Job Opening - Senior Regulatory Geologist/Hydrologist

VESTRA Resources is seeking candidates for a Senior Regulatory Geologist/Hydrologist with 10 or more years of related experience.  This person will support and/or manage projects associated with various public and private sector clients.  Projects include a mix of office and fieldwork responsibilities.  Work includes modeling, statistical analysis, regulation interface, regulatory application and analysis, drilling oversight, logging soil borings, installing wells/piezometers, report preparation, sampling various media (groundwater, soil, surface water, etc.), documenting activities onsite, and directing subcontractors.  

 Qualifications include:

  • BS (MS Preferred) in Hydrology, Geology, Hydrogeology or related field.
  • Professional license preferred, or capability of registration in the future.
  • Knowledge and experience in California regulations associated with investigation, water quality, remediation, and solid waste.
  • Working knowledge of Federal environmental regulations
  • Experience and interest in the contaminated groundwater investigation and remediation field helpful.
  • Ideal candidate will have a minimum of 10 years related experience in environmental consulting, and
  • 5 or more years of progressively responsible project management experience, including demonstrated success in preparing project deliverables, managing project schedules and budgets, and communications with clients.
  • Proven client management and leadership skills.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Good communication skills - both verbal and written.
  • Self-motivated, strong initiative and work ethic, ability to work independently.
  • Must be physically and mentally capable of working in a wide range of physical and environmental conditions (e.g. off trail rugged hiking).
  • Ability to lift and move approximately 75 lbs., work in the field, operate a boat and ATV, and operate and calibrate field measurement equipment.

VESTRA has a reputation for developing innovative and cost-effective solutions to address the environmental and engineering needs of our clients.  For this reason, the ability to think creatively and follow through on ideas is essential. 

VESTRA is located in Northern California, an area ideal for the outdoor enthusiast.  The surrounding area offers year-round recreational activities such as boating, skiing, hiking, bicycling, hunting, and fishing.  Our community offers excellent schools, affordable housing, and access to cultural events.

VESTRA is an equal-opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit.  VESTRA intends to employ the best available persons in every position.

Company policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), religion (all aspects of religious beliefs, observance or practice, including religious dress or grooming practices), marital status, registered domestic partner status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition (including cancer or a record or history of cancer, and genetic characteristics), sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or related medical condition), genetic information, sexual orientation, military and veteran status or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws.  Company policy also prohibits unlawful discrimination based on the perception that anyone has any of those characteristics, or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having such characteristics.  Discrimination can also include failing to reasonably accommodate religious practices or qualified individuals with disabilities where the accommodation does not pose an undue hardship.

The Company is committed to compliance with all applicable laws providing equal employment opportunities.

VESTRA offers competitive pay and benefits (medical, dental, vision, life, LTD), 401k plan, and opportunities for training and personal growth.  Qualified candidates please send letter of interest, resume, and transcripts to Human Resources via jobs@vestra.com; or by mail to VESTRA Resources, Inc., Attn: Human Resources, 5300 Aviation Drive, Redding, CA 96002.  Visit the Careers page of our website for more information.

VESTRA's 2017 AVA Maps Now Available

VESTRA's 2017 American Viticultural Area (AVA) maps are now available! Our popular AVA maps feature geographically accurate, legally recorded AVA boundaries as established by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB).

The 2017 AVA map updates include:

  1. California AVA map:
    • Establishment of the 29,369-acre Lamorinda AVA in Contra Costa County
    • Expansion of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA in Santa Barbara County
  2. Oregon/Washington AVA map:
    • Establishment of 306,650-acre Lewis-Clark Valley AVA in Washington
    • Realignment of the Columbia Valley AVA in Washington
    • Expansion of the Willamette Valley AVA in Oregon
  3. Central Coast AVA map:
    • Establishment of the 29,369-acre Lamorinda AVA in Contra Costa County
    • Expansion of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA in Santa Barbara County
  4. Santa Barbara/San Luis Obispo Counties AVA map:
    • Expansion of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA in Santa Barbara County

Visit the AVA (Viticultural) maps page, or call us for more information or to place an order.

VESTRA also creates custom maps to your specifications. Give us a call to discuss your design and get a quote.  

