Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Internship Spotlight

GIS4944/5945, GIS Internship, Instructor, Mrs. Leah Lewis, GISP

GIS Internships - Let's get to work!


The following student was chosen to highlight their current GIS internship experience.  

Scott Crosby

About Scott: Scott has been working for the Florida Forest Service (formerly the Florida Division of Forestry) for 23 years, the last 16 years of his career haa been spent as the manager of two state forests in Putnam County. He was promoted to a Forestry Supervisor about 6 years ago, and now Scott manages three state forests for a total of about 12,000 acres. He uses GIS extensively in his job, as one of the duties he has is to maintain the geodatabase of various features on all three forests. The geodatabase includes features such as roads, prescribed burning units, timber sale layers, firelines, and most anything else you could think of that's related to managing a state forest for multiple-use benefits. Scott really enjoy making maps, and everything about GIS. One of the other things he involved in is the wildfire side of forestry. Scott is the primary Situation Unit Leader on one of Florida's Interagency Incident Management Teams. Over the last several years, he has had the opportunity to go to North Carolina, Texas, and the Okefenokee NWR to see GIS in action in the realm of large wildfire management scenarios.

About a year ago, Scott started a forestry consulting business and using GIS was extremely helpful and a critical component of creating a forestry geodatabase for several landowners, and a subsequent forest management plan. The thing he likes most about GIS, and this program in particular, is that it has kept his mind challenged.

When asked if he considered himself a vector or a raster, Scott says that he thinks he is a little of each. He tends to get a little too detail oriented sometimes, and at other times he on the opposite end of the spectrum. Congratulations on making the spotlight, Scott!

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