Location: Temecula, CA (Remote), Lower Colorado Basin Region
Project Title: Comparative Analysis of Binational River Basins in the World with the Colorado River Basin
Project Type: This is a telework-only project. The Intern will not report in person to a duty station.
Duration: 3-month internship, full-time. May-August 2022 or June – September 2022 (dates are dependent on a semester or quarterly calendar)
Compensation: Approximately $760-$1,080 per week. Hourly pay will be equivalent to approximately $19 to $27 an hour, depending on the applicant’s qualifications. Undergraduate student (current junior or senior): $760/week, recently accepted graduate student (summer in between undergraduate and graduate school): $920/week, graduate student: $1,080/week. If the intern is required to travel, the Binational Program will pay for travel.
Resource Assistant Internship (RAI) Program and Direct Hire Authority: Reclamation’s RAI Program provides a pathway for Reclamation hiring managers to non-competitively hire RAI participants (or “Interns”) to permanent positions who have successfully completed a rigorous 11-week Summer Internship, approved by the Reclamation RAI Review Board and Human Capital Officer. Eligible Interns must be enrolled in accredited post-secondary degree programs to apply and participate in the paid Internship opportunity. While participating in the 11-week paid Internship, Interns will prove their analytical, problem-solving, and communication skills at Reclamation sites or offices. After successful completion of an Internship and subsequently achieving their degree, hiring managers have two years from the Intern’s graduation date to non-competitively appoint them to a vacancy for which they qualify. After successful completion of all program requirements, Interns may be converted to a permanent position, but conversion is neither guaranteed nor promised.
Project Background: Reclamation’s mission is to assist in meeting the increasing water demands of the West while protecting the environment and the public’s investment in these structures. Reclamation places great emphasis on fulfilling its water delivery obligations, water conservation, water recycling, and reuse, developing partnerships with our customers, states, and Native American Tribes, and finding ways to bring together a variety of interests to address the competing needs for our limited water resources.
The Colorado River Basin is a binational river basin, and the waters of the Colorado River are shared between the United States and Mexico. The Reclamation Binational Program in the Lower Colorado Basin Region works cooperatively with the International Boundary and Water Commission and other governmental and non-governmental organizations in the United States and Mexico on binational issues on the Colorado River. The Binational Programs helps implement the Colorado river portions of the 1944 Treaty Between the United States of America and Mexico on the Utilization of Waters of the Colorado and Tijuana Rivers and of the Rio Grande. The Intern will work directly with the Binational Program Manager and will work on Project Deliverables that directly contribute to Reclamation’s Binational Program mission-essential functions.
Project Duties: The primary project objective of the internship will be to conduct a literature review in both Spanish and English of binational river basins around the world and of existing research relevant to U.S.-Mexico collaboration on water resources. The research will be conducted in both Spanish and English and will require a review of online journal articles, books, academic papers, and potentially university theses/dissertations through Reclamation’s Denver Library. The literature review will be the bedrock upon which the novel research is conducted and will help further the Binational Program’s efforts at collaboration with Mexico. The Intern will conduct a formal presentation of their project findings to key decision-makers during the final week of the internship.
* Intermediate level in Spanish reading, writing, and speaking;
* Demonstrated leadership skills and experience;
* Strategic thinking abilities;
* Demonstrated writing skills; and
* Demonstrated presentation and research skills.
* Highly Recommended:
* Advanced level in Spanish reading, writing and speaking
* Coursework in International Law/Policy, International Relations, International Studies, Spanish, or International Environmental Policy
* Coursework in Hydrology, Modeling, Geographic Information Systems, Engineering, Water Resources Management, or Conflict Resolution
* Helpful: Coursework in Political Science, International Economics, Law, or Communication
Working Conditions: Interns will conduct daily duties in an online/virtual capacity. Interns will have weekly meetings with the Supervisor/mentor to continually track Project progression, amend milestones appropriately, and discuss professional development goals. Project Plans should provide longer-term benefits to the public; instill good work ethic and a sense of public service; be labor-intensive; be planned and initiated promptly; and provide academic, experiential, or environmental education opportunities. Interns will have Mid-term and End-term performance evaluations with the Supervisor. This one-on-one performance evaluation covers technical competence, workload management, communication, leadership characteristics, and the ability to work independently.
Application: All applications should be submitted through HAF’s MANO Project application page. A resume, college transcript/s, writing sample (1-3 pages), and two professional references will be required for submission. Your application or resume should include professional and/or educational experience, along with any awards, technical skills, or volunteer activities, and provide a demonstrated intermediate or higher level of Spanish reading, writing, and speaking.
Applications for this position are due on Monday, March 14, 2022. Phone interviews and final decisions will be made by early March.
Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement: Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and/or hiring process should contact Hispanic Access Foundation directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Mission: The mission of the Bureau of Reclamation is to manage, develop, and protect water and related resources in an environmentally and economically sound manner in the interest of the American public. At Reclamation, our core values are professional excellence, safety, and Respect.
Hispanic Access Foundation Mission: Hispanic Access Foundation (Hispanic Access) is a 501(c)(3) national nonprofit organization that connects Latinos and People of Color to partners and opportunities to improve lives and create an equitable society. Hispanic Access’s vision is that all Hispanics throughout the U.S. enjoy good physical health, a healthy natural environment, a quality education, economic success, and civic engagement in their communities with the sum improving the future of America.
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