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Curriculum Vitae

Kevin Burkman
Professional Summary

I have been involved with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analysis for most of the past 10 years. I currently work the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), where I work in the Bureau of GIS (BGIS), creating online mapping applications, map caching services, serve as a GIS HelpDesk representative, and as essential emergency personnel.  I also work extensively with the Sourland Conservancy, a central New Jersey land preservation organization, as a GIS coordinator, where I create and analyze data and maps related to the region’s open space.


Previously, New Jersey Future, a Trenton, NJ non-profit promoting smart-growth, employed me as a Program Scholar, developing places-to-age and downtown economic redevelopment assessments.


Civil Solutions in Branchburg, NJ employed me as a GIS analyst. My work there focused on state, county, and local municipality GIS, including infrastructure, georeferencing, and maintenance of attribute data.


I am a 2015 graduate of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey’s Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, where I  obtained a master’s degree in urban and regional planning. My core curriculum at Bloustein was in physical design and land use, and included a semester-long studio for coastal resiliency for the town of Secaucus, NJ.


During my studies at Bloustein, I maintained an internship with the City of Trenton’s Department of Housing and Economic Development, where my tasks included mapping and data management.


In May, 2008, I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Planning at Rutgers University’s Cook College, with a major GPA of 3.7.  My degree included a particular focus on GIS. My studies included a large number of projects and internships. In fall 2007, I undertook a major GIS independent study project for Rutgers course credit, in which I spatially analyzed the Appalachian Mountain Club’s hiker usage patterns in the Delaware Valley region.  My spring, 2008 independent study project focused on the land use and preservation of Gettysburg National Military Park. These independent projects earned me the Teuvo Airola award as the best Environmental GIS student in my class.


I was a non-traditional college student, having started my college education in my 40’s.  For 13 years prior to this, I was a quality assurance manager for a food processing plant and was responsible for implementing and overseeing a range of microbiological and quality control programs. This experience, and in particular the attention to precision that it entailed, gave me an excellent foundation of analytical skills, which I have brought to my new career.


Rutgers- The State University of New Jersey/Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

New Brunswick, NJ

Degree: Master of City and Regional Planning, awarded May 2015

Concentration: Environmental and Physical Planning

GPA: 3.75


Rutgers- The State University of New Jersey/Cook College

New Brunswick, NJ

Degree: Bachelor of Science, cum laude, awarded May 2008

Major: Environmental Planning/Geomatics

GPA in Major: 3.7/Overall GPA: 3.4

Undergraduate Senior Independent Study Projects

  • Spring ’08: A Study of the Battlefield at Gettysburg and its Historic Land Preservation

  • Fall ’07: Geospatial Analysis of the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Delaware Valley Chapter


Graduate Capstone Projects

  • Fall ’14: Strategic Community Resiliency Plan for Secaucus, NJ

    • GIS coordinator for 8 member student group

    • Acquired/analyzed data and created map series for community, real estate, environmental transportation, and flood-risk based attributes.

    • Presented to Secaucus Town Council (December, 2014) and NJ APA Conference (January, 2015)

  • Spring ’15:  American Frontier Studio

    • GIS coordinator for 3 member student group

    • Acquired/created/analyzed data and created map series for locations of human service assets, to assist in expanding a food distribution system for low-income residents in a four county region of southwest New Mexico for the National Center for Frontier Communities.



New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of GIS

January, 2017 to Present. Trenton, NJ

  • GIS Analyst III

    • Take It Outside Program

      • Developed editable online service for the identification/cataloging of outdoor recreational sites in NJ

      • Extensive use of Portal and Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS

    • Caching Services

      • Developed caching services for parcel land cover, and hydrologic data

      • Extensive use of Portal and Server for ArcGIS

      • Created standard operating procedure (SOP) manual for caching service

    • Temporal Mosaic Dataset

      • Developed a temporal mosaic dataset for use with multiple years of aerial imagery

      • Liaison with ESRI for project technical support

    • Storm Depth Mosaic Dataset

      • Developed a published mosaic dataset representing various storm surge depth for hurricanes and sea-level rise

      • Liaison with ESRI for project technical support

    • GIS Help Desk Representative

      • Assist internal/external clients with GIS issues

      • Assist programs/individuals to incorporate GIS into work tasks

      • Facilitate data sharing and acquisition

      • NJ-GeoWeb, ESRI applications, regulatory issues, general GIS topics

    • Essential Emergency Personnel

      • Updates/backups all department software/hardware used in emergency situations

      • Available to serve at the NJSP Regional Operations and Intelligence Center (ROIC) during emergency situations

    • Committee member for 2017, 2018 NJDEP Mapping Contest

      • Assist with organizing/conducting the event

    • Extensive use of ArcGIS 5.0 Desktop, ArcPro 1.4.1, Portal for ArcGIS, ArcGIS Server, ArcGIS Online


New Jersey Future

June 2015 to September 2016. Trenton NJ

  • Program Fellow

    • Downtown Economic Redevelopment Assessment Developer

      • Developed a model using socioeconomic, real estate, and business data to demonstrate municipal redevelopment readiness.

