GIS Technician

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The Nature Conservancy

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Charlottesville, VA, United States

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30+ days ago


Charlottesville, Virginia, USA



The mission of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is to conserve the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we develop innovative, on-the-ground solutions to the world’s toughest environmental challenges so that people and nature can thrive. Our work is guided by our values, which include a commitment to diversity and respect for people, communities, and cultures. From a rewarding mission to career development and flexible schedules, there are many reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want to know more? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube to hear stories from staff or visit Glassdoor.

One of TNC’s primary goals is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that employees around the globe have a sense of belonging and feel that their unique contributions are valued. We know we’ll only achieve our mission by hiring and engaging a diverse staff that reflects the communities in which we work. Recognizing that people bring talent and skills that have been developed outside the scope of a job, we take a holistic approach to recruitment that considers life experience in addition to the professional requirements listed in our postings. Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote a popular saying at TNC, “you’ll join for the mission, and you’ll stay for the people.”


TNC in Virginia is looking for an intern to work alongside our Conservation Scientist on projects ranging from land protection to conservation planning. The intern will assist with managing and maintaining conservation databases and providing technical support in GIS. Role may require work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.
The GIS Technician is a full-time, paid, 10-week internship. This position is based in Charlottesville, Virginia with a hybrid work schedule, housing assistance may be available. The internship will run from May-August 2023.

Main responsibilities include:
  • Assisting with maintaining and populating data and records databases and manual files
  • Producing maps and/or other graphic products and reports
  • Developing and maintaining GIS library and/or database products library


Are you looking for a career to help people and nature? Guided by science, TNC creates innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that people and nature can thrive together. We’re looking for someone who is passionate, motivated problem-solver. This position provides an opportunity for someone with GIS knowledge to gain real world experience and exposure to conservation planning activities. Come join TNC and apply today!

This position will be part of our Summer 2023 intern cohort and will receive an orientation, professional development resources, exposure to TNC lands and preserves, and real-world work experience to further academic and/or career goals. Intern term runs from May 30th – August 11th 2023.


  • Associates degree in related field and 2 years related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • At least 24 credit-hours of collegiate-level course work in Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
  • Experience with operating GIS software to conduct spatial analyses using remote sensing data.
  • Experience with coding using Google Earth Engine, and the ability to rapidly learn and apply new code.
  • Expereince with forest ecology and forest conservation topics.
  • Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and web browsers.
  • Must have valid driver’s license, safe driving record (per TNC Auto Safety Program) and provide own transportation and personal automobile insurance.


Since 1951, TNC has been doing work you can believe in. Through grassroots action, we have grown from a small non-profit into one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world. Thanks to more than 1 million members, over 400 scientists, and the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff and partners, we impact conservation around the world!

TNC offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, a 401(k) plan with an 8% employer match, parental leave, accrued paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work well-being benefits. Learn more about our benefits on our Culture Tab on

We’re proud to offer a flexible work environment that supports of the health and well-being of the people we employ.


Full-time, paid, ($26.20/hr) 10-week internship. This position is based in Charlottesville, Virginia with a hybrid work schedule, housing assistance may be available. The internship will run from May-August 2023


This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with TNC’s Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered "high risk drivers." To learn more about the Auto Safety Program, visit under the FAQ section.

Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee's motor vehicle record.


To apply for job ID 52988, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at by 11:59 PM EST on March 19, 2023. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact

The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

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TNC is committed to offering accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application process. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please send a note to with Request for Accommodation in the subject line.

Where legally permissible, TNC requires all new employees to be fully vaccinated and willing to keep up to date with vaccines that protect against COVID-19. By accepting an offer of employment, you agree to comply with this requirement, unless you are entitled to a legally mandated exemption.

An attractive salary and benefits package is part of TNC’s value proposition to our employees. TNC strives to provide competitive pay and bases salaries on the geographic location of the role committing to being equitable across groups and providing hiring salary ranges when possible.

Since we support flexible and remote work for our employees, many positions have a flexible location within countries where we’re registered as a Non-government Organization and established as an employer. This may mean we’re unable to provide a hiring salary range in the posting for some of our positions. However, candidates invited to be part of our interview process will be provided their location specific range upon request.