2018 SCA | USACE GIS Teams

Expected Dates
March 26, 2018 to December 21, 2018
Position ID

he US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) recreation areas receive some of the highest visitation of any areas in the federal system. In 2012, the USACE was included in the Map-21 legislation as part of the Federal Lands Transportation Program. This program provides funding for road improvement and data collection activities associated with an agency’s public transportation assets. In
addition, USACE is a participant in Recreation.gov, an online reservation service for the federal agencies. In both programs, geospatial data has become a requirement. USACE has identified the need to develop, verify, and improve spatial data representing recreation and transportation facilities in USACE Water
Resource Projects (Project). This information will be used to meet program requirements and to provide better information to visitors with regard to recreation on public land. This data collection effort will be to create a product that meets the management needs of key business lines and programs within the USACE that utilize different
internal databases. Additionally, in order to meet obligations to fund road improvement with funds provided from the USACE allocation of Federal Lands Transportation Program funding, spatial data representing the network of corps managed roads must be developed and maintained for use in GIS. Road network
data may also be shared with local Emergency Management Agencies to advance public safety at corps projects. The effort to verify and inventory recreation facility locations and attributes will improve the spatial and descriptive accuracy of information used to manage the corps recreation program and the information
presented to current and potential visitors.Participants will work on a crew of up to five (4) members with supervision from one (1) project leader. Crews will be stationed in locations that are central to the recreation sites that they are tasked with surveying. 

Additionally, crew members will design and carry out weekly conservation service projects that differ from routine surveys. 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, and trail maintenance.

Crew Dates & Location: 
SCA is currently recruiting for two (2) positions in this program:

Dates: ASAP - December 21st 
Locations: Nashville, TN and Little Rock, AR

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