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The Bureau of Reclamation is partnering with the American Conservation Experience to bring on a Stormwater Infrastructure Economics Intern to our team. This intern will dedicate 11 weeks to develop a cost estimate and cost-benefit analysis for comparing green and conventional (gray) stormwater infrastructure. This internship could provide the student an opportunity to be hired into a full-time position by our organization once they complete their degree.

Start Date: May 31, 2022

End Date: *11 weeks from start date

Location: Glendale, AZ (Position is eligible for partial telework)

Compensation: The member should anticipate serving 40 hrs/wk and will receive a living allowance of $880/week. Equal to $22 an hour.

Housing: Members will be responsible for their own housing.


ACE Members must verify that they are fully vaccinated for Covid-19 or have requested and been granted a medical or religious exemption to vaccination by the time they start their term.

Position Description:

The ACE Member will work with Reclamation and stakeholder staff to develop a cost estimate and cost-benefit analysis for comparing green and conventional (gray) stormwater infrastructure. This internship project fulfills a component of the Phoenix Area Office’s Hassayampa River Study – Assessing Low Impact Development for Stormwater Management. The Study investigates the use of Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) to manage developmental and regional stormwater on the west side of the White Tank Mountains in the City of Buckeye located in central Arizona.

The Study uses surface water modeling to assess the potential for GSI to meet regulatory requirements for stormwater management. The Flood Control District of Maricopa County (FCDMC) is working in the region updating the Sun Valley Area Drainage Map Plan (SV ADMP) to identify conventional stormwater management needs in the region. FCDMC is a primary stakeholder on the Study and shares data and information.

The cost estimate and cost-benefit analysis will be completed based on the GSI features used in the Study, will use monetary and non-monetary metrics, and will focus on monetized metrics. Information for conventional features will be obtained from the FCDMC updated SV ADMP stormwater management plan. The information will be used to assess the cost effectiveness of using GSI to manage stormwater generated from establishing a new development and stormwater runoff in alluvial fans of the White Tank Mountains.

Although nature-based stormwater management is an ancient practice, GSI is a new technology that substantially changes stormwater management planning, design and implementation. GSI is used to manage storm flows and promote infiltration using micro-scale infrastructure distributed and integrated throughout the landscape. In addition to stormwater management, this ecologically based approach provides co-benefits that improve urban habitats and quality of life while reducing impacts to receiving waters.

There is a contemporary movement to implement GSI on a national basis as a smart growth approach to maintain pre-development hydrology, minimize the impact of developments on natural processes, reduce runoff and sediment transport, and promote infiltration. For communities to make informed decisions regarding GSI in lieu of conventional practices, more information is needed about GSI implementation including cost analyses and comparisons.

Project Objective:

This project and the overall Study are aligned with current trends in decision making. “Decision makers commonly use cost comparison as a method to determine whether to install gray or green infrastructure analyzing cost alone or using a cost-benefit analysis. Analyzing cost alone ignores the difference in performance between green infrastructure and gray infrastructure. Cost-benefit analysis is more complicated than a simple cost comparison analysis, but it provides a more complete basis for comprehensive decision-making. It considers costs as well as environmental, social and public health outcomes of alternative management approaches. The result is more complete information on the quantitative and qualitative benefits associated with different stormwater control options.” (Green Infrastructure Cost-Benefit Resources | US EPA).

Tasks and Duties

  • Complete a cost estimate and cost-benefit analysis for GSI used in the Study based on monetary and non-monetary metrics and a focus on that which is monetized.
  • The ACE Member will work with the Study Team to develop the cost analysis process and will report and discuss task status during monthly Study meetings.
  • The ACE Members will interact with Reclamation Phoenix Area Office and Denver Technical Services Center staff to compile cost analysis information, FCDMC staff to request SV ADMP cost information for gray infrastructure, and City of Buckeye staff for permit and utility information.
  • When the task is complete, The ACE Member will provide a presentation to the Study Team.


Applicants must have a degree in Economics, Environmental/Natural Resource Economics, Statistics, Geology, Hydrology, Engineering, Ecology, Environmental Science, Sustainability, or Urban Planning. A combination of relevant education and appropriate experience is also acceptable. Resumes must contain enough information to show that the applicant meets the experience as defined in the position announcement. It would be beneficial to have special knowledge or background in economics, cost estimating, cost-benefit analyses and statistics, environmental science, and green stormwater infrastructure.

Required Skills:

ACE Requirements:

  • Members must be US Citizen or Permanent Resident, as required to comply with U.S. government contracts.
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check may be required
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, clean driving record with ability to provide required documentation; (Driving record checks will be completed during on-boarding process.
  • ACE is a drug free workplace and reserves the right to drug test at any time
  • Ability to drive a vehicle is required for this position. ACE will conduct a driving record check upon on-boarding and members must be cleared by ACE to drive.

Requirements for Position:

  • Experience with cost estimating; cost-benefit analysis; statistics
  • Effective communication skills with resource specialists, colleagues, and the public
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and experience
  • Strategic thinking abilities
  • Presentation and oral data collection skills
  • Self-starter/independent worker
  • Flexible/resourceful
  • Ability to adapt new skills and ideas to the public sector
  • Must be enrolled in a graduate program or recently accepted into graduate school

DHA-RAI Hiring Authority:

The Direct Hiring Authority, Reclamation’s Resource Assistant Internship (DHA- RAI) program provides a pathway for successful participants to be non-competitively hired to permanent positions who have successfully completed a rigorous 11-week Summer Internship. After successful completion of the program and subsequently achieve their degree, the participants have two years from their graduation date to non-competitively be appointed to a vacancy for which they qualify.


**This position is subject to change/close at any time**

To Apply:

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and 3 professional references using the APPLY NOW section located on the upper right hand corner of the position listing on our website here: Use the “Apply Externally” Icon above to go to the application.

Project Website:

For more information about the The US Bureau of Reclamation and Hassayampa River Study, please visit their website at:


Early consideration will be given as applications are received. This position may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact Celia Demers, Member Manager at


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