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GIS Specialist Resource Assistant


Individual Placement/Internships

Job Location

5075 N. Highway 89, Flagstaff, Arizona

Tracking Code


Position Type


Coconino National Forest


Term of positions is 26 weeks; full-time 40 hrs/wk


5075 N. Highway 89, Flagstaff, AZ 86004


$18.75/hour, plus $1000 housing allowance (equivalent to $24.52/hr for 40 hr work week)

Start Date:

January 2024

Application Due Date:

Preference given to applicants that submit application by December 10, 2023

Position Title

GIS Specialist Resource Assistant


Position Details

Stewards Individual Placement Program (Stewards) provides individuals with service and career opportunities to strengthen communities and preserve our natural resources. Participants work with federal agencies, tribal governments, and nonprofits building institutional capacity, developing community relationships, and supporting ecosystem health.


Stewards in partnership with the Coconino National Forest is seeking a GIS Specialist Resource Assistant to support the USFS Heritage Program. The mission and purpose of the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Program in the USDA Forest Service is to improve land management through better geospatial data management. The mission and purpose of the USDA Forest Service Heritage Program is to protect and shares significant cultural resources on public lands, ensuring that future generations can understand the human stories present on the landscapes of our national forests and grasslands.


The Resource Assistant will:

  • Search databases
  • Examine heritage inventory reports
  • Analyze and compare hard copy map products with digital resources and database records,
  • Scan/geo-reference hard copy maps, and
  • Enter data as necessary to correct the corporate database (NRM Heritage) records.


The end of project goal is to fill in a critical gap of heritage inventory records in the area around the San Francisco Peaks.



Minimum Requirements:

  • This position requires an educational background (certificate, Bachelors or Masters) in Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
  • Candidates with a background in a different land management field (biology, ecology, environmental science/studies, anthropology, etc...) will be considered as long as they have a demonstrated background in and knowledge of GIS.
  • Desired educational background and interest in anthropology/archaeology/history or heritage as well.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and be insurable by Conservation Legacy (over 21 years old or drivers license for at least three years).




  • $1000.00/month living allowance. (pre-tax)
  • $50/monthly commuting allowance. (pre-tax)
  • $2750.00 Professional Development and Travel fund.
  • On-the-job training related to position responsibilities.


*The USFS Resource Assistant Program (RAP) is a rigorous, immersive, paid internship providing developmental and training opportunities for individuals interested in learning more about Forest Service careers. After completing a minimum of 960 hours of satisfactory work and an associate degree, RA’s may acquire a two-year certificate of noncompetitive hiring eligibility. The certificate enables participants to apply to internal merit announcements for qualifying permanent General Schedule FS positions as well as a Direct Hire Authority for FS Career positions.


How to Apply
Apply on-line at:  In addition to your resume, please submit a one page cover letter highlighting why you are interested in this position and how your background and experience will help you succeed in this position.


Application Questions: Please contact Roddy Cobb Jr. at for any questions.


Conservation Legacy is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to hiring a breadth of diverse professionals and encourage members of diverse groups to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, political affiliation, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during application or recruiting process, please send a request to the hiring manager.


This position is located at 5075 N. Highway 89, Flagstaff, AZ. View the Google Map in full screen.