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November 2014

Moore Farms Botanical Garden – Plant Recorder

Job Summary:

To manage all aspects of the plant records, including the plant database, mapping and GIS.

Responsibilities:

  • Maintain accurate plant records in the Filemaker Pro database by entering new accessions, de-accessions, notes, images, sources and other data updates.
  • Update mapping by surveying new plants, beds, structures, pathways, facilities, utilities, etc. with GPS equipment.
  • Perform plant inventories.
  • Create all necessary labels for plants in the collection. Assists with installation of labels.
  • Research and verify plant names.
  • Create new fields, architecture and relationships in the database as needed.
  • Maintain and update GIS.
  • Remain current on all new technology and software relating to plant records management.
  • Work with contractors, consultants and temporary employees, and aid in supervision and training of interns.
  • With managerial approval, source, procure and purchase office supplies, hardware, software, and other materials and equipment.
  • Serve as the organizational resource for providing information on the living collections by providing training, instruction, updates and reports.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Education and experience:

Bachelorʼs degree in Computer Science, Horticulture, Plant Science, Geography or related field or any other equivalent combination of training, skills and experience.

Preferred: Previous professional experience with databases, GIS and botanical gardens and arboreta. Knowledge of common landscape plants of the southeast.

Physical/Mental requirements:
Ability to lift 30 lbs. Ability to operate standard office equipment.

Willingness and ability to perform some work outside in all weather conditions. Ability to carry, climb, push, stoop, reach, dig and to load and unload various objects. Strong organizational skills and ability to keep accurate and detailed records. Ability to develop, manage and coordinate multiple activities and projects. Must possess a valid South Carolina driver’s license or be willing to obtain one.

Working conditions:
Office work, with time spent working outside collecting data and conducting inventories. Summers are hot and humid with exposure to biting insects and occasional poison ivy.

Compensation:
This is a full time exempt position with a competitive salary commensurate with experience. Benefits include medical coverage, paid vacation, holidays, sick leave, etc.

About the garden:
Moore Farms Botanical Garden is a nonprofit organization set on over 500 acres near Lake City, South Carolina. The garden is cultivated on 50 acres and is a dynamic mix of formal, naturalistic and agrarian landscapes. Garden areas include a formal garden, vegetable garden, green roof, turf farm, muscadine vineyard, pond gardens, formal shrub borders, and a greenhouse and nursery. Other land use includes agriculture, forestry and wildlife habitat. We are currently in a period of growth in both our horticultural displays and programming. This is a very exciting time to be part of the MFBG team. Please visit our website at moorefarmsbg.org to learn more.

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Ethan Kauffman at ekauffman@moorefarmsbg.org.

2015 NCGIS Conference

“Mobile and Global”

http://ncgisconference.com

“From an ‘outsider’s perspective,’ when you look at the numbers, the consistency and reputation of the NC GIS Conference, it is by far the best state conference in the entire country.”
• Wendy Nelson, Executive Director of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA)

Plan to attend the best state conference for GIS professionals! More than 1,000 people attended in 2013. The 2015 North Carolina GIS Conference will return to the Raleigh Convention Center. This first rate facility, a revitalized downtown, and the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel will add to your conference experience.

NCGIS2015 will feature topics that give you information needed to increase your GIS know-how. Learn about refreshed data resources, see demonstrations of new apps, gain exposure to emerging technologies, and become familiarized about the relationship between GIS and the development of public policy. NCGIS2015 will provide you with what you need to make a positive impact on GIS within your organization.

Visit the website for details. A preliminary program will be posted soon. No paper preliminary programs or forms will be mailed.

Quick Facts

Conference Registration for February 26-27:

$150; $175 after February 3
Full-time student: $35

Hotel: Sheraton Raleigh Hotel – Call 800.325.3535 and mention NC GIS Conference for a special rate for singles/doubles. Or use the online reservation link.

