Friday, April 29, 2016

Smokies Looking for a few Stream Mapping/Hydrology GPS folks for Fall 2016

The Southeast Conservation Corps is particularly interested in folks that know how to use a GPS and a computer, and are extremely capable in off-trail hazardous terrain.

Please note this position has an arduous duty work capacity certification.

The AmeriCorps recruit will work 40 hours per week on a Monday through Thursday schedule (4/10). Primary duties include researching, developing, presenting, and evaluating Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning System (GPS) data used for water and hydrology resource management in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The park engages in numerous infrastructure development and maintenance activities which require diligent review of impacts to sensitive resources as well as comprehensive application of civil planning and construction practices. Use of GIS and other design systems and software assist managers in making resource decisions that affect the park. The member will assist planners and resource managers in creating and evaluating data used by the park to ensure National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance as well as effective use and management of spatial and non-spatial data in support of park fisheries and water quality management operations. The member will also assist park staff in integrating planning and maintenance GIS data in other aspects of park operations, Wildlife, Fisheries Management, and Hydrology. This includes collection, development and deployment of data which supports visitor services such as campground facilities, Emergency Action Plans (EAP), trail maintenance, emergency spill response, real-time wildlife tracking, Search and Rescue, Cultural Resource Preservation, Environmental Impact Statements, and transportation planning. The goal of this project is to provide the park with a comprehensive inventory and assessment of park water resources. The focus of this project will be off-trail assessment of stream and stream corridor habitat assessment for the purpose of defining park streams for fisheries and water quality management. Most of the project time will involve navigation in some of the most difficult, steep, and dense vegetation areas of the park performing GPS stream assessments where no person has ever seen them before.

Primary Functions of Position:
  • Develop and Deploy daily travel maps using GIS software;
  • Operate GPS and photo equipment;
  • Perform Biologic, Hydrologic, and Geomorphologic stream assessments;
  • Perform data entry into a GIS;
  • Serve as members of the Search and Rescue Team

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: · Must have own transportation & a valid driving license (*no moving violations allowed) · Paid or unpaid experience with GIS and/or GPS and/or Databases · Paid or unpaid experience in the natural resource or environmental field · Strong interest in environmental natural resource conservation and civil planning or engineering · Must be able to work as a member of a diverse and complex team · Able to work independently and take leadership on goal accomplishment · Capable of working with people from diverse backgrounds · Solid organizational and leadership skills · Commitment to honesty, excellence and professionalism · Ability to quickly assimilate new technology · Strong technical writing skills · Above-average computer skills · Ability to hike long distances in adverse weather · Ability to stand for long periods of time while performing surveying operations · Strong attention to detail and accuracy ·Ability to navigate in very, very steep terrain, climb steep stream channels·Carry a 45lb pack three miles in 45 minutes·

Optional Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: · State or higher-recognized emergency medical training such as EMT, Medic, WFR · State or higher-recognized emergency response training such as “Red Card”, FEMA, Aviation · Verifiable climbing experience

Aug 15-Nov7 2016- work dates
Park housing supplied


Application Instructions:

Visit and click the ‘General Internship Positions’ section to APPLY NOW and complete the application process. Specify that you are interested in the GIS internship when asked what program you have the most interest in.

Smokies looking for a few CR GIS/GPS and Archaeology folks 2016/2017

We are particularly interested in folks that are coming off current NPS seasonal positions, such as:  IandM, Wildlife, Fisheries, Veg, or Cultural programs, know how to use a GPS and a computerand have a knack for “finding stuff” in the woods (e.g an artifact scatter that we know is there…but where exactly?).  
This position will provide GIS support to cultural resource staff at Great Smoky Mountains National Park and will provide an opportunity for an interested and motivated individual to develop workplace GIS and data management skills. This position involves a variety of GIS work including data collection, data management, map production and analysis. The focus will be upon creating or editing GIS data to maintain an accurate GIS record of cultural resources and in particular archaeological resources. This work will follow established GIS and data management standards. Tasks include collecting data in the field using GPS, post processing and correcting GPS data, and creating metadata for GIS data. Backcountry travel may be required and the individual will gain orienteering and backcountry travel.  

