2018 SCA | USACE GIS Teams

Expected Dates
August 12, 2018 to April 26, 2019
Position ID

The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) recreation areas receive some of the highest visitation of any areas in the federal system. In 2012 legislation was passed which directed USACE to update the geospatial databases for those recreation areas. This updated information is crucial for the proper allocation of federal road improvement dollars, as well as accurately informing the public about the recreation facilities present at each USACE recreation area.  The USACE GIS Program is a partnership with SCA that began in 2016 to fulfill that legislative mandate.
The team will use hand-held GPS devices to verify the location accuracy of USACE roads, trails, buildings, and other features. Once that information is collected it is passed along to USACE staff for further processing and integration into their databases.

In addition to the primary duty of GIS data collection, this team will design and carry out conservation service projects. This an opportunity to interact with USACE rangers, project managers, and volunteers while exploring new skills and undertaking tasks that will impart lasting benefits to recreation sites. Past projects included constructing backcountry campsites, environmental education outreach, improving fish habitat, and trail maintenance.

The team will consist of four (4) Corps Members, supervised by one (1) Project Leader.


Crew Dates & Location:

Dates: August 12, 2018 - April 26, 2019

Locations: Little Rock, AR (Fall) & Nashville, TN (Spring)


Additional Member Responsibilities:

  • Fully engaging in all work projects and community activities
  • Communicating in a professional manner with the public
  • Recording work totals and writing reports for submission to USACE partners
  • Planning, implementing, and leading conservation service projects
  • Designing and teaching environmental education lessons
  • Promoting safety and maintaining conservation values/ethics
  • Logistical support including crew meal planning and shopping
  • Additional miscellaneous tasks supporting project and community outcomes

Work Breakdown:

  • GIS data collection throughout Army Corps districts (70%)
  • Data processing and written reports (10%)
  • Conservation service projects and environmental education (15%)
  • Community building (5%)


  • Commitment to living and working within an intensive crew environment; interpersonal skills and community living experience are strongly desired
  • Commitment to service in working conditions that will include extreme heat, high humidity, precipitation, and busy public areas
  • Valid driver’s license and ability to pass Motor Vehicle Records check preferred (only participants 21+ will eligible to drive work vehicles, though persons 18+ are encouraged to apply)


  • Living allowance of $250/week
  • Housing provided for duration of program
  • Food and transportation provided for on service days
  • Eligibility for AmeriCorps Education Award

Provided Trainings & Certifications:

  • SCA & USACE Orientations and Histories
  • Teamwork, Leadership, and Conflict Resolution Skills Trainings
  • Wilderness First Aid
  • Leave No Trace (LNT) Outdoor Ethics — Trainer Course
    Main Area of Focus
    Geographic Info Systems (GIS, includes GPS)
    Education, Training & Skills Expected
    some coursework or experience
    Recreation Management
    some coursework or experience
    competent with supervision
    Data Entry
    some experience
    competent with supervision
    competent with supervision
    Public Speaking
    some experience
    Data Analysis
    competent with supervision
    Trail Maintenance
    some experience