Employment & Internships


Welcome! This job board serves to connect CSU students with water-related internship opportunities in Colorado. Water is a broad and ever-expanding field, and this job posting service will feature internships in many subject areas - ecology, engineering, fish and wildlife, natural resources, etc. These locally-based positions will help you gain valuable work experience, explore your interests, and discover a career path. Take a look at the internships posted below and follow the employer's instructions to apply.

Students: Please follow the instructions in each job posting and apply directly to the organization that is hiring. The CSU Water Center does not process any applications for the positions on this job board.

Employers: Please contact us if you would like to post an internship announcement. There is no charge for this service. We reserve the right to decline your posting if it is inappropriate or does not comply with the Colorado minimum wage of $9.30/hour. We are seeking water-related positions only.


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Job Title Web Developer Intern
Employer Name Open Water Foundation
Employer Type Non-profit
Location Fort Collins, CO
Date Posted 1/17/17
Closing Date
Job Description Open Water Foundation is looking for a paid student hourly intern to contribute to web data visualization projects involving water resources, including:
  • Evaluate web software technologies for data analysis and visualization
  • Write and test web application software focusing on HTML, CSS, JavaScript, D3.js, Socrata, Tableau, web mapping
  • Contribute to water resources projects involving complex issues such as drought, climate change, water supply, and water efficiency analysis
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Minimum Qualifications
  • Software development skills in one or more of the following technology areas is required: HTML/CSS/JavaScript, D3.js and other JavaScript libraries, web mapping, JSON, web services, data analytics.
  • Experience with water resources or other environmental fields is desirable.
See job description for complete list of qualifications.
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Job Title Intern - Horticultural Assistant
Employer Name City of Aurora
Employer Type Government
Location Aurora, CO
Date Posted 2/16/17
Closing Date
Job Description The Horticultural Assistant performs skilled manual and technical work involved in the maintenance of the Aurora Water-wise Garden; assists in coordinating volunteers and educating customers in xeriscape principles and techniques; and assists with work planning by scheduling, organizing, and securing materials and equipment for the accomplishment of assigned tasks.
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Minimum Qualifications
  • High School diploma or GED with current enrollment in a college level program
  • Experience with horticulture, landscape maintenance, or volunteer coordination
  • Knowledge of methods, techniques, and equipment used in water-wise landscaping, horticulture and applicable safety practices and procedures
  • Must exhibit strong customer service skills
See job description for complete list of qualifications.
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Anticipated Start Date May
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Job Title Intern - Irrigation Assessor
Employer Name City of Aurora
Employer Type Government
Location Aurora, CO
Date Posted 2/16/17
Closing Date
Job Description The Irrigation Assessor Performs irrigation audits and inspections for residential and large property customers; compiles data and creates written reports based on audit findings; performs general garden and landscape maintenance functions; and may assist in general conservation projects during non-irrigation months.
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Minimum Qualifications
  • Previous horticulture or landscape installation and maintenance experience
  • Basic Microsoft Office programs knowledge
  • Experience in the operations of irrigation systems and efficient watering practices preferred
See job description for complete list of qualifications.
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Anticipated Start Date May
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Job Title Program Specialist I - Horticultural Specialist
Employer Name City of Aurora
Employer Type Government
Location Aurora, CO
Date Posted 2/16/17
Closing Date
Job Description The Horticultural Specialist performs skilled manual and technical work involved in the maintenance of the Aurora Xeriscape Demonstration Garden, works with and helps train volunteers, assists in educating customers in xeriscape principles and techniques and assists with work planning by scheduling, organizing, and securing materials and equipment for the accomplishment of assigned tasks.
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Minimum Qualifications
  • Applicants MUST demonstrate 1 year experience in the maintenance and installation of landscapes and irrigation components and general knowledge of Colorado friendly landscape principles
  • Applicant must demonstrate 1 year experience in customer service
  • High School diploma or GED
See job description for complete list of qualifications.
Hours Per Week 40
Anticipated Start Date March
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Job Title Student Agronomy Intern
Employer Name CSU Department of Soil and Crop Sciences
Employer Type Government
Location Fort Collins, CO
Date Posted 2/24/17
Closing Date
Job Description Part time student hourly technician wanted to assist in completing lab, office and field tasks for irrigation water management and water quality projects. Lab activities will include testing and preparation of sensors and data loggers, processing soil and plant samples, data entry, general cleaning/lab upkeep, website maintenance, and other tasks as needed. Field activities may include installation/removal of soil moisture sensors and precipitation/irrigation gauges, soil sampling, and plant growth measurement.
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Minimum Qualifications
  • Ability and willingness to perform physical labor related to field research
  • Available for work during summer 2017
  • Hard working and ambitious
See job description for complete list of qualifications.
Hours Per Week 10+
Anticipated Start Date March 2017
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Job Title Summer Intern
Employer Name Little Thompson Water District
Employer Type Government
Location Berthoud, CO
Date Posted 3/6/17
Closing Date
Job Description Perform field measurements and collect and organize data characterizing the overall water system. Work with office personnel to organize data with the geographic informational system (GIS).
