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Engineering Intern – Hydrology, Chemical Lab, Geology, or SCADA
Job Code:2019-ACI-016
Program:AmeriCorps Intern
Contract Length:3 Months

Job Description:

The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the Bureau of Reclamation’s Alamosa Field Division is seeking an Engineering Intern with a background in Hydrology, Chemical Lab or Geology Engineering, or SCADA. The successful applicant will enroll in GBI’s AmeriCorps program, which provides additional benefits such as a Segal Education Award, as well as student loan forbearance and interest payment on qualifying loans.

This internship opportunity is designed to engage a current student or recent graduate with a background and interest in Hydrology Engineering, Chemical Lab Engineering, Geology Engineering, and/or SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition). The successful intern will complete an internship from 10-12 weeks (approximately 400-480 hours) for Reclamation’s Alamosa Field Division, Closed Basin Project. Through exposure to the daily operations of a federal water management agency, the intern will work with Senior Engineering Staff on the following Operations and Maintenance work-flows and routines:

  • Daily water chemistry activities within Reclamation’s San Luis Valley, Closed Basin Laboratory;

  • Routine water sampling activities throughout Reclamation’s Closed Basin Project Operations Areas;

  • Research to improve efficiencies within groundwater pumping areas of the Closed Basin Project. This includes research on state-of-the art pumping equipment, new well design, new well construction material, new well rehabilitation developments, and new chemical treatments for water wells;

  • Testing and diagnostics of geologic ground structures and formations within local Project Areas; monitoring activities of hydrological groundwater activities; testing and research related to well drawdown effects within the Project Areas; and studies and tests on confined aquafer formation anomalies. 

Contract Timeline:
The 10-12 week internship will be a full-time (40 hours per week) opportunity beginning in mid-May, or upon availability and successful adjudication of a DOI Background Investigation.

Rooted in the San Luis Valley, Alamosa, CO has so much to see and do. From Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve to world class skiing at Monarch Mountain and Wolf Creek, hiking/biking on local trails or soaking up the night ski in a natural hot spring. Alamosa and the surrounding area have a lot to offer with outdoor recreation, cultural and historical sites, and more.

Compensation and Benefits:
Living Allowance: $6,000.00
Segal AmeriCorps Education Award*: $1,566.14
Fully paid health insurance benefits are available, if desired

Job Qualifications:
  • A Bachelor’s degree or a minimum of two years of progress towards a degree in Hydrology, Geology, Chemical Lab or Geology Engineering, with coursework in Hydrogeology, Chemistry and/or Geochemistry;

  • Possess knowledge of the ecological, geological, and hydrological principles of the San Luis Valley, highly desirable;

  • Prior exposure to and knowledge of general field methodologies and data collection techniques;

  • Proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite, including Excel and Word;

  • A proven ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing to a diverse audience including, co-workers and stakeholders;

  • Should be self-motivated with an expressed desire to learn and ability to maintain a positive attitude;

  • Ability to work both within a team setting and independently;

  • Possess a clean, state-issued driver’s license and exhibit prior experience or a willingness to learn how to drive safely in an off-road setting; and

  • Meet AmeriCorps eligibility requirements: (1) U.S. citizenship or legal resident alien status, (2) eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (limit of four in a lifetime or the equivalent of two full-time education awards), (3) pass National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW) and federal criminal background checks, (4) adhere to the rules, regulations and code of conduct as specified in the Member Service Agreement; and (5) will not engage in any prohibited activities as listed in the Member Service Agreement.

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