The selected individual will work closely with the Park Archaeologist and the Park GIS Specialist in collecting locational information using GPS and maintaining cultural resource GIS layers. While much of their work will be focused on providing GIS support, the selected individual will also have the opportunity to work with other cultural resource specialists including the cultural landscape architect/program manager and curator.  

Great Smoky Mountains is one of the most visited national park units and while it is well known for its biodiversity, within its boundaries are an abundance of historic and pre-historic archaeological sites, historic structures and cultural landscapes. It is also the ancestral home of the Cherokee.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: ·

Social Sciences
some coursework or experience
Earth Sciences
degree minor or extensive experience
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
some experience
Data Entry
competent with supervision
competent without supervision
competent with supervision

EA Diversity Abroad Celebration Reception

Field Research Assistant Opportunity Summer 2016

MPA Student Scholarship Awards-Apply Now!

Applications are currently being accepted for the Maryland Parents Association Student Scholarship Awards. The scholarships provide assistance to current undergraduate students in good standing who may be unable to continue their education at the University due to extenuating personal or family financial circumstances. Thanks to the generosity of Chatham and parent donors, scholarships of up to $2,000 per student will be awarded for the 2016-2017 academic year. A minimum of 12 scholarships will be awarded.

Award criteria, instructions, and an online application are available at must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11, 2016.

Questions? Contact the Office of Parent and Family Affairs at 301.314.8429 or

Study with START this Summer

Friday, April 22, 2016

Summer 2016 Courses

Geography Club Hiking Trip

Geography Club is going hiking this Saturday (4/23) at Sugarloaf Mountain!

We will depart campus at 8am, and plan to be back no later than 1:30pm.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP here to our Facebook event!!! Space is going to be limited because we only have a few cars. 

(On that note, if you have a car, and are willing to drive to Sugarloaf, please email us as soon as possible!)

We look forward to seeing you at this awesome event-- the weather is supposed to be gorgeous :)

Geography Club 
Room 1222 LeFrak
University of Maryland, College Park 

Remote Sensing Scientific Analyst

SSAI is looking for a part-time intern for a few months to help with data processing and light analysis.  The position can be found using this link: under "Careers" with the job title: "Remote Sensing Scientific Analyst".  This would be good experience for a recent/soon-to-be graduate.

NCRC Internship Opportunities

We are a non-profit founded 25 years ago to protect the Community Reinvestment Act.

Today we have several hundred member groups that were advise on policy, provide research to, help with organizing and training so that they can advocate in the communities for better access to banking, credit, and housing.  We have a small research team and we use ArcGIS extensively to map lending and branching activity. 

We have been building our internship program and currently have two very good interns that are leaving us this summer (one for law school, the other for his PhD).  We are increasingly moving to ArcGIS online for a lot of what we used to send out as PDF files and have several different projects going at any one time. 

Here you can view our intern application, however I would like to talk with you about forging a unique arrangement with UMD.  As you can see we offer a modest stipend but the terms of the internship can be very flexible and we offer the chance to participate in published work that can help build a student’s CV.  If possible it would be great for us to come and visit your department, share our work with you and maybe some of the students and look for an opportunity that offers the students as much as their labor offers us.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Hiring students to get out the vote

Our Future. Our Voice. Our Vote.
The New Voters Project is looking for smart, motivated, full-time organizers to get out the youth vote next fall. Apply today.

What’s in store for our future? Will we be able to get jobs, and pay off our bills and our student loans? Will the big issues of our day, like protecting our environment, student debt, or big money in politics get dealt with, or will they keep getting kicked down the road, only to get bigger and harder to solve?

One thing is for sure, we know a better future isn’t going to happen if we just sit around waiting for it. We can't expect our elected leaders to pay attention to the issues we care about, or for things to start moving in the right direction if we don't make ourselves heard.

