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GIS Intern

Student Conservation Association

Junction City,  Oregon
GIS Internship

GIS Intern working in the Environmental Stewardship section of the Willamette Valley Project (WVP) for the Army Corps of Engineers. WVP is a major water resource project responsible for operating 13 dams and managing natural resources and recreation in the lakes and surrounding lands. We manage nearly 50,000 acres in the Willamette, McKenzie, and Santiam watersheds. The Environmental Stewardship section is known for their community partnerships in natural resource preservation and restoration.

Primary duties include data acquisition, data management, natural resource GIS mapping, and field GPS data collection. Data analysis for projects related to cultural and historic resources, Master Plan development, threatened and endangered plants and wildlife, invasive plants, habitat restoration, easements and land ownership, and hydrology. Additional duties may include field support of other natural resource programs such as botany, wildlife biology, cultural resources monitoring, boundary surveys and park operations.

Compensation amounts:
- $1,100- one time RT travel allowance
- $260 - weekly living allowance
- $40 weekly commuting allowance
- $950- monthly housing allowance (12 months of housing)
- $3,000 duty travel reimbursement
- AmeriCorps eligible ($6195 education award)

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

Location Description
Office is located on the north end of Fern Ridge Reservoir, about 13 miles west of Eugene, OR. Mailing address is 26275 Clear Lake Rd, Junction City, OR 97448. Field work is concentrated at 8 of 13 lakes in the Willamette Valley, but day travel to all lakes may be possible.

Training Provided

Online ESRI ArcGIS training, local GIS workshops, other online classes or offsite training for natural resources, and first aid/CPR training. Additional on-the-job training in natural/cultural resources field monitoring methods.

Educational/Recreational Opportunities
There are numerous recreational opportunities in the area including hiking, camping, bicycling, boating, fishing and rafting. Just over a 1-hour drive to either the Cascade Mountains or the Pacific Coast.

Main Area of Focus
Geographic Info Systems (GIS, includes GPS)

Education, Training & Skills Expected

  • Social Sciences - some coursework or experience
  • Biology - degree minor or extensive experience
  • Earth Sciences - degree major or professional experience
  • Resource Management - degree major or professional experience
  • Computer Science - competent without supervision
  • Customer Service - competent with supervision
  • GIS - competent without supervision
  • GPS - competent without supervision
  • Data Analysis - competent with supervision


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