Local recruitment: Temporary River Watch YIP Intern

Colorado Department of Natural Resources

Denver, CO, USA 🇺🇸

Department Information

EMPLOYMENT STARTS 10/13/2021 THROUGH 04/15/2022.

To apply, please submit only your application, a resume and a cover letter. This announcement will remain open until FILLED.  You are encouraged to apply early.

The mission of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources is to develop, preserve, and enhance the state’s natural resources for the benefit and enjoyment of current and future citizens and visitors.  In an effort to build diversity and inclusion we welcome applications from people of diverse backgrounds and abilities.

Our Mission is to perpetuate the wildlife resources of the state, to provide a quality state parks system, and to provide enjoyable and sustainable outdoor recreation opportunities that educate and inspire current and future generations to serve as active stewards of Colorado’s natural resources. Colorado Parks and Wildlife.Description of Job


The Colorado River Watch program is a statewide volunteer water quality monitoring program managed by Colorado Parks and Wildlife and an external non-profit vendor, River Science. Together we support 120 groups statewide including middle and high school groups as well as adult volunteers who collect monthly surface water samples for alkalinity, hardness, pH, dissolved oxygen, temperature and metals from their local rivers. River Watch has a set annual cycle to gather and deliver water quality and macroinvertebrate data and support its volunteers. This position would be exposed to many aspects of this cycle including field sample collection, laboratory analysis, training volunteers, assisting with volunteer management, program presentations, data analysis, entry and validation, management and filing, laboratory sample preparation and verification, equipment inventory and maintenance, sample processing, site visits, report writing and some Clean Water Act policy work.

The primary responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

  • Working with data
  • Data management
  • Data analyses
  • Writing watershed reports based on data collected by River Watch volunteers
  • Assisting with our 30 year fundraising campaign
  • Helping manage and curate a new online training platform and experience for River Watch
  • Volunteers
  • Website content development
  • Assisting volunteers (through email correspondence, in-person and during site visits)
  • Maintaining laboratory equipment
  • Updating standard operating procedures where needed
  • Working with water quality sensors

In addition to these programmatic needs, the intern will have the opportunity to create other specific experiences relevant to their career goals, inside CPW or external. A plan with measurable results will be developed that will guide the intern’s workload, evaluation, and achievements. We are looking for someone who is interested in a career in natural resources, including watershed management, wildlife, hydrology, working with volunteers, laboratory analysis and working with data and information production. We hope this experience will help the intern build a skill set for a related career in natural resources or further studies in an undergraduate or graduate program.

Pay is biweekly starting after the first two weeks of work and ending two weeks after the last two week pay period. No official holidays, leave time or health care benefits come with this position, however retirement benefits are included. Parking is free and readily available.Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights



  • Must have transportation to/from work location at 6060 Broadway, Denver office where supervision, equipment and support resides.
  • Must be able to travel around the state for specific projects as they arise including periodic lab work at our Ft. Collins office.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.
  • Must be physically able to lift (40-50 lbs of liquids), carry or move equipment, both in and out of the field or for our annual River Watch training. Must be willing to work in a laboratory environment.
  • Be able to work 8-5 Monday through Friday (40 hours per week).
  • Demonstrate an interest and acuity for stream ecology, chemistry, biology, hydrology, hydraulics fisheries management, and water policy.
  • Demonstrate experience or willingness to learn computer programs and assist with data management, analyses, presentation development, and report writing, specifically in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access.
  • Willing to teach others watershed science principles, River Watch Protocols, and learn a diverse spectrum of field methodologies.
  • Must enjoy working with people.
  • Be resourceful and able to work independently while also contributing to a team.
  • Attention to detail, particularly as it relates to: 1) tedious tasks, such as field data collection, laboratory sample preparation and analysis, equipment cleaning, and data entry and 2) high level critical thinking tasks.
  • Be available these dates:
    • Wednesday October 6th for a 1-hour in-person or virtual interview
    • Must be able to begin work Wednesday October 13th 2021 and end Friday April 15th 2022.
    • Must be available for a 4 day in-person training departing Wednesday October 20th 2021 and returning Sunday October 24th 2021.

Supplemental Information

The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (with preference given to military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law. 

The Department of Natural Resources is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to our ADAAA Coordinator, Anna Kargobai-Murray, at [email protected] or call 303-866-2667 x8647.

ADAAA Accommodations

Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact Anna Kargobai-Murray at [email protected] at least five business days before the date that any accommodation will be required to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.

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The Department of Natural Resources participates in E-Verify in accordance with the program’s Right to Work for all newly-hired employees. Employees are queried through the electronic system established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to verify identity and employment eligibility. You may complete section 1 of the I-9 form upon your acceptance of a job offer letter, but no later than your first day of employment and in addition, on your first day, but no later than the third day, you are required to submit original documents to verify your eligibility to work in the U.S. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.

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