Job Title: Data Collection and Research Intern Salary: $15.00 - $18.00 Hourly Job Type: Paid Internship Location: 60 Temple Place, Massachusetts Print Job Information | Apply Description Benefits Supplemental Questions The Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s Data Services Department seeks a summer intern to assist with the collection and analysis of MAPC’s “Most Wanted Datasets.” This initiative seeks to develop a more complete picture of the region’s existing conditions and likely future by compiling previously unavailable information and making it available to a wide variety of end users. Current activities are focused on data related to zoning districts, wastewater service areas, real estate development projects, and affordable housing developments. Once compiled, these datasets will be used for regional and local planning and will be made available to the public through MAPC’s online data viewer and web mapper, www.metrobostondatacommon.org. This is an opportunity to work as part of an innovative and highly collaborative team focused on using data and technology to support informed decision-making. Only candidates currently enrolled in an academic program will be considered for this position. Examples of Duties: Primary Responsibilities · Conduct outreach to municipal staff to collect or create GIS data depicting current zoning and wastewater infrastructure; schedule appointments with municipalities for data collection meetings · Edit the data as necessary in the office (pre and post meeting) using ArcGIS software; convert municipal GIS data to standard format; digitize paper maps or convert image files to spatial data. · Conduct research and quality assurance for MAPC’s online Development Database; research the status, attributes, and location of development projects; moderate submissions to the online map tool. · Conduct field visits to verify address locations for parcel mapping efforts; · Conduct analysis and visualization of datasets to identify trends and planning implications; · Edit, geocode, or verify other spatial data as needed. · Build relationships with other agencies and allied organizations · Respond to email and telephone data inquiries from municipalities and allied organizations · Perform other duties as necessary Typical Qualifications: Qualifications The following are required qualifications for the position: Advanced undergraduate or graduate student in urban planning, geography, or a related field Demonstrated experience with ESRI software, including ArcGIS and ArcCatalog Strong data management skills, with a personal commitment to the quality of resulting data products Strong organizational and time management skills, including the ability to coordinate multiple, complex data collection activities in the field and the office Strong oral and written communication skills The following are preferred qualifications for the position: Experience with creation and management of geodatabases. Experience with Microsoft Access Experience working with diverse data sets from federal, state, and local agencies Demonstrated innovative, strategic and analytical capabilities, self-motivation and goal-oriented approach Familiarity with Metro Boston municipalities and regional planning issues Supplemental Information: Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and three references. Compensation and Benefits Compensation will be $15-$18 per hour, commensurate with experience. Full time position (37.5 hours per week). Internship period of at least 12 weeks between May and August 2012. No benefits. HOW TO APPLY Position open until filled. Review of applications will begin on April 23, 2012. All candidates must have legal authorization (citizenship or visa) to work in the USA and a valid driver’s license and/or the ability to arrange transportation to meetings in different parts of the region. MAPC is an EOE/ AA employer. Diverse candidates are encouraged to apply. Please apply online through the MAPC website www.mapc.org. In addition to the online application, applicants may also submit materials directly to: Timothy Reardon Manager of Planning Research firstname.lastname@example.org
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