 

VESTRA Resources, Inc. Awarded Contract for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Program Services from the City of Elk Grove

VESTRA Resources, Inc.  announced November 2016 that it has been awarded the contract for the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Program Services by the City of Elk Grove, California.  VESTRA Resources, Inc., teaming with Fremont Environmental Consulting (FEC), located in Folsom, California, will assist the City by leading and guiding them in leveraging their GIS more effectively through their GIS Program Services.

“The value of GIS has long been recognized for urban planning, but it is now playing an integral role in helping cities increase information delivery and services, control costs, and become partners with their residents and businesses,” said VESTRA's CEO Art Stackhouse. “We are honored to help cities like Elk Grove with their GIS needs.”

The City’s GIS solution is powered by Esri.

About Elk Grove, CA

Elk Grove is a city in Sacramento County, California, located just south of the state capital of Sacramento. It is part of the Sacramento–Arden-Arcade–Roseville Metropolitan Statistical Area. According to Wikipedia; as of 2015, the population of the city was estimated at 167,965. The second-largest city in Sacramento County, Elk Grove was the fastest growing city in the U.S. between July 1, 2004, and July 1, 2005.

About VESTRA Resources, Inc.:

Since 1988, VESTRA Resources, Inc. has been an industry leader in Enterprise GIS design, customization and implementation.  They specialize in consulting with industries such as Local, State & Federal Government, Healthcare, Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Transportation. They’re an Esri Certified Gold Partner and have been honored with the following designations: ArcGIS Online Specialty Partner, ArcGIS for Local Government Specialty Partner, ArcGIS Marketplace Provider, and Federal Small Business Specialty Partner.  They also developed the GeoSystems Monitor – the best real-time Enterprise GIS monitoring system used by many large clients worldwide. To learn more about VESTRA Resources, Inc., visit: www.vestra.com

 

 

VESTRA’s GeoSystems Monitor Now Available on ArcGIS Marketplace

VESTRA Resources, Inc. is happy to announce the availability of GeoSystems Monitor for ArcGIS Online on Esri’s ArcGIS Marketplace.

GeoSystems Monitor for ArcGIS Online allows your ArcGIS Online Administrator (or other ArcGIS Online User) to receive instant alerts pinpointing issues when your maps or services fail, helping you to get back online before users call. 

CORE FEATURES:

  • Real-Time Performance Monitoring of ArcGIS Online Web Maps & Apps
  • Instant Text and/or Email Alerts
  • Rapidly Pinpoint Issues
  • Charts, Graphs & Historical Database
  • Customized User Interface
  • Affected User Identification
  • Easy Installation & Setup

Be Proactive Rather Than Reactive!

What are you waiting for?  Download FREE 30-Day Trial Now! 

Maryland’s MD iMAP Platform – Helping Government Work for the People

The innovative State of Maryland continually strives for change including using science to help drive policy during crucial decision-making processes.  Since 2007, the State began applying Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as an enterprise solution for challenges and needs within its many communities.  They advanced using GIS to map services, resources, and opportunities so they could measure outcomes and performance and use the data collected to discover patterns, problems, and find solutions.

Today Maryland’s Enterprise GIS system, MD iMAP ( http://imap.maryland.gov), is used by almost every Maryland State Agency in one way or another.  This Enterprise GIS system provides geospatial data and services for government agencies, provides public facing applications for the citizens of Maryland, as well as maintaining data that is consumed by private entities such as GIS, real estate, architecture, engineering, and environmental professionals.

Currently managing Maryland’s GIS infrastructure is the Maryland Department of Information Technology (DoIT)/Geographic Information Office (GIO).  They provide map services, custom applications, open data, training and support to all who use the MD iMAP Platform.

MD iMAP uses the ArcGIS Platform to support mission critical functions within its many agencies; including, Emergency Management, Public Safety, Health and Human Services, Housing, Environment, Transportation, Education, Business, and Planning.  The DoIT GIO Team hosts all MD iMAP services through ArcGIS for Server, uses ArcGIS for Desktop for analysis and data management, and works in ArcGIS Online for collaboration to create unique web mapping applications.

They rely on ArcGIS to provide real-time services across state agencies when responding to an event such as a hurricane or a planned statewide celebration.  The DoIT GIO Team are able to post accurate, real-time information to their website to keep citizens informed and aware of what is happening around them during the emergency.  For example, Maryland Emergency Management Agency’s (MEMA) OSPREY applications are emergency management and public safety situational awareness viewers that allow the public and state agencies to quickly view information such as power outages, hospital statuses, open shelters, weather feeds and alerts, population distribution statuses, critical infrastructure, and more.