That’s why we are hiring organizers to run non-partisan voter registration and turnout campaigns on college campuses across the country this Fall.

What is the New Voters Project?
For forty years, we’ve built a legacy of recruiting, training, and inspiring young people to engage in democracy. We believe that for our democracy to work, young people need to be engaged. And the first step to engaging young people is exercising their voice at the polls. The New Voters Project is the largest non-partisan, on-the-ground young voter mobilization effort in the nation. Since 1984, we have helped to register more than 1.7 million young voters and made over one million personalized get-out-the-vote contacts. The New Voters Project is a project of PIRG Campus Action.

The New Voters Project Campus Organizers will:
•    Run a non-partisan voter registration and turnout campaign in a campus community. Campus Organizers recruit and train a cadre of volunteers to register 18- to 29-year-olds, collect pledges to vote from 18- to 29-year-olds who are already registered to vote, and contact all of these young people to turn out to vote on Election Day.
•    Educate students and train new leaders. Campus Organizers teach citizenship and organizing skills. Campus Organizers also oversee an internship program, through which students can earn academic course credit for their work to boost youth voter engagement.
•    Build a coalition. Campus Organizers work with student volunteers and interns to build a diverse, invested coalition of organizations and people, such as the student government, college president, College Republicans, College Democrats and others, to boost youth voter turnout.


Friday, April 15, 2016

Recruiting BSOS Peer Mentors-Fall 2016

Dear Fellow Advisors,

We are recruiting BSOS peer mentors for Fall 2016. Could you please share the following information with your students? Also, please feel free to encourage any qualified students to apply.

The Peer Mentor Program is a component of the student services offered by the BSOS Advising Center. The primary role of PeerMentors is to teach the BSOS Graduation Planning workshops each semester and conduct various presentations in BSOS UNIV100 sections. Through the services they provide to fellow students, Peer Mentors gain leadership,presentation, and public speaking skills. In preparation for their required tasks, all Peer Mentors are expected to attend weekly class sessions and serve for at least two semesters. Students will earn 1 academic credit after successful completion of each semester. Please visit for additional information. 

To be eligible for BSOS Peer Mentors, the following criteria must be met:
  • Primary major must be in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • Must be a BSOS major for a minimum of 2 semesters
  • Sophomore, junior, or senior standing with intentions to return for Fall 2016
  • At least a 2.5 GPA within major
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5+ (Required Submission of Unofficial Transcript)
  • Must be in good judicial/academic standing

Friday, April 8, 2016

Geographical Sciences Career and Internship Fair 2016

This semester's Career and Internship Fair was another success! Please make sure you look out for information for the fall 2016 Career and Internship Fair.  Also, please keep looking at our blog and emails for up-to-date job and internship posts.  Here's a look at this semester's fair.

GIS Associate - Carbon Fund

The Conservation Finance Division of Conservation International (CI) is seeking a GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Associate to assist on a number of projects focused on sustainable landscapes and reducing greenhouse gases emissions from deforestation and degradation.  CI has developed a framework to monitor and evaluate the sustainability of the landscapes from key aspects, such as: natural capital, economic production, governance and human well-being.
The employee will be tasked with a number of assignments:
  • Contributing to the design of key indicators;
  • Assisting in the gathering of socio-economic data;
  • Supporting the Carbon Fund team to analyze spatial data and generate basic maps, and
  • Gathering scientific literature. 
Other activities that could be assigned by supervisor include compiling project results in charts or tables, preparing simple reports, and developing dashboards.
Key areas of expertise include quantitative analyses, spatial analysis and art design skills – especially a thorough knowledge of ArcGIS and Tableau.  Other desired skills include, flexibility to switch tasks and respond to tight timelines.
  • Student of an undergraduate program in a quantitative field (geography, natural science, GIS, or related field);
  • GIS & cartography skills with experience in ArcGIS;
  • Experience with Microsoft Office package (Excel, Word and Powerpoint);
  • Ability to work independently;
  • Excellent communication skill;
  • Strong organizational skills and close attention to detail
  • Student of Master’s program, or bachelor’s degree in a quantitative field (geography, natural science, GIS, or related field);
  • Interest in conservation GIS and application development;
  • Familiarity with Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) projects and landscape approach;
  • Skills with image processing software (ERDAS, ENVI) and batch processing (ArcMap Model Builder, Python);
  • Skills with business intelligence software (Tableau); strong analytical skills

