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Graduate Internship GRDA Ecosystems and Watershed

Jobs Offered
Posted: 2/22/2017
Expiration Date: 3/31/2017

Categories          Un-Classified
Pay Range           Dependent on Experience
Effective Date     02/13/2017


Purpose of Position     

GRDA Ecosystems & Watershed Management

Interested in water quality, environmental chemistry, limnology, ecology, or natural resources? Interested in experiencing a work environment outside of academia to supplement your training? The Ecosystems and Watershed Management Department at the Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) in Langley, Oklahoma is currently accepting applications for a summer intern to aid in managing, monitoring, and researching Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees, Oklahoma’s scenic rivers, and or energy projects under its jurisdiction. The goal of the experience is to provide the research intern with an opportunity to develop skills that they may not directly experience within academia. For example, interns may be trained to write permits, conduct research and environmental assessment aligned with federal and state regulations. Furthermore, interns would gain authentic experience working within an agency environment to develop management plans, support policy development, write government reports, and develop collaborations with a wide variety of stakeholders.

 Potential Graduate Student Internship Experiences:

  • Assisting GRDA personnel in writing and researching reports and permits
  • Learning and understanding new and existing environmental regulations and how they pertain to GRDA operations
  • Researching GRDA regulations throughout the agency’s existence
  • Attending meetings on issues related to GRDA’s ecosystems operations
  • Assisting GRDA personnel in its development of management plans and mitigation strategies
  • Assisting GRDA personnel in collecting environmental data (e.g., water samples) for projects relating to compliance



Graduate Experiential Research Program:

  • Graduate students will be given the opportunity to develop their own research project that is associated with on-going work in the GRDA and is aligned with their graduate research program
  • The research project will be applied in nature and will incorporate environmental monitoring/management, environmental policy, and or developing collaborative outreach with stakeholders
  • The project can be designed in collaboration with GRDA staff and the academic mentor of the students
  • The products of this project would ideally lead to the publication of a white paper (and or web-based resource) and a peer-reviewed publication
  • Though the development of this project will occur during the internship period, the execution of the time to complete the research project may extend past the official timeline of the internship
  • Interns will actively work with the GRDA staff and consult with their academic advisor in developing appropriate research questions and in developing the research timeline

Routine duties will include:

  • Collection and analysis of water samples
  • Operation of watercraft
  • Operation of state of the art field and laboratory equipment
  • Computer tasks including data entry, data analysis, and equipment operation
  • Mentoring undergraduate research interns
  • Researching regulations and policies affecting GRDA’s projects
  • Drafting language for reports, management plans, and other GRDA work products

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Active enrollment in a graduate program in ecology, environmental science, or related field
  • A general knowledge of environmental science and sampling with previous field and lab experience
  • Prior experience designing and executing research projects
  • A valid driver’s license
  • The ability to swim at least 50 yards and lift at least 40 pounds

Desired Qualifications:

  • General knowledge of water science (e.g., limnology, stream ecology, fluvial geomorphology)
  • Prior boating experience including trailering and towing
  • Prior experience mentoring undergraduate and/or high school students
  • Prior experience with data and or statistical analysis
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a teammate under extreme weather conditions.


  • Interns can be paid up to $18/hr dependent on experience
  • Housing with internet access can possibly be provided if needed

Interested applicants should submit the following items to www.jobs@grda.com/employment by 3/31/2017

  • A current CV (preferred) or Resume (at minimum include: publications, presentations, previous job experiences, and awards)
  • Cover Letter: In your letter, please include a description of your previous research or job experience, a description of why you are interested in this position, and a description of how the internship aligns with your professional goals. Also, please indicate the themes of your graduate thesis (if you are in a non-thesis program, please describe your research interests).
  • A writing sample (publication or report preferred, but a graduate class assignment (>5 page research report) will also suffice).
  • 3 references (name, title, affiliation, phone number, and email)
  • Current Transcript (unofficial OK)

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