GIS Intern

County of Champaign Forest Preserve - Mahomet, IL (30+ days ago)

The Planning Department of the Champaign County Forest Preserve District is accepting applications for a GIS intern. This is a paid internship available during the summer of 2018. The internship will provide the successful candidate with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working on multiple projects.

Classification: Seasonal (approximately 10-12 weeks May through August)
Department: Planning
Primary Work Location: District Headquarters (Mahomet, IL)
FSLA: Non-Exempt
IMRF: Not eligible
Hours: Flexible established schedule during normal business hours (Monday through Friday 8:00am-4:30pm). Evening or weekend hours may be required under unusual circumstances.
Salary: The starting wage for this position is $11.00/hour.
Supervisory Relationships: This position reports to the Director of Planning and Operations. The position does not supervise other staff.
Essential Functions

  • Assist in creation of maps for use in signs, marketing materials, and grant applications
  • Hike trails, collect GIS data and information at District sites, and import data into GIS
  • Gather GIS data and information for overhead and underground utilities; map existing utilities throughout the District
  • Measure and catalog natural resources throughout the District, including river frontage, body of water acreage, and land restoration project areas
  • Generate, collate, organize, maintain, and archive GIS data
Secondary Responsibilities

  • Assist in implementing GIS smartphone technology such as the ArcGIS Collector application
  • Assist with geotagging projects on social media
  • Other duties as assigned.
Minimum Education and Experience

  • Must be currently enrolled in a bachelor's or master's degree program in one of the following: GIS, geography, environmental science, applied geography, remote sensing, or a related field
Skills and Abilities

  • Experience with ArcGIS and other GIS software; Working knowledge of Microsoft Office is preferred
  • Cartography experience, including the ability to read, interpret, and modify maps
  • Excellent time management and prioritization skills and the ability to function in a multi-tasking environment
  • Ability to work both independently and as a part of a team
  • Excellent attention to detail and analytical thinking skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of people including fellow staff members and the general public
  • Ability to relate to people of various backgrounds, such as different ages, genders, sexual orientations, races, ethnicities, religions or faith, political affiliations, disabilities, or socioeconomic status
  • Good safety awareness and ability to exercise sound judgment and professionalism
  • Valid driver’s license is required
Work may be performed outdoors under various weather conditions, including heat, cold, rain, or wind. Duties will be performed in close proximity to the general public and the employee may have interactions with patrons. While performing the duties of this position, the employee may be exposed to hazardous flora and fauna (e.g. poison ivy, wild parsnip, biting/stinging insects, ticks) and chemicals (e.g. cleaning supplies, herbicides/pesticides, etc).

Some work will also be performed indoors in a shared office suite with moderate interruptions. While performing the duties of this position, the employee will regularly use a computer, a handheld GPS device, and other standard office equipment.

Normal duties may include stooping, twisting, climbing, balancing, kneeling, crouching, and crawling. Prolonged standing or walking, often on unpaved/uneven terrain, will be frequent. The employee may regularly handle, grasp, or feel objects; reach, push, or pull to reposition items; and may regularly lift up to 25 pounds to shoulder height or above. Ability to talk and hear or otherwise effectively communicate with staff and patrons is required. Visual acuity necessary for this position includes close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception.

Use of personal protective equipment will be required based on job specific tasks. This may include, but is not limited to, the following items:
  • Work boots
  • Protective gloves
  • Reflective vest or hi-vis shirt
The work environment characteristics and physical demands described above are representative of those an employee must meet to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Applicants must submit the online application at and upload a letter of interest and resume. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and will be accepted until the position is filled. For questions regarding the application process, please contact Human Resources at or 217-586-3360.

Successful completion of a criminal background check and a driver's license abstract may be required for all candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.
The Champaign County Forest Preserve District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.