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GIS Internship Opportunities

The School of Geography & Earth Sciences offers GIS internships for interested students who excel in GIS courses. To qualify for these internships, students need at least a B+ in relevant GIS courses at the third or fourth year level. These are competitive internships, where the students need to interview for the position (enrolling in GEOG 3MI3 or EARTH SC 3IN3/4IN3 does not guarantee a position will be awarded). Students will gain valuable job experience as well as course credit in either GEOG 3MI3 or EARTH SC 3IN3 / 4IN3. These internships change from year to year. Please watch this page for updates on different internship positions.

Past off-campus internships have included: The Weather Network, EXP Consulting, Royal Botanical Gardens, Hamilton Conservation Authority and Canada Centre for Inland Waters. Past campus internships included: McMaster Institute for Transport and Logistics, Lloyd G. Reeds Map Library, EcoLab and faculty members from Anthropology, Sociology, Geography and Earth Sciences.  For more information on the internships on this page, please contact Patrick DeLuca

1. Hamilton Conservation Authority (Fall 2016)

Job Summary

The Hamilton Region Conservation Authority (HRCA) produces mapping of regulated areas within its jurisdiction. A specific component of this requires modeling of confined valley systems, where a stream flows near an associated valley slope that meets certain criteria. Using Manifold System GIS, the objective will be to generate polygons that represent HRCA regulated areas within confined valley systems. The model consists of a series of scripts that build polygons using a set of parameters in compliance with regulation mapping guidelines. There will be significant use of digital elevation models (DEM) and orthophoto interpretation. Training will be provided.

Qualifications

  • Must be enrolled in EARTH SC 3IN3, GEOG 3MI3 or EARTH SC 4IN3 and have a minimum B+ grade in a third year McMaster University GIS course (either: Advanced Raster GIS (3GI3) or Advanced Vector GIS (3GV3)
  • Knowledge or use of Manifold and Tatuk software beneficial, however, training will be provided
  • Experience working with digital elevation models (3GI3)
  • Experience working with satellite imagery (3SR3)
  • Self-motivated
  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail
  • Able to handle confidential information in a secure and professional manner
  • Strong computer skills with MS Office

2. Exp Consulting (Fall 2016)

Job Summary

Exp’s Hamilton Office is looking for and Environmental Division internship student to join our team. The successful candidate will be working in the Environmental Division exp’s Hamilton office (80 Bancroft Street).

The position will mainly involve updating and improving exp’s GIS database, including georeferencing aerial photographs and fire insurance plans and other digitizing of vector-based data.

New projects and opportunities are always presenting themselves at exp. Depending on exp’s workload, the successful candidate will also be expected to aid staff with database queries, historical research, drafting and technical report writing.

Opportunities may exist where the candidate may be called upon to help with large remediation projects, including mapping of soil/groundwater impacts or 3D modeling using ArcGIS 3D Analyst extension

Qualifications

  • Must be enrolled in EARTH SC 3IN3, GEOG 3MI3 or EARTH SC 4IN3 and have a minimum B+ grade in a third year McMaster University GIS course (either: Advanced Raster GIS (3GI3) or Advanced Vector GIS (3GV3)
  • Have an interest in, experience with or desire to work in the consulting sector
  • Confident with ArcGIS 10x
  • Organized
  • Self-motivated
  • Ready to take initiative
  • Energetic
  • Understanding / awareness of environmental practices, techniques, and issues
  • Experience with AutoCAD is an asset, but not mandatory
  • Experience with fieldwork is an asset but not mandatory

3. Mills Library (Fall 2016)

Job Summary

The Maps, Data, GIS Department in the McMaster University Library is seeking a student intern who is interested in building interactive exhibits that link items in its digital collection (maps, plans, aerial photos, etc.), link them to broader contexts and stories, and communicate this information to the public. Such topics for exhibits include (but are not limited to): The history of the McMaster campus; Historical development in Hamilton; Various battles and events in World War I and World War II. In this position, the intern will assume a variety of responsibilities and will develop a range of skills, including historical research, knowledge dissemination, historical GIS analysis, georeferencing, and geospatial web server administration. Interested individuals can contact Jay Brodeur: Manager-Maps, Data, GIS at brodeujj@mcmaster.ca

4. Stewards of Cootes Watershed

Job Summary

Stewards of Cootes Watershed has held 161 separate cleanups over the last 4 years removing over 277,000 lbs of debris and litter. We have volunteers who then adopt a reach of watershed to maintain the pristine condition that we have achieved. We also resolve systemic watershed stressors of a wide variety. This fall we will be expanding our work into the Red Hill Watershed. This position will be based on a prioritized set of tasks from the following list:

A) Development of a GIS for documenting Group Cleanups

  • Refining graphic showing that part of the entire watershed which is the Area of Interest for SCW utilizing 1m contour data
  • Dividing our Area of Interest in polygons to define Stewardship routes
  • Define our work to date according to the length of shoreline and area cleaned up
  • Historical documentation of location and extent of cleanups to date
  • Defining our Area of Interest by land use
  • Defining our Area of Work as a subset of Area of Interest to remove those areas that we don’t have access to or are under active stewardship of the landowners
  • Graphic division of the neighbourhoods in our community by sewer outfalls will allow people to better understand the effects their lot management practices have on the watershed
  • Training of staff and key volunteers in the use of the system

B) Development of a GIS system for SCW Monthly Stewardship Program

  • Migration of Monthly Stewardship routes from Google Earth to GIS System
  • Development of capacity to have photos pinned within the system
  • Training of staff and key volunteers in the use of the system
  • Consideration of web-based access to the system for all monthly stewards

C) Establishment of Internal GIS Capability

  • Research any no-cost options for acquiring private ownership details / establish a protocol for acquiring such information
  • Organize volunteers to collect private ownership through City Hall tax rolls or self-identified owners
  • Definition of potential and limitations of using cell phones or dedicated GPS equipment to translate property lines in GPS into locations out in the field
  • Collection of historic place names of water courses and waterways

5. BARC Base Map Project (Fall 2016)

Job Summary

The Bay Area Restoration Council produces digital and printed materials that include illustrations of Hamiton Harbour and its watershed. We currently are seeking a McMaster student intern (individual or small group) to research, prepare and supply a GIS base map of this area and its main features. This base map will be used in future by BARC for cartographic purposes in webpages, printed reports and public presenations, and for analytic purposes in subsequent research into Harbour-related issues. The Project consists of the following parts:

  • GIS base map of Hamilton Harbour and its watershed, including major geographic features
  • Brief workshop with BARC staff to explain GIS tools and capabililties
  • Brief analysis of BARC’s website and other digital tools with suggestions for the effective use of maps and other illustrations in our programs and communications

he project/database should be produced with common and up-to-date software to enable BARC to most easily use the map for future purposes. The project/database will become property of BARC. Attribution will be given to the intern and the Centre for Spatial Analysis. The intern is invited to write about their experience in BARC’s blog. An honorarium of at least $250 will be provided upon successful completion of the Project.

McMaster University - Faculty of Science

Mailing Address

School of Geography and Earth Sciences
McMaster University

General Sciences Building, Room 206
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
L8S 4K1

Contact Information

Office Hours:
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Telephone Inquiries:
+1 (905) 525-9140 ext.24535
Email Inquiries:
sges@mcmaster.ca

McMaster University - Faculty of Science

Mailing Address

School of Geography and Earth Sciences
McMaster University

General Sciences Building, Room 206
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
L8S 4K1

Contact Information

Office Hours:
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Telephone Inquiries:
(905) 525-9140 ext. 24535
Email Inquiries:
sges@mcmaster.ca