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NPSGIS Western Arctic Parklands

National Park Service units in northern Alaska encompass a broad range of human history spanning from at least the early Holocene to contemporary communities. Indigenous place names within these areas show land use patterns, evidence of landscape/climate change, as well as other information that is important for resource management and cultural understanding. We seek a GIS Intern to work with Cultural Resource staff in YUGA and WEAR to improve and manage existing geospatial data for place names, create new databases from legacy data, and develop workflow standards and protocols. 

By the end of this internship, the incumbent can expect to have increased proficiency levels for the following NPS GIS Competencies: Coordination and Communication, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Technology Application, Information Quality Assurance, and Data Management and Metadata. This position may include an option for telework with occasional travel.  No Park housing is available. Successful completion of this internship will provide the intern with eligibility for the Public Land Corps (PLC) Non-Competitive Hiring Authority. 

This internship may be duty stationed at the Alaska Regional Office (Anchorage), the Fairbanks Administrative Center (Fairbanks), or may be available for remote telework.

Position Responsibilities:
•Integrate existing geospatial data into established national and regional spatial data standards
•Establish data editing workflows and best practices for place names data
•Develop standard operating guidelines for data creation, management, access, and sharing
•Participate in weekly GIS Team meetings and other team-oriented events and discussions
•Participate in weekly Cohort meetings led by NPS GIS Internship Program support staff
•Design a capstone presentation for the NPS GIS community at the internship conclusion 

  • A successful candidate will have a strong foundation in GIS and data management practices and proficiency using Esri desktop software and data manipulation geo-processes and tools. Knowledge of geodatabase design principles and experience with spatial data standards and metadata are preferred. This position requires attention to detail, effective communication skills, and the ability to take initiative and work independently, while also being supported by subject matter experts as needed.  Planned work will be conducted in a climate-controlled office or home office, if recommended for telework. Opportunities for field visits may become available. 

  • Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident and enrolled at an institution of higher education or within two years post graduate. Graduate students and recent graduates who are currently pursuing or have obtained a GIS degree/certificate and/or work experience in GIS are preferred. Prior to starting this position, a federal government security background clearance will be required.