Intern-Environmental Scientist Associate- Watershed Protection

  • Austin
  • Austin, TX, United States
  • Apr 06, 2017
Internship- Paid Admin Assistant/Environmental Support Biology/Ecology Environmental Science/Engineering Water Quality Watershed/Stormwater

Job Description

Duties, Functions and Responsibilities

Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.
1.Perform project planning, prioritization, and tracking of technical resources
2.Conduct site selection and study design
3.Operate/calibrate equipment
4.Perform chemical, biological and physical testing and classification
5.Interpret water quality, flow and biological data
6.Conduct training in sampling and analysis
7.Organize and prepare reports and memos based on data evaluation
8.Review and interpret policies, codes, regulations and ordinances
9.Perform environmental assessments on proposed capital projects, systems, programs and development plans
10.Assist in development of code changes and rules development
Responsibilities – Supervisor and/or Leadership Exercised: None

Minimum Qualifications

Current enrollment from an accredited University or College with at least 30 credit hours with classification as a Sophomore, Junior or Senior. Student is required to have an overall 2.5 or higher GPA on 4.0 scale.

Preferred Qualifications

1. Major coursework in biology/ecology/botany
2. Knowledge of plant species
3. Experience/tolerance in collecting data during summer field conditions in Central Texas.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.
Knowledge of applicable processes, techniques, and methods.
Knowledge of city practice, policy, and procedures.
Skill in handling conflict and uncertain situations.
Skill in handling multiple tasks and prioritizing.
Skill in using computers and related software applications.
Skill in data analysis and problem solving.
Ability to establish and maintain effective communication and working relationships with city employees and the public.
Ability to work with frequent interruptions and changes in priorities.

Licenses and Certifications Required: None

Notes to Applicants

This internship is designed to provide experience on ecological data collection, use of ecological research equipment, data management, and plant identification. Intern will support RZR staff with data collection for three riparian forest restoration studies and two riparian monitoring projects led by the project manager. In addition, interns are expected to assist with data collection for other Watershed Protection Department (WPD) projects. Those students with a high interest in: Identifying native woody plants and invasive plants in Central, TX, technical writing, collecting data in adverse field conditions, methods and protocols for ecological research.

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Job Level



Government- Local/Regional


$16.14 per hour