February 24, 2014 to June 22, 2014
BLM Anchorage Field Office
The intern will work with BLM GIS data for the Iditarod National Historic Trail, and one-of-a-kind historic data of national signiﬁcance housed by BLM’s Iditarod National Historic Trail (NHT) program. Primary responsibilities include use BLM Alaska ArcMap GIS program and Iditarod NHT trail data to build and populate a geodatabase from the existing Comprehensive Management Plan for the Trail, and use data scanning and cataloging hardware and software to digitize, inventory, and compile historic maps, photographs, ﬁeld notes, etc. to an existing historic collection (see http://www.arlis.org/resources/special-collections/inhc-collection/ to view the collection). Data will then be physically organized for storage in archival binders, boxes, etc. and transferred to the ﬁnal archival repository. Other tasks may include maintenance and upgrading of the agencies national historic trail website, production of graphic products for public outreach efforts, and limited ﬁeld work at BLM Anchorage Field Oﬃce Campbell Tract Facility in support of public events such as the Ceremonial Start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, Outdoor Week, etc.
1. build and populate a geodatabase, from existing Comprehensive Management Plan (CMP) for the Trail
2. correct mapping errors for Trail geodatabase
3. digitize, inventory, and compile historic maps, photographs, ﬁeld notes, etc. to an existing historic collection, and physically transfer collection to archival facility
4. provide support, help staff BLM Anchorage Field Oﬃce public events, and other initiatives as needed
Enable an update to the Comprehensive Management Plan for the Trail by making previous management recommendations accessible in a GIS format. Preservation via digitization of one of a kind historic data related to the Iditarod NHT. Support for public understanding, education and stewardship for the Iditarod NHT by making historic resources related to the trail easily available to the public and other researchers, media producers, etc.
Informal hands-on training and mentorship with BLM resource experts for the Iditarod NHT, and GIS specialists at work site. Field work safety training provided by BLM as available/necessary.
Extensive northern/winter recreation opportunities in Anchorage, AK including XC skiing and a diversity of winter wildland recreation. Also extensive popular culture and ﬁne arts events as Anchorage is the largest city in AK, and home to 2 universities
Main Area of Focus
Geographic Info Systems (GIS, includes GPS)
Education, Training & Skills Expected