Job Detail

Organization: U.S. Forest Service & Mt. Adams Institute
Title: GIS Technician - U.S. Military Veterans Only
Location: Harrisburg, IL

Posted: 2018-12-08
Application Deadline:

Position Description:

The Shawnee National Forest, in partnership with the Mt. Adams Institute and AmeriCorps, is now offering a full-time, paid internship for U.S. Military Veterans.

***For more open positions and detailed position descriptions with full application instructions, please visit: or contact Katie Schmidt, Recruitment Coordinator, at (509) 395 3465 or katie{@}

Position Title: Geographic Information System (GIS) Assistant

Position Summary: In partnership with the Mt. Adams Institute, the Shawnee National Forest is looking to support an intern with a focus on basic geospatial analysis processes, protocols, and solutions used to support multi-disciplinary land and natural resource management. Primary emphasis areas will consist of geographic information system, the system the Forest Service and others use to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present spatial or geographic data.

The intern will work with experienced GIS specialists in the management of spatial data that is used to support resource management decisions. The intern may have or will develop a working knowledge of ArcGIS, including many common tools such as Arcmap, Arctoolbox and ArcCatalog, and will perform training assignments under the supervision of the Forestís GIS specialists. The intern will create shape files, use toolbar navigation, use editing, mapping, drawing, clipping, buffering and geo-referencing tools. On-the-job training in all the above using forest-level data, in addition to state and national geospatial data websites such as NRCS Geospatial Data Gateway will be provided.

There will be independent work on a variety of resource data to support the Forestís monitoring activities, project analyses, and Forest planning. They will work with local resource specialists to determine individual program and project needs and design maps or other products related to those specific needs. Training will consist of data collection for processing and compiling into datasets for cartographic models, maps, and analysis. There will also be opportunities to be introduced to and support employees working in various other functions, such as timber, recreation, archeology, special uses, fire, and wildlife.

Benefits include:
-$1,200 Monthly Living Allowance
-$6,095 AmeriCorps Education Award- VetsWork is an apprenticeship program approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Labor. Members with G.I. Bill benefits may be able to dual enroll as an apprentice and access their Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) of up to approximately $2400 per month. Actual benefits vary by individualsí qualified benefits.
-Health Insurance
-Child Care Assistance
-Student Loan Forbearance
-Networking/Professional Development/Training Opportunities

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