of California when this money finally runs out!

The gis salaries and pay raises in California have been a nose bleed rocket ride the last five year$! Now on average, California GIS Technician jobs pay about 55k-85k, GIS analyst jobs pay 60k-110k and GIS Manager/Information Technology Manager jobs pay 90k-215k. The rich counties and cities generally pay better and speciality municipality jobs such as a water district job can pay even more. And metro area jobs will always be way higher than outlying counties, even though cost of living is about the same.

Outside of California in other states the salaries are all over the place. Some state GIS Technician jobs are still paying under 40k in state and private sectors. Some companies are even making up new crazy gis titles for their employees like GIS Customer Success Manager. Many of these new crazy titles are for gis employees dealing with mobile and social media clients. Like any career Titles are everything, even in the GIS industry. As I stated before, the salary difference between a GIS Analyst and a GIS/Information Technology Specialist can be insanely HUGE, since you are in a different department. Many low level people in the gis industry just change their titles on their resumes to stay relevant in the gis sector. I have seen many friends make fake changes to their titles to look important. Examples include - GIS Tech to GIS Specialist, Surveyor 2 to a GIS Analyst, GIS Service Tech to a GIS Analyst ;etc. Unfortunately for them, the state now clearly posts their real job titles on the Transparent sites for all to see.

And don’t forget, gis professionals should get down on their knees and thank ESRI for still pushing and lobbying the public sector to use their overpriced proprietary gis software. ESRI has basically created an exclusive “ESRI Club” of gis users that the public tax payer has no clue they are funding. Their proprietary formats and their family of extensions help keep gis departments locked into spending never-ending sums of your tax money on their gis software. Many cost cutting municipalities have slowly started going to OpenStreetMap data and open source software and are letting volunteers/crowdsourcing setup their public map databases/networks for pennies! However, public sector workers and ESRI do NOT want this "Free" open source trend to grow and spend a ton lobbying to stop it!

Also, read this interesting post and comments on GIS Job Careers.  It basically conforms that the public sector jobs now pay way more but most GIS careers are nearing dead ends.

Tips for Job Searching

1. Use Glassdoor and government sites like Transparent California to check gis salaries, raises, pensions, qualifications and how fast people get promoted. When web searching, use the same search phrase in all search engines(Google, Yahoo, Bing, DuckDuckGo and others). All sort phrases way differently, so the listings will be totally different.
2. Use special search patterns to find hidden jobs. An example would be if you are searching city sites, you would use a string that hit a lot of city domains at once. An example: " gis job August 10 ; would look for all California city/county sites for gis jobs posted in August 2014. Mix it up or try different patterns. Setup daily Google email alerts for job title keywords.
3. Use blog sites and social network sites to scan for new job posts. Use Twitter to connect but email to let people know about your qualifications.
4. Use bulletin board sites like Craig's List. However, posters on these sites are usually looking for part-time or cut rate employees that they don't have to pay a lot for.
5. Email headhunters and give them your name and number. Sometimes they might have something hot that has not been filled yet. This is old school.
6. Go to local Planning and GIS, Arc User Groups and Urisa meetings. This is the first place to look for posted city/county/state jobs, since most of the people attending work for municipalities. Jobs and part time help needed are usually announced at meetings before they get posted on the city website. Make the personal contact at the meeting and be that much closer to getting the job.
7. It's not what you know it is who you know. That old saying is 100% true when it comes to GIS jobs! The bottom line is 98% of the effort in finding a good paying gis job is now networking(knowing the right person at the right time). All of my friends and co-workers have found their stable, better paying, gis/cad/mapping jobs thru friends, teachers, family, and insider contacts. A lot of gis jobs posted online may already have some insider picked and they are only doing interviews to be legal. Call and ask questions about the job position and requirements. They might have something in the fine print that could weed you out on the interview. Ask about the software they use. Some only use the latest ESRI software or other programs. Others may require you to know special math or programming languages.
8. If you are in school, do tons of city intern work and meet people in the industry. Go to as many GIS conferences and network. I know a LOT of professors that have got students great city jobs, but things are much harder now. Show your work, talk, and see who will be hiring, growing, and what types of jobs will be needed. Make business cards/data sticks with a mini resumes on them and pass them out! Basically keep in touch.If you do the old school way of resume interviewing(cattle call), you most likely will be reviewed against 20-200+ applications! Many companies now interview and test online so check Glassdoor to see what type of questions are asked.
9. Look at Geography Alumni listings and see if they list where they are now working. Do a geography alumni page search on Google and you will get a ton of hits. Many are FaceBook pages where you can ask people about gis jobs in their sectors and see if they like their jobs and if there are openings coming up. Also, try using Twitter to contact Alumni.
10. City gis work is now really, really hard to get due to the hammering by congress to cut jobs, the insane sequesters, tea baggers, outsourcing of the private gis jobs for many years and cities cutting back due to bankruptcies. Try and get a city, county, state job where you want to work and than transfer into the gis department. Many cities and counties will take their workers first on job openings.
11. Before even submitting a job application to a city, county, or state job, double check the starting and yearly salaries and raises they give compared to others. You can do this by looking at the transparent sites. California and Nevada (, have these sites and I am sure other states must by now. You can easily check for types of positions, yearly pay raises, salary averages, time given for OT, benefit amounts, and numbers of employees ;etc.
12. The best for last. GIS coding for smart phones and tablet apps is still hot but not growing as much as it was. A ton of money can be made if you know how to code in Sequel, Java, VB, Objective-C, and the IOS platform. There is just a ton of apps that need to be updated and maintained by paying customers. And the nice thing is most apps incorporate maps in them.

