GIS Interns

2019 Western Maine Waterways Mapping Project

In 2o19, the NFCT will be hiring two “GIS interns” to assist with a project to help complete a recreational inventory, assessment, community engagement project that will identify stewardship needs, cultivate new partnerships, and improve online resources that guide citizens in their water-based activities in Western Maine. Learn more.

Two interns will work as a team to inventory, assess, and map water based recreational assets along the waterways of western Maine.Interns will:

  • Collect GIS data on water based recreational resources, including access points, campsites and portage trails, rapids, and dams.
  • Complete an assessment of stewardship needs, including identifying projects to improve safety for users, mitigate site erosion, and protect public access.
  • Create maps and online resources to guide users on water based explorations,. The digital maps will be posted on various online platforms along with narrative information on these recreational routes.
  • Complete community outreach by creating a plan for site improvements, leading community presentations, and meeting with stakeholders.


  • Experience using GIS software, ability to learn Adobe Illustrator
  • Enthusiasm for outdoor recreation, basic paddling skills
  • Valid drivers license
  • One intern will need access to a personal vehicle

Position Details

• $1800 stipend. • 240+ hour internship, with flexible dates (spring-summer 2019). Students are encouraged to work with their institution to obtain additional funding to expand internship length and compensation.

  • Opportunities for additional mapping and community outreach projects in the spring and fall
  • Field based. Interns will camp while in the field and have access to office spaces in Rangeley, ME and Waitsfield, VT.
  • Reimbursement provided for work related travel in personal vehicles
  • Trainings provided on paddling skills, cartography, site assessment

Preference is given to students who would be interested in potentially continuing their involvement as an independent study project.

Internship Goals:

  • To build competence in data collection, GIS analysis, cartopgraphy
  • To practice paddling, teamwork, writing, and communication skills
  • To obtain experience that helps prepare interns for a future career in environmental conservation and related fields.

To apply, complete the NFCT GIS Intern Application Form, and mail to [email protected] by Friday, March 1st with your name and “GIS Intern” in the subject line.