Gateway National Recreation Area Summer Fire GIS Technician

Summer jobs and internships are a great way for students to gain valuable hands-on experience in their prospective fields. They can give students insight into their professional aspirations, complement their education through real-world application, and provide an opportunity to learn new skills. Featured below is one such position. Gateway National Recreation Area is currently accepting applications for a summer 2011 Fire GIS Technician. This paid position is a great fit for students interested in environmental science, national parks, geography, or a related discipline. Applicants must be proficient with GIS. Not familiar with GIS? Check out other  summer internship opportunities at CISC or other  organizations through the CISC Environmental Internship Placement Program.

Gateway National Recreation Area
Summer Fire GIS Technician

This summer Gateway will be offering a paid Fire GIS technician position. The goals of the position will be to improve maps and datasets to allow the GATE fire management program to respond more effectively and efficiently to fires, and will help in the planning, development, and implementation of future fuels management projects by identifying areas that are the most threatened by fire.  We are looking for people with GIS skills not necessarily wildland fire skills.  The technician will receive training in wildland fire on the job.  This is also NOT a front line position, but will require the mapping of fires after the area has been made safe.

Data layers to be developed:
Priority (1) Prepare Maps for fire reports and planning purposes
Proximity to urban populations, locations of fire breaks, locations of local municipal fire resources, water sources, etc.

Priority (2) Research and update existing historic fire GIS layer

The current historic fire layer for Gateway suffers from poor data management.  The seasonal would review park fire record to improve location and attribute accuracy of data

Priority (3) Fire Risk Assessment for Park
Identify areas of high risk based on vegetation type and proximity to urban populations on key structures.  This will hinge on items 1 and 2 and will require a lot of other data to conduct a proper risk assessment.

The GIS Technician will work to develop maps and datasets described in priority 1 – 3. Each dataset will be required to have metadata and be posted to the Natural Resource Info Portal.  The data will also be provided to the northeast regional fire program and the GIS division of the New York City Fire Department (FDNY), the New York City Office of Emergency Management and the Highlands New Jersey Fire Department which aids in Sandy Hook fires.  In addition, the GIS technician will prepare a presentation for the chiefs of Natural and Cultural Resources and Facilities management at Gateway. The presentation will focus on fire risk assessment to resources and facilities around the park. Local FDNY and New Jersey fire chiefs will also be invited.  This presentation will help to further strengthen the relationship with local resources and help plan future responses.   All the data and maps produced will aid Gateway NRA in completing its Fire Management Plan.

Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter addressed to Mark Christiano to


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