Project SP15n: Girl Scout Camp Mapping

Project SP15n:  Girl Scout Camp Mapping
Researcher: Jodi Vender
Position type:  Cartographic/GIS 
Application deadline: 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 18, 2014

Application URL:

Position description

The Peter R. Gould Center for Geography Education and Outreach is seeking a student to create better maps of a local Girl Scout camp. The assistant will utilize existing documents (sketch maps, engineering plans) and available data/imagery and supplement with field-collected GPS data to create a property map for use by the Girl Scouts council. The position will require travel to the camp (approximately 1/2 hour drive from State College) to collect data. The assistant will also create a reference map to accompany directions to the camp.

Desired qualifications 

Minimum Qualifications: The ideal candidate will be well versed in cartography, basic GIS skills, and field methods. The student must have completed Geography 361: Cartography--Maps and Map Construction, with a grade of B or higher.
Preferred Qualifications: Completion of Geography 313: Field Geography or Forestry 255: GPS and GIS Applications for Natural Resources, or experience with GPS equipment
Candidates must be willing to contribute 40–120 total hours of work toward the project over the semester, resulting in 1–3 credit hours applied to the transcript. There is no monetary stipend attached to this assistantship, although the experiences gained in this work will be immediately valuable when applying for graduate school or full-time employment.

To apply

Prospective candidates should submit application to by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 18, 2014.
A complete application must include:
1. All required fields of online form:

2. A one-page cover letter identifying the position for which you're applying and stating your interest in conducting research, your academic preparation, the skills you hope to gain from this experience, and contact information of two references.

  • Upload a PDF document named as follows: FirstinitialLastname_letterMMYY.pdf (e.g. jvender_letter1114.pdf)

3. A resume

  • Upload a PDF document named as follows: FirstinitialLastname_resumeMMYY.pdf (e.g. jvender_resume1114.pdf)