Project Title: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician Position

Faculty Sponsor: Greg Rybarczyk

Department: Earth and Resource Science

Telephone: 810.762.3355


Project Description: The project largely consists of undertaking research, education and extension activities aimed at understanding the disparities in access to healthy foods in the state of Michigan. Our goal is to promote strategies for enhancing food security of underserved populations in the state. The project will focus on 18 towns and cities in 14 counties in Michigan. These include Sault Ste. Marie, Brimley/Bay Mills (Chippewa County), and St. Ignace (Mackinac County) - these are northern towns in the Upper Peninsula that abut Native American reservations; Holland (Ottawa County), Muskegon (Muskegon County), Benton Harbor (Berrien County), and Grand Rapids (Kent County) in the west; Flint (Genessee County), Saginaw (Saginaw County), Lansing (Ingham County), and Kalamazoo (Kalamazoo County) in the central part of the state; and in the southeast we will focus on Ypsilanti (Washtenaw County); Taylor, Inkster, and Dearborn (Wayne County); Southfield and Pontiac (Oakland County); and Warren (Macomb County). 

Student Tasks & Responsibilities:  One year of fundamental GIS knowledge and skills using ESRI products obtained through course-work and/or hands-on training.  Familiarity with SPSS, Microsoft Office, and Access.  Ability to meet strict weekly project goals and work independently.  To meet the objectives of this position, the person will be required to display weekly progress towards stated project goals.  Some off-site work involving stakeholder interaction and team meetings may be required.   

Minimum Qualifications:  Familiarity and/or expertise in GIS techniques such as: spatial data creation, statistics, and GIS modeling.