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GIS Technician- U.S. Military Veterans Only- Shawnee NF

Harrisburg, IL, USA
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.

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Position Title: Geographic Information System (GIS) Assistant

Project Location: Shawnee National Forest, Supervisor's Office at 50 Hwy 145 south, Harrisburg, IL 62946

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 Forest’s 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 Forest’s 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.

General Responsibilities (to include, but not limited to):
1. Support the maintenance of spatial (GIS) and tabular (INFRA) databases on the Forest.
2. Collaborates with a diverse group of local resources specialists, planners, and managers to determine all program geospatial data needs, including but not limited to cadastral land survey, recreation, heritage, wildlife and botany, timber and wildland and prescribed fire programs.
3. Work with same local resources specialists, planners, and managers to coordinate and implement local GIS activities such as the production and updating of specific project-related maps.
4. Digitizes raw land-based data into the geographic information database of record as needed.
5. Works with Forest GIS specialist to conduct 3/D spatial analysis and geospatial modeling as needed.
6. Works with Forest GIS specialist to provide Forest-user support and troubleshooting assistance for problems related to GIS hardware and application software.
7. Work with Forest GIS specialist on quality control for all geospatial data projects.
8. Promotes an integrated training program to teach basic skills in geospatial software such as ArcGIS, data acquisition, and retrieval and analysis.
9. Working effectively with variety of groups and individuals concerning geospatial programs and data, and to learn about the management and analysis of resource information.
10. Complete a Community Action Project that is identified by the Intern, researched, and implemented during the term of service.
11. Attend and complete all MAI/AmeriCorps training and service requirements including orientation, trainings, team meetings and national service days.
12. Complete and submit all necessary MAI/AmeriCorps paperwork and reports in a timely manner.
13. Wear an MAI uniform and/or appropriate identifiers and required safety gear while performing service or attending official events.

Position Requirements:
1. Must have a valid driver's license, clean driving record and ability to provide documentation. Must comply with Driver Certification and Safety Agreement (see VetsWork Application Documents on website).
2. Attend a mandatory orientation in Dover, TN from 3/4to 3/8(Food and Lodging provided), quarterly Intern trainings, and quarterly Intern meetings.
3. Basic knowledge of geospatial technology and ESRI ArcGIS software.
4. Ability to drive a 4-wheel drive vehicle on unimproved roads.
5. Working knowledge of cartographic principles and conventions and a desire to promote environmental stewardship.
6. Ability to work and communicate effectively with a variety of individuals and groups.
7. Demonstrates resourcefulness, motivation, and independence
8. Must be physically able and willing to participate in field-going activities on an occasional basis however the work is typically performed in a climate controlled office environment.
9. Must possess leather work boots with 8” tops and lug soles.
10. Ability to work alone or with others.
11. Meet other requirements of federal employee (eg. background check, defensive driving, ect.)
12. Must have served in US Armed Forces and have a DD214 with an honorable discharge.
13. 21 years of age at beginning of service term.
14. U.S. citizen, national or lawful permanent resident.
15. Possession of a high school diploma or equivalent, or commit to earning one prior to receiving an education award.
16. Ability to commit to the full 45-week term of service.

Preferred Qualifications:
1. Image processing, remote sensing and data recording equipment, and map reading.
2. Background in GIS, forestry, natural resources, or related field
3. Map and compass skills.
4. Field record management.
5. Experience with hand-held GPS units for navigation and data collection
6. Computer skills for data management (ArcGIS, Word, Excel, Access)
7. Experience working with Lidar or other aerial data

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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 individuals’ qualified benefits.
-Health Insurance
-Child Care Assistance
-Student Loan Forbearance
-Networking/Professional Development/Training Opportunities

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