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WVAGP Annual Meeting (online) June 23



The WVAGP is planning on hosting the Annual Meeting virtually this year!  We are currently working with our conference planners to help us host a web-based virtual meeting and online election.  We set the date for the online Annual Meeting June 23, 10:00am.   This years annual meeting will summarize this years activities and set the stage for next years goals.  

Annual Meeting - Change the Date!  New Virtual Annual Meeting June 23, 10:00am - 12:00pm
We moved the annual meeting date to accommodate our election deadlines. 
We are going to host this years annual meeting online via Zoom.  We will send an official invite and link prior to the annual meeting. 
Annual Membership Dues - Covid-19 Hardship Rebate means 15$ for All WVAGP Memberships (new and renewal) for membership year 2020-2021.  All members who have previously paid full price should have already received refunds. Please contact Jennings Starcher or Kevin Kuhn if you have not. 
DEADLINE for Annual Dues:  May 15, 2020.  You must pay your membership dues in order to be eligible for voting. If you pay after May 15, you may not receive an election ballot. 
Board of Directors Election -  We are planning on having a full online election this year,  no mail ballots will be provided.  For current members (as of May 15), you will receive two emails, one with the election information and candidate bios and another email with your personal link to your online ballot.  

2020 WV GIS Conference Cancelled

WVAGP has CANCELLED the 2020 WV GIS Conference, June 1-4, 2020 in Morgantown at the Erickson Alumni Center!

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Annual Membership Dues Relief


Due to the hardships being created by the Coronavirus Pandemic, the WVAGP Board has approved issuing a 1 year, $75 voucher for 2020-2021 WVAGP Annual Membership dues for all existing and new members. Student members may be issued a $30 voucher for 2020-2021 Annual Membership dues. Your voucher will automatically be credited towards your payment when you Join/Renew Online on our website. 


GIS Training Cancelled


The West Virginia University administration has asked that all on-campus in-person meetings and workshops be cancelled or held using alternative means (web-based).  This is due to the corona virus.  As a result, we are cancelling the “Transition to ArcGIS Pro” and “ArcGIS Online” courses that were scheduled for March 16-19 on the WVU Morgantown campus and the GIS Foundations Course March 17-19 in Beckley. 

We apologizes for this cancellation and hope to see you in one of our courses in the future.


Kevin Kuhn, 


Aaron E. Maxwell, PhD, GISP

GIS at the Legislators Day!

The WVAGP attended the Capitol to showcase some of our work!  Bringing visibility to our industry and letting others see the power of GIS, how it is used in the Mountain State!




Job Posting: Assessor GIS Mapper

Cadastral GIS Mapper

Fayette County, WV, Assessor - Fayetteville, WV 25840



Job Description: Prepares computer-based assessment tax maps and GIS datasets showing map features, property boundaries, platted lots, recorded bearings and distances, parcel numbers, etc.; performs coordinate geometry or the data conversion process in which a digital map is constructed from written legal descriptions of land parcel boundaries; maintains and publishes surface tax maps in accordance with state mapping guidelines and standards; provides support for the enterprise digital tax map systems via GIS desktop, mobile, and web applications; assists the public by providing information and answering questions regarding properties and tax maps; and functions as a positive and cooperative team member of the Assessor’s office.

Minimum Qualifications: Two years of post-secondary education or training in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), computer aided drafting, or related field. Basic understanding of digital mapping concepts, coordinate systems, projections, etc.

Preferred Qualifications: Cadastral cartographic experience using GIS software with land record applications. One year of practical use with ESRI software to include ArcGIS desktop editing tools and ArcGIS mobile applications.


More information: Indeed

City of Oak Hill GIS Coordinator Position

City of Oak Hill

GIS Coordinator Position – Full-Time

City Manager’s Office


The City of Oak Hill is hiring for a vacancy for its GIS Coordinator position. The GIS Coordinator will be tasked with the daily operation of the city’s cloud enterprise GIS program and mapping duties for all municipal departments and city officials. The position will work directly under the City Manager, but coordinate efforts with staff from every municipal department.

The ideal candidate for this position should have a strong understanding of geography, cartography, and geographic information systems, along with working experience in local government. The ideal candidate will be expected to complete projects in the office and field, leverage data from city, county, and state sources, and develop products for staff, officials, and the general public to consume. The ideal candidate will also identify and leverage new software or methods to address challenges faced by the city.

Salary will be commensurate with education and experience. Health, dental, vision, and retirement benefits are provided.


