Pee Dee GIS Users Group

SC GIS Professionals in the Pee Dee Area


June 2014

URISA 2014 Salary Survey Open

URISA 2014 Salary Survey Data Collection Period Opens

The entire GIS community is asked to help develop this important profile of GIS professional activities and compensation by participating in the 2014 URISA GIS Salary Survey by July 31, 2014.

URISA conducts a periodic comprehensive Salary Survey for GIS Professionals. The first Survey was conducted in 1998, with subsequent editions published in 2003, 2007 and in 2011.

The data is currently being collected for the 2014 survey with results expected later this year. As in the past, an Executive Summary will be available on the URISA website for FREE and a comprehensive analysis of the results will be available for purchase.

In addition to salary data presented according to job title, employer type and geographical region, the survey delves into:

• How have salary levels changed over the years?
• Have GIS departments increased in size?
• What non-technical skills are required?
• What GIS software proficiencies are necessary?
• What benefits do organizations typically offer?
• How frequent do GIS professionals change jobs and are job changes within the same sector?
• How long is the average workweek?
• How has GIS certification impacted salaries?
• Are GIS professionals actively pursuing continuing education?
• … and much more

The online questionnaire will be active until July 31 and the entire GIS community is invited to participate. The information collected will not be used for additional purposes, nor will URISA seek to personally identify participants nor connect any individuals with specific responses. Results will be presented according to various groupings (by job title, region, type of organization, etc.).

Participants may elect to enter a drawing for one of TEN $100 discount coupons good for any URISA event or product purchase, upon completion of the questionnaire.

Click here to access the online questionnaire.

Quick Hits from 2011:
• GISPs, on average, earned $10,000 more than non-GISPs
• The average salary of survey respondents was $61,540—an increase of 2.5%
• GIS Managers saw a 3.8% increase in salary in 2011—from $67,302 to $69,842
• Over 65% of respondents are employed within some level of government—from local to federal agencies
• Most respondents to this survey hold GIS-related titles, with many possessing management responsibilities

For an Executive Summary of the 2011 Salary Survey results, click here.

Please forward this request to other GIS professionals in your network!

GIS Manager – Nature Conservancy

Job Description
Job Title: GIS Manager (SC Chapter)
Job ID: 42231
Location: South Carolina
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

OFFICE LOCATION: Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina (SC)

The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in more than 35 countries, all 50 United States, and your backyard. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Visit to learn more.

The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.

The GIS Manager manages and maintains conservation databases and leads the Chapter’s technical support in GIS or other relational database technologies for Conservancy staff. Includes compiling, assembling and maintaining land protection, biodiversity and management information from various sources. This may also include one or more of the following functions:

Participates in conservation planning at various levels
Develops methods for mapping and classifying ecosystems and data management; includes developing and maintaining all documentation for data and data management
Performs data analysis; designs and produces advanced complex queries and professional reports
Processes spatial and other relational data sets derived from cartographic and tabular source material
Provides hardware and software support
Develops and delivers training to staff individually and in groups
Produces maps and other graphic products and reports
Develops and maintains GIS library and/or database products library, specifically protected lands data base (to include public and private).

MS or BS degree and certification in Geography, Cartography, GIS, Environmental Studies, or related field and 3 years related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Experience managing, maintaining and populating databases and manual files.
Experience in managing multiple projects.
Experience in analyzing data and producing data reports.

3-5 years related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Managing and prioritizing tasks from multiple sources
Demonstrated experience in the following areas: interpretation of image analysis, complex spatial analysis, and data modeling
Knowledge of current trends and practices in relevant discipline(s) and region(s)
Ability to work with partners to collect and maintain protected lands data and to disseminate information to partners when necessary.
Ability to anticipate program mapping needs- upcoming meetings, planning sessions, annual need for updates.
Demonstrated experience collaborating with other parties to obtain different data sources
Ability to make practical sense out of processed data and apply to real world applications
Managing time and diverse activities under deadlines while delivering quality results.
Demonstrated experience operating GIS software, managing relational databases and creating maps
Demonstrated database and computer based management experience including managing, maintaining and populating databases and manual files
Successful experience in developing, directing and managing multiple projects and implementing program goals
Working knowledge of common software applications (e.g.; Word, Access, Excel, Web browsers)
Communicating clearly via written, spoken, and graphical means in English and other relevant languages
Requires valid drivers license and willingness and ability to participate in TNC’s Vehicle Use Agreement.

This position requires a valid driver’s license and compliance with the Conservancy’s Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered “high risk drivers.” Please see further details in the Auto Safety Program document available at

Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee’s motor vehicle record.

To apply to position number 42231, submit resume and cover letter as one document. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on June 27, 2014. Click here for more information.

Click “submit” to apply for the position or “save for later” to create a draft application for future submission. Once submitted, applications cannot be revised or edited. Failure to complete required fields may result in your application being disqualified from consideration.

If you experience technical issues, please refer to our applicant user guide or contact

The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of men and women of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancy’s background screening process.

