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Student Employment, Kansas Geological Survey

This position open only to students enrolled at the University of Kansas.

Working Job Title: Assistant GIS/Cartography Specialist (2950621-2)
One to two positions available.
Regular Hourly or Work Study
Hourly Rate: $9.90-10.50, depending on qualifications
Length of Appointment: Continuous, starting on or about February 3, 2014.
KGS Section: GIS Support/Cartographic Services (JD)
Hours Per Week: 20 hours per week during academic year and breaks; 30-40 hours per week during summer (possibly)
Business Hours: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday


  1. Develop cartographic and geological databases from preliminary electronic data and/or paper maps.
  2. Close visual inspection of digital maps and data.
  3. Ability to maintain concentration on a task.
  4. Analyze graphic displays and create and edit spatial databases.
  5. Populate attribute fields in databases and write geospatial metadata.
  6. Use graphics skills to design and edit map layouts and other documents.

Required Qualifications

  1. KU student, meeting minimum 6 hour enrollment requirements during the academic year.
  2. Experience with ArcGIS or similar geographic information system (GIS) software.
  3. Ability to read topographic and other maps in both digital and hard-copy formats.
  4. Ability to interpret landscapes from a topographic map.
  5. Visualization of map feature relationships in 3 dimensions.
  6. Excellent communication skills and ability to follow precise verbal and written instructions.

Interviews will include an explanation of use and operation of the equipment and may include a trial digitizing exercise and a test of basic GIS skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Computer programming, especially Python, Model Builder, C++, or Visual Basic in ArcGIS or other contexts.
  2. Major in geology, geography, or related field.
  3. Artistic ability in rendering stratigraphic columns and cross sections.
  4. Experience with graphics software such as Adobe Illustrator and Corel Draw, or computer-aided drafting and design (CADD) software.
  5. Experience in digitizing maps.
  6. Experience with database and/or spreadsheet software such as Microsoft Access and/or Excel.
  7. Ability to follow precise verbal and written instructions.
  8. Available to work 20 hours per week during the academic year, including breaks. All hours are between 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Mon-Fri, with a minimum of 3-4 hour blocks of time.

Procedures for Applying

Apply online at, Complete the online application and attach a resume. Cover letter addressing the required and preferred qualifications is welcome but not required. Position number is 00008347.

Person to Contact

Annette Delaney, Kansas Geological Survey
Phone: 864-2152
Fax: 864-5317

Closing Date for Applications

January 23, 2014

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Placed online Dec. 19, 2013
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