  • Provide mapping and GIS support to all municipal departments
  • Provide mapping and GIS support to city officials, boards, and committees
  • Coordinate multiple simultaneous projects from all municipal departments with various levels of priority
  • Manage the city’s ArcGIS Online organization and Open Data website
  • Produce monthly City Council Meeting Story Maps
  • Develop and present maps through paper (large plotter and standard printer) and digital formats
  • Independently troubleshoot software and hardware issues that may arise
  • Train staff to utilize GIS solutions in the field and office
  • Present maps and/or data at public meetings, if necessary
  • Scan, georeference, and digitize historical paper maps and documents
  • Develop and follow a city-wide GIS Strategic Plan
  • Provide regular updates on status and needs of city’s GIS


  • An Associate’s Degree in geography, computer science, engineering, or a related field from an accredited institution
  • Completed at least 15 credit hours or equivalent coursework in GIS
  • One year of relevant work experience
  • Have working experience with ESRI’s ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Online software, including shapefile, geodatabase, and hosted feature layer data types
  • Have working experience with Microsoft Office software suite
  • Strong IT skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in geography, computer science, engineering, or a related field from an accredited four-year institution will count as one year of relevant work experience
  • One to three years of relevant work experience, with one year of experience being in local government
  • Have working experience with ESRI’s ArcGIS Pro, CityEngine, Story Maps, Community/Business Analyst, and ArcGIS Mobile applications such as Workforce for ArcGIS, Survey123 for ArcGIS, and Collector for ArcGIS
  • Able to utilize ArcGIS Solutions for Local Government
  • Able to provide basic training of ArcGIS mobile applications to city staff
  • Able to have a flexible schedule including attending evening meetings
  • Able to write RFPs, grant proposals, and understand GIS contract management
  • Able to understand municipal codified ordinances and how to utilize them within GIS

To Apply

Please bring a cover letter, resume, and two professional references to:

Oak Hill City Hall

100 Kelly Avenue

Oak Hill, WV 25901

You may also mail your documents to the address below:

Attn: City Manager

City of Oak Hill

PO Box 1245

Oak Hill, WV 25901

You may also send your documents digitally, along with any additional questions about this position or the City of Oak Hill to William Hannabass, City Manager, You may reach the City Manager by phone at (304)469-9541.

The application deadline is Friday, September 13, 2019 at 4:00pm.


GIS Analyst Analyst/Staff Scientist

GIS Analyst Analyst/Staff Scientist

Job Duties include but are not limited to:

  Managing GIS data for multiple projects in multiple locations.

  Locating and incorporating site specific data as needed.

  Editing and manipulating GIS data for map production and analysis.

  Creating maps for proposals, plans and reports.

  Processing and managing data.

  Manipulating databases to extract data.

Ø  Assisting in some or more of the following activities is likely in addition to GIS duties:

Ø  Stream and wetland delineations, stream and wetland assessment, endangered species surveys, Clean Water Act Permitting, among others.

Ø  Fish and Wildlife identification and survey methodologies;

Ø  Vegetation communities (upland, riparian, and wetlands) and habitat classification and inventory;

Ø  Wildlife species-habitat ecology and related research and monitoring; and

Ø  Biological information synthesis and interpretation, and preparation of technical reports.

Ø  Agency consultation for regulatory compliance/permitting (e.g., National Environmental Policy Act [NEPA], Endangered Species Act [ESA], Clean Water Act [CWA], and state and county equivalents), and

Ø  Ability and willingness to travel as needed.

Ø  Ability and willingness to assume new roles is encouraged.

Position requirements are as follow:


Ø  Bachelor’s Degree in GIS, Geography, Earth/Environmental Science or related field with 2-5 years of experience.

Ø  Experience with ESRI ArcGIS software products (Arc Map, Arc Scene, etc.).

Ø  Experience with Trimble products and software

Ø  Strong database skills in both GIS and Microsoft environments.

Ø  Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Ø  The ability to work with various project managers on multiple projects.

Ø  Excellent organizational skills including data management.

Ø  Ability and willingness to travel as needed.



Braden Hoffman M.B.A.
Sr. Project Manager/Scientist
Alliance Consulting, Inc.
124 Philpott Lane
Beaver, WV 25813
Office - 304-255-0491 (ex.146)
Fax - 304-255-4232

Intro to Geoprocessing Using Python

WHAT:  ArcGIS Python Scripting Workshop 

WHEN & WHERE: August 5-7, 2019; WV GIS Technical Center, WVU Brooks Hall (4th Floor), 98 Beechurst Ave., Morgantown, WV  26506.

Day 1: Introduction to Python
Day 2: Geoprocessing in Python
Day 3: Map Automation in Python

COST:  Attend one day or all days.  75 dollars per day for WVAGP members, 150 dollars per day for non-members

INSTRUCTOR:  Dr. Jamison Conley, WVU Associate Professor of Geography 

WORKSHOP MATERIALS: Materials will be provided at the training site

Registration Here!



Geostatistical Analysis

Spatial statistics is a broad field of interpreting and analyzing geographic data. This workshop introduces you to three of the more commonly used analytical techniques: analysis of spatial autocorrelation, hot spot detection, and geographically weighted regression. We will use ArcGIS 10.6 for all exercises.

August 8 2019 

Register Here!