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Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve/Gates of the Arctic

Cultural Resources in Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve and Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve (YUGA) represent human presence in Alaska from at least 10,000 years ago and continues today. Proper management and presentation of archaeological, historic, and ethnographic spatial data is key for resource management, Tribal consultation, and public education and interpretation tasks of the Parks. We seek a GIS Intern to work with Cultural Resources staff in YUGA to update GPS/GIS field data workflows, revise paper and web-based cartographic products, modernize spatial data management processes, and perform spatial-based analyses for cultural resource data.

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 in Fairbanks or may be available for remote telework.

Position Responsibilities:
•Integrate existing geospatial data into established national, regional, and park-level spatial data standards
•Assist with GPS/GIS field data workflow development for a variety of GPS receiver types
•Develop cartographic products for resource management, consultation, and public outreach purposes
•Conduct spatial analyses of cultural resource data, such as archaeological feature distribution 
•Participate in CR staff 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. The candidate should be able to demonstrate understanding of cartographic principles for both paper- and web-based mapping. 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.