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Field Coordinator (Summer)


MAPSCorps is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based on the south side of Chicago. Born from the South Side Health and Vitality Studies at the University of Chicago, MAPSCorps uses an approach called asset-based community-engaged research to ensure that our science serves community priorities and needs.


MAPSCorps employs and delivers STEM and health-focused programming to local high school youth who map existing resources in a given area. Working in teams, MAPSCorps participants walk every block of our communities, observing, collecting, and analyzing data about all public-facing businesses and organizations. The teams of Field Coordinators and Youth Mappers work from community-based-organizations to conduct their mapping assignments. Throughout the course of the program, each team prepares an extensive research project that has a social determinants of health focus and presents it at the program’s culminating event, the Scientific Symposium.


Position Description:

Field Coordinators are undergraduate students or above who supervise high school Mappers, ensure high quality data collection in the field, and are responsible for the implementation of the MAPSCorps STEM-based, positive youth development curriculum. Field Coordinators are trained in data collection methods and are responsible for training youth mappers.  In addition, Field Coordinators take on a nuanced mentorship role in which they build trust and relationships with youth mappers; this mentorship is intended to enhance learning objectives, provide broad academic and professional guidance, and ensure a meaningful youth mapper developmental experience. 


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Mandatory attendance at Field Coordinator orientation
  • Training youth mappers in data collection
  • Providing daily oversight and leadership to a group of four high school students
  • Mentoring youth mappers in broad academic and workforce development skills
  • Collaborating daily with other field staff to guide youth mappers through the design, implementation, and presentation of a research project
  • Coaching youth mappers on presentation and public speaking skills
  • Additional mapping duties outside of the time spent mapping with youth, including residential mapping, field checks, and optional Sunday church mapping



  • At least one year of college
  • Experience or interest in STEM, social sciences, public health, qualitative research, and/or community-based research or advocacy
  • Experience working with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Excellent communication skills, including ability to manage conflicts with youth and adults in a mature and respectful manner
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy
  • Responsible, reliable, and trustworthy
  • Able to walk approx. 5 miles/day

Preferred but not required:

  • Daily access to a reliable vehicle, driving approx. 15 miles/day. Drivers will be reimbursed per mile at the federal rate of $0.58/mile while on the clock.
  • Experience working with adolescent youth, teaching, facilitating, or tutoring
  • Experience working, living, or volunteering in communities across Chicago
  • Fluency in Spanish or Mandarin


Dates: 6/28/2021 – 8/12/2021; 100% attendance is expected.

Time Commitment: ~35 hours per week, for 7 weeks (which includes a week of training)

Compensation: $16/hour


Application Instructions:

To apply, please submit a brief cover letter and résumé at We will review applications and conduct interviews on a rolling basis. MAPSCorps is an equal opportunity employer. Members of populations that are underrepresented in technology and data spaces are encouraged to apply. To learn more, visit and watch our Scientific Symposium video.

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