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NPSGIS IR1 Cultural Resources Division


Interior Region 1’s Cultural Resources Division supports parks and programs across the region (Maine to Virginia) to manage cultural resources according to law and policy and preserve and promote cultural resources which reflect our diverse national heritage.  The selected intern will have the opportunity to work on a variety of projects that contribute to this work and will play a critical role in advancing the Cultural Resources Division’s fairly new effort to better coordinate and standardize the use of GIS.

Under the supervision of the Cultural Resources (CR) GIS Coordinator, the intern will have the opportunity to work with CR Division staff at both the regional and park level to advance the effective use of geospatial tools in the management and protection of cultural resources. The intern will gain valuable experience in the planning and development of GIS projects with immediate benefit to national, regional, and park initiatives. The intern will advance their technical skills in addition to learning new techniques in web mapping and application design.

Successful completion of this internship will provide the intern with eligibility for the Public Land Corps (PLC) Non-Competitive Hiring Authority.

Position Responsibilities:

The intern will work with the CR GIS Coordinator to accomplish a variety of projects that will include (but are not limited to) the following:
  • Development of web-based mapping products for internal reference (e.g., asset/resource maps, project planning dashboards) and external publication (e.g., StoryMaps).
  • Design of guidance documents, templates, and other resources to address common GIS needs and processes.
  • Provision of technical support to CR Division staff engaged in special projects and other work with GIS components.
  • General CR GIS Program support.


  • Advanced GIS skills and knowledge of ESRI ArcGIS software and applications are required, whether gained through coursework or applied experience (intern will most often work with ArcGIS Pro, NPS Portal & ArcGIS Online). Applicants should have strong data management skills, including working with geodatabases and producing well-designed cartographic products (static maps, web-based mapping applications, etc.).
  • Must possess strong organizational, teamwork, and communication skills, including demonstrable written and oral communication skills.
  • Must have the ability to effectively manage time and work independently with remote supervision.
  • Preferred, but not required, is completed coursework in the fields of anthropology, history, area/ethnic studies, cartography, geography, or related areas of study. Students who are currently pursuing or have obtained a GIS degree/certificate and/or work experience in GIS are preferred.
  • Work will be performed remotely. The intern will be supplied with a government-issued laptop and PIV card but must independently ensure they have access to a secure, comfortable, and safe space in which to perform their work. The intern must have access to a reliable internet connection.
  • Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident and enrolled at an institution of higher education or be within two years post graduate. Prior to starting this position, a federal government security background clearance will be required.