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Design and Engineering GIS DHA Intern
Ref No.: 19-00116
Location: Yosemite, California
Position Type:Internship
Start Date: 05/18/2020
Pay Rate : $ 12.00 /Hour
PROGRAM OVERVIEW
 
The need for preserving all of our nation's history has never been greater, and we're counting on you! HBCUI (Historically Black Colleges and Universities Internship) is an 11-week summer experience brought to you by Greening Youth Foundation in partnership with the U.S. National Park Service. As a part of HBCUI, students from schools around the country are putting their unique skills and talents to work in preserving the contributions of African Americans to our nation's history and culture. Participants gain real-world, on-the-job experience as they explore federal careers in the U.S. National Park Service.
 
POSITION OVERVIEW
 
Position Title Design and Engineering GIS DHA Intern
NPS Unit Name Yosemite National Park - Yosemite, CA
Position Dates May 18 – July 31, 2020
Direct Hiring Authority Resource Assistant The DHA Resource Assistant internship (DHA-RA) is a unique internship opportunity within the Department of the Interior (DOI). The objective is to build a pathway to employment in the DOI for exemplary students in higher education.  DHA-RA interns will apply content expertise to NPS management and build a network with federal employees throughout the internship. These rigorous internships require specialized expertise and typically are available to upper-level undergraduate or graduate students or recent graduates. The internships are designed to develop the participant's technical and creative thinking abilities, leadership skills, and problem-solving capabilities.  DHA-RA interns will receive a weekly stipend of $480, park-provided housing or a housing allowance, and paid travel expenses.  Successful completion of the internship does not guarantee that the participant will be hired into a federal position.

To be eligible for a DHA--RA Internship, applicants must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent legal resident ("green-card-holder”) and enrolled or within one year of graduating from an institution of higher education.   
DHA-RA interns who successfully complete the internship requirements become eligible for two years from the date of their degree to be non-competitively hired by the Department of Interior.
Position Description The Design and Engineering Branch is working with the Geographic Information Systems group in Yosemite National Park to design and populate the Facilities geodatabase with accurate spatial data including utilities, buildings and grounds, and roads and trails. This will enable the creation of web maps and mobile GIS applications for use by Facilities staff, as well as contributing to the overall availability of Facilities spatial data to the Park as a whole. This intern will be assigned 1-2 principal projects in support of this effort, and will also have the opportunity to learn about and assist with various engineering projects. Example principal projects might include converting utility AutoCAD files to GIS, populating the Facilities CarryMap, and field-verifying existing geospatial facilities data.
Learning Goals The intern will gain valuable experience applying GIS skills to facilities management in a national park that covers over 748,000 acres. Understanding the spatial locations and relationships of facilities concerning natural and cultural resources is invaluable in park management; the intern will contribute to this goal by improving data quality and promoting the effective use of GIS in service of the greater National Park Service mission. In addition, the intern will be exposed to engineering projects and facilities management issues and have the opportunity to learn about park operations. Note that the internship is primarily office-based, although there will be occasional opportunities for fieldwork. Further note that the internship is located in El Portal, which is outside of Park boundary about 40 minutes from Yosemite Valley.
Qualifications Applicant must have completed at least two courses in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and at least three years toward an undergraduate degree in geography, engineering, or a related field. Must have training and experience with ArcGIS and possess good computer, organizational, and written and oral communication skills. Skills and experience using AutoCAD, Python, and databases will also be considered.
 
To be eligible for a DHA-RA Internship, participants must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent legal resident ("green-card-holder”) and currently enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or Ph.D. degree program at an accredited institution of higher education during the summer internship. Persons enrolled in a certificate program do not qualify for DHA positions.

Additional qualifications:
  • Must be currently enrolled or recent graduate of an accredited HBCU institution
  • Must be between 16 and 35 years of age
  • Must be U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident or U.S. national
  • Must be able to pass a federal background check
Work Environment The intern will gain valuable experience applying GIS skills to facilities management in a national park that covers over 748,000 acres. Understanding the spatial locations and relationships of facilities concerning natural and cultural resources is invaluable in park management; the intern will contribute to this goal by improving data quality and promoting the effective use of GIS in service of the greater National Park Service mission. In addition, the intern will be exposed to engineering projects and facilities management issues and have the opportunity to learn about park operations. Note that the internship is primarily office-based, although there will be occasional opportunities for fieldwork. Further note that the internship is located in El Portal, which is outside of Park boundary about 40 minutes from Yosemite Valley.
Vehicle/License Requirement A personal vehicle is not required for this position.
Compensation and Benefits
  • Compensation is at a rate of $12 per hour, 40 hours per week.
  • Park housing is available at no cost to the intern. Housing is most likely a shared, partially furnished (beds, dressers, and living room furniture) apartment in the community of El Portal, a 5-minute drive or 20-minute walk from the work location. Seasonal park housing generally consists of 2-3 bedrooms for two people each and shared bathroom, kitchen, and living areas. Kitchens may have basic cookware, but that usually need to be supplemented. Interns should bring their own linens and toiletries, and will likely need to buy basic kitchen-ware and hangers for the closet. There is heating and air-conditioning, but no television. Internet is not provided but can be arranged for and paid for by the intern if desired. Pets are not allowed.
  • Mandatory attendance in the all-expense-paid Leadership & Careers Workshop
  • Make a difference in your local community and beyond
Application Instructions Interested students should apply directly to this position via the SERVE job portal at www.serve.gyfoundation.orgResumes and cover letters are required to apply. Please combine as one PDF document and upload the file to the SERVE portal.
  • Use the link to apply to the selected position
  • First-time applicants must create a profile on JobDiva
  • Upload resume and cover letter as a PDF file
  • The file name should include your first and last name or initials
    • Examples: FI. Lastname-resume.pdf, Firstname Lastname – resume.pdf, or Firstname L.pdf
 
For more information about HBCUI, visit www.hbcui.gyfoundation.org.
QUESTIONS? Contact us at jjackson@gyfoundation.org.