Parsons-Honors College Women in Technology Event

We do encourage students to RSVP. Dress is business casual.
The event will be held Wednesday, April 20 in 1105 Prince Frederick Hall, the Multipurpose Room, from 5-7pm. Students should enter through the door on the alley side of the building, closest to Van Munching Hall.

UMCP Student Visit to NSA - Laboratory for Telecommunication Sciences Wednesday, April 27th

NCRC Research Intern

The Research Intern will be a critical player in the operations of a dedicated research team which supports both NCRC member organizations with analysis of local banking and lending as well as internal customers.  The intern can expect to be charged with collecting, cleaning, and preparing data for analysis.  Additionally, the intern will attend lectures, training events, and other functions that will offer both networking opportunities as well as demonstrate the interests of NCRC.  This is a full time position, and the applicant should expect a demanding work environment where they will be expected to work on their own under limited direction and produce results in a timely manner. 
This is a rolling application, with new interns accepted each semester.  Fall Semester interns can expect to be contacted by mid-August, Spring interns by mid-December, and Summer interns by mid-April.
The stipend for this position is $300/month plus local commuting costs.
The Research Intern is primarily responsible for the following:
  • Knowledge of one of the following areas is especially sought after; ArcGIS (especially ArcGIS Online (AGOL) or ArcGIS Pro), R Programming (or STATA, SPSS, etc), Python, Advanced Excel or SQL database work (vlookup, pivot tables, power pivot, nested IF statements etc)
  • Locate and download data as needed by the research team.  This may include contacting agencies at the federal, state, and local level and asking for data not easily searchable online.  Once obtained, data often will need to be cleaned in order to analyze it.
  • Intern will be expected to help with basic office functions, including scheduling, answering phones, responding to simple member requests, and others assignments as needed.
  • Locate citations and literature to support the research of the rest of the team.
  • Represent the organization at conferences, meetings, and other events, as assigned.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director of Research and Evaluation.
COMPETENCIES: The knowledge, skills and behavioral attributes necessary for acceptable job performance.



Ability to locate, download, and clean data.  Familiarity with ArcGIS, R Programming, SPSS, STATA, Python, and/or Excel is considered essential. 
Problem solving
Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner and gathers and analyzes information skillfully.

 Ability to effectively communicate in writing, and to present complex information in an easily accessible format both verbally and in writing. Some basic understanding of principles and simple techniques in graphic design preferred.

Leadership and Training
Able to speak with authority members and assist with training or other NCRC events.

Quality management
Looks for ways to improve and promote quality and demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.

Prioritizes and plans work activities, uses time efficiently, and develops realistic action plans. 
  • Technical skills. Solid background in cognitive and quantitative training, with demonstrable skills in critical thought and logic.
  • Data sets. Basic familiarity with Census data is not required but will reflect favorably on the applicant.
  • Research. Basic research coursework is ideal.
  • Culture. Ability to work and interact in a fast paced environment with diverse organizations and individuals.
  • Education. Upper class undergraduate or recent graduate status preferred.
 Interested persons should submit a cover letter, resume and writing sample. 

Fulbright Info Sessions for International Research - Final Call

Francis DuVinage, Director – Leslie Brice, Assistant Director

Are you interested in conducting research abroad?