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Minimum Qualifications
  • Completed at least the sophomore year of study in Engineering, Construction Management, Surveying, Computer Sciences or a closely related field
  • Be experienced in using word processing, spreadsheets, and database software on a personal computer utilizing a standard computer keyboard and other standard office equipment
  • Knowledge of AutoCAD and/or ArcMap GIS software is also desirable
See job description for complete list of qualifications.
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Job Title Wildfire Effects & Watershed Rehabilitation Technician
Employer Name Rocky Mountain Research Station (USFS) & CSU
Employer Type Government
Location Fort Collins, CO
Date Posted 3/6/17
Closing Date
Job Description We are hiring technicians to assist with a variety of research projects on the consequences of wildfire and forest road rehabilitation on stream nutrient retention, plant communities, and soil productivity.
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Minimum Qualifications
  • Enrollment/completion of BSc degree in hydrology, soils, forestry, ecology, biology, or related field
  • Familiarity with Rocky Mountain herbaceous and woody plant identification
  • Ability to prepare accurate and legible notes and labels
  • Familiarity with handheld GPS units and mapping software
See job description for complete list of qualifications.
Hours Per Week 40
Anticipated Start Date Mid-May 2017
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Job Title Engineer-in-Training
Employer Name RiverRestoration
Employer Type Private
Location Carbondale, CO
Date Posted 3/9/17
Closing Date
Job Description Projects include design of river restoration, bank stabilization, fish passage, habitat features, and river recreation features such as whitewater parks and boat passage. Analyses include habitat hydraulics, floodplain delineation and assessment, bridge hydraulics, river erosion, geomorphology, sediment transport, dam removal, and watershed management.
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Minimum Qualifications
  • Strong communication skills, including technical report writing and interaction with clients, stakeholders, and the general public
  • Strong proficiency with AutoCAD Civil 3D developing grading and creating construction plan sets and exhibits. Experience with GIS software is preferred but not required.
  • Master of Science in Water Resources Engineering, Hydraulics Engineering, or other closely related field
  • Current EIT certification
See job description for complete list of qualifications.
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Job Title Engineer Intern
Employer Name Parker Water and Sanitation District
Employer Type Government
Location Parker, CO
Date Posted 3/20/17
Closing Date
Job Description This seasonal intern position plans, reviews, and performs professional engineering work to support the Engineering Department. Performs entry-level professional engineering work related to the planning and operation of the water and sanitary sewer systems.
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Minimum Qualifications
  • Currently enrolled and working toward a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or a directly related field
  • Must possess a valid Colorado driver's license with a Motor Vehicle Record acceptable to the District's insurance company
  • Basic computer knowledge including, but not limited to, Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, ArcGIS and AutoCAD
  • Basic knowledge of professional civil engineering principles, practices, methods and standards
See job description for complete list of qualifications.
Hours Per Week 40
Anticipated Start Date
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Job Title Conference and Event Planning Coordinator
Employer Name Colorado State University
Employer Type Government
Location Fort Collins, CO
Date Posted 3/27/17
Closing Date
Job Description We are seeking an organized and motivated student employee or intern to provide administrative support in event/conference planning. He/she will primarily be responsible for print program layout and design, social media promotion, website updates/development, volunteer recruitment, placement, training and coordination and social event planning/field trip coordination, for two large international conference and training programs. The conference and training programs are Pathways 2017 (September 17-20, 2017, Estes Park, Colorado), and Pathways Africa (January 8-10, 2018, Windhoek, Namibia).
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Minimum Qualifications
  • Computer Skills - proficient in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Word (including mail merge tools). Experience using at least one graphic design program (In Design, Illustrator, Photoshop, etc.) and WordPress is strongly preferred but not required.
  • Flexible work schedule
  • Good interpersonal communication skills
See job description for complete list of qualifications.
Hours Per Week 10-20
Anticipated Start Date 4/17/17
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Job Title Dam Safety Intern
Employer Name Colorado Department of Water Resources
Employer Type Government
Location Greeley, CO
Date Posted 3/27/17
Closing Date
Job Description The Colorado Department of Water Resources is hiring a Dam Safety intern this summer. The internship is for 8 weeks, $10/hour for 40 hours a week. The last day of work has to be completed by June 30, so the selected candidate would need to begin work in early May. The majority of the job would be related to completing Dam Safety Comprehensive file reviews including site visits. Contact Kallie Bauer to apply.
Official Job Posting N/A
Minimum Qualifications
Hours Per Week 40
Anticipated Start Date 5/1/17
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Job Title Summer Research Internship
Employer Name CSU Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Employer Type Government
Location Fort Collins, CO
Date Posted 3/27/17
Closing Date 3/31/17
Job Description The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) is pleased to offer summer internships for up to two individuals interested in regional water availability and climate change. The internships are joint with CSU's Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) and will explore the extent to which today's state-of-the-art climate models can predict precipitation trends at different size catchments.
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Minimum Qualifications
  • Enrolled in Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Be at least a junior in the 2017-2018 school year
See job description for complete list of qualifications.
Hours Per Week 40
Anticipated Start Date 5/22/17
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