RTK GIS Tech Intern

South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve - Coos Bay, OR

30+ days ago


This position will provide an intern with training and work experience in the area of Real Time Kinematic (RTK) data collection, static GPS, Online Positioning Users Service (OPUS) use, and GIS software (ESRI, Trimble Business Center, Trimble planning software).

§ Assist South Slough staff in collecting RTK elevation data at marsh biomonitoring sites.

§ Conduct static GPS surveys to connect vertical control marks into a local vertical control network, and into NAVD88

§ Use Trimble Business Center for post-processing of data

§ Import static survey data to OPUS

§ Ground truth habitat maps, using GPS to navigate to points

Interns will be exposed to both an Oregon State office and a protected reserve environment with a host of learning opportunities. Interns will gain experience in outdoor GIS work, use of GIS in environmental science, and communication skills. By working alongside science staff, interns will gain specific experience in:


§ GIS software

§ Habitat mapping

Upon completion of the Work Experience program, interns will receive:

§ A written reference from mentors to be used for future employment

§ A stipend award of $900

This position is ideal for a person who enjoys being outdoors in all types of weather. Preference will be given to applicants who:

§ Have interest or experience in working in wetlands and environmental science.

§ Can walk comfortably on trails and uneven surfaces while carrying heavy/cumbersome equipment.

§ Are comfortable navigating in backcountry areas outside of trails

§ Are physically active and can comfortably lift 50 Lbs.

§ Have GIS software experience.

§ Enjoy detail oriented activities.

Start Date: Flexible, but ideally August 27, 2018. End Date: October 26.

9 weeks @ 20 hours/week (180 hours total). Housing available

South Slough Reserve’s Estuarine and Coastal Science lab on the Oregon Institute for Marine Biology campus:

63466 Boat Basin Rd, Charleston, OR 97420

Job Type: Internship


  • GIS software: 1 year (Preferred)


  • Bachelor's (Preferred)