Rio Reimagined is a highly-regarded project supported by the late US Senator John McCain and ASU. The projects spans is a 58-mile stretch of the Rio Salado from Granite Reef Dam to State Route 85 including the Rio Salado and Gila Rivers. The project partners the eight communities along the river in creating a vibrant urban riverfront for the Valley.
Project leaders have a need for both short-timeline and longer-term support with building on existing work with gathering and manipulating data, creating and editing custom map products and web viewers, and managing long-term mapping and integrated data storage projects. The short-term need is for contributions to a mapping project with a mid- to late-May deadline.
Please see detailed description below, and if interested in contributing to the project, contact Melissa McCann (Melissa.A.McCann@asu.edu), Director of ASU’s University City Exchange. Also copy Shea Lemar (Shea.Lemar@asu.edu).
- Current Arizona State University Graduate Student or faculty member in GIS or related field
- Strong problem-solving skills
- Able to work in a moderately-paced environment and learn quickly
- Strong organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple projects at once
- Excellent communication skills (oral and written) and a strong commitment to provide superior support to the sustainability and science community
- Ability to work independently as well as with others
- Focus within Geographical Information Systems, Remote Sensing, Cartography, Imagery Analysis, or Urban Geography
- Minimum of 1 year of previous GIS job experience and/or study
- Geographical Information Systems experience/expertise
- Interest in environmental initiatives such as arid urban forestry, heat island mitigation and arid habitat restoration and collaborations
- Ability to work part-time over the summer
- Community service and public outreach experience
ABOUT THE JOB
The ASU University City Exchange (UCX) is looking for a graduate student or faculty member in GIS or a related field to fulfill a range of duties. The position duties include but are not limited to:
- Assisting ASU researchers and community-based organizations in obtaining and manipulating data and imagery
- Creating and editing custom map products and web viewers
- Manipulating and editing geographic datasets
- Managing long-term mapping, and integrated data storage projects with ASU faculty, researchers, staff and local government and NGO stakeholders
The applicant should possess strong problem-solving skills and the ability to learn quickly. Work with the ASU UCX is moderately-paced and constantly changing, so the applicant must have exceptional organizational skills and the ability to work independently as well as with others on specific tasks and deadlines. Interns may work within their own setting or within the UCX office.
Position Schedule: Approximately 10 hrs/week until the end of May, approximately 3 to 5 hours/week until the end of April 2022 or as minor updates are required over time, with the possibility to increase GIS geographic datasets and mapping over the summer – June through September 2021.
Reimbursement: There may be an opportunity for payment for these services dependent on experience and tasks. The hourly wage is anticipated to be $12/hour.
ABOUT ASU UCX
Through our work at Arizona State University, University City Exchange, has been fortunate to form a strong partnership with a number of federal, state and local governments as well as non-governmental organizations such as SRP, Unlimited Potential, Arizona Sustainability Alliance | AZSA and others for the Rio Reimagined – Rio Salado Project, the most recent Urban Waters river revitalization location along the Salt-Gila corridor spanning 58 miles, eight river communities including six cities and two native American communities within the burgeoning Phoenix Metropolitan area. Our partners are focused on conservation, restoration, heat, education, science to support diverse, sustainable and resilient communities as well as waterways across Arizona. By engaging their network to advance effective climate solutions across Metro Phoenix, they continue to provide exemplary and successful climate education, environmental stewardship, public advocacy for sustainability, community resilience solutions and local community engagement in applied projects and initiatives. They have a proven track record of success in implementing environmental and sustainability practices with measurable quantitative and qualitative results. Their focus includes essential work on our Arizona waterways which enhance environmental, social, and economic conditions in an equitable and sustainable manner.
The ASU University City Exchange was formed to ensure a continuous, nimble, and coordinated address to the pairing of institution and place. In this role, the UCX develops integrative project frameworks which unite the deep capacity of the university with critical urban resilience issues at all scales. Projects range from urban plans reflecting multi-stakeholder objectives to constructed projects in urban settings to expansive thought-leadership efforts related to long-term sustainability. One of these projects is the Rio Reimagined, a collaborative partnership between the eight community stakeholders along the Salt and Gila river corridors within Metro Phoenix. In alignment with our mission at the ASU UCX, the Rio Reimagined, a historically significant and underutilized natural resource, has been reimagined as a unifying public space that engages and supports social interaction. This project reaches hundreds of community stakeholders along the river corridor, engaging diverse Valley communities to explore ways to reconnect the splendor of our collective green infrastructure which enhances urban community resilience, social equity, environmental
In the course of our current work, we have been working with an ASU GIS resource to provide geospatial support, mapping, and GIS/remote sensing solutions to researchers and partners in the sustainability community. We collaborate with researchers and communities to complete their environmental goals in a safe, timely, and efficient manner by providing expertise, skills and resources to complete data collection, visualization, public outreach and documentation. Our goal is to continue to build upon heat and environmental research and integrate a range of platforms which represent state-of-the-art techniques from the geospatial field to effectively solve problems within our region.
The University City Exchange lies within the ASU Office of the President. We are located on the Arizona State University Tempe campus within the Novus Innovation District.