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GIS Intern

Location: Santa Fe, NM
Date Posted: 10-31-2018
Duration: 12 months from start date
40 hours per week at a rate of $15/hour in The Trust for Public Land Santa Fe, NM office
Essential Functions:
  • Primary functions: Assist the GIS team with implementing a nationwide urban parks and open spaces database, specifically:
    • Data collection via direct contact with local/state/federal government partners, NGOs and others and through Internet searches
    • GIS data creation including:
      • digitizing from source documents and aerial photography
      • importing and translating digital files
      • tabular data entry
    • Data pre-processing and QA/QC (geospatial and tabular) using automated tools and manual techniques
    • Collection of other data as directed
  • Participate in The Trust for Public Land National GIS team meetings as appropriate
  • The Trust for Public Land will provide guidance, oversight and standards related to all tasks
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Esri ArcGIS 10.2 or higher, including but not limited to inspecting, creating, and editing geospatial data, building and working in geodatabases, and performing spatial analysis using built-in tools and functions
  • Experience collecting, managing and processing geospatial and tabular data (including understanding projections, geodatabase structure and data management concepts)
  • Experience  with geodatabases, RDMSs (SDE and SQL a plus) and project tracking systems
  • Excellent communication skills – both written and verbal
  • Experience with customer service or teaching/training others preferred
  • Experience writing summaries or “how to” documents helpful
  • Demonstrated ability to balance working efficiently with attention to detail 
  • Experience working successfully in a team environment
  • Must be able to work onsite at the Santa Fe office
More on the Project you'd be working on:
The Trust for Public Land's ParkScore® index is the most comprehensive rating system ever developed to measure how well the 100 largest U.S. cities are meeting the need for parks. and
Using an advanced GIS (Geographic Information System), ParkScore®provides in-depth data to guide local park improvement efforts. Our mapping technology identifies which neighborhoods and demographics are underserved by parks and how many people are able to reach a park within a ten-minute walk.
Cities can earn a maximum ParkScore® of 100. For easy comparison and at-a-glance assessment, each city is also given a rating of zero to five park benches.


Parks are important to communities. Close-to-home opportunities to exercise and experience nature are essential for our physical and mental well-being. Studies show that parks can encourage physical activity, reduce crime, revitalize local economies, and help bring neighborhoods together.


ParkScore® is a project of The Trust for Public Land, the nation’s largest national nonprofit organization working to create and improve neighborhood parks.
The Trust for Public Land believes that everyone should live within easy walking distance of a well-maintained park. Across the country, we’re working with communities to achieve that goal. Learn more about our work at
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