CURISA Workshops, February 25, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm: Sheraton Hotel Register online – $125 CURISA members; $165 non-members; $185 after February 3

Exhibitors: Visit the website or contact David Giordano, david.giordano@nc.gov

Questions? See http://ncgisconference.com or contact CGIA:
info.ncgisconference@its.nc.gov, 919.754.6580

Duncan-Parnell Training Webinar – Field data collection for Esri® users

Duncan-Parnell is presenting a webinar in a couple weeks.  It is going to cover a lot of different field collection options.  Registration is free.  Feel free to pass on to interested parties.

Webinar – Field data collection for Esri® users

There are several new solutions from ESRI and Trimble that allow easy field data collection and seamless integration back into your GIS geodatabase.  Whether you need to populate a GIS for the first time, update your existing GIS database, or simply view and query GIS data in the field, there is a tool out there.  During this webinar, we will go over the workflows and options of:

Software:

ESRI’s Collector for ArcGIS

ESRI’s ArcGIS Online

ESRI’s ArcGIS for Windows Mobile

ESRI’s ArcPad *using ArcGIS Online services

Trimble’s TerraFlex

Trimble’s TerraSync  *now integrates with ArcGIS

Hardware:

iOS devices (iPhones, iPads)

Android devices (phones and tablets)

Trimble’s new hardware

Date:

December 10, 2:00 – 3:00 PM –Register here – https://duncan-parnell.webex.com/duncan-parnell/j.php?RGID=rb825cb93e507ac85c5e98662043004b7

December 11, 10:00 – 11:00 AM – Register here –  https://duncan-parnell.webex.com/duncan-parnell/j.php?RGID=ra0aadbe26abb269d8bf411caac172a42

Presenters:

Daisy Rettaliata

Tiffany Puett

Daisy Rettaliata

Duncan-Parnell, Inc

4405 International Blvd

Suite B115

Norcross, GA 30093

Cell: 704-763-5527

Office: 770-931-0844

Fax: 770-931-0813/919-460-8896

Pee Dee 2015 Officers Elected!

Congratulations to the 2015 officers elected at the last meeting held on Nov. 19th!

2015 Officers
Crys Hoge was re-elected President
Caroline Dunlap was re-elected Communications Officer
Tamsen Jennings was re-elected Treasurer

Congratulations to all of you, and good luck on your 2015 term!

Job Posting – Mapper (County of Calhoun)

Job Description

Job Title: Mapper
Department: 800 Assessor
Reports To: County Assessor
FLSA Status: Non‐Exempt
Prepared Date: 5/18/2011
Approved By: Steve Hamilton
Approved Date: 4/16/12

Summary

Draws maps of geographical areas to show natural and constructed features, political boundaries, and
other features by performing the following duties.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The duties outlined below represent the majority of responsibilities required to execute this
position. Other duties may be assigned related to this type of work as necessary.

  • Maintain daily process of updates of ownership records via deeds, plats and wills to record cards and maps and research records as needed.
  • Determines soil types and Agricultural Use rates for all agricultural property countywide.
  • Handle public inquires on plats, deeds, property description and cadastral map development, including the creation and printing of various mapping products for public and professional consumption.
  • Maintain Change List of mapping changes for in house and contractor use in performing parcel maintenance tasks.
  • QC/QA Check of mapping changes from contractor list and resolve any differences.
  • Oversee conversion from traditional hardcopy mapping procedures to digital mapping procedures in an ESRI Environment.
  • Implement shift of parcel maintenance tasks from contractors to in‐house parcel maintenance workflow.
  • Create and maintain current and updated exports for 24”x36” map images to jpeg files.
  • Print 24”x36” maps and verify against source materials noting mapping errors to send to contractor and adding missing features to the printed maps and digital mapping database.
  • Maintain printed library of map copies, edited and ready for public use.
  • Collect, create, organize, concentrate and merge various databases and source materials in to the county digital mapping system.
  • Constantly improve current digital mapping accuracy thorough research, correction and COGO of historical and newly filed documents in order to ensure a steadily improving mapping environment.

