Virginia Tech School of Public and International Affairs

Virginia Tech School of Public and International Affairs

Job, Internship, and Fellowship Openings for Students and Alumni of the Virginia Tech School of Public and International Affairs

Washigton, DC; Baltimore, MD; Fairfax, VA
GIS Technician/Cartographer, Active Transportation

RK&K is hiring a creative and detail-oriented GIS Specialist/Cartographer in our Active Transportation Team. This is a unique opportunity for a self-starter with initiative to join the organization to help create and sustain the Geographic Information System (GIS) components of our bicycle/pedestrian/complete streets/active transportation projects. This is an extraordinary opportunity to combine your skillset in GIS with your passion for bike/ped and multi-modal transportation.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Maintains a working knowledge of all active transportation programs and customers at RK&K
  • Coordinates with multi-disciplinary divisions companywide on a wide array of transportation mapping and planning projects including transportation planners, engineers, designers, and architects
  • Assists in developing, evaluating and planning new routes and altering existing routes
  • Creates new and updates existing maps for both print and digital publication, for other departments, and for the website.
  • Adapts and maintains all phases of our cartographic workflow.
  • Assists in the development of digital production procedures and spatial databases.
  • Assists in developing and maintaining new route research techniques in collaboration with staff and contractors.

Required Qualifications:

  • Experience with geodatabases and managing spatial data layers; using geoprocessing techniques to convert data between formats, transform data between spatial reference systems, and derive analysis products from data.
  • Experience creating maps and routes for transportation related projects is a must
  • Experience with the ESRI GIS platform and geodatabases, the Adobe Creative Suite, specifically Illustrator and InDesign, and Avenza MaPublisher.
  • Possess a visual sense and have knowledge of map design and layout skills, and knowledge of cartography.
  • Strong interpersonal skills – a person who generates trust and shares knowledge with other staff and the occasional volunteers they will work with.
  • Team player who enjoys working and communicating with others, well-organized and able to meet deadlines while working under pressure.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with PostGIS databases and Microsoft Office.
  • Familiarity in production workflows for offset printing.
  • Familiarity with GPS use for mapping data collection.