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GIS Intern


The citizens of Janesville choose this community, not just as a place to live, but as a place to realize life’s opportunities. We strive to sustain a community culture where differences are recognized, understood, and appreciated. As such, the City of Janesville recognizes the importance of developing an environment where diversity is not merely accepted but embraced and celebrated. As public servants, we believe everyone has the right to be treated with dignity and respect. To this end, we will diligently recruit and retain the most talented employees in an environment that fosters maximizing one’s potential. Therefore, we encourage individuals from all backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences to consider employment with the City of Janesville and serve the residents of “Wisconsin’s Park Place”.



The City of Janesville’s Public Works Department is looking for an enthusiastic Geography or GIS student to assist with the City’s GIS and asset management program.  The City’s GIS team is responsible for using the latest ArcGIS technology to collect, build, and maintain the City’s extensive GIS database which includes over 340 miles of public infrastructure.  This position is designed to build on skills learned in the classroom by offering hands-on experience and exposure to working with geographic data associated with the City’s sanitary sewer and water distribution utility system.  


Reports to:  GIS Coordinator. 


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Essential duties are not necessarily listed in priority order.

  1. Assist the GIS team with creating, editing and maintaining the Utility Division’s infrastructure data in GIS.
  2. Interact with GIS professionals, technicians, engineers, and Utility Division staff regarding GIS project tasks.
  3. Create comprehensive static maps and interactive webmaps utilizing ESRI ArcGIS software.
  4. Use mobile ArcGIS data collection technology to collect data associated with public sanitary sewer and water distribution infrastructure.
  5. Other duties as assigned.


The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required to perform the essential duties of the position.

Education and Experience 

Minimum education and experience required to perform essential duties of the position.

  1. Be pursuing a bachelor's degree in Geography, Geographic Information Systems, Engineering, Technology, or Urban Planning from an accredited college or university.  Other related science and technology studies may be acceptable.
  2. Be familiar with Microsoft Office.
  3. Experience with ESRI ArcMap or ArcGIS Pro is preferred.
  4. Have desire to learn more about GIS, asset management, and public infrastructure.
  5. Valid state-issued driver’s license is required.

Knowledge of: 

  1. General understanding of GIS practices.

Skill in: 

  1. Skilled in Microsoft software, including Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  2. Excellent organizational, analytical, judgement, and problem-solving skills.
  3. Communicating with team members, math, and computer applications.

Ability to:  

  1. Learn new software, methods, and solve problems.
  2. Learn GIS software and practices associated with geodatabases, ArcGIS Enterprise, ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Pro, and researching and reading engineering construction plans.
  3. Work independently.
  4. Interact/respond to citizen inquires or guide them to the appropriate service. 
  5. Maintain a positive attitude and professional demeanor at all times; address resident and customer concerns in a helpful, courteous manner.
  6. Operate City vehicles and equipment in a safe manner.
  7. Maintain a valid driver’s license and drive a vehicle.


  1. Computer and measuring tools.
  2. Willingness to learn how to use a handheld GPS unit, mobile devices, and tablets.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in an office environment.   An individual in this position is frequently involved in sedentary work, which requires sitting for the majority of the time.  This position occasionally walks, stands, stoops, kneels, crouches, crawls, and exerts up to 30 pounds of force by lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling objects. The employee is frequently required to see/observe, talk/speak, and listen/hear; use their hands to finger, handle, feel, or operate objects and equipment; repetitive arm, wrist, hand, and eye movements are included. There is frequent twisting, reaching, wrist turning, and grasping.  The employee may be required to climb or balance.  On occasion, this position may be required to perform activities in an outdoor setting and/or on uneven surfaces.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.  Hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate computers and various pieces of equipment. Employee is required to use cognitive ability to reason, analyze, and verbalize thoughts and ideas.  Requires the ability to recognize and identify similarities or differences between characteristics of colors, shapes, and sounds associated with job-related objects, materials or tasks.

The employee may, on occasion, be exposed to outside weather conditions, including extreme heat and extreme cold.  The employee may work near moving mechanical parts in precarious places; and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes, or airborne particles, toxic, or caustic chemicals, and vibration.  The working conditions in the office environment are comfortable.  The noise level in the office environment is generally quiet to moderately noisy. 


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position, or is responsive to the needs of the City of Janesville. 


The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.


The City of Janesville, Wisconsin is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.  In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.