FC-FLIP 2016 - GIS Technician

Four Corners Federal Lands Internship

GIS Technician

The Technical Services Group at Mesa Verde National Park seeks to partner with a college in the Four Corners area to recruit a student intern to enhance operational capabilities and provide professional work experience. The primary project that the internship will concentrate on is the modernization of the park’s geographic database including data management, organization, updating and conversion activities and will also include opportunities to learn and apply field mapping techniques using GPS and laser range finding techniques to support other park operations and planning activities.

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Timeline: May 31 - August 12, 2016                                                                     

Location: Mesa Verde National Park

Mentor: Allan Loy, Planner; Mesa Verde National Park

Schedule:  40-hour week; occasional long days, weekend or evening work may be required.                                                                                                                

Responsibilities: Work will primarily be performed in an office setting.  Normal work days would be 8 hours and this may be negotiated but will not exceed 10 hours per day and would be between Monday and Friday of each week of the internship. Field mapping assignments may be performed in a high desert environment where the terrain may be steep, uneven, and rocky. Rain, wind, or dust may be encountered and may include hiking less than 5 miles.  Field mapping activities may require lifting or packing of equipment weighing less than 20 pounds.

The duties of this internship primarily focus on providing work and training experience to prepare the student intern for a more advanced position that uses geospatial data and analysis.  Intern will have opportunity to work with other park discipline specialists since the park’s geographic database covers all aspects of park operations.  Intern will assist with organizing, converting and updating of the geographic data that supports the park’s planning and decision making processes.

Up to 10 days throughout internship will be allocated to learn about other operational and program area functions. 

Desired Skills/Qualifications:

·         Inquisitive Nature

·         The ability to work independently or with minimal guidance with ESRI Arc GIS software.

·         Practical knowledge of relational databases and digital data management, organization and conversion methods and techniques.

·         Skill in the use of ESRI ArcGIS software particularly ArcCatalog, ArcMap and ArcToolbox.

·         Knowledge of various data formats including ESRI legacy geospatial and tabular data formats and the ESRI geodatabase model.

·         An extensive background in ecology, natural resource management, environmental science, etc.

·         Camping and backpacking skills

·         Desire to work outdoors in all weather conditions

·         Clean driving record for operation of government vehicles

·         A reliable personal vehicle is required

·         Strong written and verbal communication skills

·         Ability to carry out and accomplish order in a timely manner

·         Ability to be flexible and willingness to jump in to help as needed

Training Provided: Orientation will be held in Silverton the week of May 31st and will include: backcountry skills and safety, introduction to federal careers and USAJobs, natural resources and issues in the Four Corners, scientific and professional communications, and Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification (interns need to prepare (8 hrs.) prior to arrival on June 6th).

Compensation:  Living Stipend $4,400; paid biweekly. Upon successful completion the intern will qualify for an $1195 AmeriCorps Education Award.  

Housing: None available. The intern will be responsible for securing their own housing.

To apply, visit www.mountainstudies.org/fcflip.

For more information, contact Anthony Culpepper at anthony@mountainstudies.org.


Applications close 15 March 2016