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Fulbright awards are designed to give recent and current master’s students, as well as Ph.D. students, opportunities for international experience, personal enrichment, and an open exchange of ideas with citizens of other nations. The Fulbright program provides over 1800 awards annually in over 155 countries. You will find below some brief introductory information about the Fulbright award. For detailed information please visit the Fulbright U.S. Student Program website at:

Final Fulbright Information Sessions
Please rsvp to If you are interested and unable to attend, please contact Leslie Brice at

Friday, April 8, 3:00 - 3:30 pm, 2403A Marie Mount Hall
Monday, April 11, 12:30 – 1:00 pm, 2403A Marie Mount Hall
Tuesday, April 12, 4:30 – 5:00 pm, 2403A Marie Mount Hall
Wednesday, April 13, 4:30 – 5:00 pm, 2403A Marie Mount Hall
Thursday, April 14, 12:30 – 1:00 pm, 2403A Marie Mount Hall

U.S. Citizens – Master’s and PhD students. Note that PhD students should be at or approaching candidacy and can apply up to the time of graduation (to use as a post-doc) but not after. The program also welcomes applications from recent graduates with a master's degree. This is an opportunity for alumni to turn knowledge gained through professional experience into exciting international research projects. This can be a great step toward PhD level study or for transitioning to a new career phase.

Round-trip transportation, living costs for the academic year, based on living costs in the host country; supplemental health and accident insurance; and dependent support. Depending on the country, you may also receive modest funds for book and research allowances, tuition, and language or orientation courses.

Grant Duration
Approximately one academic year; length and timing of awards varies by individual country and/or region.

Campus Deadline
The UMCP campus deadline is September 1, 2016. There is a lot to do in putting together a successful Fulbright proposal. Our successful applicants start by late spring/early summer.


Leslie Brice, Ph.D.
Assistant Director, National Scholarships Office
2403 Marie Mount Hall, University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

April Alumni of the Month: Matthew Norman

Name: Matthew Norman

Year of graduation: 2013

Major: Geography

Minor: GIS

Current employment status:
     Employer: US Census Bureau
     Position: Geographer
What drew you GEOG/GIS/ENSP?

I was changing my major and was initially interested in pursuing a career that would allow me to work with the environment.

What internships or independent research did you do as a GEOG/GIS/ENSP major?

I applied to the Census Bureau during my first semester as a geography student and received an offer for a summer internship. The internship was extended several times and eventually I was hired after graduation.

What do you do at your current job?

The team I’m on now largely works with spatial products for both internal customers within the Census and external customers such as local partners and the public. These spatial products are extracts from the MAF/TIGER database (MTDB) and are created throughout the year, usually from a benchmark and sometimes from the live database. I perform QC (quality control) for some of these products, such as the TIGER/Line shapefiles (which are available to the public here: I am also now responsible for maintaining the software requirements documentation for several products which are generated from the MTDB, and as such I will be responsible for the QC of those products. Generally speaking, QC involves comparing a shapefile, geodatabase, or table to the requirements used to create it and the rules which govern the source data in the MTDB. It also involves ensuring that the contents of the files generally look appropriate, that fields are populated where expected or that spatial features exist and appear well-formed.

Our team is also involved in the development of new partnership software for partnership programs such as the Boundary Annexation Survey and the Block Boundary Suggestion Project. The software, known as GUPS (Geographic Update Partnership Software), is being developed by a separate team and my role is to provide user acceptance testing as a federal user. Testing is required for recently added features or improvements to the software as well as for finding defects and testing those which have recently been fixed. I use the software as if I were one of our partners providing updates to the Census and I provide feedback to the development team.

I also recently finished creating the Geodatabases with ACS 5-year estimate data for 2010-2014 (data which become available in December, 2015). The source data is provided to the public in the form of summary files (delimited text files) with several other files used as references for reading the data. I created a SAS script which reads necessary information from several of those reference files and then combines the summary files (the ones with data) into national tables grouped by overall theme. Empty fields are identified by the script and are dropped, and corresponding entries in the metadata table are dropped. The output tables have labeled fields and GEOIDs (read: “geo IDs”) for matching data to geography. I used python scripts to create the geodatabases and add the feature classes, metadata tables, and data tables. The resultant geodatabases make it much easier for an end user to create a thematic map using ACS 5-year estimate data. The geodatabases are available here:

What recommendations would you make to current GEOG/GIS/ENSP majors for career and academic success while they are still undergraduates?