Maryland state agencies that work with GIS use MD iMAP services on a daily basis.  If those services went down for an extended period of time, they would not be able to perform their jobs.  The impact could be very large, especially for the emergency management and public safety community.

“As a measure to be more proactive than reactive in maintaining a resilient and robust MD iMAP, we decided we needed a monitoring system.  Without one,” Matthew Sokol, Senior GIS Analyst for the Maryland Department of Information Technology/Geographic Information Office, admitted, “it’s likely our customers would be reporting issues with services before we knew about them.”

After looking to find the best monitoring system, the GIO Office decided on Esri Partner - VESTRA Resource, Inc.’s GeoSystems Monitor which allows the DoIT GIO to monitor their ArcGIS for Server map services, ArcGIS Online services, OGC services, database services, as well as many other components. They decided on GeoSystems Monitor because of the comprehensive dashboard view, its alerting capabilities, and the wide scope in the types of services that could be monitored including the components behind the services.

 “On the server side, being able to monitor Disk Space, Memory and CPU usage across all of our servers is vital to keeping the system running at an optimal level,” said Sokol.

“GeoSystems Monitor allows me to better respond to issues in our system and provide the best possible customer support.  Through its email and text message alerting capability, I know about critical system issues anywhere and at any time.  Maintaining the MD iMAP Enterprise GIS is one of our office’s primary functions.  GeoSystems Monitor enables us to provide the level of service that our customers and agency leadership expect from an Enterprise GIS,” Sokol stated.

“One of my favorite things about GeoSystems Monitor is the dashboard level view of my systems.  It’s a simple way to see how the system is functioning at a high level and if there are issues that need my attention.  The level of customization is important because not every service is the same.  Most importantly, it provides us an intangible benefit of good customer service to our end users,” added Sokol.

For more information, contact Matthew Sokol, GISP, Senior GIS Analyst, Maryland Department of Information Technology, at matthew.sokol@maryland.gov or VESTRA Resources, Inc. at info@vestra.com / http://www.vestra.com

Web GIS Helps Small City Deploy Maps Faster

Concept-to-Prototype Reduced to Less Than a Day

By Matthew DeMeritt, Esri Writer

It’s a steep climb implementing an enterprise GIS — especially with a staff of one lone soul. Sometimes a city needs professional guidance to future-proof its map services. To ensure a lasting solution that grows with its needs, Mountain View, California, collaborated with Esri Professional Services and geospatial firm VESTRA Resources, Inc. (VESTRA), to transition from a limited desktop mapping system to a full enterprise GIS (EGIS). That partnership connected all of Mountain View’s business systems and laid a solid foundation for rapid web map deployment at the city.

Read Full Article here: https://medium.com/@Esri/web-gis-helps-small-city-deploy-maps-faster-7ec0b1c19952#.mdjppmuur

 

VESTRA's 2016 AVA Maps Now Available!

VESTRA's 2016 American Viticultural Area (AVA) maps are now available! Our popular AVA maps feature geographically accurate, legally recorded AVA boundaries as established by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB).  

The 2016 map updates include:

  • Establishment of the 38,000-acre Fountaingrove District AVA in Sonoma County, California
  • Establishment of the 44,690-acre Squaw Valley-Miramonte AVA in Fresno County, California
  • Expansion of the Fair Play AVA in El Dorado County, California
  • Establishment of the 22,820-acre Los Olivos District AVA in Santa Barbara County, California
  • Establishment of the 3,770-acre The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater AVA in Umatilla County, Oregon

Updated 2016 maps include:

  • California
  • Oregon/Washington
  • North Coast
  • Central Coast
  • Sierra Foothills
  • Sonoma County
  • Santa Barbara/San Luis Obispo Counties

Visit the AVA (Viticultural) maps page at http://www.vestra.com/environmental/products/ava-vit-maps, or call us for more information or to place your order today.

VESTRA also creates custom maps to your specifications. Give us a call to discuss your design and get a quote. 

 

VESTRA Awarded Esri ArcGIS For Local Government Specialty Designation

Jan 27, 2016 -- VESTRA Resources, Inc., an Esri Gold Partner, was recently designated by Esri as an ArcGIS for Local Government Specialty Partner. This designation recognizes partners who demonstrate subject matter expertise in the local government marketplace who work closely with Esri and its user community on the development and deployment of the ArcGIS for Local Government solution.

