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National Trails GIS Fellowship - National Park Service

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Santa Fe, NM


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Mar 31, 2023

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American Conservation Experience (ACE), a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS) is seeking ONE National Trails GIS Fellow interested in dedicating 12 months to support the National Trails Office with digitization, map production, data management, and GIS platforms to assist the public in getting out on the trails.

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Start Date: ASAP

Estimated End Date: 52 weeks from start date

Duration: 52 weeks


Location: National Trails Office (NTIR), Santa Fe, New Mexico

National Trails administers ten national historic trails and one historic highway that, combined, stretch for more than 29,000 miles across 24 states. The National Trails Office works with a diversity of partners to protect, develop, and promote these special places. Their staff of interdisciplinary experts assist community groups, private landowners, nonprofit organizations, tribes, and federal, state, county, and local agencies with site planning and design, on-the-ground trail mapping, educational opportunities, and identifying resources.


Position Overview: ​​ The ACE Fellow will be provided real world experience in the GIS field including digitization, map production, data management, and GIS platforms like ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS software. Duties will include:

  • Develop a more complete recreational/retracement trail dataset for the National Historic Trails (NHTs) and trail maps that will assist the public in getting out on the trails
  • Plan for and develop national historic trails (NHTs) through road/pedestrian signing along all nine trails that NTIR administers
  • Provide daily communication with a range of federal, state, non-profit organizations, and other trail partners to collaborate on signing and development activities
  • Assist trail partners and communities with development of draft sign plans, including use of online sign-planning tools
  • Provide technical assistance to partners seeking local or state department of transportation approval to install signs
  • Gain real world experience working with public and private entities along the NHTs
  • Gain communication skills interacting with communities, trail partners, and agency staff, as well as exposure to technical skills like ArcGIS, InDesign, and Photoshop
  • As time allows, provide support to NTIR staff and partners at public events and other office priorities

Schedule: The position is primarily on-site at the Old Santa Fe Trail Building in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The ACE Fellow is expected to work 40 hours per week Monday through Friday unless on travel/doing fieldwork when more than 40 hours may be worked and the extra time will be applied to the following week. These 40 hours a week do not include a daily required 30 minute lunch break. The typical day will be either from 7:30/8 AM MT to 4/4:30 PM MT. Teleworking may be an option for up to 2 days a week depending on approval. Other NTIR fellows/interns may have different work schedules and may be remote.


For the full position announcement and to apply, please visit:

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