Note: If you are really disparate for work you could put an ad out for contract work on sites like . Don't do this unless your willing to work for almost NOTHING. Looking on these contract work sites can be real depressing. Most of these posters are in countries where the exchange rate for the dollar is huge and cost-of-living low, so they can low ball U.S. workers out of work. This is the major problem with outsourcing and current global free trade policy. Basically, the rich that outsource get richer and raise their product prices while the U.S. middle class workers get $crewed twice. This is why government jobs are so coveted now. Most government and city gis work is still done in the U.S. and they still pay salaries and benefits but start pay can be low, while the private sector only cares about trimming costs so their executives can get another fat raise. The U.S. government basically needs to get rid of all tax breaks for job outsourcing and start charging inspection tariffs on the food and products coming into the U.S.A . But things look like they are finally getting better for gis jobs for now.


Stimulus Bill - Download and check new job growth in the Stimulus Bill
Kforce - Check for new Infrastructure Jobs
Stimulus Plan Article - GIS in the economic stimulus plan
EPA Jobs - EPA Recovery Jobs
National Science Foundation - Geosciences (GEO) - Career Opportunities
Census - Good job for people starting in GIS
State Transportation Web Sites - Some will be hiring soon with shovel ready projects
Links in GIS related Healthcare - With Obama’s health care passing, more doctors and medical establishments may need to convert over to digital records. Many of these doctors and medical businesses will want to incorporate some forms of gis into their records databases for better tracking of patients and trends. These areas of gis include geocoding, overlays, export to compatible gis/dbase formats; etc. A lot of custom made and installed gis applications and databases will be needed for the medical industry to compile with any new digital standards. Also, vast amounts of analog paper data will need to be OCR converted to digital formats and geocoded. A lot of specialized gis data work/training will be needed in this area. Keep a eye open on the health industry for expanding gis services that professionals will need. May be a good time to get in on the ground floor and start a small gis healthcare related business since healthcare reform passed.


SIMPLYHIRED - NEW Nationwide GIS and jobs search engine
Oil Industry - Do a search for current oil industry GIS Jobs
JOB FOOL - Fresh listings
DOD JOB SEARCH - Searches DOD and DOL and private listings - Great gis searches
INDEED - GREAT search engine that searches all the other listing sites like Dogpile.
GISLounge - Current daily listings.
SoCal GIS JOBS - Los Angeles and Orange County municipalities listing GIS jobs.
GIS JOBS CLEARINGHOUSE - GIS Jobs Clearinghouse is The most visited GIS jobs site.
WESTERNCITY - City wide California and other western states job listings
CENTRAL COAST JOINT DATA COMMITTEE - Listing of central coast gis jobs
STATE GOVERNMENT JOB SITES - The Internet Job Source, a privately run job site.
MYSPACE - Nice comprehensive search engine that checks many listing services.
CAREERSITE - Best Newspaper Lookup!
SCGIS - The Society for Conservation GIS jobs listings.
JOBSTER - One of the largest Job Search Sites
CALOPPS - Public Employment in California
MISCO - Mining, Petroleum/Oil/Gas, Construction, and Environmental jobs, lists some gis jobs.
JOB SEARCH ENGINE.COM - Now owned by JUJU ? Job Search engine still works well.
GeoSearch, Inc. - GIS Jobs Headhunters
GEOCOMM - GeoCommunity Career Center
ALL JOBS.COM - A comprehensive job search engine.
SITE.COM - Industry specific career search
GEEBO - Listings similar to Craig's List Job and resume posting site Jobs in the Geo Sciences including jobs in oil, energy, mining, geoscience, seismology, geodesy, earth science, earth system science Some good company links and Green Jobs, but the site is LOADED with ad banners!

