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Organization: Great Basin Institute
Title: Geospatial Mapping Intern
Location: Salt Lake City, UT USA
Application Deadline:
Posted: 2018-08-02

Position Description:

In cooperation with the BLM Utah State Office, GBI is recruiting up to two Geospatial Mapping Technicians to participate in our AmeriCorps Intern program by providing geospatial support to the BLM’s Recreation and Visitor Services Program. The Intern’s primary focus is supporting BLM-Utah’s vision to create and disseminate accurate, attractive, and user-friendly spatially referenced maps that highlight the world-class outdoor recreation opportunities available on public lands across the state. The Intern(s) will utilize geographic information system (GIS) and graphic design software to design and create maps under the guidance of BLM staff. Completed maps will be made available for public consumption in hard copy format, as well as through a wide variety of digital platforms to allow the public to easily download maps and track their real-time movement using the Global Positioning System (GPS) technology in mobile devices. In order to create technically accurate maps, the Intern(s) may collect GIS data in the field and/or complete extensive GIS quality-control measures in the office. The Intern(s) will also assist in efforts to market maps to the 7.5 million annual visitors from around the world that recreate on BLM-administered lands in Utah.

This national service opportunity offers the Intern(s) the occasion to gain experience in public land management and further understanding of the BLM’s GIS and geospatial services program. The majority of work will be in an indoor office setting, but will afford the opportunity for field site visits, including camping. Applicants with a prior experience using or exposure to GIS, graphic design, and cartography may be preferentially considered. The successful applicants, upon completion of the internship, will qualify for non-competitive hiring eligibility associated with the Public Land Corps Act.

Work will be based at the BLM Utah State Office in Salt Lake City, Utah. The BLM manages nearly 23 million acres of public land in Utah, ranging from alpine wilderness to sprawling red rock deserts that are widely recognized as some of the most spectacular scenery in the world (https://www.blm.gov/utah).

• 47-week term of service beginning mid-September 2018, or upon availability and completion of a Department of Interior Background Investigation (BI)
• Full time, 40 hours per week

• Living Allowance: $24,930.00
• Paid medical benefits (health and dental insurance, prescription coverage)
• Segal AmeriCorps Education Award*: $5,815.00

* AmeriCorps Education award may be used for past, present or future educational experiences including, but not limited to, paying off/down federal student loan debt and is valid for up to seven (7) years after completion of a term of service.

Technical requirements:
• Recent college graduate or upper-level college student with education, training and/or interest in cartography, geography, or a related discipline that demonstrates understanding of the principles of geographic information systems (GIS);
• Experience using ArcGIS to create maps, analyze data, and organize layers, preferred;
• Familiarity with cartographic principles and graphic design to create web and print products;
• Ability to navigate and collect data using handheld GPS units; and
• Experience utilizing a compass and reading topographic maps.

Additional requirements:
• Ability to work productively as part of a team to accomplish mutual goals;
• Ability to work independently;
• Ability to communicate effectively with team members and agency staff;
• Good organizational skills;
• Physically fit to work outdoors, carry personal and/or field equipment, and withstand ambient environmental conditions;
• Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license with ability to safely operate and maintain a 4WD vehicle on and off paved roads; and
• Adhere to the mission and goals of GBI and AmeriCorps and meet AmeriCorps eligibility requirements:
(1) U.S. citizenship or legal resident alien status,
(2) eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (limit of four in a lifetime or the equivalent of two full-time education awards),
(3) pass National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW) and federal criminal background checks,
(4) adhere to the rules, regulations and code of conduct as specified in the Member Service Agreement; and
(5) will not engage in any prohibited activities as listed in the Member Service Agreement.

Successful applicants must complete a U.S. Department of the Interior Background Investigation (BI) or submit paperwork to BLM Human Resources indicating an active and fully adjudicated BI has already been completed prior to beginning the position.

How to Apply:
Qualified and interested applicants should apply online by following http://crcareers.thegreatbasininstitute.org/careers/careers.aspx?rf=CR&req=2018-ACI-035

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