🔗GIS Specialist Intern (HDP) – 600 hours
Website National Park Service/NCPE Internship Program
The Cultural Resource Geographic Information Systems facility (CRGIS) is the only program within the National Park Service (NPS) dedicated to developing and fostering the use of GIS and GPS technologies in documenting, analyzing and managing cultural resources. For over 20 years the mission of CRGIS has been to institutionalize GIS and GPS into the daily practice of cultural resource management by adapting these technologies to field surveys and inventory maintenance, as well as addressing links between cultural resource databases using locational information, all with the aim of increasing the effectiveness of cultural resource planning.
In pursuit of this goal, CRGIS is creating an NPS-wide enterprise cultural resource GIS data set, incorporating all of the NPS national inventory databases. At this time, CRGIS is focusing on incorporating the Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record/Historic American Landscape Survey (HABS/HAER/HALS) database into the enterprise. The internship would be located jointly with CRGIS and HABS/HAER/HALS of the NPS, focusing on creating the necessary GIS data to represent the resources in the HABS/HAER/HALS inventory.
The internship further meets several of the Department of Interior’s priorities, particularly focusing on the streamlining of environmental and regulatory review, among others. The internship will result in the creation of additional digital spatial data identifying cultural resources documented by HABS/HAER/HALS. By creating this spatial data and incorporating it into the existing cultural resource enterprise GIS data set this project will help to streamline the regulatory review process through the integration of databases, creation of spatial data to find resources for planning purposes as well as sharing this information with the public. This project will help to identify those resources where baseline documentation, meeting regulatory requirements, has already been created, reducing regulatory response times, reducing mitigation efforts and providing a more coordinated approach to resource management throughout the NPS.
The internship would involve examining the original HABS/HAER/HALS documentation through the Library of Congress website to find any clues to locations through the descriptions/photo captions/short histories, etc. The intern would then be responsible for converting this information into point GIS data through tools like Google Earth. The intern would be responsible for confirming that the resource still exists, and incorporate the GIS data into the existing NPS cultural resource spatial data transfer standards, and eventually into the cultural resource enterprise data set
The intern would receive training in the NPS cultural resource spatial data transfer standards and work closely with the HABS/HAER/HALS database manager, as well as the CRGIS Enterprise GIS Specialist. This is a remote position, with all necessary equipment and software provided by the NPS.