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City of Ames GIS (Geographic Information System) Internship in 50010, Iowa

GIS (Geographic Information System) Internship



GIS (Geographic Information System) Internship


$17.47 - $19.64 Hourly


50010, IA

Job Type



Public Works

Job Number



1/29/2021 5:00 PM Central

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General Information

The City of Ames uses GIS, Geographic Information Systems, to capture, store, analyze, manage, and present spatial or geographic data. These systems help provide our citizens and organizational departments with exceptional service at the best possible price all while providing employees with an enjoyable and stimulating work environment. To help in this mission, the City of Ames is seeking to fill GIS Internship positions.

This internship position provides an excellent opportunity for practical experience in the GIS field. The successful candidates will work under the direction of the GIS Coordinator.

The initial term of employment will be May 2021 through December, 2021 and may be extended upon mutual agreement. Candidates interested in this opportunity can expect 20-30 hours per week during during school breaks and summer and part-time hours (approximately 20 hours per week) during the school year.

Open until filled.

Examples of Essential Job Functions


Depending upon assignment, duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Assist with the City's GIS implementation and maintenance activities

• Create printed maps and other cartographic products.

• Create and maintain data and web applications using ArcGIS online.

• Assist with GIS data development and/or conversion projects

• Assist staff in maintaining GIS data layers.

• Develop GIS layers / data elements / symbology

• Carryout field mapping tasks using RTK GPS and ArcGIS mobile apps.

• Develop and document GIS data and procedures.

Each employee is expected to continually strive to bring shared values to life through our Excellence Through People organizational culture. ETP values include: committing to continuous improvement, inspiring creativity and innovation, being customer driven, making data-driven decisions, championing employee involvement, striving for excellence, having fiscal stewardship, acting with honesty and integrity, exhibiting leadership, choosing a positive attitude, respecting one another, promoting safety and wellness, and cultivating teamwork. For leaders, this includes creating a work culture that brings these values to life. For all employees, this includes maintaining a Total City Perspective. The purpose of ETP is to deliver exceptional services to the public at the best price, and for employees to experience an enjoyable and stimulating work environment.


Required Qualifications:

-Qualified applicants should be highly motivated, productive, and possess the ability to learn new applications and technical tasks quickly.

-Demonstrate a working knowledge of ESRI ArcGIS software (ArcCatalog, ArcToolbox, ArcMap), including data editing, analysis, and basic cartography.

-Be familiar with basic GIS related tasks/terminology.

-Coursework or past experience using ArcGIS products.

-Valid driver's license required.

Preferred Qualifications:

-Knowledge of GIS data types and formats including Shapefile, Geodatabase, File Geodatabase.

-Working knowledge of ArcGIS Online.

-Some knowledge of GPS.

-Experience or field of study in Civil Engineering, Transportation, Community Planning, Computer Science or GIS.

NOTE: Preference may be given to applicants possessing qualifications above the minimum.

Supplemental Information

Physical & Environmental Characteristics:

Examples of Equipment Used on the Job: Computer equipment such as keyboard, mouse, monitor, and printer. A variety of mechanical office equipment such as copy machine, light table and calculator. General office equipment such as writing utensils, paper fasteners, files, etc. Specialized tools and equipment for drafting and design. GPS survey equipment. Printed materials such as maps, reference reports and correspondence. Telephone.

Required Physical Activities: Talking, hearing, grasping, finger dexterity, and repetitive motions.

Physical Characteristics of Work: Primarily sedentary work requiring the exertion of up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to move objects.

Vision Requirements: The minimum for use with those whose work deals largely with preparing and analyzing data and figures, the use of a computer terminal, and extensive reading.

Environmental Conditions: The worker is subject to both inside and outside environmental conditions. May have occasional exposure to noise, vibration, and extreme cold or heat.

Selection Process:

The selection process consists of an evaluation of education and experience, phone and on-site interview, and completion of a criminal background check, which includes a sex offender registry check and motor vehicle record check. All candidates will be notified by email of their application status.

NOTE: The hiring department may forego the phone interview step depending on the number of applications received.

E-Verify Process:

The City of Ames participates in E-Verify and will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each applicant's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. All candidates who are offered a position with the City of Ames must complete Section 1 of Form I-9 along with the required proof of their right to work in the United States and proof of their identity on their first day of employment. Please be prepared to provide required documents on your first day of employment. For additional information regarding acceptable documents for this purpose, please contact Human Resources at 515-239-5199 or go to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services web page at:

NOTE: Persons with disabilities must submit requests for ADA testing accommodations to the Human Resources Department prior to the application deadline.

The City of Ames is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, ancestry, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Human Resources Department at 515-239-5199.