Supervisory Responsibilities

This job may work with an apprentice and provide directions to that individual as needed. Limited cross training of other
employees may also be required.

Competencies

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Analytical ‐ Ability to understand, apply and summarize various complex legal concepts of real property ownership in to graphic representations.
  • Design ‐ Translates concepts and information into images; Uses feedback to modify designs; Applies design principles.
  • Problem Solving ‐ Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully.
  • Project Management ‐ Communicates changes and progress; Completes projects on time and budget.
  • Technical Skills ‐ Assesses own strengths and weaknesses; Pursues training and development opportunities; Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; Shares expertise with others.
  • Customer Service ‐ Manages difficult or emotional customer situations; Responds promptly to customer needs; Solicits customer feedback to improve service; Responds to requests for service and assistance; Meets commitments.
  • Interpersonal Skills ‐ Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; Maintains confidentiality; Listens to others without interrupting; Keeps emotions under control; Remains open to others’ ideas and tries new things.
  • Written Communication ‐ Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Varies writing style to meet needs; Presents numerical data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information.
  • Cost Consciousness ‐ Works within approved budget; Develops and implements cost saving measures; Contributes to profits and revenue; Conserves organizational resources.
  • Ethics ‐ Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values.
  • Organizational Support ‐ Follows policies and procedures; Completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; supports organization’s goals and values; Benefits organization through outside activities; Supports affirmative action and respects diversity.
  • Judgment ‐ Displays willingness to make decisions; Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; Supports and explains reasoning for decisions; Includes appropriate people in decision‐making process; Makes timely decisions.
  • Motivation ‐ Sets and achieves challenging goals; Demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles; Measures self against standard of excellence; Takes calculated risks to accomplish goals.
  • Planning/Organizing ‐ Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Plans for additional resources; Sets goals and objectives; Organizes or schedules other people and their tasks; Develops realistic action plans.
  • Professionalism ‐ Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments.
  • Quality ‐ Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality.
  • Quantity ‐ Meets productivity standards; Completes work in timely manner; Strives to increase productivity; Works quickly.
  • Safety and Security ‐ Observes safety and security procedures; Determines appropriate action beyond guidelines; Reports potentially unsafe conditions; Uses equipment and materials properly.
  • Adaptability ‐ Adapts to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.
  • Attendance/Punctuality ‐ Is consistently at work and on time; Ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent; Arrives at meetings and appointments on time.
  • Dependability ‐ Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Keeps commitments; Commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals. Completes tasks on time  or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.
  • Initiative ‐ Volunteers readily; Undertakes self‐development activities; Seeks increased responsibilities; makes independent actions and calculated risks; Looks for and takes advantage of opportunities; Asks for and offers help when needed.
  • Innovation ‐ Displays original thinking and creativity; Meets challenges with resourcefulness; Generates suggestions for improving work; Develops innovative approaches and ideas; Presents ideas and information in a manner that gets others’ attention.

Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

Associate’s degree (A. A.) or equivalent from two‐year College or technical school; or six months to one year related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Drafting, CAD or GIS mapping experience or background preferred.

Language Skills

Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos. Ability to write simple correspondence. Ability to effectively present information in one‐on‐one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization.

Mathematical Skills

Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry. Knowledge of, and ability to, appropriately convert and apply various different measurement units, both historical and modern.

Reasoning Ability

Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

Computer Skills

Microsoft Office and ESRI ArcMap Proficient

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk, including in outdoor environments with moderate terrain. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be
made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the County and the employee and is subject to change by the County as its needs and requirements of the job change.

Here is a link to the application:

http://www.calhouncounty.sc.gov/Documents/Job%20Application.pdf

Resumes and applications can be sent to this email address:

opportunities@calhouncounty.sc.gov

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