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Great Smoky Mountains National Park GIS Internship (Start Date June 2014)

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park 2014 Internship


GIS Intern (4-7 Positions)


12 weeks STIPEND $125 per week + dorm housing included


GIS interns needed beginning June 2014 and lasting for 12 weeks for assistance with GIS data creation data management, and technology transfer.

Duties will include using ArcGIS Desktop software and Trimble GPS Equipment to create and manage new GIS data layers;

Coordinating with park staff to organize existing spatial data and create and document procedures for updating geo- spatial datasets;

Use of GIS to support GIS and database development in the following areas: Wildlife Management, Cultural Resources, Fisheries and Water Quality, Inventory and Monitoring, Climate, Remote Sensing;

Developing base-mapping programs for the continued collection and analysis of monitoring data. 

Must be able to hike in mountainous terrain in hot humid or inclement weather conditions carrying a daypack or backpack and other field equipment. Good fitting hiking boots and rainwear are important personal items to have prior to arrival. Stinging insects, poison ivy, slippery footing, and venomous snakes are known field hazards. Work schedule is 4/ten hour days 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM, M-T


Some education or experience in geographic information systems (GIS), computer cartography a must, specifically experience using ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap/ArcCatalog). Experience with geodatabase formats is a plus, as is understanding of geodatabase tables. Applicant should have the ability to write and follow detailed technical information documents and be self-motivated and flexible. Valid state vehicle operator’s license desired. Documentation Required: Access to government computers requires the following: ability to pass Federal Computer Security Background Investigation; must be able and willing to complete background check application and return via registered mail; must provide own transportation and expense for purpose of obtaining a DOI Employee Identification Card.


Send resume, 3 references, and copy of transcripts to: Thomas Colson, GIS Program Manager Great Smoky Mountains National Park 1316 Cherokee Orchard Road Gatlinburg, TN 37738 @ thomas_colson@nps.gov


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