To earn the ArcGIS for Local Government Specialty, partners must demonstrate that their services and solutions leverage the ArcGIS for Local Government information model to the benefit of their customers.

VESTRA is looking forward to working with local governments to adopt and extend the Local Government Information Model and to contribute to the maps, applications, and tools that will be made available.

VESTRA is a full-service geospatial and IT systems provider, and has built a reputation for providing cutting-edge GIS services such as GIS Enterprise Design, Implementation and Support, Enterprise GIS Software Development and Training, GIS Data Management, and 3D Mapping and Modeling. Since 1988, VESTRA has provided cutting-edge geospatial solutions to clients of all sizes representing government and private organizations, throughout the United States. VESTRA was established to specialize in Geographic Information System (GIS) technology and was among the first consulting firms in the United States to offer a full spectrum of GIS development services. VESTRA is an Esri-Certified Gold Partner, ArcGIS Online Specialty Partner, and ArcGIS for Local Government Specialty Partner.

VESTRA Resources, Inc. - http://www.vestra.com

Esri’s ArcGIS for Local Government - http://www.solutions.arcgis.com/local-government/

Solomon Pulapkura Successfully Completes Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification Examination

VESTRA Resources, Inc. of Redding, California is proud to announce that Solomon Pulapkura, Project Manager/Senior GIS Specialist, successfully completed the Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification, on Wednesday, December 30, 2015. The PMP is the gold standard of project management certification. Recognized and demanded by organizations worldwide, the PMP validates a person’s competence to perform in the role of a project manager, leading and directing projects and teams.

Solomon has demonstrated a commitment to the industry, the company, the profession, and his own career. By studying for and taking the certification examination, Solomon has shown that he has the knowledge to be an exemplary project manager in virtually any industry, anywhere in the world, and with any project management methodology.

According to Art Stackhouse, President, VESTRA, "Solomon has demonstrated his commitment to excellence by getting his PMP certification. Through encouraging its employees to seek and maintain certifications VESTRA has shown that it's committed to providing our customers with the best service and the highest standards."

Founded in 1988, VESTRA was one of the first firms in the United States dedicated to providing GIS solutions to respond to client's needs. The six founders had previously implemented one of the first GIS systems in the state for one of the largest timber management firms in Northern California. Due to the owners' reputation for excellence, customer service, and finding innovative technical solutions to problems, VESTRA grew rapidly, and became one of the first Esri authorized business partners in California.

Project Management Institute (PMI) is the world's leading not-for-profit professional membership association for the project, program and portfolio management profession. Founded in 1969, PMI delivers value for more than 2.9 million professionals working in nearly every country in the world through global advocacy, collaboration, education and research.

For more information about VESTRA Resources, Inc., please visit us online at http://www.vestra.com For more information about PMI, please visit them online at http://www.pmi.org.

GeoSystems Monitor v. 3.2.1 release is now available for download

VESTRA Resources, Inc. announces a substantial update to the GeoSystems Monitor with the release of Version 3.2.1.

Notably, the version of Python used has been advanced to Python v. 2.7.9. This improves the ability of the monitoring scripts to handle secure checks with ArcGIS 10.3.x and Portal.

New features and improvements include:

  • New checks for Streaming services and Geoprocessing services
  • Improved alerts include URL of down point
    • Subject line now contains point information
    • Improved format for readability
  • Feature Service Check now accepts zero count
  • Windows WMI Server Stats check can now check for 'Commit' memory
  • Improved WMS, WCS, and WFS checks
  • Much faster chart generation for large data sets
  • Separate login for Charts module
  • Ability to use proxy info when auto populating from ArcGIS servers and AGOL
  • Improved support for non-standard installations
  • New log file and database maintenance process
  • Expanded daily summary email
    • Improved format for readability
  • Expanded License manager check
    • Includes AutoCAD, FME and other license checking

For more information or a free demo license please contact us.


GeoSystems Monitor v. 3.2.0

The previous GeoSystems Monitor 3.2.0 version is still available for download.  This release featured UI improvements to facilitate rapid assessment of developing issues and additional check types, including:

  • Improved color scheme for tabs and containers
  • Improved tab handling
  • Monitoring checks added for WFS and WCS standards
  • Handy one click icon to view Product Guide
  • An Esri license check and reporting
  • Portal for ArcGIS® monitoring
  • Improved compliance for secure checks with ArcGIS Server 10.3

To request this release, please contact us.