GIS Watershed Outreach Specialist via Indeed

Eastern PA Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation (EPCAMR)

Ashley, PA, United States 🇺🇸

Full Job Description

EPCAMR Mine Map Grant (MMG) Project

As the main funding source for this position, a majority of time will be spent on the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Mine Map Grant (MMG) awarded EPCAMR. The MMG provides funding for applicants to process mine maps and other mine related information into electronic formats. Information is processed from physical maps that are owned or under the control of the PA DEP and/or the applicants (private collections). As a result of the work completed under the MMG, will be available for use in computer systems that allow the information to be provided to the public in a fraction of the time it takes to provide them with perishable unprocessed maps. The processed information will be used by property owners and developers, by the grantees for their own purposes and by PA DEP to further enhance the systems that deliver mining information to the public and contribute to safe and economic mining practices. In addition, the information in electronic form establishes permanent records that will not deteriorate over time, that can be further processed and that can be stored without the need for costly filing and warehousing. EPCAMR is currently working off a 3-year grant (July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2021) which was extended to June 30, 2023. After that time, it’s anticipated EPCAMR will be applying for the next 3-year grant round which will be extendable another 2 years for funding beyond 2028.

Purpose of the MMG

Mining information is needed by the residents and developers of the mining regions of Pennsylvania to make informed decisions whenever a house or building is built or purchased, when roads, schools or other public facilities are constructed or when mining and reclamation operations are conducted. Processing the mining information into electronic forms is vital to economic activity and to the safety of the residents of the mining regions and those working in or visiting those regions.

The MMG provides funding, on a competitive basis, to preserve, catalog, and scan physical mine maps maps, then georeference the resulting digital images, mosaic and digitize relevant information into vector data for mines that are located in Pennsylvania. In addition to the processing of mining information held by DEP, the MMG is intended to identify private collections of mine maps and data that potential grantees are able to process into electronic form and then release into the public domain via the Pennsylvania Mine Map Atlas, PHUMMIS, and other means.

Once the grantees process the mining information into electronic form it may be permanently stored, further processed, retained and used by the grantees for their own purposes. Grantees will also provide copies of the electronic files to the DEP. The electronic information will be permanently stored by DEP in secure and redundant locations and used in computer applications it manages so that the information is readily available to the residents of the mining regions, businesses and to government programs that provide and interpret the information to the public and to the mining industry.

Please read the following link on an article in the Scranton Times Tribune newspaper from 9-29-2013 shortly after EPCAMR was initially awarded the grant: Into the void: Mapping abandoned mines in 3D

EPCAMR GIS Watershed Specialist

Part Time position (equates to $16 per hour and up to 32 hours per week)

Job Description and Responsibilities:

  • A bachelor’s degree in geography, geology, environmental science, geographic information systems (GIS), planning, political science, is the minimum education requirement for this entry level position.
  • The position will report at least monthly to the EPCAMR Program Manager who will be overseeing the work of this position. Both the EPCAMR Executive Director and the Program Manager supervise this position.
  • Be organized, detail-oriented, and have administrative skills; Show self-initiative and work independently
  • Ability to operate a Windows based computer and office productivity software (i.e. MS Word, Excel and etc)*
  • Ability to operate a wide format color map scanner for purposes of scanning and post processing digital images*
  • Ability to collect metadata from maps and catalog mine map information in Excel and DEP’s PHUMMIS database*
  • Review existing or incoming maps and data for accuracy, usefulness, quality, or completeness of documentation
  • Interpret aerial photography in general and specifically for the process of georeferencing.
  • Interpret anthracite coal mine maps to understand how to read symbols, notations, notes, vein nomenclature, hydrogeological and mining geological terminology as it varies by coal company*
  • Skilled in ArcGIS versions 9.x and above and ability to learn other 2D & 3D modeling software (ex. earthVision)*
  • Maintain or modify existing GIS databases and coordinate the development of GIS spatial databases*
  • Enter data into GIS databases, using techniques such as coordinate geometry, keyboard entry, heads-up or manual digitizing of maps, automatic conversion to vectors, or conversion of other sources to digital data*
  • Perform advanced geospatial data building, modeling, mosaicking, analysis, and/or data manipulation*
  • Analyze GIS data to identify spatial relationships or display results of analyses, via maps, graphs, or tabular data
  • Design graphic representations of GIS data (maps) and select cartographic elements for effective presentation
  • Record metadata, meeting all federal and state requirements for geospatial data. Templates are available.
  • Research and seek funding from available sources for mapping related work (ex. mine pools and creating 3D models of mines to estimate volumes of mine water available for beneficial reuse)
  • Research historical context of the Anthracite Region and the collieries to improve knowledge of the coal region
  • There will be the potential over the course of the project receive raises and to be promoted from the Technician position to the Specialist position as determined by EPCAMR Executive Director and the Program Manager at the end of the annual evaluation for the position
  • In certain cases above In-house training or external trainings are available and indicated with an asterisk (*)

