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🔗GIS Specialist Intern (HDP) – 600 hours

  • Internship
  • NCPE Internship
  • Washington D.C., DC (Remote)
  • 17.00 USD / Hour
  • February 22, 2023
  • Department: Cultural Resource GIS Facility (CRGIS)
  • Job Reference #: 4072a
  • Job Qualifications:

    A successful candidate should have an historic preservation background to be able to confirm what they identify in available mapping tools is indeed the building/resource that appears in the HABS/HAER/HALS pictures/drawings.  The successful candidate would also have experience in ArcPro 3 and GeoDatabases to create the spatial data using the data model already developed.

  • How to Apply:

    Click on the application button at this listing and follow the instructions to apply online.

  • Job benefits: Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Physical Demands / Work Environment: none
  • Application Email:

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.

  • NCPE Internships: Eligibility & How to Apply


    All NCPE interns received an hourly stipend, the rate is listed at each position description. Additionally, interns receive paid time off (PTO), paid Federal holidays if working full-time, and access to NCPE's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for career and personal counseling, coaching, and referrals. Project sites may also offer a housing allowance and/or commuting stipend; this information is also listed in the description or offered during the interview.

    As an organization operating under Public Land Corps Act (PLC) authority, many NCPE positions qualify the intern for Federal Hiring Preference if (1) they complete a minimum of 640 hours at one or more qualifying conservation project(s); (2) are between the ages of 16 and 30 years (35 if a veteran); and (3) apply for a Federal position at USAJOBS with PLC noted in the announcement within two years of completing the internship. Find out more about this hiring preference during the interview or contact for details.


    To be eligible, applicants must be currently enrolled in a degree-seeking academic program or recently graduated (within the past 12 months) and be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident. Interns are not eligible to work more than 1200 hours total in the program; previous interns must stay within this overall limit. The length of an internship can vary from 10 to 30 weeks if full time (40 hours per week) or longer if on a part-time schedule. If selected, the exact starting date will be determined by you and the NPS supervisor. The stipend rate is $17.00 per hour unless otherwise listed.

    The successful candidate is responsible for finding and paying for travel to and housing at the internship location; some exceptions apply. The supervising office may be able to assist in locating housing but it is ultimately up to the individual accepting the internship to find accommodation.

    The National Council requires all interns working in-person at Federal facilities and/or with Federal employees receive the Covid-19 vaccination. Please be advised that you may also be required to wear a mask, depending on the protocols adopted by your work site. Also be aware that, due to Government-wide security requirements, a background check will be required if you are selected for a position. This will include providing information about recent housing and employment history. The position supervisor will have more information about these requirements and procedures at the time of hiring. You may direct any questions to NCPE's Internship Program Director, Julee Johnson, at

    Please note that interns are not NCPE or NPS employees. Stipends are academic awards and taxes are not withheld, nor are social security contributions made on your behalf. These funds may be taxable, however, so consult a tax preparation professional if you have questions.

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