Job Detail

Organization: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Title: GIS Intern
Location: Rancho Cordova (Sacramento area), CA USA

Posted: 2023-11-17
Application Deadline:

Position Description:

DUCKS UNLIMITED, INC. -- the leader in wetlands conservation -- has exciting opportunities for professionals with GIS and natural resource expertise. DU has been using advanced GIS and remote sensing technologies since 1984 to manage the complex issues in wetland and waterfowl management, land-use planning, and environmental conservation. This GIS Internship will be based in our Western Regional Office in Rancho Cordova, CA (Sacramento Area), and requires GIS experience with ESRI products and a background in natural resources, wetlands, and wildlife. Remote work is not available for this position.

The selected GIS Intern will work with a team of GIS professionals to update the National Wetlands Inventory within the western United States. The successful applicant should have experience with GIS data development, photo interpretation, and preferably some experience with wetland classification. Other responsibilities may include assisting with a variety of GIS projects throughout the western United States, Alaska, and boreal Canada. Our GIS team works with biologists and other staff to provide conservation planning, GIS modeling and analysis, mapping and graphics support, and setup/maintenance of GIS systems.

The qualified applicant will be a self-motivated, conscientious individual who can work independently with minimal supervision, as well as effectively collaborate with Ducks Unlimited biologists, engineers, fundraising, and other GIS staff. Candidates must have at minimum, a B.S. in a natural resources field of study and experience using ESRI software products. Some experience with databases, wildlife management, and wetland ecology is preferred. The intern will gain experience in wetlands mapping, image interpretation, GIS data development, field data collection, ArcGIS Online, information technology and hardware/software support.

Demonstrated knowledge of GIS concepts and methodologies
Demonstrated ability with ESRI products: ArcMap, ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online
Very good inter-personal, communication and organizational skills
Background in natural resources
Photo interpretation skills

Computer troubleshooting skills
Cartographic Design
Wetland classification and identification skills

TERM: The position is full-time (40 hrs/week) for 1 year (12 months)

WORK CONDITIONS: Primarily based in an office setting. Majority of work will be performing GIS computer tasks at a desk. Opportunities for travel and fieldwork: 2-3 weeks maximum spread out over the course of the year.


Please fill out the application materials on this link: and attach a cover letter, and resume with at least three professional references. Please direct any questions regarding application materials to DU Human Resources [email protected]. Or to request application materials please contact Human Resources at [email protected]. For further information regarding this position please contact: Dan Fehringer, GIS / Remote Sensing Manager at [email protected]

Targeted starting date is January 8th, 2024.

SALARY: This is a paid internship. The pay rate is $20.00 per hour. No benefits or relocation costs are offered.

It is the policy of Ducks Unlimited, Inc. to afford equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons regardless of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age (40 or over), disability (physical, mental or visual), genetic information, marital status (including registered domestic partnership status), military and veteran status, immigration status, or any other category protected by federal, state or local law.

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