Local recruitment: Water Utility Intern

City of Fort Collins

Fort Collins, CO, USA 🇺🇸

POSITION TITLE:  Water Utility Intern   (Hourly)
REQUISITION #:  req3937
DEPARTMENT:  Ut Water UTL Engineering Div
BENEFIT CATEGORY: Variable Hourly View Classifications & Benefits
EMPLOYMENT TYPE:  Part-Time Hourly
HOURLY RATE:   $15.00 – 20.00 per hour (based on relevant experience)
SELECTION PROCESS:  Application deadline is 3:00 p.m. MT on 9/15/2021.
You will receive an email acknowledgment when you have successfully submitted an application. Your completed application will be forwarded to the hiring manager. You will be notified if you are selected for further testing or interviews. Please keep your contact information up-to-date. The status of your application will be updated in your applicant profile. Post-offer background check required.

The Community:  The City of Fort Collins sits nestled against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains alongside the banks of the Cache La Poudre River. At 5,000 feet in elevation, residents enjoy a moderate, four-season climate, with an average of 300 days of sunshine per year. With 174,800 residents, Fort Collins is Colorado’s fourth-largest city and spans 57 square miles. With the 20 year growth projection, the City of Fort Collins is expected to reach 255,000 residents.

The first people who hunted in this region arrived approximately 11,000 years ago, and Northern Colorado remains an integral part of the traditional and ancestral homelands of the Arapaho, Cheyenne, and Ute Nations. European-American trappers and traders arrived by the early 1800s but rarely established permanent settlements. Gold and silver discoveries in the Colorado mountains in the mid-1800s and the prospect of land for farming and ranching attracted people from eastern cities and across the globe to the Colorado Territory, including what would become the town of Fort Collins; an agricultural colony that emerged from its founding days as a military fort. The expansion included the sugar beet industry’s growth, which brought new residents whose descendants still live here today, including Mexican-American families from southern Colorado, New Mexico, and northern Mexico, as well as Germans from Russia. Since 1879, Fort Collins has been the home of the state’s land grant institution, Colorado State University, which currently enrolls 34,000 students. Along with the university, the city’s major high-tech and manufacturing companies and breweries attract new residents from all over the country and world. The community’s overall social diversity continues to grow.

There are abundant outdoor recreation opportunities available to the many residents who enjoy healthy lifestyles. The nearby Horsetooth Reservoir is a key attraction, as is the Cache La Poudre-North Park Scenic Byway. The Downtown district provides many venues for live music, shopping, dining, and nightlife within the city. Fort Collins is widely considered the Craft Beer Capital of Colorado. The City has a strong appreciation for arts, culture, and entertainment. Various national organizations and magazines recognize Fort Collins as one of the best places to live in the nation.

The City’s long list of acknowledgements includes:  

  • No. 5 Best Remote-Ready Cities: Livability.com Jan 2021
  • Top 30 Creative Small Cities: CVSuite – May 2020
  • No. 18 Safest Cities in America: SafeWise – April 2020
  • No. 1 Best Place to Live: Livability.com March 2020
  • No. 9 Most Fitness Friendly Places: SmartAsset – Dec 2019
  • No. 7 Safest Driving Cities: Allstate – June 2019
  • No. 4 Best U.S. Cities to Raise a Family: MarketWatch – April 2019
  • No. 9 Best Performing Cities: Milken Institute – Jan 2019
  • No. 3 U.S. Cities with Highest Economic Confidence: Yahoo – Nov 2018
  • No. 2 Brain Concentration Index: Bloomberg – Nov 2018
  • No. 1 City in America for Cycling: PeopleForBikes-May 2018
  • Outstanding Achievement in Local Government Innovation Award: Alliance for Innovation-April 2018
  • The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award-Nov 2017
  • 18th Best City for Career Opportunities: SmartAsset – Sep 2017
  • 3rd Best College Town to Live in Forever: College Ranker – July 2017
  • 25 Best Towns Ever: Where to Live Now: Outside Magazine – June 2017
  • No. 1 Stable and Growing Housing Market: Realtor.com-June 2017
  • 11th Happiest City in America: Yahoo! Finance – March 2017
  • No. 9 Top 150 Cities for Millennials Report: Millennial Personal Finance – Feb 2017
  • No. 2 Best Cities for Small Business Owners: ValuePenguin – Feb 2017

Why Work For the City of Fort Collins?

–   Potential for paid personal leave and paid holidays 

–   Employee Assistance Program: counseling, legal, and financial assistance 

–   Wellness program, workout facilities 

–   Personal & professional learning opportunities plus potential for career mobility

–  Collaborative work environment


The City of Fort Collins Stormwater Engineering and Development Review Division (SEDR) is looking to hire a part-time intern with an interest in stormwater, water and wastewater systems design and construction and stormwater master planning. Ideally, this position will start in September 2021 and continue through May 2022, with the possibility of extending into the summer of 2022. The hours can be flexible while classes are in session, with the expectation of a minimum of 12-14 hours/week during school months and 20-25 hours/week during non-school months. We are looking for an undergraduate or graduate student, with an expected graduation no sooner than May 2022.

The selected candidate will have the opportunity to gain experience/exposure with stormwater, water and wastewater system design review and field inspections. In addition, the position may also assist with support duties for stormwater master planning.  Duties will include workload spreadsheet management, updating design standards and details, assisting with the collection of work metrics, review of basic utility and drainage plan submittals, GIS and support for stormwater master planning and field construction support.  

The preferred candidate will have good computer skills, including experience with GIS (ArcMap or ArcGIS Pro) and AutoCAD (Civil 3D).


The following duties and responsibilities are illustrative of the primary functions of this position and are not intended to be all inclusive.

  • Application of basic engineering-related principles
  • Good organizational and administrative skills
  • Dependable and reliable attendance
  • Understanding of GIS (ArcMap or ArcGIS Pro)
  • AutoCAD (Civil 3D) skills
  • Good working knowledge of Word and Excel


This job has no supervisory responsibilities.


The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the necessary functions of this position.


  • Coursework in civil or environmental engineering or construction management
  • Understanding of/interest in stormwater management
  • Understanding of/interest in water and wastewater systems
  • Experience with AutoCAD Civil 3D
  • Experience with GIS (ArcMap or ArcGIS Pro)
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Experience developing reports and presentations
  • Self-directed, quick learner, positive attitude, and a good team-player


College coursework in Civil Engineering, Environmental Science, Construction Management, or related field.


Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.


Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to problem solve and work to find solutions independently.  


Not applicable.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions and otherwise performs duties in a normal office environment. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

The City of Fort Collins will make reasonable accommodations for access to City services, programs and activities and will make special communication arrangements for persons with disabilities.  Please call (970) 221-6535 for assistance.

Notice Regarding Medical and/or Recreational Marijuana Use
Because the possession and use of marijuana, whether for medical use or otherwise, constitutes a federal offense and because the City is a drug free workplace, the City will not accommodate the medical use of marijuana and enforces written policy prohibiting working for the City while marijuana is in the body.  The fact that state law recognizes medical marijuana as a prescribed, or otherwise permitted, medication does not alter or otherwise change this policy.

The City of Fort Collins is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants are considered for positions for which they have applied without regard to gender (regardless of gender identity or gender expression), race, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, age 40 years or older, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy or other characteristics protected by law. For the purpose of this City policy “sexual orientation” means a person’s actual or perceived orientation toward heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality.


Note: Some information in your application may be public information under the Colorado Open Records Act.