GIS Intern – Public Lands Policy Coordinating Office

GIS Internship Position – Beaver and Iron Counties
Salary $14 Hr
Opening: May 6th
Closing: May 20th
Number of openings: 2

Address: 1 in Cedar City and 1 In Salt Lake City, Utah

Job Description:
The Governor of Utah’s Public Lands Policy Coordinating Office (PLPCO) addresses issues regarding public lands in Utah through a number of different strategies. This includes coordinating committees, statewide planning efforts, responses to policy initiatives, litigation and overseeing archeological permits for the state of Utah. PLPCO is a unified voice for state agencies to address a number of public land issues. The office proactively addresses these issues through the creation of the statewide resource management plan. PLPCO currently heads the largest litigation in the state’s history after every county filed a complaint in order to solve the problem of whether the state or federal government can claim a right-of-way for R.S.2477 roads. The office is currently collecting evidence that will establish the use and existence of all 12,500 R.S.2477 roads in the state.

Utah’s Public Lands Policy Coordinating Office is now accepting applications for a GIS internship position in it’s Cedar City and Salt Lake City Offices. The Intern position will assist in asset field data collection of Utah’s R.S.2477 Roads. Field work includes multiple days working in remote locations throughout Utah. Field work consists of collecting GIS information regarding Utah’s backcountry roads. Office work consists of data processing all fieldwork. This paid intern position requires approximately 30 Hrs per week. Pay is $14 hour and does not include benefits. Per diem meals and camping/hotel costs will be covered. This position is based primarily out of Iron and Beaver counties. Field work will primarily be located in the south west and central Utah area.

Field Work Learning Opportunities:
Data Collection: Intern will focus on collecting field data for Utah’s R.S.2477 rights-of-way litigation research using ArcGIS Mobile Apps for the field and specialized GIS equipment to capture assets.

Navigation: Candidate will need to operate a 4×4 vehicle in remote areas of Utah while working independently or with a small team. Candidate must be competent and able to use GIS software for mapping and navigation while traveling in the field.

Candidate must be familiar with camping and understand how to handle working in a remote backcountry location. Intern will also have the opportunity to work on other projects and have additional duties, as assigned and needed to assist the office.

Typical Qualifications:

  • Understanding of ESRI products including Arc Mobile Field Apps.
  • Background in geography, environmental science, or a related field.
  • Experience with ArcGIS Online and Collector for ArcGIS a plus.
  • Experience driving offroad in varying weather conditions.
  • Own or have access to camping equipment and experience camping in remote locations.
  • Ability to travel frequently for up to a week at a time and on short notice.