Jobs in California Business

Career Builder - CareerBuilder Site
California Online Job Network - Jobs in California
JESD - Jobs and Employment Services Dept. in San Bernardino - This city and county are broke!
JobSummit -- Southern California Jobs

Major GIS and Map Companies

Apple - They just bought three TOP digital map companies. They could push mapping to the next level very soon.
Google - They pushed digital mapping in the 2000s with Street View, 3D Sketch-up and their custom map layers. However, Google has recently taken a new direction with digital mapping. Maybe they will add GIS tools to Google Earth to stay ahead of Apple?
Yahoo Maps - On life support. They did a big update a few years back with new shaded relief, but Yahoo is not doing much.
ESRI Jobs - ESRI had a monopoly on the gis software business in the early years. Many cities and governments are still locked into their expensive software and maintenance. The question is for how long? Cities are going bankrupt everyday now. Will Governments go to the cheaper or free open source software in the future?
National Geographic - The leading gis publisher of retail atlas and map products. I know a lot of people that started here and than moved on.
Mapinfo - GIS software company owned by Pitney Bowes.
Intergraph - GIS software company
Leica - GPS/GEO hardware company
Navteq - Digital gis data company
TeleAtlas(TomTom) Data company
Autodeck - Major Software company
Cartifact - Makes some of the finest published gis maps for the private sector.(small, but always looking for new talent)

All the other gis software companies
All the other map companies

General Employment Resources

America's Job Bank
Best Jobs U.S.A.
The Monster Board
Recruiters Online Network
Official City Site

Oldies but Goodies

Clay Net - Subcategories of Government Jobs
Aqua net Job Listings - Jobs in Fisheries and Marine and Aquatic Fields.
Maritime Companies - shipping companies, drilling companies, shipyards- some gis related jobs
Oil & Gas Companies
Geoweb Interactive
Urisa Job Postings
Sierra Jobs - Some Green Related Jobs
Bay Area Jobs
National Park/BLM GIS FIRE JOBS - Western Fires are getting worse each year!
Bay Area Automated Mapping Association
Geo Job Source
ALL California Companies
GIS Job.Com
American Assoc. Of Geographers mostly teaching jobs
Police and Law Enforcement - Many use gis and gps for trends and tracking

Urisa Chapters - Good spot to check for regional GIS job listings

Urisa National Page
Socal Urisa

Planning Jobs - Most planning departments use gis and post for GIS planner jobs

U.C. Berkeley Site
City Planning Jobs
Planners Web - Links to Planning Departments and Planners Links.
Arizona Planners Org - Links to Planning Jobs in Arizona.
Urban Planning Jobs Links
Urban Planning Jobs - Other Links to search for gis jobs
Los Angeles Chapter of American Planners Association Great Site For Socal GIS Jobs!
California Chapter of American Planners Association
Governing Magazine
Scag jobs

Mailing/Magazines - Some good leads to GIS Jobs

Federal/County/City Planning Jobs
Directions - Leading Geo Community Magazine
Forest Service Jobs Mailing List
AAG-GIS Newsletters
ArcNews Online
Geospatial Solutions
Earth Observations Magazine - Now Professional Surveyor
Blog Search
Western City - Has some listing for GIS Jobs
GIS Forums

Utilities/Power/Water/Transit Companies and Departments - Most use GIS software now

Southern California Edison
San Diego Gas & Electric
Snohomish Power Utility District
Public Service Company Of New Mexico
LA Water & Power
Orange County Water District
Orange County Transit
LA Metro Transit Authority
East Bay Municipal Utility District (MUD)
Railroad Company Job Links - Some gis jobs
Oil and Gas Jobs Online - World Job listings
National Ground Water Association

Agriculture GIS Related Software Companies

PCI Geomatics
AG View
SST's Integrated Systems
Land View Softwares
Croplands - The System

Seaports of the World - Ports, shipping, and container company gis jobs are growing fast due to outsourcing

Worldwide Listing Of Seaport Web Pages

Federal Job Links

Federal Jobs Portal
U.S. Customs
Dept. of Justice
Dept. of Labor
State Dept.
Coast Guard GIS Careers
Homeland Security USA JOBS Portal
Companies suppling GIS software packages to law enforcement

