Job Opening – GIS Technician at The Polis Center

polisThe Polis Center is an applied research center of the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts dedicated to researching and applying geographic information technologies to real-world challenges.  We work collaboratively with a diverse group of partners to build understanding of issues through creative uses of information technology, especially geographic information systems (GIS). Our motto is, “We bring things into perspective.”

Job Summary:  The Polis Center at IUPUI is seeking a graduate student or exceptional undergraduate student to support the data analysis needs for a project that it is doing for the Georgia Emergency Management Agency. Project tasks may include:

  • Applying GIS to analyze economic and social impacts on populations, buildings, and critical infrastructure related to flood, hurricane, and tornado hazards.
  • Database editing, manipulation, and querying
  • Writing risk assessment reports
  • Quality control

This is a part-time position, approximately 20 hours per week. Work hours can be arranged around class schedules.

Qualifications:  The successful candidate will have the following attributes and skills:

  • Familiarity with multiple types of Esri data formats such as shapefiles, personal geodatabases, and file geodatabases
  • Experience working with ArcGIS desktop application
  • Experience with ArcMap Spatial Analyst extension is a plus, but is not required
  • Experience working with LiDAR and DEM datasets is a plus, but is not required
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office 2007 or later – particularly Word, Excel and Access
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Be able to work both independently and as part of a team

Compensation:  $10.50–$12.50 based on experience

The Polis Center is located at 1200 Waterway Blvd Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46202.

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to Melissa Gona at

IUPUI is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Institution.

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