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GIS Intern-Chugach NF-Military Vets Only Featured

  2018-12-01     Mt. Adams Institute     161 East 1st Avenue, Door 8, Anchorage     $1,200 (+additional benefits) month  

The Chugach 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 Systems (GIS) Intern

Project Location:  161 East 1st Avenue, Door 8, Anchorage, Alaska 99501

Position Summary:  In partnership with the Mt. Adams Institute, the Chugach National

Forest is looking to support an intern with a focus on planning multi-disciplinary land and natural resource management. Primary emphasis areas will consist of working in geographic information systems to support recreation and wildlife management, environmental analysis and long-range forest planning functions. The intern will receive formal and on-the-job training, and perform duties designed to orient the intern to the mission of the organization, including pertinent laws and governing regulations. The intern will work with resource specialists to gain experience in the practical application of laws, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures in a variety of resource management fields. The intern will work with experienced Forest GIS specialists to update databases, ensure regional and national data standards are met, ensure data accuracy, resolve errors and update metadata. Duties will also include manipulating and analyzing geospatial data to support management decisions, planning, and monitoring activities; compile data to create maps for resource programs, planning documents, management alternatives and other projects. There will be independent work on a variety of resource data to support the Forest’s monitoring activities, project analyses, and Forest planning. The intern will work with local resource specialists to determine individual program and project needs and design products related to those specific needs. There will also be opportunities to be introduced to and support employees working in various other functions, such as archaeology, surveying, special uses, recreation, and wildlife management.

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 program management, data, and monitoring needs.
  3. Work with same local resources specialists, planners, and managers to coordinate and implement various local management and planning activities such as the production and updating of specific project-related maps, environmental analysis, and data collection.
  4. Uses database or spreadsheet software to accurately enter, revise, sort or calculate, and retrieve data for standard reports.
  5. Complete a Community Action Project that is identified by the Intern, researched, and implemented during the term of service.
  6. Attend and complete all MAI/AmeriCorps training and service requirements including orientation, trainings, team meetings and national service days.
  7. Complete and submit all necessary MAI/AmeriCorps paperwork and reports in a timely manner.
  8. 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 Corbett, OR from 2/4 to 2/8, intern trainings in Trout Lake, WA and intern meetings. Travel cost/arrangements provided by Mt. Adams Institute. Food and lodging provided for orientation and trainings.
  3. Must possess a college degree or certificate in GIS, Geography, Geomatics, or a related field.
  4. Working knowledge of geospatial technology and ESRI ArcGIS software.
  5. Computer skills for data management (ArcGIS, Word, Excel, Access)
  6. Meet other requirements of federal employee (eg. background check)
  7. Must have served in US Armed Forces and have a DD214 with an honorable discharge.
  8. 21 years of age at beginning of service term.
  9. U.S. citizen, national or lawful permanent resident.
  10. Possession of a high school diploma or equivalent, or commit to earning one prior to receiving an education award.
  11. Ability to commit to the full 45-week term of service.
  12. Selection, placement and retention are contingent upon passing the National Sex Offender Public Register and a national FBI fingerprint check. Position does not have recurring access to vulnerable populations.
  13. Members are eligible to serve up to four terms of service and receive AmeriCorps Education awards for each term of service up to the value of two full time education awards only. It is the responsibility of the applicant to inform MAI of any previous service in an AmeriCorps program, regardless of whether or not they completed the previous term(s) of service. MAI is not liable for providing an Education Award to a member if they are not eligible under the Corporation for National and Community Service AmeriCorps guidelines.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Working knowledge of natural resource management and a desire to promote environmental stewardship and sustainability.
  2. Ability to work and communicate effectively with a variety of individuals and groups.
  3. Ability to express thoughts clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  4. Familiarity with GPS, map reading, and navigation.
  5. Ability to drive a 4-wheel drive vehicle on unimproved roads.

***Visit: for a full position description and application instructions.***

***To view a short video about Mt. Adams Institute’s VetsWork program visit

Benefits include:
-$1,200 Monthly Living Stipend
-$6,095 Education Award

-$1,300 Housing Stipend
-Health Insurance
-Child Care Assistance

- 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 $2,400 per month. Actual benefits vary by individuals’ qualified benefits.

-Health Insurance

-Student Loan Forbearance
-Networking/Professional Development/Training Opportunities

***For more open positions and detailed position descriptions with full application instructions, please visit:

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