GIS & Planning Technician

Expected Dates
January 22, 2018 to November 16, 2018
New York State Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation
Position ID
SCA Hudson Valley AmeriCorps partners with State and non-profit agencies to address the conservation needs of the Hudson River Watershed region. Corps members are placed at individual host sites, where service activities range from providing environmental education to underserved youth, to restoring streambanks along the Hudson River, and beyond. Members join together regularly for trainings, service projects, or other events. 

The NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) is seeking a qualified candidate to conduct Global Positioning System (GPS) fieldwork AND collect park patron satisfaction surveys and conduct post project completion inspections of LWCF projects.  This individual will be responsible for coordinating and collecting data relating to utilities within state parks.  Once data has been collected, the individual will incorporate the data in to the statewide utility database and create maps as needed.  For the planning portion of the internship, the individual will collect park patron satisfaction data and conduct post-project completion inspections of federally funded outdoor recreation projects.
The position is located in Albany, NY at the 625 Broadway in the GIS and Planning Bureaus.  Extensive travel all over the state will be required.
AmeriCorps Member Duties and Responsibilities:
Under supervision of GIS Bureau staff, conduct fieldwork relating to park utilities.  This position will involve coordinating fieldwork with the individual parks.  The SCA member will conduct the fieldwork under the supervision of a GIS Bureau staff person.  Travel will be required.  Specialized training in the software and hardware that the GIS Bureau uses is helpful but not necessary.  Experience with GPS and GIS concepts is necessary.  Familiarity with utility data collection is helpful but not necessary.

Under the supervision of Planning Bureau staff, qualified candidate will conduct in person interviews of park patrons and conduct inspections of municipal recreation projects that were funded by the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).
Essential Functions of Position:
50% - at least 50% of the member’s time will involve performing tasks related to utility data collection.  This breaks down as follows:
  • 10% - coordination and pre-data collection work (scan construction/as built drawings, digitize as necessary, convert data to GPS unit)
  • 25% conduct field work using GPS units
  • 15% - post process data, incorporate into statewide database and produce required maps.  Perform GIS analysis as needed.

30% - at least 30% of the member’s time will involve performing tasks related to visitor surveys and project inspection. 
15% conducting visitor satisfaction surveys in NYS Parks
15% conducting post project completion inspections of federally funded outdoor recreation projects
Remaining 15% is Hudson Valley Corps related work.
Purpose of the Program:  To collect GPS data relating to the utilities on NYS Park property and to conduct post project completion surveys on LWCF funded municipal park projects.  GPS data collection will provide important information on the location of utilities in NYS Parks and make decision making quicker and easier.  The survey work will fulfill NYS Parks obligation to the LWCF to conduct these surveys.  This information ensures that the money was spent properly and the work was done to improve a recreation resource.  Additional surveys include Park Patron visitor satisfaction surveys and other general knowledge surveys.
Performance Goals for the AmeriCorps Member:
            Goal 1:  Collect high quality utility GPS data
            Goal 2:  Integrate collected data in to statewide GIS database
            Goal 3:  Conduct post project completion inspections on LWCF Projects and conduct Park Patron visitor satisfaction surveys.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Valid driver’s license
  • Ability to pass a background check
  • Experience with Trimble GPS units, such as the Geo XT and Pathfinder Office software desirable.  Experience with ESRI GIS software, such as Arc Map and Arc Info, also desirable. 
  • Experience with SPSS, statistical analysis and database development and maintenance also desirable.
  • BS or BA in natural resources, planning, forestry, environmental science, geography or GIS
  • Able to work outdoors in a variety of conditions, good communication skills both written and orally, organized, able to document work well, able to work independently and in a team.
  • ESRI’s ArcGIS suite of software, including ArcMap is desirable.  Familiarity with Trimble GPS Units and associated software is helpful.
  • For the Planning portion of the position, familiarity with survey collection techniques is helpful and SPSS software package.

Necessary Training or Training Plan to be implemented prior to Member Placement:
It is useful for the member to have training and experience in using ESRI’s ArcGIS software and Trimble’s GeoXT GPS units along with Pathfinder Office.  Specialized training in State Park’s methodology’s of data collection and cartography will be provided on the job.  Additionally, the member should have familiarity with SPSS and statistical and data analysis methodologies.


  • All Hudson Valley Corps members receive a taxable $200/week living allowance and EITHER housing provided OR a taxable $550/month housing allowance for positions north of NYC metro area OR $750/month housing allowance for positions in NYC metro area.
  • Upon successful completion of the term, members receive a taxable Segal Education Award through AmeriCorps.
  • Student loan forbearance and interest repayments for federal student loan through AmeriCorps.
  • Eligible for free health insurance
  • Eligible for childcare assistance through AmeriCorps

Training Opportunities:
All Hudson Valley Corps members receive Wilderness First Aid, CPR, Hudson River Citizen Science curricula, Trail Skills, Project WET, Project WILD and Project Learning Tree curricula, and professional development. Optional trainings include Leave No Trace, American Canoe Association Level 1, and other opportunities that arise. 

  • No
Main Area of Focus
Geographic Info Systems (GIS, includes GPS)
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
Recreation Management
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
competent with supervision
some experience
Data Analysis
some experience
Orienteering compass skills
some experience