Topic ID #39268 - posted 3/6/2018 7:08 PM

GIS Research Analyst / Archaeological Illustrator / Graphic Artist

valerie woelfel

Valerie Woelfel

GIS Research Analyst / Graphic Artist

1178 Thomas Avenue / St. Paul, MN 55104 / 651-955-7198 /


Over 30 years’ of experience developing innovative, informative, and beautiful graphics as an archaeological illustrator and cartographer.  Knowledgeable in powerful GIS analysis and visualization functions. As GIS research analyst received  Minnesota Department of Natural Resources award for increased productivity “representing significant improvement to the program”. Extensive research, excavation, and artifact processing experience.   Excellent reputation for being organized, detail oriented, and meeting tight deadlines while working independently or as part of a team.


  • ·         Spatial data creation and analysis
  • ·         Cartographic design
  • ·         Data integrity and standards
  • ·         Graphic communication
  • ·         Outstanding customer service
  • ·         Project coordination
  • ·         Research and analysis
  • ·         Verbal and written communication



·         ESRI ArcGIS 10.4

·         Adobe Creative Suite

·         Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook

·         Currently enrolled in AutoCAD course (to be completed April of 2018)


Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. GIS Research Analyst.

St. Paul, MN   May 2016 – current

  • ·         Collect and process data from multiple agencies and use GIS to create maps meeting demanding cartographic standards in support of planning and project design by government and private entities.
  • ·         Create maps and graphics for internal use, public outreach, and other purposes as needed,
  • ·         Conduct background research and prepare maps for fieldwork teams.
  • ·         Manage project geodatabases and prepare data for release to the public.

Lycoming College Expedition to Idalion. GIS Analyst / Assistant Director

Williamsport, Pennsylvania / Dali, Republics of Cyprus   June 2013 – July 2017

  • ·         Designed and implementing a project to digitize data from 28 years of archaeological field notes and maps from a Cypriot excavation for publication online as peer-reviewed data.
  • ·         Created maps and drawings for records, publication, and presentations.
  • ·         Used GIS to generate, manipulate, and analyze spatial data in support of the director’s research and publication needs.

Freelance archaeological illustrator and cartographer. 1986 – present
St. Paul, MN

  •            Generate high quality illustrations and maps for publications, presentations, and records.
  •       Well earned reputation for accuracy and quality while meeting tight deadlines.
  • ·         Identified lack of instructional material in archaeological illustration. Wrote and published a guide on using Adobe Illustrator to meet the need.
  • ·         Collect data in support of maps and illustrations to guarantee that the images are accurate and will pass review by experts in the field.
  • ·         Built client base and earned a reputation for exceeding client’s needs while meeting tight deadlines.

Archaeological Technician/ On Site Illustrator. Seasonal 1986 - current 

United States, Cyprus, England, Egypt, Ukraine, Germany, France, Italy, Turkey, Greece  

  •    In addition to illustration and GIS tasks performed fieldwork, survey, artifact processing, ceramic reconstruction, mapping, and record keeping on various projects.
  • Conducted research to support project goals and contributed to presentations and reports.
  • Supervised and trained students and volunteers in archaeological methods.
  • Collected GPS data in the field.
  • Built professional and respectful relationships with individuals and government officials from diverse cultural backgrounds.


RosettaStone  Roseville, MN  2010 – 2015


  • ·         Reversed declining sales at failing store location to come in 23% over goal.
  • ·         Hired, trained, and motivated diverse team of sales associates.
  • ·         Developed new outreach methods to build customer base such as arranging Meetup groups to practice languages together.
  • ·         Consistently in the top 5 in personal sales at a national level.


  • ·       Focused on customer service and management positions in retail.
  • ·         Volunteer at the Minnesota Historical Society conducting research and creating a database of historic Minnesota photographers



·         University of West Florida. Pensecola, FL online program

Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science in Archaeology

·         University of Minnesota. Minneapolis, MN

Six semesters toward Masters degree in Ancient Studies

·         Augsburg College. Minneapolis, MN

Bachelor of Arts: Studio Arts


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