Climate Change Policy Intern (Direct Hire Authority Resource Assistant Internship), Bureau of Reclamation

Denver, Colorado 

Organization: Great Basin Institute, Bureau of Reclamation

Type of opportunity: Internship, full-time, temporary, AmeriCorps

Duties: 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 The results of the literature review will inform policy-makers who will draft guidance to support Reclamation and western stakeholders in identifying available climate change information and tools for drought contingency planning.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.

Desired 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
  • 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’s 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.

Start and end dates: June, 2016, 12-week appointment


Living allowance: $6,635
Segal AmeriCorps Education Award: $1,515
No-cost Affordable Care Act-compliant Health Benefits

How to apply: View the job announcement and apply online.