Water Resources Technician Training Program (Water Corps)

U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs

Various, , US


Full time, 26 weeks position


Various Locations with Tribal Governments; Federal or State

Government agencies; non-profit or private sector organizations

Living Allowance

Four Month Employment Voucher, 22 weeks of $404.00 a week

AmeriCorps Award

Environmental Stewards are eligible for an AmeriCorps education award upon successful completion of the program. Value of the education award is $2,887.50.

Age Requirement

18-34 years old

Student Loans

Student loan forbearance during the term of service (where qualified)

Start Date

7/10/2017 to 1/5/2018

Application Due Date

Applications accepted until 4/6/2017

Training Summary:

Our WRTT program is an intensive four-week period of instruction that meets six days per week with practical hands-on training in the monitoring of water quality and quantity. The coursework exposes students to a broad array of subjects ranging from basic surface and ground water hydrology; dam operations, maintenance, safety and hydro-power; flood control structures; analysis of hydrologic data; groundwater movement and modeling; basic hydraulics; drinking water and waste water treatment plant operations; irrigation; surface and groundwater pollution; management and cleanup of hazardous waste and emergency response; wetland protection; basic fish and wildlife biology and fish hatchery operations among others. Students spend a portion of their time acquiring hands-on experience in the field collecting physical data and sampling water in natural settings. Upon successful completion of the Water Resources Technician Training Program, you will have obtained the fundamental knowledge of practical hydrology and natural resource skills. If you are interested in becoming a Water Resources Technician, this is an excellent opportunity to work with and learn from skilled professionals!

Student Residence Policy:

All selected students will be residing in the dormitory. Commuting to and from the training center is not authorized. No room and board is authorized at the training center for family members, friends, or pets.

Training Program Objectives:

  • The WRTT program will specifically, provide you:
  • Relevant Technical work experience in water based sciences.
  • Provide a real-life context for an understanding of the broader issues associated with water resources management.
  • Basic Hydrology.
  • Basic water management related to watersheds, rangelands, irrigation systems, and dams.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs WRTT program is designed to provide technical knowledge for students to gain opportunities to explore career goals in the water based sciences.

To be eligible for the WRTT program you must be:

  • Member of her/his federally-recognized Indian Tribe, Band, Village in accordance with BIA Form 4432.
  • Must be at least 18 to 34 years of age.

Mental Requirements:

The students are required to complete all classroom and homework assignments in a professional manner. Daily attendance and active classroom participation is also, required to graduate occasional travel by conventional means motor vehicle.

Physical Demands:

Work may require the: interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with professors water resources technician team members, instructors under physically and mentally demanding environmental conditions; ability to read fine print and fine details; able to remain calm and even-tempered in the face of challenges, demands, and deadlines; converse on the telephone and in person and be clearly understood; auditory ability sufficient to detect noises in electronic equipment; For example, both verbal and nonverbal signals from field team members at great distances and often with various background noises and both low- and high-pitched animal sounds; operate a computer keyboard and other electronic equipment necessary for this training position; manipulate small parts and components; long periods of standing; walking or riding over rough terrain; recurring bending, crouching, stooping, stretch, reaching, or similar activities and climb flights of stairs for prolonged periods of time and/or numerous times each day. Work may also include frequent lifting of moderately heavy items, such as equipment and samples that weigh less than 23 kilograms or approximately 50 pounds.

Work Conditions:

Training usually occurs in a classroom, seminars, or workshops setting during pre-established work hours. The academic training environment includes exposure to reasonable risks and minor discomforts, such as those involving everyday hazards or distresses, which require normal safety precautions typical of offices or meeting and training rooms; or may involve occasional exposure to a laboratory that involves risks and hazards that require safety precautions. Outdoor working/training conditions involving moderate discomforts such as exposure to rain, cold/ extremely hot weather, and streams and rivers that may require special safety precautions and gear, such as life jackets, safety boots, waders, and reflective rainwear; travel in safety approved small water craft and off-road vehicles; irritating chemicals; noxious fumes; flammable liquids; hostile wildlife; poisonous insects, plants, and or snakes.

Students successfully completing the training program will receive a four month employment voucher for full-time temporary employment, either with a: Tribal Government; Federal or State Government agency; non-profit or private sector organizations in an entry-level water resources position to aid in development of higher education and/or career development.

Candidates must submit/upload the following required documents to be considered for the training program:

  1. Upload endorsement letter from her/his federally-recognized tribal government.
  2. Upload a copy of Certification of Membership (CIB) in a federally-recognized tribe, signed by a Tribal Government official. (Do not send an original certificate).
    • If you do not have a CIB, please complete BIA Form – 4432 Verification of Indian Preference for Employment in the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service. To obtain form, contact Christian Gering, Member Coordinator, 970-946-1730 or [email protected]
  3. Upload a resume (must be typed)
  4. Upload a Statement of Professional Interest in the BIA WRTT Program (Letter of Interest)
  5. Upload High School Diploma or GED;
  6. Upload most recent transcript(s);
  7. Upload Two Letters of Recommendation
  8. Complete the OF-612, The Optional Application for Federal Employment. To obtain form, contact Christian Gering, Member Coordinator, 970-946-1730 or [email protected]
    • Notice: This Form is being used for general information only, and is NOT an offer, intent, or consideration for Federal employment.
  9. Subject to a background check to see if suitable for BIA WRTT program.
    • Notice: Conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Stewards Program Staff

How to Apply: Apply on-line at: http://www.environmentalstewards.org/join/current-openings/  In addition to your resume, please submit a one page cover letter highlighting why you are interested in this position and how your background and experience will help you succeed in this position.

For More Information

Contact Christian Gering, Stewards Member Coordinator; 970-946-1730; [email protected]

BIA Voucher Restrictions:

Applicants that are current government employees (Federal, State, or Tribal), if selected will not be eligible to receive the four month employment voucher from the BIA, because of their active employment status.

Veterans’ Preference Documentation:

If you are claiming veterans’ preference, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214 (Member 4 copy), or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement:

The Bureau of Indian Affairs will provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and selection process should contact Representatives at the above address. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case by case basis.