Student Opportunities

  • AmeriCorps Climate Change Policy Summer 2016 Intern

    The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the Bureau of Reclamation
    (BOR), is recruiting a Climate Change Policy Intern to enroll in our
    AmeriCorps program while completing a Direct Hire Authority Resource
    Assistant Internship (DHA-RAI). The Direct Hire Authority provides land and
    water management agencies the opportunity to appoint Resource Assistants
    who successfully complete a rigorous internship to permanent, competitive
    service positions within two years from the date they complete their
    undergraduate or graduate degree. This opportunity offers a pathway to
    permanent federal civil service employment.

    Description:
    In 2016, the West-Wide Climate Risk Assessment (WWCRA) regional
    implementation team began a west-wide effort to evaluate the use of climate
    change projections for use in drought forecasting and the use of existing
    tools available to support drought planning efforts for water resources.
    The goal of this effort is to develop WWCRA guidance that identifies
    climate change tools and data for drought contingency planning.

    The focus of the Climate Change Policy internship will be to conduct a
    literature review to assess available climate based drought forecasting
    tools and techniques to predict drought on-set and duration based on
    long-term, inter-annual, and seasonal climatic processes. The results of
    the literature review will inform policy-makers who will draft guidance to
    support Reclamation and western stakeholders in identifying available
    climate change information and tools for drought contingency planning. The
    peer reviewed literature review will become a technical appendix to the
    WWCRA guidance document and could also be used to prepare a professional
    publication.

    Compensation & Timeline:

    • 12-week appointment beginning in June 2016, or upon availability
    • Living allowance: $6,635.00
    • Education Award=EF=80=AA: $1,515.55
    • No-cost Affordable Care Act-compliant Health Benefits

    Location:
    The internship duty station is Denver, CO at the BOR office located at the
    Denver Federal Center. Applicants currently attending graduate school in
    the greater Denver area (e.g. University of Colorado Boulder and Denver,
    University of Denver, Colorado State University, etc.) are strongly
    encouraged to apply.

    Qualifications:
    Technical Qualifications:

    • Enrolled in a graduate program in environmental/civil engineering,
      natural resource management, environmental policy, or other natural
      resource field (2nd or 3rd year student, preferable);
    • Specific experience with water resources, and familiarity with drought
      prediction or climate modelling;
    • Proven experience scoping and conducting formal literature searches and
      strong technical writing skills (writing sample may be requested for
      review);
    • Experience managing project data and effectively communicating orally and
      in writing; and
    • Knowledge of and ability to utilize the Microsoft Office productivity software.

    Additional Qualifications:

    • Self-motivated with ability to maintain a positive attitude while working
      in a diverse team environment (e.g. collaborating with other Federal
      agencies, and facilitating outreach to stakeholders);
    • Possess a valid, clean, state-issued driver license;
    • Meet AmeriCorps eligibility requirements:
        • U.S. citizenship or legal
          resident alien status,
        • eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education
          Award (limit of four in a lifetime or the equivalent of two full-time
          education awards),
        • pass National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW)
          and federal criminal background checks,
        • adhere to the rules,
          regulations and code of conduct as specified in the Member Service
          Agreement; and
        • will not engage in any prohibited activities as listed in the Member Service Agreement.


    Successful applicant will need to complete a Department of Interior (DOI)
    Background Investigation (BI) prior to starting internship. Applicants that
    already possess a full adjudicated BI should clearly state that in their
    cover letter.

    How to Apply:
    Please follow this link to apply directly through our online portal:
    http://crcareers. thegreatbasininstitute.org/ careers/careers.aspx?rf= 3DECOLO=
    G&req=3D2016-RAP-085

  • AmeriCorps GIS Summer 2016 Internship

    The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), is recruiting a GIS Intern to enroll in our AmeriCorps program while completing a Direct Hire Authority Resource Assistant Internship (DHA-RAI). The Direct Hire Authority provides land and water management agencies the opportunity to appoint Resource Assistants who successfully complete a rigorous internship to permanent, competitive service positions within two years from the date they complete their undergraduate or graduate degree. This opportunity offers a pathway to permanent federal civil service employment.

