Cartography and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Intern

Fort Mason, San Francisco | Five days per week | February 2020 - September 2020


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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 Parks Conservancy. The depatment 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 to internal use and external production.


  • Collect information in the field and come back to the office and design maps.  Organize, manage, and interpret spatial data sets.
  • The Cartography and GIS intern will work closely with staff to support Cartographic and 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
  • Build web maps and help outfit field staff with mobile data collection tools
  • Basic geospatial analysis
  • Works under the guidance of the GIS specialist to ensure integrity of geospatial datasets
  • Perform field work as needed using GPS units and mobile data collection platforms such as Collector for ArcGIS and Avenza Maps
  • Work is primarily done in an office setting. Occasional field work required in varied terrain and conditions, with frequent exposure to poison oak.
  • Outline, develop and present a GIS or Cartographic capstone project
  • Communicate independently with project managers and supervisors via meetings and email
  • Think creatively to solve cartographic, geospatial, and technical problems as they arise
  • Collaborate with other projects interns on special projects
  • Safely operate government vehicles for travelling to work sites


  • Intern will gain an understanding of opportunities and challenges that exist in providing cartographic and GIS support to a large conservation non-profit organization
  • Gain hands on experience using the latest desktop GIS and graphic design software applications
  • Gain hands on experience using GPS and mobile 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
  • Gain experience working with an interdisciplinary staff of environmental planners, ecologists, landscape architects, historians on a diverse portfolio of projects from creek restoration, to trail design and sign inventory management.
  • 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


  • 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 and map design
  • 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 people of 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: TBD
  • Schedule and length: 5 full days per week, Monday - Friday schedule. Start/end date TBD. Vacation and sick time provided.
  • Intern must have a Social Security Number or an Individual Taxpayer Identification Numver to receive internship stipend.
  • Stipend is a taxable event.


  • Submit a thoughtful cover letter and resume, including relevant personal and professional expirience.
  • Apply by 1/31/2020 by sending your application (in PDF format) to .


More than ever, we need public lands where communities can come together.