Hydroinformatics Intern

 (via CUAHSI)
The Western States Water Council (WSWC)
Murray City, UT, United States
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Position: The Western States Water Council (WSWC) is looking for an engineering intern with experience in the field of hydroinformatics and application development to work part-time (15-20 hours per week) in its office, located in Murray City, Utah, for summer 2019 (May or June to August or September). Please apply by March 15th.

Overview of the WSWC: The WSWC is a non-partisan government entity that serves as a resource and advisor to the governors of 18 western states on water policy issues. Working with the Western Governors’ Association, the WSWC provides a forum through which the western states share information and address policies on western water issues. The WSWC’s members are appointed by their respective governors and consist of state engineers or state water right administrators, water quality managers, attorney general office representatives, and other prominent policy makers from around the West. For more information about the WSWC, please see www.westernstateswater.org.

Duties: The intern will assist WSWC staff and members in carrying out the following duties:

Water Data Exchange (WaDE): The WSWC is revamping the design of the WaDE data exchange architecture and platform to provide better access to water allocation, supply, and demand data that are maintained by the state water agencies. As needed, the intern will assist the Senior Hydroinformatics Specialist in developing WaDE by carrying out the following tasks:

  • Document, retrieve, maintain, and organize water data (including maps and GIS data).
  • Develop database modules, web service code, or other map interface components that assist with data discovery or other value-added features.
  • Migrate data into web feature services and customized mapping interfaces using ESRI’s ArcGIS online, ArcGIS customization tools, or other visualization tools (e.g. Leaflet, Tableau, R/Shiny, etc.).
  • Reformatting available water data for electricity transmission planning models, or to dovetail into existing USGS water availability and use programs.
  • Work on grant-funding tasks such as grant writing, grant reporting, and grant partner administration.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Enrollment in accredited college in a water resources or environmental/civil engineering program.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Familiarity with and desire to learn more about western water policy issues.
  • Ability to work with others and accommodate multiple viewpoints.

Compensation: Competitive, based on experience and qualifications.

To apply: Send a cover letter and resume/CV to

Sara Larsen
Western States Water Council