Great Basin Institute (GBI), in partnership with the Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (NDCNR) Off-Highway Vehicles Program and the Nevada Division of State Parks Recreational Trails Program (NDSP-RTP), is seeking a GIS Technician. Our focus is to provide Nevada’s communities and public land managers with GIS Trails data and mapping for both Motorized and Non-Motorized recreational activities across the state.
Project goals will include the inventory and collection of statewide authorized trail system map data across land agencies and the user community, and the population of a comprehensive trails geospatial database for the State of Nevada. The project team is also responsible for the implementation of a new website mapping application that will allow members of the public to view and download the trail information for all motorized and non-motorized activity types across the State of Nevada.
The GIS Technician will work closely with the GBI State Mapping Program Coordinator to inventory available geospatial trails data from multiple sources, ensure that data quality and attribute standards are met, and to populate and edit the data in the geodatabase using Esri ArcGIS.
• Maintain an inventory of geospatial trails data under the direction and supervision of the GBI State Mapping Program Coordinator;
• Collection of map data from public land managers and other available sources for authorized trail systems;
• Verify authorized motorized and non-motorized trail map data where known or suspected discrepancies exist through the collection of GPS data;
• Converting and migrating data into the final geodatabase, quality control and editing of spatial data using Esri ArcGIS software.
• Map layout and creation, site research.
• Project includes some limited field work; including collection of recreational points of interest and GPS tracks, and other attribute data for the program’s mapping project;
• Project status reporting and presentations at various trails meetings and conferences.
• Liaison with land managers and trail advocacy groups,
• Event and conference planning activities.
This position will be appropriate for an individual with an education and/or experience in Geography/GIS, and recreation/resource management and will provide opportunities to enhance basic career skills, GIS and GPS mapping, project organization and communication. The work schedule is anticipated to be Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., but may be adjusted as needed. Primary work site location is in Carson City, Nevada.
50 week term with preferred to start early January; however, start date is flexible and will be postponed in order to find the best candidate.
This position will be based at the Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources office located at 901 S. Stewart Street, Carson City, NV 89701. Nestled 30 minutes between Reno and Lake Tahoe, Carson City, Nevada boasts an array of unique restaurants, challenging golf courses, historical attractions, museums, gaming opportunities and a plethora of year-round, outdoor experiences. Residents enjoy plenty of open space and fresh mountain air.
Compensation and Benefits:
This is an AmeriCorps position; candidates will receive a living stipend dependent on their length of service. The living stipend is a fixed amount, not an hourly wage or a salary. The stipend is paid to members in bi-weekly installments throughout their term of service. Upon completion of AmeriCorps service members shall receive an additional education award also dependent on the length of service that can be used for paying off student loans or paying tuition for a Title IV accredited college.
• 12 month/50 weeks (1700 hour) AmeriCorps service term: $20,000 living stipend
Upon successful completion of your term you will be given access to your Segal Education award which can be used for Title IV university/college tuition or to pay for federal student loans. The education award is only considered taxable income on the day you use the award.
Education Award amounts are dependent on the length of your term:
• 1700 hour AmeriCorps service term: $6,195.00
For every day you work in the field with us you will receive $15.00. This is in addition to your Living Allowance and on average is $120.00 biweekly. Crews typically combine per diem funds and shop/prepare meals as a team.
Skills & Education:
• First Aid and CPR
Optional Training & Education we will provide include:
• Defensive Driving Certification
• Off-Road Driving Class
Affordable Care Act Compliant Health, Dental and Vision Insurance will be completely paid for at no cost to you by the Great Basin Institute and available starting your first day of service.
If you are currently paying on any federal student loans you have the option to put those loans into forbearance during your time as an AmeriCorps volunteer, that will allow you to cease payments while serving.
Interest Accrual Repayment:
As AmeriCorps alum, you are eligible to have the National Service Trust pay all or a portion of the interest that accumulated on your qualified student loan(s) during your term of service. These payments are made in addition to the Education Award, and are not deducted from your Education Award balance. To be eligible to have accrued interest paid: The loan must have been placed in forbearance for the service period, and you must have successfully completed a term of service and received an Education Award.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Eligibility:
AmeriCorps Volunteers qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The Nevada Conservation Corps will provide you documentation in proving that you qualify for SNAP.
Educational Affiliation Agreements (College Credit):
The Nevada Conservation Corps will take part in Affiliation Agreements with your university in order to allow you to receive college credit hours for your term of service.
• Positive attitude and ability to self-motivate;
• Experience and training in GIS, and the Esri ArcGIS suite of mapping software; The ability to utilize the Esri ArcGIS software in order to perform data creation, quality control and editing of spatial data is critical.
• Focus/interest in data creation, research and data quality;
• Familiarity and interest in both non-motorized and motorized outdoor recreational opportunities;
• Ability to pass National Sex Offender Public Registry (NSOPR) and federal criminal background checks;
• Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license with ability to safely operate and maintain a 4WD vehicle and off-highway vehicle on and off paved roads;
• Ability to work in an office environment.
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