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Fellowship Opportunity: Digital Mapping


Job Title: Digital Mapping Fellow

Department: Maritime Research Institute (MRI)

Supervisor: Patricia Reid, Collections Manager

Full Time Seasonal Position

Dates: ~ June 4 – August 10, 2018

Position Summary

LCMM is launching a multi-year research and exhibit initiative that will produce a GIS-based map of the Champlain Valley. The map will have several layers that will show the archaeological and social history of our region with geologic and environmental context.

This initial phase is funded in part by a grant from the South Lake Champlain Fund. Therefore, fellows will inventory and digitize records from the Lake Survey, a large-scale comprehensive survey completed from 1996 to 2004 that mapped Lake Champlain (with a focus on shipwrecks) using side-scan sonar, with a focus on records related to the South Lake. Fellows will add this information and other environmental and social data to create a multi-layer interactive map of Lake Champlain.

Throughout this academic summer program, fellows will learn the standards for archival record keeping, collections management, and digitization practices. Fellows will have the opportunity to learn about the overarching history of the Champlain Valley and the South Lake while also delving deeply into information about specific wreck sites. Related research is encouraged, and fellows’ findings will be credited and added to the master map. Undergraduate candidates are accepted, and graduate candidates are preferred. We welcome applications from candidates of diverse academic backgrounds – experience in nautical archaeology and GIS technology is a plus, but not required. This project is a collaborative interdisciplinary effort, and we encourage creative ways to tie in your studies with the map.

This fellowship will be a paid, 32 hour/week position lasting from approximately June 4 – August 10, 2018.

Please submit a resume, cover letter, academic transcript, and 2-3 references to Patricia Reid, Collections Manager, at Applications are due by April 27, 2018