2021 SCA USACE GIS Teams

Expected Dates
May 17, 2021 to September 18, 2021
USACE (Army Corps of Engineers)
Position ID

We are looking for 4 additional members to join this cohort and serve 5/17-9/20. The other 12 members of the program began in Janruary 2021.

The SCA and the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) are looking for detail oriented, highly motivated, and independent people to join the 2021 Geographic Information Systems (GIS) inventory program. During this unique SCA-managed program, interns will work closely with USACE personnel to improve, and in many instances, create GIS data for districts throughout the country. Interns will be extremely mobile during the course of the season as USACE districts can cover multiple states and the teams may be visiting multiple districts.

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 resource managers and the public about the recreation facilities present at each USACE recreation area.  The 2021 SCA USACE GIS Program is the continuation of a partnership which began in 2016 to fulfill that legislative mandate. Building upon our history with the Corps, this program will use field proven and refined techniques to accurately and efficiently verify and collect data using industry leading hardware and software from Trimble and ESRI.

The program composition will consist of 3 full time SCA staff, 2 Team Leaders and 14 Interns. At the conclusion of an initial 3-week training, the interns will be divided into 2 groups of 7 for the duration of the 32-week field season.

Crew Dates & Location:

  • Dates:  May 17, 2021 - September 20, 2021 (37 weeks)
  • Locations:
    • Fort Worth District (TX)
    • Vicksburg District (MS, LA, AR)
    • Wilmington District (NC)
    • NOTE: This list is subject to change based on best risk managment practices for mitigating Covid.

Additional Intern 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
  • Promoting safety and maintaining conservation values/ethics
  • Additional miscellaneous tasks supporting project and community outcomes

Work Breakdown: 

  • GIS data collection throughout Army Corps districts (65%)
  • Data processing and written reports (25%)
  • Community building (5%)
  • Other duties as assigned (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 temperatures, high humidity, precipitation, and busy public areas
  • Valid driver’s license and ability to pass Motor Vehicle Records check


  • Living allowance of $300/week
  • Housing provided for duration of program
  • Transportation provided for duration of program; personal use of company vehicles possible with limitations

Provided Trainings & Certifications:

  • SCA & USACE Orientations and Histories
  • ESRI Software Trainings - ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online, ESRI Collector App
  • Teamwork, Leadership, and Conflict Resolution Skills Trainings
  • Wilderness First Aid & CPR
  • ESRI Software Workflows - ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online, Collector for ArcGIS App; Wilderness First Aid & CPR.
  • No
Main Area of Focus
Geographic Info Systems (GIS, includes GPS)
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some experience
some experience