Student Conservation Association (SCA)

SCA US Army Corps of Engineers GIS Project Leader

July 02, 2018
Location: Little Rock, AR & Nashville, TN
Time Commitment: August 12, 2018 – May 6, 2019


The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) recreation areas receive some of the highest visitation of any areas in the federal system. In 2012 legislation was passed which directed USACE to update the geospatial databases for those recreation areas. This updated information is crucial for the proper allocation of federal road improvement dollars, as well as accurately informing the public about the recreation facilities present at each USACE recreation area. The USACE GIS Program is a partnership with SCA that began in 2016 to fulfill that legislative mandate. The team will be use hand held GPS devices to verify the accuracy of USACE roads, trails, buildings, and other features. Once that information is collected it is passed along to USACE staff for further processing and integration into their databases.

In addition to the primary duty of GIS data collection, this team will design and carry out conservation service projects. This an opportunity to interact with USACE rangers, project managers, and volunteers while exploring new skills and undertaking tasks that will impart lasting benefits to recreation sites. Past projects included constructing backcountry campsites, environmental education outreach, improving fish habitat, and trail maintenance.

Job Responsibilites

  • Act as a Crew Manager guiding crew dynamics and facilitating teamwork
  • Function as a Technical Advisor assisting in training corps members to complete quality work
  • Serve as a Partnership Representative managing relationships with agency partner and ensuring successful and timely completion of work projects
  • Perform tasks as a Program Administrator by communicating with SCA staff, completing documentation and managing a budget

Required Qualifications

  • Must be a minimum of 21 years of age
  • Must have ability to legally work in the US
  • Valid driver’s license and MVR that meets SCA standards required
  • Ability to meet SCA’s criminal background check standards
  • Must be able to attend mandatory Project Leader training: July 18 – 25, 2018
  • Current First Aid and CPR certification required by the start of training
  • Experience working with young adults (18-25), teaching in an educational environment a plus
  • Experience with GPS data collection and ESRI Arc software
  • Experience with conservation work skills or related skills preferred – i.e. trail maintenance, trail construction, chainsaw, carpentry, landscaping, and gardening
  • Ability to perform manual, physical labor for up to 8 hours per day, exposed to the elements and most occasionally lift and/or move 40 pounds or more
  • Housing is provided for the duration of the program

Salary and Benefits

$750/week total salary, benefits eligible, housing provided

Application Process

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