      • Extensive use of U.S. Census, NAICS, and State of New Jersey employment and business data.

      • Comprehensive master and redevelopment plan reviews.

      • Extensive use of ESRI’s Business Analyst.

      • Created a series of GIS-based maps depicting transportation, redevelopment areas, and evaluation of land and improvement values.

    • Places to Age Analysis Developer

      • Developed an analysis model for land use and planning characteristics for senior living conditions in Garfield and Fair Lawn, NJ.

      • Extensive review of municipal policies and programs for mixed-use centers, transportation, housing, and public spaces and amenities.

      • Extensive use of U.S. census data.

      • Comprehensive master and redevelopment plan reviews and analysis.

      • In-person site analysis.

City of Trenton Department of Community & Economic Development

November 2014 to June 2015. Trenton, NJ

  • GIS Analyst

    • Produced data and maps for the Director of Planning, Director of Housing & Economic Development, and the Director of Division of Economic Development.

    • Created first-ever maps for Trenton, including:

      • Abandoned properties

      • Brownfields

      • Illegal dumping sites

      • Community assets

      • Community housing

      • Election assets (wards/polling places)

      • “Trenton 250” master plan  

      • Battle of Trenton map for tourism/economic development

      • Numerous ad-hoc maps

Civil Solutions, a division of Adams, Rehmann, and Heggan

June 2008 to March 2012.  Branchburg, NJ

  • GIS Analyst/Spatial Data Processing for Local and State Municipalities

    • Created, edited and managed data as shapefiles and in geodatabases.

    • Updated utility, building footprints, zoning and tax/parcel maps for dozens of New Jersey and Pennsylvania municipalities, which included more than 250,000 features.

    • Created and updated Mapbooks.

    • Georeferenced aerial imagery for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, via ArcGIS ArcMAP and Micro Images georeferencing tools.

    • Street asset collection/traffic signal enumeration for Jersey City, NJ, via EnterInfo GIS program.

    • Created and maintained water, sewer and drainage datasets for Cedar Grove, NJ, water department.

    • Linear referenced/conflated road datasets for New Jersey Office of Technology.


Verizon Wireless GIS/Spatial Analysis

January 2007 to January 2008. Bedminster, NJ

  • GIS Analyst/Spatial Data Processing for Wireless Communications

    • Spatially analyzed local and regional tabular data sets of network/business coverages.

    • Produced shape files used in creation of business, network, ad hoc, mobile TV (MediaFlo), Secure Border Initiative (SBI) and Known Trouble Area (KTA) maps and reports.

  • Integrated extensive functionality information for Verizon Wireless Network Geographics application into Quick Reference Guide (QRG). Comprehensive operational knowledge, including locate, query, analyze and reporting on coverage area licensing, sites, operational boundaries.


Devault Foods

January 1990 to December 2002. Malvern, PA

  • Manager of Quality Assurance

    • Designed, implemented, and supervised QA programs for entire company product line.

    • Analyzed microbiological, nutritional, and production attributes for in-house brands as well as foods produced for Burger King and Wendy’s restaurant chains. Coordinated USDA verification programs.



Academic Honors, Grants & Awards
  • Teuvo Airola Memorial Award for Excellence in Environmental Geomatics. Awarded May, 2008

  • Wayne Soojian Scholarship in Planning. Awarded May 2014.

  • Advocacy Scholar, Preservation Action Foundation. Awarded March 2015.

  • 2015 Sourland Conservancy Volunteer of the Year. Awarded December, 2015.


Geographic Information Systems

  • ESRI ArcGIS ArcMAP, Version 8.0 to 10.5 with Spatial Analyst Extension and Business Analyst

  • ArcGIS Pro 1.4.1

  • ESRI ArcGIS Server and Portal for ArcGIS

  • EnterInfo: Integrated image/GIS based street asset collection program

  • MicroImages: Raster processing.

Web Development

  • Hyper Text Mark Up Language (HTML), Version 4.01

  • Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)


General Computing

  • Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint, Sketch-Up, Adobe Illustrator, In Design, & Photoshop



“John Wesley Powell and the Arid Empire of the American West”

Bloustein Journal of Planning and Public Policy.  May 16, 2014.


“Placing Economic Value on Natural Systems”

NJ Future blog post,  June 25, 2014. 


“Bell Labs Redevelopment a Sign of the Future” 

NJ Future blog post, July 24, 2014.


Volunteer/Community Positions

Montgomery Township Open Space Committee

January 2015 to present, Belle Mead, NJ

  • Technical Advisor & GIS Analyst

    • Produced 10+ maps representing the township’s open space and hiking/walking paths.


Montgomery Township Environmental Commission

January 2016 to January 2017, Belle Mead, NJ

  • Alternate member


Sourlands Conservancy

January 2013 to present, Hopewell, NJ

  • GIS Analyst

  • Board of Trustees (2014-2016)


Stoutsburg Sourlands African American Museum

January 2015 to present, Hopewell, NJ

  • Board of Trustees

  • Technology Chair

    • Historic map production

    • Web Master


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