    Description of Position:
    The GIS Intern will work independently to create a user-friendly
    geo-referenced database system to store, manage and link to Natural
    Resources Division geographic data and documentation. This is a living GIS
    database that encompasses lands data sets, cultural resource data sets, and project data sets (including but not limited to land use authorizations).
    Some of the information used to develop the database is existing and some
    would have to be imported from other GIS sources. An existing numbering
    system, with unique designations for projects and sub-projects is already
    in use and would be continued into this system. A user needs assessment
    survey completed in 2010 will provide some basic information.

    Deliverables include an updated user needs assessment, data structure
    design, graphical user interface in ArcGIS, data dictionary, and the
    geo-referenced database. This rigorous internship is the first phase of a
    four-phase project. Project work will be conducted in an office setting and
    does not include field work.

    Compensation & Timeline:

    • 12-week appointment beginning in June 2016, or upon availability
    • Living allowance: $6,635.00
    • Education Award*: $1,515.55
    • No-cost Affordable Care Act-compliant Health Benefits

    AmeriCorps Education award may be used for past (payment of
    federal/state-issued student loans), present or future educational expenses
    (e.g. tuition and fees, an allowance for books, room and board,
    transportation, and other expenses). The Education Award is valid for up to
    seven (7) years after completion of a term of service.

    Location:
    The Eastern Colorado Area Office is located in Loveland, CO, which is
    approximately 50 miles north of Denver, CO. Located in the foothills of the
    Colorado Front Range, Loveland is just east of the mouth of Big Thompson
    River Canyon and is located along a principal access route to Rocky
    Mountain National Park. Loveland population is around 67,000 and boasts
    an average of 300 days of sunshine with average summer temperatures in the mid-80s.  Colorado State University is about 13 miles north of Loveland in the nearby city of Fort Collins.  University of Colorado and University of
    Norther Colorado are also nearby, both less than 1 hour drive south and
    east, respectively. The city of Loveland hosts a variety of musical
    concerts, theater productions, professional sporting events, and community
    celebrations. It is known for its artists, three foundries, an art museum,
    many galleries, and the annual sculpture shows in August. Click here to
    learn more about Loveland. Local applicants encouraged to apply.

    Qualifications:
    Technical Qualifications:

    • Enrolled in a graduate program in Remote Sensing, Geographic Information Systems, or Geospatial Science with an emphasis in environmental studies, forestry, range science, or other natural resource field (2nd or 3rd year student, preferable);
    • Knowledge of GIS technology and its appurtenant technologies, including Remote Sensing Image Processing, Global Positioning Systems, cartographic design, and computer graphics;
    • Knowledge of file and/or enterprise geospatial databases including
      design, operation, and maintenance;
    • Knowledge of GIS software (ESRI software) and data models in order to
      collect, retrieve, manipulate, and analyze geospatial data produced over
      time on a wide range of software applications and computer systems;
    • Ability to create new GIS data from a variety of sources, documenting
      data qualities and producing metadata, publishing geospatial data, and
      reformatting these data to meet current technical standards and user needs;
    • Previous experience and knowledge of applications addressing natural
      resource management and water resource infrastructures. (e.g., vegetation, dams and irrigation supply systems, land boundaries, facility footprints, cultural resource sites, threatened and endangered species locations and buffers, roads, rights-of-ways, and utilities), desirable; and
    • Knowledge of and ability to utilize the Microsoft Office productivity software.

    Additional Qualifications:

    • Self-motivated with ability to maintain a positive attitude and
      effectively communicate orally and in writing while working in a diverse
      team environment;
    • Possess a valid, clean, state-issued driver=E2=80=99s license; 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.

    Successful applicant will need to complete a Department of Interior (DOI)
    Background Investigation (BI) prior to starting internship. Applicants that
    already possess a full adjudicated BI should clearly state that in their
    cover letter.

    How to Apply:
    Please follow this link to apply directly through our online portal:
    http://crcareers. thegreatbasininstitute.org/ careers/careers.aspx?rf= 3DECOLO=
    G&req=3D2016-RAP-084

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