Make an effort to learn technical skills now even if you don’t think you’ll need them

Don’t put off searching for an internship. Your career is already starting and it’s up to you to start off strong. You have so many opportunities right now that may be closed to you after graduation.

What recommendations would you make to current GEOG/GIS/ENSP majors for career and academic success after graduation?

Take on greater responsibility. It will make you a better person and a more valuable asset.

Ask questions and show interest in all aspects of your life.

What do you miss the most about UMD?

I would say I miss watching the seasons change on campus and finally feeling like I belonged at UMD during my time in the Geography program, but I live and work nearby and haven’t completely lost those things. Funny enough, I miss all the time I spent in the computer labs in LeFrak. With the passage of time I tend to forget the moments of frustration and what sleep deprivation feels like... and I actually miss some of those late nights of everyone in the lab going stir crazy together.

What are some of your hobbies/interests?

-HiFi audio, especially if it involves vacuum tubes and comes as a kit that requires an evening or two of soldering.*

-Keeping my Oldsmobile running, despite it being slow and ugly by most standards.*

-Video games, but nothing competitive or that requires me to devote regular time to it.*

*To the extent that the responsibilities of adulthood and marriage will allow.

Anything else you’d like to add?

The Census Bureau is hiring geographers right now:

NGA Bathymetry Job

Agency Description
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) delivers world-class geospatial intelligence that
provides a decisive advantage to policymakers, warfighters, intelligence professionals and first
responders. Anyone who sails a U.S. ship, flies a U.S. aircraft, makes national policy decisions, fights
wars, locates targets, responds to natural disasters, or even navigates with a cellphone relies on
NGA. NGA enables all of these critical actions and shapes decisions that impact our world through the indispensable discipline of geospatial intelligence (GEOINT).
Position Title
Geospatial Analyst (Bathymetry)
Position Locations
Springfield, VA; St. Louis, MO
Position Description
DEVELOPMENTAL ASSIGNMENT: Some positions advertised are Band 2 Developmental Positions and part of the NGA Developmental Program (DP). Employees in the DP program will be evaluated annually to determine if they meet performance and proficiency requirements. If requirements are met, DP employees will be eligible for an annual DP increase to support progression through the entry/developmental pay band. Upon meeting all performance and proficiency requirements the employee is eligible to be promoted to Band 3 and will be graduated from the DP program.
Geospatial Analysts (Bathymetry) receive, analyze, and deconflict U.S. and foreign bathymetric data (both digital and analog) for use by the IC and external customers. They populate and maintain data and metadata in the bathymetry database, ensuring the accuracy of metadata pertaining to collection source platforms and depth recording devices. They also provide customers with conflated, corrected mission-specific data.
Bathymetrists analyze, acquire, compile, and disseminate maritime safety information to meet NGA's worldwide safety of maritime navigation obligations under U.S. Code, Title 10, other Federal and International laws and NGA's own regulations. Bathymetrists must be knowledgeable in the following: hydrographic and bathymetric surveying techniques and equipment, various data formats; sound velocity/ship draft/sensor anomalies/datum corrections applied to survey and previously processed data; projections and grids; tidal datums; methods of sounding evaluation and deconfliction; algorithms for sounding generalization; TIN(Triangular Irregular Network) and grid models used in analysis, feature generation and 3D visualization; geospatial information processing; source analysis and data statistical analysis; NGA's Digital Nautical Chart (DNC) and nautical hard copy products; and Electronic Nautical Chart (ENC) data. Bathymetrists must have experience with: Geographic Information System (GIS) applications (ArcGIS, Fledermaus, MapInfo, CARIS preferred); various data file formats (VPF, gridded data sets, ASCII, xyz, S57, etc.); marine navigation production processes and utilization of imagery; and source analysis techniques and software used to build maritime databases and products. Bathymetrists must be able to balance multiple assignments at the same time and be able to work independently, and must be willing to train other Bathymetrists and share information with other team members. Bathymetrists must also be able to corporately represent NGA's mission, vision, values and goals when meeting with our customers.

