GIS Wetland Intern

Expected Dates
April 11, 2022 to February 12, 2023
FWS Alaska Regional Office (R7)
Position ID
*Applicants local to Anchorage are strongly preferred.

The purpose of this internship is to execute geospatial data management updates, field validation, and assignment of wetland attribution and functional classifications to standardize, merge, and update the wetland inventory for areas in Alaska (primarily the Anchorage commuting area) in a manner that is acceptable and compatible with the National Wetland Inventory (NWI), the federal standard for wetland mapping.

Project Goals:
  • Conduct approximately 30 days of field work for validation for NWI coding
  • Update signature database/documentation with field photos and screen shots for each code
  • Complete NWI geometry and attribution
  • Complete data management requirements

Project Objectives:

  • Perform geospatial validation, analysis of spatial and attribute accuracy and conflict resolution, and other standard quality controls processes in accordance with the current mapping protocols and target mapping unit (TMU) adopted by the USFWS NWI.
  • Perform field verification of problematic wetland types, including but not limited to spruce-dominated forested wetlands (PFO4), alpine swales, riverine wetlands, and other areas determined in the previous exercise to the ambiguous or otherwise problematic to verify.
  • Perform initial quality control Review to finalize the wetland mapping updates to submit data to the NWI master geodatabase.

While much of this position will take place indoors and can be done remotely, there will be a field season component in the summer. This field work will take in the Anchorage area.  Passing of Bear Safety and Shotgun Certification is a mandatory condition of employment.

Compensation amounts:

  • $680 - weekly living allowance ($17 per hour equivalent at 40 hours per week)
  • There is NO housing or travel allowance available for this position

*All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes

Conditions of Employment:
Beginning on 1/18/22, all new SCA volunteer program participants are required to be fully vaccinated. Full vaccination is defined as having received a booster shot six months after the Pfizer and Moderna primary series and two months after the Johnson & Johnson primary series.

  • Remote and then the Anchorage area on JBER during the field season
  • Additional training in GIS
  • TBD
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
Earth Sciences
degree major or professional experience
Ecology & Restoration
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
Data Entry
competent with supervision
Field Research
competent with supervision
competent with supervision
competent with supervision
Data Analysis
some experience