Presentation about Gladys West, GPS & geodesy pioneer, Feb 2 in GW Hall

I recommend that Geography and GIS students attend this Great Lives panel presentation, about Dr. Gladys West, who worked on early GPS and geodesy at the Dahlgren Naval Weapons Center! Information here: This is Feb 2, 7:30 pm in Dodd Auditorium, GW Hall, no charge for entry! This is the story of Dr. Gladys West (b. 1930), a mathematician who helped develop GPS technology while working at the Dahlgren Naval Surface Weapons Center for more than 40 years. Like many “hidden figures” in the defense and aerospace industries, West had to overcome the prevailing racism and sexism of the day, and her contributions went largely unrecognized until recently. When Dr. West arrived at Dahlgren in 1956, she was only one of four African Americans at the lab, and only the second woman. Specializing in the field of satellite geodesy—the science of measuring the shape and size of the earth from space—she created … [Read more...]

MSGA information session – for Fall 2023 admission

Please join me for an information session about the Master of Science in Geospatial Analysis, specifically with regard to admission in Fall 2023, including info about the 4+1 program and regular graduate entry! Wednesday Jan 25 4:30 pm Monroe Hall, room 319 Deadline for 4+1 applications is the week of Feb 13 (week 6). For those interested, I will be holding a "goal statement and portfolio workshop" before that deadline. If you cannot attend Jan 25 but want information, please email me: … [Read more...]

ESRI Federal User Conference, Feb 6-7-8

Attention GISC & MSGA students: ESRI has offered the department 10 free passes to the ESRI Federal User conference. This is an annual conference ESRI hosts to highlight new capabilities related to their GIS products.  The conference is attended primarily by government agencies and contractors who work with them.  This represents an opportunity to meet with industry representatives and promote yourself to the various agencies, including ESRI.  Bringing a resume is highly recommended. It is held at the Washington DC Convention Center; there is a pre-conference program and career fair on the Monday, Feb 6, followed by the main event Feb 7-8. As there are only 10 passes available, we must come up with a selection criterion.  If you're interested, please send an email to Dr. Rizzo, with the subject line GIS Fed User Conference, stating what program you are in (GISC or MSGA), when you plan to graduate, and why you feel you should be selected. The Department of Geography will be … [Read more...]

AmeriCorps paid position: conservation crew leader in Minnesota (with Geography alumna!)

A recent graduate is Program Manager with Conservation Corps MN & IA, and is looking to hire several crew leaders for the summer! See full details and online application online here. Program Name: Summer Youth Corps Position: Crew Leader (AmeriCorps, ages 19-25) Program Location: Residentially based at a camp in St. Croix State Park, Hinckley, MN; crews travel across MN to complete conservation projects in city, county, state, and national parks Dates: 675-hour AmeriCorps position; 6/1 – 6/2 online training and 6/5 – 8/15 residential Description:  The Crew Leader will motivate and supervise a crew of young people in a rigorous program focused on job skills training, environmental education, and conservation projects. The Crew Leader will be responsible for behavior management and fostering positive crew morale through consistent teamwork. The member must ensure that they and the crew adhere to program goals and mission.  The member will work alongside youth to set … [Read more...]

Seasonal Research Technician Positions (paid) with The Clifton Institute

The Clifton Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in Warrenton, VA. Our mission is to inspire a deeper understanding and appreciation of nature, to study the ecology of our region, to restore habitat, and to conserve native biodiversity. We provide environmental education, conduct ecological research, and restore habitat for native plants and animals. Our 900-acre field station, which includes forests, grasslands, shrub fields, and wetlands, provides a beautiful and easily accessible location for all of our programs and is permanently protected under a conservation easement. They are looking for seasonal research technician positions: hiring four technicians to assist with our research on the decline of American Kestrels and one technician to study how to mitigate the effects of mowing on Box Turtles. The positions range from three to seven months in duration and they all start in March or early April. Successful applicants will receive $1,567 per month as well as free … [Read more...]

Internship using GIS with UMW Locksmith for Spring 2023

Note: This is not a GIS capstone internship at this time; possibly it could be one in the future. Project duration is anticipated to be spring semester 2023, with an opportunity to continue. Project location: UMW campus, Framar Hall, Monroe Hall. The intern will meet with the locksmiths in Framar, will use a UMW laptop with dedicated software, and will be assigned an office/computer in Monroe Hall. Data collection might occur anywhere on campus. Project Goals … [Read more...]


The Crow’s Nest Research Center seeks 2-3 interns interested in environmental sciences and geography to install, monitor, and manage a multi-month project using micro-climate weather stations. The project location will be on the 132 acres of the Crow’s Nest Research Center (CNRC), a private non-profit located in Stafford, VA that is dedicated to conservation and environmental research and education. Project duration is anticipated to be the spring semester of 2023. Written deliverables must be completed by April 28, 2023. Project Goals: … [Read more...]

 Virginia Conservation Fellowship application

Virginia Conservation Fellowship exists for junior and senior students who are members of historically underrepresented groups in the fields of conservation and environmentalism. Fellows may be of any major since these fields require scientists, accountants, policy analysts, communicators, and more. Now in its third year, the 9-month program (with stipend and academic credit) is intended to jump-start the careers of highly motivated students by placing them with established local non-profits. This year we awarded two fellowships! The application deadline for the 2023-24 year is February 15. Please send the link below to any qualified students you may know to get them thinking. … [Read more...]

“Columns” Fall 2022 Symposium (featuring 2 Geography majors!)

We are so excited to announce the Columns Fall 2022 Symposium will be taking place December 2nd from 4-6pm in Combs 139! We will have presentations from some of the authors who are featured in the volume and light refreshments to celebrate our very first volume! No RSVP is required for attendance. We would love to see attendance from all humanities and social science departments, both students and faculty.  We would love to show the featured students our support, as well as get the word out about the journal. The following students will be presenting: Lauren Phillips, Tabitha Robinson, Ricky Munoz, and Liam Kiely. … [Read more...]

PAID internship City of Charlottesville Utilities & GIS

For someone looking for meaningful entry-level professional work. There will be opportunities to work with ArcGIS Online, Portal for ArcGIS Enterprise, configurable web apps and off the shelf Esri apps like Field Maps and Survey123. This Intern position provides assistance to the operating, administrative, and engineering divisions of the Utilities Department and GIS staff. Also provides easement, mapping and inventory activities for the water, wastewater, and gas systems, and updating various GIS layers under supervision. A portion of time will be spent in the field helping to capture new or incomplete data. This is developmental work designed to provide university students and recent graduates with meaningful entry-level professional work. The assignments require application of university-level knowledge typically gained in profession-specific curriculum typically found in local government. Under close supervision, the primary purpose of this position is to fulfill a specific … [Read more...]