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Position: Geographic Administrative Intern

Duration: 11-week internship, full time. Flexible start date between May 2022 – June 2022. Possibility exists for an extension if desired and applicable to candidates availability. 

Location: Durango, Colorado

Compensation: $600 weekly, equivalent to $15 an hour


Internship Description: 

The Bureau of Reclamation is partnering with Conservation Legacy to bring a Record Administrative Intern to our Western Colorado Area Office. The intern will support the WCAO by providing assistance to multiple management specialists. Interns will potentially be offered a full-time position after the completion of their internship and their education program.


The Bureau of Reclamation produces dams and hydroelectricity for western states. We are the largest wholesaler of water in the country, bringing water to more than 31 million people and providing one out of five Western farmers with irrigation water. Reclamation is also the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the United States. With 53 power plants we annually provide electricity to 3.5 million homes. Reclamation is a bureau under the Department of the Interior, and we are committed to the conservation of US land and the protection of natural resources in the interest of the American public.


Reclamation is seeking an intern who will work with management specialists and administrative staff on reviewing and digitizing historic records, as well as modernizing file management and working to integrate data tracking, geodatabases and local electronic files. Current paper files in the office contain historic correspondence between agencies and landowners, as well as internal notes and correspondence. The intern will need to review information and determine whether the information should be considered records and digitized.


Position Responsibilities

·      Review historic records that required digitization.

·      Develop a working methodology to modernize record keeping in the WCAO South Lands group.

·      Apply Geographic Information System principles and concepts to actual business practices.

·      Develop interpersonal communication and teamwork collaboration skills.

·      Enhance their understanding of historical data maintenance and how it benefits efficiencies throughout an organization.

·      Fulfill programmatic needs directly related to mission contribution.


Minimum Requirements

·      Currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree

·      Must have a US driver’s license and insurable driving record

·      Must be US citizen or Legal Permanent Resident


 Preferred Qualifications

·      Working on B.S. in Business Management & Administration, Environmental Policy and Management, Natural Resources Management, or related major.

·      Proficiency with ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS online.

·      Strong critical thinking skills to solve problems in an innovative way and think of potential projects

·      Interest in learning about natural resource management and record management in the federal government

·      Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others to express ideas clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

·      Ability to exercise initiatives and work independently

·      Good attention to detail


Interns will have weekly meetings with the Supervisor/mentor to continually track Project progression, amend milestones appropriately, and discuss professional development goals. Interns will have Mid-term and End-term performance evaluations with the Supervisor. This one-on-one performance evaluation covers technical competence, workload management, communication, leadership characteristics, and ability to work independently. The internship will conclude with a presentation of final recommendations to key Reclamation stakeholders.

Intern will work primarily with staff from the WCAO, Region 7, and the Policy office as opportunities are presented for exposure. As appropriate, the intern will be provided the opportunity to attend meetings of office/region/bureau land and recreation communities to gain a broader understanding of the multiple levels and organizations that collaborate on and influence Reclamation’s mission to generate power and deliver water.


Resource Assistant Internship (RAI) Program and Direct Hire Authority Reclamation’s RAI Program provides a pathway for Reclamation hiring managers to non-competitively hire RAI participants (or “Interns”) to permanent positions who have successfully completed a rigorous 11-week Summer Internship, approved by the Reclamation RAI Review Board and Human Capital Officer. Eligible Interns must be enrolled in accredited post-secondary degree programs to apply and participate in the paid Internship opportunity. While participating in the 11-week paid Internship, Interns will prove their analytical, problem-solving, and communication skills at Reclamation sites or offices. After successful completion of an Internship and subsequently achieving their degree, hiring managers have two years from the Intern’s graduation date to non-competitively appoint them to a vacancy for which they qualify. After successful completion of all program requirements, Interns may be converted to a permanent position, but conversion is neither guaranteed nor promised.

Conservation Legacy is managing the recruitment for these positions. All applications should be submitted through CL’s application page. A resume and cover letter will be required for submission. The position will be filled on a rolling basis, but priority will be give to application submitted before May 6th, 11:59 EST.