Water Conservation Intern
Water Demand Management is an environmentally & economically responsible practice that ensures existing water resources are utilized efficiently while protecting water rights and our environment. We are currently looking for students or recent graduates to intern with our Water Demand Management Program.
The purpose of the Water Demand Management Program is to develop & lead environmental stewardship and water conservation initiatives that empower customers to use water more efficiently. This internship will work on a variety of projects as assigned by the Water Demand Management Coordinator to support district Water Demand Management Program goals and efforts.
This is an exciting opportunity for someone who is equally comfortable crunching data as they are having a conversation with our customers about water conservation. The ideal candidate for this role must be committed to environmental stewardship, have strong customer service skills and be able to take initiative while collaborating with a highly productive team of fun and friendly people. Why work for us? This is an opportunity to use your skills and education to impact water in the west AND work in an amazing place. Not to mention paid Holidays, housing stipend, and opportunities for training
The ideal timeframe for this candidate is suited for a recent graduate. We would prefer an intern who can start in April or May and work for six months.
What you’ll learn:
- Water Efficiency Plan and a basic understanding of how to implement a community wide water plan
- Learn how mountain focus systems interactions (sustainability, water efficiency, wastewater, ecosystem health)
- Learn how conservation, customer service, and outreach work together to create successful conservation programs
- Learn how to conduct irrigation audits
Day to Day Tasks:
- WaterSmart: Efficiency Tracking; Engagement; Outreach; Water Use Analysis
- Rebate Program: Implementation; Customer Engagement/Outreach; Tracking
- QWEL/Audits: QWEL Certification; Irrigation Audits; Facilitation
- Reporting: Water Use (Highest Users; Irrigation; etc.); 1051 Report
- Project Management Assistance: Alpine Gardens Turf Display; Rebates/WaterSmart
- Customer Engagement: Roadshows; Farmers Market; Presentation Support, etc.
Big Projects and Outcomes:
- Assist with implementation of the Water Efficiency Plan. By the end of your time here, we would like you to learn how to implement a "living" water efficiency plan
- Develop public speaking skill and assist with outreach and engagement activities
- Implement a grant program
- Perform irrigation audits
- Come up with ideas on how to improve water efficiency
- Work with Water Demand Management Coordinator to begin a commercial rebate program.
- EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: High School Diploma or GED required. Bachelor's degree (B.A. or B.S.) from four-year college or university Environmental Sciences, Natural Resources Management, Environmental Communications, Water Resources or related field; Or pursuing a technical degree from a Technical, Scientific or Trade Institution in Environmental Studies, Water Treatment, Wastewater Treatment, Watershed Science or other related course; or 6 months related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience preferred.
- CUSTOMER SERVICE: Friendly with strong customer service skills and able to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients and co-workers. This role will occasionally work the Vail Farmers’ Market to talk to our customers about water efficiency.
- ORGANIZATIONAL SKILLS: This role will assist the Water Demand Management Coordinator in organizing and tracking data, utilizing Microsoft Excel and LIMS. Computer proficiency and experience with Excel are required.
- MATHEMATICAL SKILLS: Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and recommend meter sizing information to customer service.
- WATER SCIENCE: Working knowledge and understanding of water conveyance systems, science communication techniques, irrigation system efficiency and native and adapted landscape design is desirable. Knowledge of GIS preferred.
- POSITIVITY: Positive attitude to complete important but occasionally repetitive or semi-skilled tasks. Enthusiastic about Water and ready to learn.
- COMMUNICATION: Must be able to tactfully, directly, respectfully, and professionally communicate in English, both written and verbal. Ability to write reports and communicate research. Demonstrated public speaking skills required, including the ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from employees, customers, and the general public. Able to ask questions and gather information. Able to maintain confidentiality and appropriately communicate sensitive information.
- LICENSES: Must possess a valid Colorado Driver's license and be insurable to drive a district vehicle under District's standards.
The pay rate for this role is $16-$18/hour.
All District employees must submit to a pre-employment drug screen and extensive background check.
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All applicants must apply online in order to be considered.