GIS Internship

Internship Opportunity at the Thurston Regional Planning Council



The Thurston Regional Planning Council (TRPC) is looking for a capable, self-starter to join its staff as an intern beginning in early March 2017. The internship is expected to last 3 to 4 months. Compensation is $15 per hour.  Work schedule will be determined within the traditional 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. workday. Anticipated hourly commitment per week is 30-40 hours. Applicants are encouraged to submit materials by February 24th, 2017.  The position is open until filled.

Please send resume and letter of interest to:
Jared Burbidge, Deputy Director
Thurston Regional Planning Council
2424 Heritage Court SW, Suite A
Olympia, WA   98502

The Internship:


The intern will assist with the development of a sidewalk inventory for the City of Lacey and its Urban Growth Area. The intern will work under the supervision of senior GIS staff at TRPC to develop a GeoDatabase of sidewalk infrastructure for use in the development of a Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan for the City of Lacey.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Knowledgeable in the use of ArcGIS software suite.
  • Experience developing and editing data in ESRI Geodatabase format.
  • Experience developing metadata for GIS datasets.
  • Excellent record keeping and organizational capabilities; careful attention to detail; comfortable working with numbers; public service oriented.  
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing, via e-mail and over the telephone. 
  • Experience operating a PC in Windows environment.  Experience using word processing and spreadsheet applications.
  • Ability to conduct research and gather data using the Internet.
  • Interest/career plans in GIS, regional planning, demographic and economic trends, and/or local government affairs.

Internship Preparatory for Future Work in:

Local and regional planning; data collection, research and information services; demographic and economic analysis; Geographic Information Systems (GIS); professional work in public and/or non-profit setting.