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Water Technician Intern


Individual Placement/Internships

Job Location

Walden, Colorado

Tracking Code


Position Type


 Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge – Walden, CO


Term of positions is 26 weeks; full-time 40 hours per week


Walden, CO

Living Allowance:


AmeriCorps Award:

Position is eligible for an AmeriCorps education award upon successful completion of the program. Value of AmeriCorps Education award is $3,447.50 (pre-tax).

Start Date:

May 6, 2024 (flexible)

Application Due Date:

Preference given to applicants that submit application by April 1, 2024

Title of Position

Water Technician Intern



Position Details:

Stewards Individual Placements (Stewards) provides individuals with service and career opportunities to strengthen communities and preserve our natural resources. Participants work with federal agencies, Tribal governments, and nonprofits building institutional capacity, developing community relationships, and supporting ecosystem health. Stewards in partnership with Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge (NWR, Refuge) are seeking an intern who will assist with water management and measurement at Arapaho NWR, compile data and assist with mandatory written reports, and engage in water infrastructure maintenance and replacement projects across the Refuge.


Position Responsibilities will include:

      Weekly water measurement through flume staff gauge readings and other measurement tools (FlowTracker 2).

      Reporting and compiling data in appropriate databases and reports.

      Working with regional hydrologist on improvements to water measurement process.

      Assist with habitat management through opening and closing of water control structures around the Refuge.

      Assist with water infrastructure maintenance and replacement projects.

      Potentially travel to USFWS Lakewood Regional Office and/or other field stations, such as the San Luis Valley NWR Complex to assist with projects similar to those above.

      Assist other Refuge staff with water related projects or, if time/interest allows, participate in habitat or wildlife related surveys or other aspects of Refuge management to learn more about the National Wildlife Refuge System as a whole.


Minimum Requirements:

      Possess a current driver's license and have clean driving record.

      Willing to undergo and pass a required criminal history check.

      A strong interest in a career in natural resource conservation science. 

      You must be eligible to serve in AmeriCorps State & National Direct Service programs (must not have served more than 4 terms in AmeriCorps).

      You must be available to work a 40-hour week for the 26-week term

      You must be between 18 and 34 years of age.

      You must have received a High School Diploma or GED

      You must be a member of a Federally recognized Indian Tribe, Band, or Village; Alaska Native; or meet one of the following descriptions:

o   Persons who possess at least one-half degree Indian blood derived from Tribes Indigenous to the United States.

o    Descendants of Members of Federally recognized Indian Tribes, Bands or Communities who were residing on any Indian Reservation on June 1, 1934 – shown by completing BIA Form 4432.



 Preferred Qualifications:

      Experience with Microsoft applications such as Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Teams, etc.

      Previous experience with GIS and mapping applications, specifically field tools such as Survey123, Field Maps, onX, Google Earth, Avenza Maps, etc.

      Ability to work in all field conditions such as undesirable weather (heat, cold, wind) and difficult environments such as flooded meadows, thick mosquitoes, and intense sun at an elevation over 8,000 feet.

      Experience with 4WD vehicles and ability to change tires and avoid getting stuck in difficult terrain.

      Comfort working independently in remote field settings.

      Basic interest in water rights issues.

      Excellent ability to communicate, provide updates, and get along with a diverse team of Refuge staff and volunteers, as well as comfort in a shared bunkhouse setting.



      Living Allowance: $600/week (pre-tax)

      Position is eligible for an AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of the program. Value of AmeriCorps Education award is $3,447.50 (pre-tax).

      Student loan forbearance and health insurance

      Housing will be provided at a shared federal bunkhouse in Walden, CO.

      Training in water management and measurement practices, data analysis, and required reporting to the State of Colorado with opportunities to participate in and learn about litigation and water disputes.

      Opportunities to meet and network with other USFWS and Partner entity staff and learn about NWR management.

      Training in water measurement techniques, equipment and installation of water gaging instrumentation.

      Training in basic surveying techniques using transect or laser level. 



How to Apply

In addition to your resume, please submit a one-page cover letter highlighting why you are interested in this position and how your background and experience will help you succeed in this position. You must also upload a copy of your federally recognized tribal issued ID card.


If you have questions about this position, please contact Keely Lopez at or 509-412-2028 or Stewards Program Coordinator Ali Jones (



This program is available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression, political affiliation, marital or parental status, genetic information, and military service. Where a significant portion of the population eligible to be served needs services or information in a language other than English, the recipient shall take reasonable steps to provide written material of the type ordinarily available to the public in appropriate languages.


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