Water Resources 9-month Internship

Position Description: 

Have an interest in the environment, conservation, and agriculture, particularly water and soil quality? We are seeking college graduates to join the Water Rocks! team for a 9-month paid internship from January - August 2019. The ideal candidates will be self-motivated, detail-oriented, strong communicators, enthusiastic, and have a sense of fun! Interns’ time will be split between research and outreach, all centered around environmental issues and challenges in Iowa. Interns will have the opportunity to:

  • Work with two exciting Iowa State University education and outreach programs:
  • Help children and adults better understand environmental and agricultural issues
  • Travel throughout the state of Iowa with the fleet of three Conservation Station trailers
  • Develop strong oral communication skills
  • Contribute to water and soil quality research projects in ISU’s Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
  • Gain technical skills related to environmental science, soil and water quality through both field and lab research

The program is based on campus at Iowa State University and will involve travel to research sites and various outreach events around the state, which includes some scheduled night and weekend events. This is a paid internship, with students working up to 40 hours/week. The internship program begins Jan. 3, 2019 and runs through August 23, 2019.

The Iowa State University water resources internship program serves as an outstanding springboard for careers in agriculture, engineering, the environment, and/or further studies. Past participants in our internship program have gone on to such careers as project engineer, watershed coordinator, environmental educator, field research specialist, and USDA-FSA program technician, while others have pursued graduate school opportunities.


Job Skills and Requirements:

  • College graduate (open to all majors)
  • Demonstrated interest and/or background in environmental science, natural resources, conservation, soil and water quality, agriculture, and/or education
  • Evidence of strong communications skills
  • Ability to learn new tasks quickly
  • Teamwork skills
  • Self-motivated
  • Detailed-oriented
  • Time management skills

Additional Internship Requirements:

  • Possession of valid US driver’s license
  • Background check with ISU Risk Management for working with youth

How to Apply:

Required application materials include:

• Resume (Include your GPA, major, related coursework, and previous work experience) 
• Cover Letter (Tell us what interests you about this internship and why you’d be a great fit!)

Internship application deadline is 5:00pm on Friday, December 7, 2018. Please submit your complete application package to Ann Staudt via email – astaudt@iastate.edu.