GIS Based Trail Network Map Project for the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum (HHNM)

This opportunity is available during the Spring 2022 semester. Much of the project can be conducted virtually, but a minimum of two site visits and at least one complete circuit hike (1.5 to 2.0 miles total length) of the three trails on the Wildlife Education Center / Roe Park property (25 Boulevard Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY 12520) is required. 

As the Executive Director of the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Tom Bregman is an avid hiker and has had some experience making hand drawn and s/w based maps.  He is looking to collaborate and help guide a student with both technical (GIS) and design skills in the creation of a trail network map similar in design (but much less extensive) to this one produced for Black Rock Forest a decade ago.  The mapping project is expected to take 2-4 months with 50 to 75 hours of projected total work.  The deadline for completion is the end of June (2022).  By mutual agreement the project may lead to additional mapping and/or informational signage and design work for the HHNM at some future date.

Responsibilities:

  • Work with the HHNM’s Executive Director on the initial design of a public facing trail map
  • Iterate the design to reach a final trail map design
  • Collect geographic (and other) data that accurately maps to the HHNM’s existing trail network
  • Layer the trail data over a topographical base layer
  • Add legends and identifying features as required by the agreed upon final design
  • Produce (print) a finished trail map for display (trailhead kiosk), distribution (kiosk & front desk) and posting a downloadable (PDF) file from the HHNM’s website (hhnm.org)
  • Make a final presentation of the map and map making project/process to HHNM staff & board

Desired Skills:

  • Highly motivated to create an excellent finished product
  • ArcGIS or other GIS mapping software
  • Strong design sensibility
  • Good project and time management skills
  • Strong communication skills

To Apply:  Please email a statement of interest and your resume to OCELapplication@Vassar.edu

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