GIS Mapper – Anderson County

May 22, 2014                          CLOSING DATE:  Until filled

POSITION:                                        GIS Mapper


PAY GRADE:                                   14    ($21,916 – $29,542)  


DEPARTMENT                                Assessor’s Office


RESPONSIBILITIES:            Draws maps of geographical areas to show natural and constructed features, political boundaries, and other features.


REQUIREMENTS:      High school diploma or GED and Six (6) months of drafting experience or Any equivalent combination of education and experience.  Should have experience with documents concerning conveyances of real estate, including deeds, plats, and wills, with an emphasis on legal descriptions and percent ownership interest.  Experience with maps, including ARCGIS, online GIS maps and tax maps.  Should be comfortable reading and analyzing a deed and/or a plat.  Experience dealing with real estate taxes, phone and customer service skills, computer skills and office suite experience.  Experience with editing and analyzing maps within ArcMap Software, paralegal and title searching experience would be helpful.




The language used in this document does not create an employment contract between the employee and the County.  The document does not create any contractual rights or entitlements.  The County reserves the right to revise the content of this document, in whole or in part.  No promises or assurances whether written or oral, which are contrary to or inconsistent with the terms of this paragraph create any contract of employment.


To apply complete an application located online or send a resume to or mail to p o box 8002, anderson, sc 29622 or fax to 260-1009

GIS Analyst – Institute for Families in Society

Job Title GIS Analyst
Internal Title
Band 5
Requisition Number 007580
Minimum Salary $32,741
Salary Range
Pay Basis Annually
Department Institute for Families in Society
Campus USC Columbia
Expected Fill Date
Job Posting Date 05-25-2013
Reopen Date
Minimum Posting Period Ends 05-31-2014
Job Close Date
Type of Position Research Grant
Job Type Full-Time
Job Category Professional/Administrative
If Research Grant/Time Limited, indicate the benefits provided Health Insurance
Annual Leave
Sick Leave
Job Description University of South Carolina/Institute for Families in Society is seeking a GIS Research Associate. Position will use Geographic Information System (GIS) software, tools and methods to generate map products and conduct spatial analysis based on predefined procedures. Staff will propose and implement new methods upon approval. Assist with data collection; address processing, geocoding, spatial referencing, process automation, standardization and routine spatial data maintenance. Position will be jointly responsible for process documentation and metadata maintenance. Staff will be a member of growing GIS unit, which is part of an applied health services and health policy interdisciplinary research unit, using latest ESRI software (ArcGIS Desktop, Server and ArcSDE) and ancillary tools (Excel, Access, Internet-based data sources, SQL Server) to validate and implement cutting edge approaches to spatial/statistical analysis. This position is established in support of expanded research activities or projects.
Minimum Qualifications Bachelor’s degree in geography or related field and 3 years related GIS experience, or an associates degree in geography or related field and 5 years related GIS Experience. Working knowledge and experience with ArcGIS Desktop 10.1 and ArcSDE (personal, file or enterprise geodatabases). Address processing and geocoding experience required. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing. Knowledge of ArcGIS Server 10.1; ArcSDE and geocoding experience; proficiency in the application of spatial analytical methods; and demonstrable expertise in cartographic design and production. Knowledge of census geography; Knowledge of spatial analysis techniques and cartography; Knowledge of graphic hardware and GIS software; Ability to operate GlS equipment e.g. plotter: Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of co-workers; Ability to work in a team environment as well as a goal-oriented individual who functions with the highest level of integrity and professionalism.
Preferred Qualifications Experience in public health practice and/or research are preferred. Knowledge and experience with ArcGIS Desktop 10.2 with ArcGIS Server and ArcSDE 10.2 with a SQL Server 2012 RDBMS. Python scripting knowledge and basic programming skills are desirable. Experience processing addresses and geocoding large datasets (>50,000 records) would be beneficial.
Documents which must be associated with this posting Resume/CV
Cover Letter
List of References
Special Instructions to Applicants
SOC Code 17-1021


Original Posting:


Carolina’s Pictometry user group meeting June 4th

The Carolina’s Pictometry user group met at the Dr.’s Bruce and Lee Library in Florence, SC on June 4th. During the meeting we learned about Pictometry’s new Connect Assessment app and Change finder, Pictometry’s IPA, the iPad app with new measurement tools, ConnectAdmin, and many demonstrated use cases for the technology.

In attendance was Crystine Hoge of Florence County, Ray Reich of the City of Florence, and the following Pictometry representatives:

  • Rich Rothman – District Manager
  • Robert Locke – President of Pictometry Government Solutions
  • Alex Hepp – Assessment Project Manager
  • Kevin Lamonds – Pictometry Technical Manager South
  • Scott Martin – Pictometry Senior

We also enjoyed some informative presentations from the Pictometry reps as well as many of the Users in the Carolina’s including, Andy Goretti of Mecklenburg County, Jim Tocherman of BCS,  Lisa Holzberger of Myrtle Beach, Valerie Gray of Lexington County, and Shawn Pratt of Myrtle Beach.

Presentations may be available later, keep checking back to see what we discussed.

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