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GIS Fellow

Apply by Jun 8, 2018  |  Program  |  Brooklyn, NY US


ioby seeks a part-time GIS Fellow based in Brooklyn, NY. The Fellow will play a critical role in helping the organization understand the social, economic, and physical landscapes of cities and neighborhoods where we work. Reporting to the City Partnerships Director, the Fellow will be building ioby’s capacity to use geospatial data to inform our decision-making processes.

Responsibilities will include working with teams to scope mapping projects, finding and archiving data, and creating new maps in QGIS and Google Maps. For the right candidate, this position is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the growth of a mission-driven, community-based tech startup.

We’re looking for a person who is a creative problem-solver, detail oriented, and obsessed with maps. To do this job well, you should be capable of weighing tradeoffs and prioritizing ongoing deadlines against new urgency, based on new information daily; capable of working alone and with other team members equally; and find creative solutions that work for people on the team with various roles. To thrive at ioby, you believe in the power of resident-led action in making change, and are committed to racial and economic justice.

We expect that the Fellow will work about 5-10 hours/week, from July – August 2018. Hours and location are flexible.


  • Work with the City Partnerships Director to create maps in QGIS for ioby’s “Phase 0” reports in new cities.
  • Plan and manage a system to archive data for future mapping projects.
  • Research, collect, and clean new data to include in ioby’s maps.
  • Start and maintain a geodatabase for ioby’s internal use.


Candidates for this position should be current and recent graduate students who are creative thinkers, meticulous by nature, able to work independently, and have excellent communication and time-management skills. Exceptional undergraduate students will also be considered.

Candidates must also have:

  • Experience working with desktop GIS software packages, including ArcGIS and/or QGIS.
  • Familiarity with publicly available datasets and creativity in tracking down additional data from outside sources.
  • Experience creating, managing, editing and manipulating spatial data in various formats.
  • Experience geocoding data from non-spatial databases, such as Salesforce.
  • Ability and willingness to multi-task and work on many different projects simultaneously.
  • Excellent design/graphic representation skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Exceptional candidates will also have:

  • An interest in community development, urban planning and participatory design;
  • A knowledge of Cincinnati neighborhoods;
  • Some experience using team and project management tools like Slack and Asana


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