Position Title: GIS Assistant
Park Unit: Yellowstone National Park
Location: Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Number of positions available: 1
Can this position be fully remote: NO

Duration: 20 Weeks (not flexible)
Start Date: 10/07/2024
Flexible Start Date: YES

Weekly Stipend: $565.00
Relocation Allowance: $400.00

CURRENT NUMBER OF APPLICANTS: Under 75 (This posting will close after receiving 75 complete applications or at 11:59 p.m. EDT on Sunday, 16 June, whichever occurs first.)

​​The GIS program in Yellowstone provides geospatial support for many programs within the Yellowstone Center for Resources, including Vegetation, Climate Change, Physical Sciences, Wildlife, and other resource management programs. The GIS Assistant will help manage and improve the spatial data that these programs collect and maintain. Duties will include developing data collection systems using ArcGIS Pro, Field Maps, and Survey123; using ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Pro to help incorporate new data into current data management systems; creating and maintaining Experience Builder and Dashboard web applications for data viewing, editing, and analysis; and using these tools to improve data management workflows. The intern may use ArcGIS Server to work with versioned enterprise geodatabases. In addition, the intern will travel by snowmobile and possibly cross-country skis to assist with maintaining air quality, sound monitoring, and climate monitoring stations located throughout Yellowstone. ​

By improving the collection systems, quality, and management of data for multiple programs within the Yellowstone Center for Resources, this position will help ensure that Park management has the best information available to them when making decisions regarding the management of Yellowstone's natural resources.


The skill level, knowledge, experience, and interest of the intern will determine which specific products and deliverables the intern will be working on. Likely products include:

  • Developing data collection systems using Esri's Field Maps and Survey123
  • Creating or updating geodatabases
  • Using ArcGIS Server to work with versioned enterprise geodatabases
  • Hard-copy and web-based cartographic products
  • Creating or maintaining Esri Experience Builder and/or Dashboard web applications
  • Documentation for all the above


Advanced GIS knowledge and skills. Experience using ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online, and Microsoft Office products. Experience creating, editing existing, and populating new GIS databases. An understanding of spatial and non-spatial databases. Cartographic skills desired.

The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. legal permanent resident (“Green Card holder”). Prior to starting this position, a government security background clearance will be required. The applicant must be available to participate for 20 Weeks in order to be considered and participate.

This position is in the Yellowstone Center for Resources division, which houses the park’s natural and cultural resources workgroups. Work will be mostly performed in the office, with some opportunities for field work. The position will be based out of the park headquarters in Mammoth Hot Springs, WY, at an elevation of 6300 feet. Five miles to the north is the town of Gardiner, MT - the North Entrance to Yellowstone National Park. Gardiner has a grocery store and restaurants. Livingston, MT is approximately 60 miles away and Bozeman, MT is about 85 miles from Gardiner, MT. When in the field, the individual should anticipate working in mountain weather conditions with the presence of wildlife. It will be fall and winter during the internship, so temperatures will likely start in the 50’s and drop from there. Winter weather can be below freezing and snowing.


  • Applicant must have a valid driver's license to drive a government vehicle.
  • A personal vehicle is recommended for this position.

Park housing is available and will be provided at no cost to the participant. Housing will likely be a private room in a shared house with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities. Basic furniture will be supplied. Bedding, towels, and cooking supplies will need to be brought to the park by the intern. The intern will be responsible for all their own cooking and house cleaning. It is unlikely that housing will have WIFI, although there are locations the individual can access WIFI. No pets are allowed. Verizon tends to be the best cellular service.

Natural Resources, Physical Science, GIS, Data Management, Yellowstone National Park

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