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INTERN - Watershed Protection Unit

  • 510454
  • Internship


We are looking for results-oriented, driven individuals with a thirst for problem solving.
At Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) our vision is to be the number one state in the nation in balanced, leading-edge environmental protection; through technical and operational excellence; and radical simplicity for customers and staff. We are currently looking for employees who are committed to our Agency, passionate to excel in their career and engaged in our mission. Only this caliber of employee will be successful in driving our Agency towards accomplishing our vision.

INTERN - Watershed Protection Unit

Job Location:

Address:  1110 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85007

Posting Details:

Salary:  $16.50

Grade: 04

Closing Date: Open until filled

This position may be available for remote work within Arizona (1-2 days per week in the office/hoteling)

Job Summary:

Over 34 river miles of Oak Creek is listed impaired under the Clean Water Act due to E.coli contamination. ADEQ has invested roughly $500,000 in watershed improvement projects during FY20 to alleviate estimated sources of E.coli. Until now, there has not been a definitive analysis of contributing sources.

We are seeking a talented and engaged intern for our Water Quality Program. The intern will assist ADEQ's efforts in identifying and quantifying E.coli sources in Oak Creek, by partnering with state universities to distinguish sources using DNA. The results of this project will allow ADEQ to target future watershed improvement projects to major E.coli contributors, thereby ultimately delisting Oak Creek as impaired. The intern will collect and analyze water quality samples; conduct project site visits; and provide support to projects and agency partners under the supervision of the Oak Creek watershed project manager/Senior Scientist.

Final Project:
Identify and quantify the sources and relative contribution of E. coli pollution in Oak Creek. Determine sources of E.coli pollution in Oak Creek (i.e. human, wildlife, septic). Propose actions and develop a plan to reduce E. coli loading to Oak Creek in response to these findings.

Job Duties:

You will bring the following to the internship:
• Surface water quality sampling methods and procedures
• GIS; resource/watershed management experience
• Knowledge of Clean Water Act, specifically sections 319 and 303
• Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) experience
• Stakeholder engagement and organization
• Experience with MS Office
• Project management skills
• Optional: watershed modeling

You will gain the following from this internship:
• Experience in stakeholder engagement and collaboration
• Experience in pollutant source identification and tracking using DNA markers
• Experience with water quality sampling, analysis, and interpretation; monitoring and evaluation of watershed Best Management Practices (BMPs)
• Experience in watershed improvement and management

Selective Preference(s):

• Intern candidate must be in their Junior or Senior year of a BS/BA or working towards a Masters/PhD program
• Selective preference will be given to students pursuing a degree in sustainability or environmental science
• Candidate must have a GPA of 3.0 or better
• Candidate must have field work experience
• Candidate must have a valid Arizona Driver’s License and can operate state vehicle safely
• Candidate must have the right to work in the US without requiring sponsorship
• Candidate must be at least 18 years old

Contact Us:

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting HPO@azdeq.gov.
Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.


All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.