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Outside the Classroom: Student Employment

GIS Lab Technician

REPORTS TO:  Dr. Jason VanHorn

JOB PURPOSE: to help in maintaining smooth operation of the Geospatial lab.


  1. Assist students currently enrolled in GIS classes with questions pertaining to GIS labs and projects.
  2. Be the first resource for non-GIS students with questions who are using GIS in project work in other fields of study.
  3. Assist Dr. VanHorn with development and maintenance of lab exercises.
  4. Assist Dr. VanHorn with small GIS and cartographic research assignments.
  5. Assist Dr. VanHorn in coordinating outreach to the larger Calvin community, regarding the use and value of GIS.


  1. Must have completed Geography 261 with a grade of B or better, and be in good academic standing with the college with an overall GPA of 2.7.

  2. Must be organized, self-motivated, and able to complete assigned tasks with attention to detail and minimal supervision.

  3. Must be able to communicate effectively with other students and with supervisor.


LENGTH OF EMPLOYMENT: academic year commitment preferred, can negotiate by semester if needed.

HOURS: 2-3 days of week, 2 hour time blocks; weekly schedule must be consistent; to be arranged with supervisor. Position can be held concurrently with Geog 261 Teaching Assistant position.