Post-Bac Fellow Job Description

Below is the official job description for the position of Smith College Spatial Analysis Fellow (post-baccalaureate fellowship). For more information about the Fellowship, you may want to view the About, How to Apply, or Information for Recommenders pages. 

Dept:  Environmental Science and Policy
Title: Post-Baccalaureate Spatial Analysis Fellow
Position Control:
Grade: X
FLSA Status:Non-exempt
Date: July 1, 2014 (start date is flexible, between July 2014 and August 2014)
Reports to (position): GIS Specialist, Coordinator of the Spatial Analysis Lab


Provide research, technical, and administrative support for the broad range of programs and activities undertaken by the Smith College Spatial Analysis Lab (SAL). Support activities include: developing curricular materials for classes and workshops using GIS and GPS technology, and working with faculty and students to assist with geospatial research methods in campus scholarship. Additional responsibilities include documenting, maintaining, and acquiring spatial data, maintaining lab equipment and associated software.


Class & Individual Support (40%):  Provide support as a Teaching Assistant for Smith’s Introductory GIS Class (GEO/ENV 150: Modelling Our World). Develop and lead in-class GIS and spatial thinking activities related to course material on an as-needed basis for Smith College classes from Environmental Science, Geoscience, Sociology, Architecture, and other departments. Help supervise student lab assistants. Provide GIS and GPS instruction to faculty and students. Support all GIS/GPS workshops.

Data Documentation, Maintenance, and Acquisition (20%):  Provide administrative and program support to the GIS Specialist in maintaining the Lab’s spatial data collection, and acquire or generate new digital materials to support classroom and research requirements. Generate metadata as required to meet college, national and state standards.  Help promote data standards and guidelines to the user base.

Equipment and Software Maintenance (20%):  Ensure all lab equipment is in working order, charged and ready for class or individual use.  Install updates, firmware, and datasets as required to all GPS units, total stations, and laser range finders.  Administer equipment sign-out, delivery, and return system.  Process field data for user community as needed.

Administrative Support (10%):  Provide support as needed for internal and external programs and activities. Activities may include: poster printing, conference planning and logistics, outreach activities, web page updates, database maintenance, and other administrative duties as required.

Other (10%): Support other Smith College GIS/GPS activities, such as spatial data collection and map production for administrative offices and special events at Smith. Attend 1-2 regional conferences a year with the opportunity to present about research and curriculum development work. There is also a possibility for the Fellow to work on personal research projects or skill development (e.g. through auditing a class) as time allows.


Education/Experience:  Bachelor’s degree. Research or direct project experience with Geographic Information Systems, and Global Positioning Systems required.

Skills: Well developed organizational and both written and verbal communication skills. Attention to detail very important.  Skills in computer programming, web based APIs, and database management experience highly desirable.