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GIS Internship

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Academic Level:
Undergraduates - First Year
Undergraduates - Sophomore
Undergraduates - Junior
Undergraduates - Senior

Engage in GIS work at the NEON Project headquarters in Boulder, CO following the guidance of their project mentor. The intern will primarily work to support spatial data management, site surveying and mapping projects, and refine technical skills by assisting with field and office GIS work. Tasks may include site surveying, differential-­correction, integration of spatial datasets into an enterprise environment, performing quality assurance/quality control checks, preparing and publishing maps, and authoring metadata and other spatial documentation.

Essential Duties:

• Assist with up to 3 field site surveys of aquatic instrumentation using a robotic total station and survey gradeGPS.

• Post-­process survey data to high degree of accuracy.

• Compile and convert geographic data from a variety of internal and external sources and integrate data into NEON GIS database.

• Generate maps for internal distribution.

• Prepare metadata, data processing summaries and other supporting documentation as appropriate.

• Position may include up to 30% travel.

Reports and Presentations:

• Present project status to NEON mentor, departmental team and peers for feedback periodically throughout the summer.

• Prepare brief write-­up describing NEON GIS operating procedures and illustrating the value of GIS at NEON.

• Present technical poster showcasing internship experience to NEON team and to peers at final

Intern Poster Session at the end of the summer program.

Seminars and Departmental Meetings

Participate in technical and career seminars and meetings with NEON science staff, NEON Internship program staff, and peers.

Community and Professional Behavior

Interns are part of a diverse community of peers working and living together. Interns are expected to contribute positively to the community and to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to a professional environment. Interns are also expected to fully participate during normal office hours and during NEON Internship functions.

Decision making and problem solving

Interns will use basic problem solving skills in their work, will exercise judgment regarding when to ask for help, and will consult with their supervisor or mentor on larger job or community related issues.

Application Deadline: 2/10/2017
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National Ecological Observatory Network (Lead)

Program Materials:
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Academic Disciplines:
Spatial/Geographic Information Systems


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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)

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