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Intern - Neighborhood GIS

Manatee County

Bradenton,  Florida
GIS Internship

Creation of online GIS Neighborhood Atlas
A paid summer internship (8 - 10 weeks) to work in the Neighborhood Connections Division on a project resulting in the development of an online GIS Neighborhood Atlas. This is a unique opportunity for a creative, self-motivated, and detail-oriented individual interested in urban planning and the foundations of a career in Geographic Information System administration. A presentation to the County Administrator and other County Leadership staff concludes the implementation of the project.
Ideal competencies for this position include, but are not limited to: Basic knowledge of the principles and techniques of research, data management. Interns pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Urban Planning, Geography, GIS Administration, or other social science related field is preferred, but other majors will be considered. Individuals with hands on experience using ESRI mapping software and ArcGIS will be given preference. General knowledge and a basic understanding of land use planning and neighborhood planning is desired.

Working Conditions:
May include high noise environment and moderate physical activity, such as lifting materials and walking and bicycling on the roadway network.

Completes mapping requests from the Neighborhood Services Dept. including maintenance and upkeep of the department's GIS Neighborhood Atlas. Assists in the maintenance of Neighborhood Services GIS databases. Performs spatial analysis and creates datasets using GIS software.

Minimum Qualifications:
Area of Study: Applicants from all fields, including but not limited to Geographic Information Science are preferred but other majors will be considered. Internship candidates with a strong interest in public service or public administration are invited to apply.

Work performed is generally routine, well-defined and repetitive. Work may be sedentary or labor intensive, and performed under close supervision. Typically, jobs at this level are clerical, office or customer support, and general labor in nature.

This is a temporary position that may not exceed twelve (12) months. Incumbent must be bona-fide student in an accredited educational or vocational program.

Results First Project Internship:
Intern will define and implement a specific project during an 8-10 week summer session that produces a result by a given date that is of significant interest to the host department. The project - including specific targets, timeline, milestones reflecting needed progress, and yard sticks to be used to verify achievement - will be defined and approved by the intern's mentor before implementation. If the department has one project or two or more optional projects, these will be shared with applicants before they decide to apply. In most cases, the intern will present their findings to County leadership as a final step in the internship.

Working Conditions
Indoor/office environment. Sitting and focusing for long periods of time. Use of computer.

Essential Functions
The Job Duties illustrated are intended only as examples of the types of work performed by incumbent(s) assigned to the classification. Omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position.

  • Performs administrative work such as the posting of detailed records, assists the public in completing forms, proofreads typed materials, and generates reports.
  • Makes calls and interacts with clients/peer organizations. May conduct surveys and convey helpful information.
  • Sorts and files cards, correspondence, reports and other materials, alphabetically, numerically or by other established classification.
  • May sort and distribute mail, prepares materials for distribution.
  • Operates a variety of office equipment and audio-visual equipment.
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with others.
  • Communicates clearly and effectively, orally and in writing.
  • Performs research, planning and technical analysis for basic to complex planning projects.
  • May be required to present to groups of 4 - 20 people, possibly more, assisting in translating for programming targeted toward underserved audiences.
  • Works emergency situations (including weather and other extreme conditions) as required.
  • Performs other related duties as requested.

Minimum Qualifications
Intern II Requirements:

Freshman or Sophomore in university. Applicants from all fields, including but not limited to (area of assignment) with a strong interest in public service or public administration are welcome to apply. Jobs that fall into this level require some exposure to or familiarity with area of assigned duties. Valid driver's license may be required.

Intern III Requirements:
Pursuing Bachelor's degree desired. Applicants from all fields, including but not limited to (area of assignment) with a strong interest in public service or public administration are welcome to apply. Valid drivers license may be required.


  • Sufficient personal initiative, confident and responsibility to own a project and its success.
  • Energy and tenacity to stick with the project and find a path forward to complete it.
  • Temperament to learn, changing behavior whenever something could be done better.
  • Ability to read and follow protocols of project management.
  • Ability to engage and gain value from those who can help during the project and in using its findings.
  • Flexibility and adaptability in a fast-paced working atmosphere.
  • Creative problem-solving skills.

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