Salary Range
$35,009 - $51,811
Mandatory Qualifications
1) Experience performing data manipulation, feature extraction, and attribution of bathymetric data
2) Experience taking acquired Bathymetric/Hydrographic materials and Maritime safety source
information; and evaluate it for updating existing navigational products;
3) Experience utilizing GIS knowledge and skills to evaluate and release Bathymetric data for existing
navigational products also mission specific data sets and graphics tailored to specific customer needs;
4) Experience work independently or in a team environment in support of mission requirements and
Desired Qualifications
1) IHO Cat B or higher certification with Maritime navigation experience using NGA related products;
2) Experience coordinating with customers and providers of bathymetric source data to develop clear,
realistic product and service requests;
3) Experience creating bathymetrically enhanced geospatial graphical displays and textual reports;
4) Experience merging geospatial data and maritime safety information;
5) Experience utilize critical thinking and problem solving skills to recommend process and tool
improvement methodologies.
EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: A. Education: Bachelor's degree in Geography, Geology, Hydrography, Hydrology, Marine Sciences, Oceanography, Physical Science, Remote Sensing, or a related discipline, or, a Bachelor's degree with 30 semester hours of coursework in the above disciplines. Designation as an American Congress on Surveying and Mapping-The Hydrographic Society of America (ACSM-THSOA) Certified Hydrographer is highly desired.
-OR- B. Combination of Education and Experience: A minimum of 30 semester (45 quarter) hours of
coursework in any area list in option A, plus experience that demonstrates the ability to successfully
perform the duties associated with this work. As a rule, every 30 semester (45 quarter) hours of college work is equivalent to one year of experience. Candidates should show that their combination of education and experience totals 4 years.
-OR- C. Experience: Six years of experience in the disciplines of Hydrography or Bathymetry that includes marine sciences.
Please apply online at under “Careers” then “Current Openings”. This position is under JOB ID 20160558. Resume and cover letter must address mandatory qualifications.
Please ensure you receive a confirmation email with your e-Recruit number (usually within 24 hrs).

Monday, April 4, 2016

Global and Federal Semester Application April 8 Deadline

Federal/Global Semester Fellows Program- Great for Geographical Sciences Students!
ATTENTION STUDENTS— Spots are still available in Global and Federal Semester Fellows Programs. APPLY NOW! Next application deadline is April 8th.  We’d love to have you!

PERKS include:          
·         Take a fall-semester seminar course on a topic of contemporary concern--taught by expert practitioners who bring in guest speakers (ambassadors, industry experts, etc.)! 
·         Obtain an extraordinary spring internship at sites ranging from the White House, media outlets, federal agencies, NGOs, private organizations, embassies, research shops, etc. 
·         Gain Scholarship in Practice credit 
·         Receive spring internship credit through our program or through your major or other program!
·         Earn a notation on your transcript as a Federal or Global Semester Fellow!
·         Enjoy year round empowerment activities:  field trips, professional development, conversations with industry leaders, individual help obtaining internships.
·         Join a lively, engaged student cohort group (and alumni network)! 
·         Program Concentrations: Science Diplomacy, Public Health Policy, Energy and Environment Policy, and many more!

For details and an application form, go to EITHER and/or or come by our office: 2407 Marie Mount Hall, 301-314-0261. Fill out ONE application and rank your choices across the two programs.  Next application deadline is April 8thRolling admission afterwards!  No need for recommendation letters unless you wish to add them; and they can come later!

Information about Science Diplomacy Program:
Through expert speakers, presentations, readings, and negotiation exercises, students will explore the critical roles that diplomats and negotiators can play in the exchange and shaping of technological and scientific innovation.  You do not need to be a STEM major to make change happen! The instructors, top officials at the State Department, started as Fine Arts and English majors.