Shared Responsibility of the Technical Department:

  • Complete the current Mine Map Grant (MMG): Attachment D: Scope of Work, by grant deadlines
  • Original Totals were: Scan 22,000 maps, Georeference 5500 maps, and Digitize 1750 maps
  • Additional work will be agreed upon by EPCAMR and PA DEP in consecutive grants and extensions
  • Beyond the current grant, EPCAMR plans to submit a similar multi-year scope of work going forward through a state grant application. This will be a collaborative effort with the EPCAMR Program Manager as lead.
  • Assist EPCAMR Program Manager and other Staff with workload allocations of various tasks within the program
  • Assist EPCAMR Program Manager with gathering the necessary numbers for reimbursements and invoice preparation through monthly reports and tallies of work completed under the MMG Program
  • Meet and surpass MMG Program quota goals established by the EPCAMR Program Manager
  • Re-do any work not meeting the PA DEP’s standards and or specifications as requested by the PA DEP under the grant agreement for the MMG
  • Safely handle, store, transport, return and maintain integrity of all mine maps, field equipment, and computer equipment encountered in the MMG
  • Must follow the Mine Map Processing Standards outlined in Attachment E.1 of the MMG unless otherwise authorized by the PA DEP MMG Project Manager; Should a higher parameter be required to capture all of the information on the map, it is recommended that the higher parameter be used. These standards will be used to create archive mine map images (currently TIFF), compressed imagery (currently SID), and resulting GIS data.
  • Bring up questions to the EPCAMR Program Manager about better ways to improve the MMG Program should there be some approaches that could be more efficient and suitable to take
  • Continue to listen to the EPCAMR Program Manager’s suggestions for improving the process and implementing the MMG Program; expect that the processes are ever evolving to meet PA DEP’s standards and that some mistakes will be made but they are not intentional
  • Continue to improve quality control and assurances (QA/QC) within the MMG Program and keep note of approved process improvements to refer back to as needed
  • Copy EPCAMR Executive Director and Program Manager on e-mail correspondence related to MMG Program
  • Field work investigations may be necessary from time to time to GPS cornerstones, survey points, field stones, building foundations or footprints, mining structures, and or abandoned mine land features throughout the region; Familiarity with handheld, GPS units is necessary; However, majority of time will be spent on scanning and cataloguing in the EPCAMR Office
  • Field work could involve photography to develop photo-essays of the site locations being ground-truthed
  • Assist EPCAMR staff on other mapping, 3D modeling projects and grant work when help is needed; check with EPCAMR Program Manager for pre-approval of time to spend on a particular project. Remember that a majority of your time will be spent on the MMG.
  • Assist EPCAMR Staff by creating printable maps or map inserts for grant applications and educational programs

Shared Responsibility of all EPCAMR Staff:

