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GIS-geographer Intern

The Golden Gate National Recreation Area is a unit of the National Park Service that protects 80,002 acres of ecologically and historically significant landscapes on the Pacific Coast of the San Francisco Bay Area. The park has a rich history stretching back two hundred years. Native American culture, Spanish Empire frontier, California Gold Rush, the evolution of American coastal fortifications, and the growth of urban San Francisco are all elements of the multilayered identity of Golden Gate. 

GGNRA works to survey, identify, document, interpret, and protect archeological resources within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area boundary. The intern will initially be working directly with the supervisor to assess their knowledge, skills, and abilities in addition to receiving direction on how to proceed with the work. As the intern gains knowledge of the tasks at hand, they will work more independently, but always have access to supervisor for questions as they arise. There will be opportunities to conduct field work and site visits to Alcatraz.

The project is a continuation of work being conducted on visualizing the historic landscapes of Alcatraz in order to predict the potential for archeological resources. The project began with the digitization and rectification of late 19th and early 20th century maps of Alcatraz. The current work will build upon that foundation by digitizing the buildings and structures illustrated on these maps, generating a 3-dimensional virtual world which can be used for interpretation and predictive modeling.

Internship Tasks

  • archival research
  • digitize buildings and structures in SketchUp Make
  • export to COLLADA or 3DS file
  • import SketchUp Make models created into ArcGIS and ArcScene
  • compare topographies and buildings in ArcScene


  • An ability to create line drawings and understand the relation of 2-dimensional drawings to 3-dimensional reality.
  • Prior work with SketchUp Make is ideal, but not necessary, as it is a very intuitive software program. Prior experience with GIS programs such as ESRI’s ArcMap and ArcScene is also preferred but not necessary.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
San Francisco, CA
Preferred Majors or Experience: 
Preference to juniors and seniors, but qualified sophomores are also encouraged to apply. This internship is suitable for those majoring in Anthropology, Archeology, Architectural Design, Computer Science, History, Symbolic Systems, and Urban Studies