Help Wanted: GIS and Data Visualization Researcher for MuniNetworks

Great job opportunity for the right person – just be sure to let me know finish fun projects…

GIS and Data Visualization Researcher  — Minneapolis, MN 

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance seeks a GIS and Data Visualization Researcher to support ILSR’s Community Broadband Networks Initiative. We are looking for candidates that have a passion for policy and visualizing data. We work on a wide range of issues including universal Internet access, network neutrality, and municipal broadband. We strongly value a diverse workforce and are committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity. ILSR promotes an environment free of discrimination and harassment and our Minneapolis office is located in a welcoming neighborhood.

Position includes employer-paid health plan, retirement match, generous vacation, a laptop for work use, and a dynamic workforce of dedicated and friendly policy wonks trying to make the world a better place. Salary will likely be between $31,000 and $35,000 in the first year with opportunities for yearly advancement.

Application materials due: Friday, June 7, 2019.


  • Create informative maps using public databases
  • Compile statistics related to Internet access
  • Work creatively with the Community Broadband Networks Team to develop visual resources to educate policymakers and activists on issues around Internet access
  • Do ongoing research for longer reports and projects
  • Occasional projects for other initiatives as needed


  • Strong writing, research, and communications skills
  • Proficiency with statistics and GIS applications, experience cleaning data
  • Background knowledge of public policy and/or economics (preferred, but not required)
  • Creative – graphics, videos, audio, maps, etc.
  • Ability to work independently and juggle multiple tasks
  • Enthusiasm for policy work to improve Internet access for everyone
  • Experience using Python or R is a plus

To apply: Please use the subject line “Mapping and Data Research Application” when sending your materials to Include a cover letter, resume, and example of a map or data visualization product. Applications are due Friday, June 7, 2019 but we will begin to review applicant materials before the deadline. Feel free to apply after that date – if you are incredible, we may create another position. Never hurts to try. Please do.

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About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (, hosts a radio show on MN music (, supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota ( and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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