State/County/City Job Links

S.C.A.G. Southern Calif. Areas Government - some gis job postings
Bay Area ABAG site - ABAG members job pages

* Alaska
Alaska Dept. Of Transportation State Jobs

* Arizona
Additional Arizona gis Related Sites
Southern Arizona gis Consortium
Arizona City and County Pages

* California
California Counties and Cities Home Pages
Orange County Jobs
San Francisco Bay Area
Los Angeles County - Official County of Los Angeles Jobs Page
City of Los Angeles City of Los Angeles Jobs Page
Riverside Jobs - Official Riverside County Jobs Page
Orange Co Schools
OC Companies
San Joaquin County Jobs- Official San Joaquin CountyJobs Page
San Luis Obispo Jobs - Official San Luis Obispo Jobs page
City of Ventura Jobs - Official City of Ventura Jobs Page
Fresno County Jobs- Official Fresno County Jobs Page
Placer County Jobs- Official Placer County Jobs Page
County of Yolo Jobs - Official Yolo County Jobs Page
City and County of San Francisco Jobs - Official San Francisco City Jobs Page
Marin County Jobs - Official Marin County Jobs Page
County of Sonoma Jobs - Official Sonoma County Jobs Page
County of Solano Jobs - Official Solano County Jobs Page
Santa Cruz County Jobs - Official Santa Cruz County Jobs Page

* Colorado
Colorado Blm Jobs - They do list some GIS Jobs
All Of Colorado's State Jobs
Denver Jobs
State of Colorado Dept. of Transportation Jobs
Fresh Baked Denver Job Resources
City and towns locations and links

* Idaho
All Of Idaho's City Home Pages

* Nevada
Clark County Nevada always hiring gis people!
The Rest Of The Counties and Cities
Las Vegas Valley Water District Jobs

* New Mexico
New Mexico Counties and Cities and Counties
New Mexico Links
New Mexico Geographic Information Council, Inc. (NMGIC) - Some GIS job announcements
New Mexico DOIT

* Washington
King County Washington - Official King County Jobs Page
Pierce County Washington - Official Pierce County Jobs Page
Spokane County Washington - Official Spokane County Jobs Page
Snohomish County Washington - Official Snohomish County Jobs Page

* Oregon
Oregon.GOV Cities, counties and state departments.
County of Washington - job listings (Beaverton,Aloha, Hillsboro, and others)
County of Clackamas - job listings (Lake Oswego, Oregon City, West Linn, Milwaukee; etc.)
State of Oregon - job listings
City of Lake Oswego
City of Salem - Salem Jobs Page opportunities
City Of Portland Job Opportunities
City Of Hillsboro Job Opportunities
City Of Gresham Job Opportunities
City Of Tigard Job Opportunities
City Of West Linn job opportunities
METRO Job Opportunities - (METRO is the regional governing body, they use gis)
City of Vancouver, WA - Just across the Columbia River from Portland, Or.
Portland Fire Bureau
Clark Public Utilities - Vancouver, WA
Oregon State Gis Center - No gis job listings, just information
Oregon Cities and Counties

* Utah
Utah Dept. Of Transportation

* Hawaii
City Of Honolulu Job Listings

Environmental GIS Jobs and Employment Links

E-Jobs Huge site with many gis job site possibilities
E.P.A. Jobs
The Nature Conservancy - Occasionally posts a gis job
California State Land Commission Jobs
Army Corp of Engineers (ACE)
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
U.S. D.O.I. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB)
Society for Conservation Biology
Wildlife Society

Resume and Headhunters

School Jobs

California State College System
University of California System

Career Guidance

What Color Is Your Parachute: Job Hunting Online
Consumer Information Center - Employment
Employment and Job search help

Salary Surveys

CompGeo Personal Edition - Geographic Compensation Salary Career Database Software
DataMasters - Salary Survey

Other places to look for GIS jobs:

Large advertising companies like CBS Outdoors and others HEAVILY use GIS for advertising location and density studies. And the advertising companies such as PennySaver pays very well.

Large Hotel/Motel Chains like Hilton use GIS for location and movement studies.

Very small weekly advertising companies such as the PennySaver use gis for distribution research.

The tourism/travel industry uses gis for routing/booking/planning and sales.

The real estate industry uses a ton of custom gis software and they usually need somebody to run it.

Any business that is growing both nationally and internationally needs a gis staff for new business location assessment, sales studies, demographic studies, traffic pattern studies, marketing campaigns, geo coding and other gis studies and research. Hit up any growing companies. You many have to explain what gis is if they are small, but most companies now know and use gis.

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