GIS / Outreach Intern

Position Announcement: GIS / Outreach Intern

The non-profit Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests seeks an enthusiastic and motivated individual for the position of GIS / Outreach Intern. The successful candidate will have excellent oral and written communications skills and a strong interest land conservation and stewardship.

This is a part-time seasonal position based in Concord, NH.  The GIS / Outreach Intern will work on assigned projects and with staff from different areas of the organization.     

The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests is a statewide land conservation organization that was founded in 1901 to protect New Hampshire’s most important landscapes and promote wise use of its renewable natural resources.  Today, with 9,400 member households and over 40 employees, the Forest Society owns 172 reservations in 102 communities across the state, and has interests and monitoring responsibilities for 818 conservation easements.  With ongoing programs in advocacy, land protection and sustainable forest management, the Forest Society consistently ranks among the nation’s top land trusts and has been a leader in setting the standard for American land protection.    If you enjoy working both independently and in a cooperative team-approach in a challenging, at times fast-paced, but always rewarding, setting you may be the right person for this position.

If you’re interested in becoming a member of the dedicated Forest Society staff email a resume and cover letter by April 15th, 2019 to Carrie Deegan, Volunteer & Community Engagement Manger (or mail a hard copy resume and cover letter to The Society for the Protection of NH Forests c/o: Carrie Deegan) • 54 Portsmouth Street • Concord, NH 03301-5400. 

The Forest Society is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.   

No phone calls please.

Full Job Description

        Reports to: Emily Lord, Digital Outreach Manager                  

        Salary Range: TBD contingent on funding

        Exempt/Nonexempt                Full time/Part time              Temporary yes/no

Position Summary:

This seasonal internship is designed to provide a student with appropriate skills an opportunity to work alongside professional staff to achieve the conservation goals of the Forest Society. The intern will be assigned specific project-related tasks and objectives, and will have the chance to learn by shadowing staff in different departments of the organization and participate in staff meetings and events.  This position is open to current post-secondary and graduate students with significant GIS/Mapping skills and a strong interest in communications related to conservation and land stewardship.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work with Outreach, Reservation Stewardship and Easement Stewardship staff to develop and publish several StoryMaps using ArcGIS Online StoryMap templates.  These StoryMaps will interpret different areas of the Forest Society’s work to the public in an interactive and engaging way.  
  • Development and assessment of content for our Forest Explorer web-based mobile trails platform.  Intern will collect field data (photos, points of interest) at select forest reservations and will develop interpretive maps and content for publication on our Forest Explorer webpage.  This effort requires familiarity with GaiaGPS (or similar mobile navigation app) and GoogleMaps.   Intern may also beta-test existing Forest Explorer map experiences and make adjustments so that they work better.  
  • GIS and other map-making in support of Outreach and Reservation Stewarship. Intern will work with Forest Society staff to produce maps for an online Reservations Guide, as well as kiosks.
  • Work as part of the Outreach Team on public field trips, hikes and volunteer workdays to collect media that can be shared on various platforms (website, social media)
  • Participate in Monadnock Trails week, staff field day, and monthly staff meetings as available. 
  • Contribute to SPNHF website and social media content with images, videos, and stories
  • Other duties as assigned


By the end of this internship, the intern should have  produced content for and created several Forest Explorer mobile trail map experiences, developed and published 1-2 StoryMaps interpreting aspects of the Forest Society’s work, and participated in other outreach activities of the Forest Society, including digital outreach. A successful internship will also have allowed the intern to learn about the multiple roles played by staff in a larger non-profit land trust, including development, stewardship, and administration.

Qualifications and Skills Required:

  • Background in environmental education, conservation, geography or communications
  • Experience with ArcGIS, including StoryMaps
  • Experience editing and creating maps in GoogleMaps
  • Experience working with blogs or content-editable websites also a plus.
  • Self- motivated individual with an outgoing and friendly personality, strong communication skills, and communications skills.
  • Exhibits good judgment, self-confidence, and common sense
  • Valid Driver’s License, proof of insurance, reliable transportation, and a working cell phone

Opportunities for Educational Growth:

  • Intern will receive some training in editing a Drupal website, and collecting and creating Forest Explorer content
  • Will develop collaborative working and problem solving skills interacting with professional staff
  • Will have opportunities to see how one of the nation’s leading land trusts operates, through participation in staff meetings and events, and job shadowing.   

Working Conditions:

  • This position includes a mix of office work and outdoor work
  • ~32 hours per week; days, evenings, and weekends May – September
  • This position may require outdoor work in all weather conditions

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to work at a desk/computer for significant portions of a work day
  • Ability to walk up to three miles on a trail (Five Hikes) with a day pack
  • Ability to use hand tools to perform trail work tasks (Trail Week)