GIS Technician - U.S. Geological Survey

The Minerals Program of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is compiling a geospatial database of the mines and mineral deposits of the United States. The program has openings for GIS technicians to work on the project.

Work description: The GIS technicians capture the location and nature of mine features by heads up digitizing from georeferenced raster images of topographic and other maps using ArcGIS 10.5+ software. Additional duties include georeferencing of maps, file and data management, data review and data quality control. Once proficient in capturing mine features, approximately 25% of the technicians' time is devoted to capturing information on geology, production, resources, and history of the most important mines in the U.S.


  • United State Citizen.
  • Minimum 18 years old.
  • Bachelor's degree in geology, with strong GIS experience. The degree must have been received within 12 months of the hiring date. Enrollment or receipt of a GIS certificate does not confer eligibility unless it is part of a degree program.
  • Proficiency with ArcGIS 10.3+ software.

Terms: Candidates will be employed as independent contractors under USGS Student Contractor rules. The pay is $16 to $20 per hour billable bi-weekly. All time worked is paid at the hourly rate with no overtime rate. There are no benefits and no paid relocation. A federal background check is required. The work schedule is full time; 40 hours per week. The maximum contract term is two years.

Location: USGS Central Mineral and Environmental Resources Science Center, Federal Center, Denver, Colorado.

To apply

Interested candidates contact Jeff Mauk:

The USGS intends to fill 1-2 positions. Resumes must be submitted on or before 30 October 2017.

Please include (1) a cover letter that describes your background, experience, and what motivated you to apply for the position, (2) your resume, and (3) a copy of your transcripts.

Further information

Further information related to the project is on the following websites:

posted: 17 October 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.