Jordan Bess


To find a rewarding and satisfying career that is both challenging and fun and that enables me to continue to grow professionally, share my knowledge and skills with others and manage GIS and IT projects.


  • B.S. in Marine Biology, Eckerd College, St Petersburg, FL
  • Certificate in GIS, Miami-Dade College
  • ESRI West Palm GIS Courses - ArcGIS I, II & III, Analysis
  • Certificate in MS Access New Horizons Center, Miami, FL
  • Non Credit Computer classes at Miami-Dade College and online.
  • Miami-Dade County Supervisor Certification Program (SCP)
  • Co-Chair Miami-Dade County GIS User Group – 2001 & 2002
  • Chair Miami-Dade County GIS Day 2002
  • GIS Day 2007 Committee and Presenter.

US Citizen and Authorized to work.

References are available upon request.

Computer Experience:

  • GIS: ESRI ArcView 3.2a ,ArcGIS Arc/Info 9.3 (ArcCatalog, ArcMap, ArcTools, Extensions: ESRI Spatial Analyst, 3D Analyst, Network Analyst, ArcPublisher, XTools and others.) ESRI ArcPAD Mobile GIS, MS Mappoint, ERDAS Imagine, ER Mapper.
  • Advanced Geoprocessing using ArcTools and Third Party Extensions & Scripts, Data Conversion (CAD to GIS & GIS to CAD), Geocoding- address matching, Network Analysis and routing using Street Map USA, Google Earth, etc.
  • CAD: Basic Autodesk AutoCAD Land Development Desktop and AutoCAD MAP 3D.
  • Productivity: Power User MS Office 2007 (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access, Outlook, MS Query, ODBC External Data, Excel Pivot Tables)
  • Proficient in MS Visio, MindJet MindManager, MS Project, Adobe InDesign, MS Publisher, Adobe Acrobat Professional 9 Extended, SnagIt Screen Capture, Adobe Photoshop CS3, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2, MS ProPhotoTools,
  • Web: MS FrontPage, Adobe Dreamweaver CS3, MS Expression, ( CSS, Javascript, html, dhml. ) , FTP, Sothink DHTML.
  • Database/Development: MS SQL Server 05/08 SQL Management Studio, MS Visual Studio Professional 2005/2008, Database Manager and Designer, Crystal Reports, MS Access ADP – connected to SQL Server, ODBC System DSN,
  • Other:Expert in Digital photography and scanning, multimedia/slideshow/videos. Visual Communicator, Forms Design and distribution in Adobe Lifecycle Designer and Microsoft InfoPath, MS Groove, Photo Geotagging, Internet browsing.

Work History

Work History
May 2008 - Present

Geospatial Information Technology Solutions Provider and Web Developer

Geospatial Information Technology Solutions, LLC

,  (IT and Web consulting firm that I own) Present On the Web at Developed custom solutions for a wide variety of business clients. Including development of web based solutions for Transportation & Engineering companies. Sub-consultant for S.FL A/E and Planning firms.

May 2008 - Present

GIS Damage Assessment, LLC

(Disaster Assessment firm that I own) Disaster/Hurricane Damage Assessment, Cost estimating, Using a host of technologies, GIS, GPS, Remote Sensing, etc.

Jun 1997 - Oct 2008

GIS & Database Asset Manager

Miami-Dade County Park and Recreation Dept

, Systems/Business Analyst, Intranet Web Developer/Manager and Special Projects Planner. (Official Classification Park Planner III) , Planning & Research Div.

  • Managed and maintained Property and Facility Asset Inventories (more than 8 thousand assets) by utilizing Geographic Information Systems, GPS, and Parks Property Management Information System and Datastream 7i/ Infor EAM.
  • Document Management & Scanning– Created links to photos, plans, aerials, maps, documents, etc.
  • Prepared custom ad hoc reports and maps. Developed SQL Server Views/Queries.
  • Data mining and analysis
  • Acted as GIS Manager for Parks Department creating and supporting more than ten GIS layers (feature classes) developed custom map projects, templates, LYR files and ArcReader Published maps for the Department. Conducted training sessions and provided support to GIS users.
  • Performed GIS analysis (Site Planning, Land Acquisition, Level of Service, Demand/Supply, Budget analysis, geostatistical analysis with custom census data sets).
  • Created cartographic quality map products such as custom map books illustrating each park and large wall maps for office.
  • Performed systems analysis/business analysis, project management, training, coordination and support for several applications (PMIS-Property Management Information System, PMS -Capital Improvement Project Management System, PIAS-Planning Information Analysis System & Implementation of Datastream EAMS 7i Product.) and others.
  • Simplified document management and information delivery through applications.
  • Information Technology procurement and coordination and application needs analysis for Parks Planning and Research Division. Tracked IT Projects and needed application modifications.
  • Spearheaded, developed and managed Parks Dept Intranet consisting of several hundred pages that serve a wide variety of uses and have proved to be a real time saver.
  • Developed and distributed published maps (Adobe Reader PDF and ESRI ArcReader PMF) via parks intranet pages.
  • Developed Google Earth and Maps KML/KMZ files (Converted GIS Data for use in Google)
  • Conducted hands-on training and developed computer based training resources.
  • Senior Web Developer, Best Web Design Inc. & Absolute Web Creations, Miami, FL, 1997-2005
  • Developed web sites for business clients ranging from Modeling agency, travel agency, real estate firms, insurance company and other clients. Using various technologies both static and dynamic pages. (Now Defunct)
Jan 1995 - Jun 1996

GIS/GPS Manager, Resource Biologist

Bill Baggs

,  Cape FL State Park

  • Created and managed a Geographical Information System (G.I.S.) and Global Positioning System (GPS) for Hurricane Andrew ecological restoration Project. Using Trimble Pro XL GPS Dataloggers/Rovers with a Base Station collected attribute and locations data.
  • Synthesized GPS data from field collectors into ESRI ArcView GIS shapefile format and Foxpro database.
  • Created maps and performed analysis, queries and reports.
  • Supervised a crew of field employees in GPS data collection and management.
  • Wildlife Biologist & GIS Analyst, Mount Hood National Forest, Oregon 6/92-8/92 (Seasonal Internship)
  • Performed owl and raptor bird surveys mapping their nest sites, home ranges and territory utilizing digitizer and GPS.
  • Created custom GIS coverages and maps showing habitat restrictions and bird nesting sites.
  • Created reports and maps showing logging bans and use restrictions to protect wildlife.
  • Hood River Ranger District - Hood River Ranger Station 6780 Highway 35, Parkdale, Oregon 97041 (541) 352-6002
  • Coral Reef Ecologist/Researcher, Wildlife Conservation Society, Belize, Central America
  • Research conducted at Glover's Reef Atoll in Belize, Central America.
  • Utilized GIS, Remote Sensing and LIDAR datasets to map and analyze coral reef and fish habitat for creation of marine reserve.