GIS AmeriCorps Opportunity
- From: Harlan Onsrud [mailto:onsrud@...]
Sent: Thu 6/29/2006 9:49 AM
To: Patricia Solis
Cc: lphelps@...; englest@...
Subject: GIS AmeriCorps Opportunity
Attached is the information sent into AmeriCorps in hopes of recruiting an
AmeriCorps Member to work with our programs this next year. If you know of
individuals and/or groups that you could share this info. with that would be
Basically this person would be working with the Center for Community GIS and
Cooperative Extension in Farmington, Maine to provide training to 4-H
volunteers, staff and teachers and doing consultation work. Stephen Engle
would be their supervisor and they would be housed at the Center for Community
GIS in Farmington.
This position has been approved by AmeriCorps and I believe the stipend/living
allowance is $10,900 for an 11 month contract. Also the person receives
health insurance and an educational award of about $4,800 once they have
completed their contract. The educational award can go towards student loans
and/or tuition. There is also a benefit with regard to interest for student
loans during the time of the AmeriCorps contract. While it is definitely not
a position in which a person will earn a tremendous amount of money it is an
incredible experience for someone. The person will be housed at the Center
for Community GIS in Farmington Maine which has many other exciting projects
Below is the application we sent into the AmeriCorps Program. If a potential
applicant has further questions they can contact Stephen Engle or myself. The
person would officially apply through the following website
Thanks for your help with spreading the word.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension
PO Box 9300
Portland, Maine 04104
1-800-287-1471 (In Maine)
Fax: (207) 780-4382
4-H ... is a community of young people across America who are learning
leadership, citizenship and life skills.
1) Program/Site Name:
Maine Community Mapping Program
Center for Community GIS (Farmington, Maine)
2) Give a brief two line description of the program (200 characters). This is
the first exposure potential members will have with your program. Within that
length limit, write a statement that best sells your program. What can you say
that will prompt a prospect to click on your 2-lines to get your full
The Maine Community Mapping Program (MeCMP) empowers students, teachers, and
volunteers to utilize digital mapping technologies (e.g., GIS, GPS) to conduct
mapping projects that focus on local communities and real issues.
3) Enter your program description. What is the mission? Who is the audience
served? What information about the program would you like to highlight? (2000
characters or less)
The Maine Community Mapping Program (MeCMP) is a partnership between the
Center for Community GIS (CCGIS), University of Maine Cooperative Extension
(UMCE), Maine Geographic Alliance, and University of Maine at Farmington. The
program trains and supports educators (formal, informal, pre-service),
educational outreach staff (e.g., extension officers), and volunteers (e.g.,
4-H club leaders) to undertake local mapping projects that involve K-12 youth
in real-world geographical explorations that tackle local issues and needs
identified by a community partner. The primary audience that selected the
AmeriCorps member will support through this position includes UMCE staff and
volunteers involved with supporting the Maine 4-H program.
Interest in Community Mapping has been increasing rapidly in Maine, so much so
that staff at CCGIS and UMCE have been unable to keep up with demands for GIS
training and support. This position is an excellent opportunity to make a
positive contribution to the MeCMP's efforts to increase the technical and
organizational capacity of teachers and volunteers to engage a larger body of
students in community mapping. Whether focused on trail mapping, emergency
response, safe routes to school, or inventorying historical sites, Community
Mapping projects have been repeatedly shown to positively impact local
communities, teach youth new skills, promote civic engagement, and satisfy
state-mandated learning standards.
4) What will your AmeriCorps members do? Describe the position. (1000
characters or less)
The AmeriCorps member's primary responsibilities will include geospatial
technology (GIS, GPS, digital mapping) training and on-demand GIS consultation
and technical assistance. In terms of specific tasks, the AmeriCorps member
will assist with helping to: organize and co-facilitate group trainings at
locations around the state (recruiting participants, making arrangements,
prepping lessons and materials, instruction); troubleshoot technical issues
and answer questions for individuals; generate training materials and
documentation focused on different technologies, software programs, or themes;
complete maps and provide custom data sets; maintain communication and
dialogue within the growing network of MeCMP participants; and publicize and
disseminate model projects inside and outside the network, Cooperative
Extension, and the 4-H program.
5) Identify 5 keywords or phrases a potential member would type in to find a
program like yours:
GIS (Geographic Information Systems)
Technical assistance and training
GPS (Global Positioning Systems)
6) Identify the field of service in which your member will be serving?
Children and Youth
7) What of the following skills would you like potential members to possess
Public Speaking X
***Technical competency with digital mapping tools (Geographic Information
Systems, Global Positioning Systems) is essential.***
8) Do you have an educational requirement?
We do not have a minimum degree requirement although graduate level is
preferable. The position demands a person who combines technical skills
mastery with teaching capabilities and a love of working with others (i.e.,
educational technologist). Essential mapping technologies and skills to be
possessed by candidates are not necessarily the most advanced and complex.
Capacity to work independently essential and attention to detail are musts.
Web and graphic design skills preferred. Personal transportation is required.
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