  • Maintain and submit a bi-weekly timesheet of hours worked and a description of the work performed
  • Mileage will be reimbursed through a form associated with your timesheet, should you need to travel from the EPCAMR Office location to the field, or other off-site locations as directed by the EPCAMR Executive Director and or Program Manager
  • The EPCAMR hopes to provide staff with an opportunity to learn new skills; Training to be provided under the direction of the EPCAMR Program Manager or external sources (ie. TIPS and ArcGIS online). Request training through a form associate with your timesheet. EPCAMR Program Manager will consult with the Executive Director to approve or deny the request based on workload and potential conflicts with other job duties and responsibilities; Staff are required to share learned skills with other staff.
  • You are working as part of a team at the EPCAMR office and although the majority of your time should be spent on your individual program, our board realizes the need to cross-train and help other staff. Therefore, it was mandated that we share the responsibility of sustaining our small non-profit organization by writing grants and working collaboratively on the current project work load. Below are several current projects that shall serve as examples where staff collaboration is essential:
  • Work with EPCAMR Staff to prepare, propose, and secure grants and foundation funds for our work to further develop our organizational capacity in the region and consider focusing on specific issues such as: community health issues, aquatic habitat restoration, stream crossing culvert assessments, streambank stabilization, watershed assessments, water quality monitoring, and environmental remediation efforts
  • Build on our existing working relationship with the Earth Conservancy to provide additional technical field services, mapping services, and water quality monitoring and watershed assessment services through contract, for them and others, on projects where professional services are needed to bring in additional income for EPCAMR
  • Assist in the coordination of the annual PA Abandoned Mine Reclamation (AMR) Conference with the Conference Committee support; EPCAMR staff typically builds a website, runs registration and manages a budget aside from general coordination and planning of the conference.
  • Assist EPCAMR staff in abandoned mine drainage (AMD), treatment system, stream monitoring, and other data collection projects to collect chemical and/or physical parameters in the field.
  • Continue to assist other EPCAMR Staff with outreach and educational programs/events/tours throughout the Anthracite Region when requested.
  • With the aide EPCAMR Staff with administrative capabilities, create posts for EPCAMR Social Media outlets of EPCAMR Project updates and AML themed topics using site photos and online articles that are relevant and timely
  • Provide technical & outreach assistance to EPCAMR partners dealing with AML issues regionally upon request and approval of the EPCAMR Program Manager or Executive Director
  • Network with other regional and state-wide environmental organizations and partners in the field of AMD, AML and AMR to expand your and EPCAMR’s circle of colleagues
  • Copy EPCAMR Executive Director and Program Manager when developing draft grant proposals / budgets; Consult other staff to diversify the thought process; Think of formats that encourage a collaborative and personal approach (ex. Schedule time to talk face-to-face, interoffice memos, Google Document)
  • Be sure to familiarize yourself with the EPCAMR Employee Policy Manual.

On–the-job Expectations:

  • Tools
  • Desktop Computers and Laptops
  • Photocopying and printing equipment
  • Global positioning system (GPS) receivers and devices
  • Large-format plotters
  • Roll scanners and Digitizers
  • Technology
  • Analytical or scientific software (ex. ESRI ArcGIS & extensions; AMDTreat; Unit Conversion Software)
  • Database user interface and query software ( ex. MS Excel; SQL database; PA DEP’s PHUMMIS database)
  • Map/model creation software (ex. ESRI ArcGIS & extensions; Google Earth; Global Mapper; earthVision)
  • Image processing software (ex. SmartWorks Pro; Adobe Photoshop; Irfanview;
  • Document and Presentation software (ex. MS Word; MS PowerPoint; Zoom; Google Suite)
  • Knowledge
  • Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming
  • Geography — Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, water, and specifically mines, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution
  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. Scientific writing will be required.
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications
  • Scientific Method and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services following the scientific method.
  • Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services; This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction
  • Skills
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one
  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others’ actions
  • Abilities
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information / ideas presented in writing
  • Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material
  • Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations)
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas verbally so others will understand
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong; It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem
  • Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged
  • Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways
  • Work Activities
  • Interacting with Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information
  • Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and obtaining information from all relevant sources
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events

Submit your resume, along with a cover letter, LinkedIn Account profile, and Contact Information of References for 2 recommendations, should you not have any on your LinkedIn Account profile to Robert E. Hughes, EPCAMR Executive Director. You can find his e-mail address on the EPCAMR Home Page under Staff since Indeed does not include e-mail addresses in the job descriptions to prevent spam. You will be expected to accept an invitation from Robert to your publicly LinkedIn Account in order to assist with reviewing previously written recommendations from your colleagues, current employers, or previous employers as a part of the job search process.

Robert “Bobby” E. Hughes

Executive Director

Eastern PA Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation (EPCAMR)

101 S. Main Street

Ashley, PA 18706


Job Type: Part-time

Pay: $16.00 per hour


  • Flexible schedule
  • Professional development assistance


  • 8 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday

COVID-19 considerations:
Currently, we have a masking protocol in our place of work where we are leasing our office space with the landlord, which is the Earth Conservancy. Masks must be worn in common public spaces. They do not need to be worn at your work stations or outdoors.


  • Bachelor’s (Preferred)


  • ArcGIS: 1 year (Preferred)

Work Location:

  • One location

Work Remotely:

  • Temporarily due to COVID-19

Apply By: ASAP