Job Detail

Organization: The Great Basin Institute
Title: BLM Geospatial Mapping
Location: Price, Utah

Posted: 2019-12-03
Application Deadline: 2019-12-31

Position Description:

In cooperation with the BLM Price Field Office, Great Basin Institute is recruiting 1 Geospatial Mapping Technician to participate in our AmeriCorps program by providing geospatial support to the BLM’s Recreation & Visitor Services and Geographic Information Services (GIS) Programs. The Intern’s primary focus is supporting BLM-Utah’s vision to prepare GIS related background data, and to create and disseminate accurate, attractive, and user-friendly spatially referenced maps that highlight the world-class outdoor recreation opportunities available on public lands across the state. Additionally the Intern will assist Field Office Recreation and GIS staff in accomplishment of the day to day mission of the BLM. The Intern will utilize GIS and graphic design software to prepare related background data, and to design and create maps under the guidance of BLM staff. Completed maps may be made available for public consumption in hard copy format, and through a wide variety of digital platforms to allow the public to easily download maps and track their real-time movement using the Global Positioning System (GPS) technology in mobile devices. In order to create technically accurate maps, the Intern(s) may collect GIS data in the field and will complete extensive GIS quality-control measures in the office. The Intern(s) may also assist in efforts to market maps to the 7.5 million annual visitors from around the world that recreate on BLM-administered lands in Utah.

This national service opportunity offers the member(s) the occasion to gain experience in public land management and further understanding of the BLM’s GIS and geospatial services program. The majority of work will be in an indoor office setting, but may also afford opportunities for field site visits and training opportunities within the Recreation & Visitor Services and GIS Programs, and may include camping. Applicants with a prior experience using or exposure to GIS, graphic design, and cartography may be preferentially considered. The successful applicants, upon completion of the internship, will qualify for non-competitive hiring eligibility associated with the Public Land Corps Act.

• Living Allowance: 34 week $15,240.00
• Housing Stipend: 75$/week
• Paid medical benefits (health and dental insurance, prescription coverage)
• Segal AmeriCorps Education Award*: 34 week $4266.50

• 34-week term of service beginning upon availability and successful completion of a Department of Interior Background Investigation (BI)
• Full time, 40 hours per week

Technical requirements:
• Recent college graduate or upper-level college student with education, training and/or interest in cartography, geography, or a related discipline that demonstrates understanding of the principles of geographic information systems (GIS);
• Experience using ArcGIS to create maps, analyze data, and organize layers, preferred;
• Familiarity with cartographic principles and graphic design to create web and print products;
• Ability to navigate and collect data using handheld GPS units; and
• Experience utilizing a compass and reading topographic maps.

Additional requirements:
• Ability to work productively as part of a team to accomplish mutual goals;
• Ability to work independently;
• Ability to communicate effectively with team members and agency staff;
• Good organizational skills;
• Physically fit to work outdoors, carry personal and/or field equipment, and withstand ambient environmental conditions;
• Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license with ability to safely operate and maintain a 4WD vehicle on and off paved roads; and
• Adhere to the mission and goals of GBI and AmeriCorps and meet AmeriCorps eligibility requirements:
(1) U.S. citizenship or legal resident alien status,
(2) eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (limit of four in a lifetime or the equivalent of two full-time education awards),
(3) pass National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW) and federal criminal background checks,
(4) adhere to the rules, regulations and code of conduct as specified in the Member Service Agreement; and
(5) will not engage in any prohibited activities as listed in the Member Service Agreement.

Successful applicants must complete a U.S. Department of the Interior Background Investigation (BI) or submit paperwork to BLM Human Resources indicating an active and fully adjudicated BI has already been completed prior to beginning the position.

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