GIS Intern

Golden Gate National Parks:  Fort Mason, San Francisco
5 days per week 7/1/2017– 6/30/2018 with possibility for extension


The Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) is a destination for both locals and international visitors with its sweeping vistas, immense biological diversity, and unique cultural resources. With over 15 million visitors annually and over 80,000 acres of land, the GGNRA is the largest urban national park in the country.

The GIS department documents, coordinates, plans, implements, manages, and maintains databases and applications of the Geographic Information System (GIS) for the entire Conservancy; The department provides training and technical support to staff; coordinates GIS activities with internal staff, multiple partner agencies, and the community; coordinates and monitors consultants/contractors; collects data; produces maps and other graphics for internal use and external production.

Are you interested in maps and being outside? Do you like the idea of translating real world park features into graphics and databases? What about developing high quality cartography and web maps?

We are looking for a GIS intern who is excited about working with maps and spatial data; cultural, natural and visitor resources!

Collect information in the field and come back to the office and create maps.  Organize, manage, and interpret spatial data sets.

The GIS intern will work closely with staff to support GIS needs of park projects, park stewardship and other departments with project based and ad-hoc mapping requests.


•    Production cartography in support of various projects, initiatives and departmental requests
•    Documentation of processes and workflows used to achieve cartographic products and/or geospatial analysis results
•    Basic geospatial analysis
•    Works under the guidance of the GIS specialist to ensure integrity of parkwide signage inventory
•    Perform field work as needed using GPS units and mobile data collection platforms such as Collector for ArcGIS and GeoJot+
•    80% working at a computer, 20% field work.
•    Potential to work on an independent GIS project once departmental needs are met


•    Intern will gain an understanding of opportunities and challenges that exist in providing GIS support to a large conservation non-profit organization
•    Gain hands on experience using the latest desktop GIS software applications
•    Gain hands on experience using GPS and other field data collection tools
•    Gain knowledge of the National Park Service and its mission
•    Opportunity to take personal/professional development days to pursue an interest, including training and education opportunities in various departments within the National Park Service and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
•    Opportunity to attend Park Academy Classes on a variety of topics including resume building and interview skills, park orientation and history, flora and fauna, mapping and monitoring, computer skills, and much more
•    Opportunity to learn and enjoy the scenery, wildlife and cultural resources of a spectacular National Park
•    Learn about preserving and protecting our natural lands, cultural and historical resources
•    Fifty-five Dollars ($55.00) per day taxable stipend available or thirty dollars ($30.00)/day with housing.


•    Advanced course work in GIS and/or strong GIS skills with ESRI suite of products
•    Knowledge of Adobe Illustrator
•    Experience with online mapping and mobile field data collection tools and methods
•    Strong attention to detail
•    Interest in all the resources the park manages: natural, cultural, historical and visitor
•    A love of maps
•    Interest in and knowledge of conservation
•    Interest in learning about the National Park Service
•    Energetic, flexible, self-motivated, and a sense of humor
•    Desire to work with a diverse group of people with different backgrounds, ethnicity, races, genders, sexualities, ages, and viewpoints
•    Ability to work independently and to learn new skills as needed
•    Good communication skills; treats others with respect; speaks and writes clearly and effectively


•    Work will take place in office and field environments.
•    Work is primarily performed sitting, standing, or walking
•    Work requires squatting and kneeling


•    Desired Start Date: ASAP
•    Schedule and length: 5 days per week, Start/end date TBD
•    Intern must have a Social Security Number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number to receive internship stipend

To Apply

•    Please email your resume and a thoughtful cover letter to Zac Stanley at; please indicate the position title in your subject line
•    We are accepting applications until May 26, 2017.
•    No phone calls please

The Parks Conservancy and National Park Service seek to increase diversity in the workplace and reflect the demographics of our Bay Area community. People of color and from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.