Proposed Internship Projects, Planning and Development Division
Title: Parks Geographic Information System (GIS) and Computer aided
Dispatch (CAD) Special Projects
Description: The Park Planning Section has analyzed park inventory data and countywide aerial photography to classify park land use/land cover into five generalized categories. Intern would use GIS and aerial photos to update these maps and perform data analysis and reports. This information will better enable the PAB and staff to make decisions related to park planning and resource management. Other GIS and CAD projects will also be assigned and may include mapping of park features on-site in parks using GPS.
Requirements: Geographic Information Systems, Planning or Land Use Studies, Landscape Architecture. You must be proficient in GIS or CAD.
Title: Park Planning Intern
Description: The Park Planning Intern will work with the Park Planning team to support long range park planning efforts, individual park master plan projects, land development impact review, GIS mapping projects, and/or AutoCAD design of park sites. Responsibilities may include attending planning team meetings; assisting with logistics of planning public outreach meetings; evaluating rezoning applications and site plans for impacts to parkland; working on park master plan conceptual designs, updating park data layers in GIS, conducting research and writing reports. Depending on the areas of assignment, there may be an opportunity to interact with staff in other county agencies, such as Planning & Zoning, Public Works, and Community Revitalization.
Requirements: Coursework in geography, land use planning, public policy planning and analysis, landscape architecture, park and recreation planning, and/or natural resource management. Good research and writing skills, attention to detail. Microsoft Office computer skills. Some ArcInfo GIS and/or AutoCAD experience is required if the student seeks to work on GIS and CAD projects.
Schedule: The intern will be expected to make a commitment to work 20-40 hours per week for at least 10 weeks (start and end dates are flexible). The position is unpaid, but the Park Authority will work with the student on necessary paperwork if course credit is being sought and a written letter of recommendation will be provided at the successful completion of the internship. A structured orientation program will be provided to interns during their first few weeks on the job and a meeting with senior managers and the Park Authority Board will be scheduled.