GIS Intern (Direct Hire Authority Resource Assistant Internship), Bureau of Reclamation

Loveland, Colorado 

Organization: Great Basin Institute, Bureau of Reclamation

Type of opportunity: Internship, full-time, temporary, AmeriCorps

Duties: The GIS Intern will work independently to create a user-friendly geo-referenced database system to store, manage and link to Natural Resources Division geographic data and documentation. This is a living GIS database that encompasses lands data sets, cultural resource data sets, and project data sets (including but not limited to land use authorizations). Some of the information used to develop the database is existing and some would have to be imported from other GIS sources. An existing numbering system, with unique designations for projects and sub-projects is already in use and would be continued into this system. A user needs assessment survey completed in 2010 will provide some basic information.

Deliverables include an updated user needs assessment, data structure design, graphical user interface in ArcGIS, data dictionary, and the geo-referenced database. This rigorous internship is the first phase of a four-phase project. Project work will be conducted in an office setting and does not include field work.

Desired qualifications:

Technical Qualifications

  • Enrolled in a graduate program in Remote Sensing, Geographic Information Systems, or Geospatial Science with an emphasis in environmental studies, forestry, range science, or other natural resource field (2nd or 3rd year student, preferable);
  • Knowledge of GIS technology and its appurtenant technologies, including Remote Sensing Image Processing, Global Positioning Systems, cartographic design, and computer graphics;
  • Knowledge of file and/or enterprise geospatial databases including design, operation, and maintenance;
  • Knowledge of GIS software (ESRI software) and data models in order to collect, retrieve, manipulate, and analyze geospatial data produced over time on a wide range of software applications and computer systems;
  • Ability to create new GIS data from a variety of sources, documenting data qualities and producing metadata, publishing geospatial data, and reformatting these data to meet current technical standards and user needs;
  • Previous experience and knowledge of applications addressing natural resource management and water resource infrastructures. (e.g., vegetation, dams and irrigation supply systems, land boundaries, facility footprints, cultural resource sites, threatened and endangered species locations and buffers, roads, rights-of-ways, and utilities), desirable; and
  • Knowledge of and ability to utilize the Microsoft Office productivity software.

Additional Qualifications

  • Self-motivated with ability to maintain a positive attitude and effectively communicate orally and in writing while working in a diverse team environment;
  • Possess a valid, clean, state-issued driver’s license; 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 applicant will need to complete a Department of Interior (DOI) Background Investigation (BI) prior to starting internship. Applicants that already possess a full adjudicated BI should clearly state that in their cover letter.

Start and end dates: June, 2016, 12-week appointment


Living allowance: $6,635
Segal AmeriCorps Education Award: $1,515
No-cost Affordable Care Act-compliant Health Benefits

How to apply: View the job announcement and apply online.