[ES_JOBS_NET] Direct Hire Authority Resource Assistant (Climate Change Policy Intern)

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Sat Apr 23 10:11:19 MDT 2016

Date:    Fri, 22 Apr 2016 17:21:50 -0700
From:    Amy Gladding <agladding at THEGREATBASININSTITUTE.ORG>
Subject: Direct Hire Authority Resource Assistant (Climate Change Policy


The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the Bureau of Reclamation
(BOR), is recruiting a Climate Change Policy Intern to enroll in our
AmeriCorps program while completing a Direct Hire Authority Resource
Assistant Internship (DHA-RAI). The Direct Hire Authority provides land and
water management agencies the opportunity to appoint Resource Assistants
who successfully complete a rigorous internship to permanent, competitive
service positions within two years from the date they complete their
undergraduate or graduate degree. This opportunity offers a pathway to
permanent federal civil service employment.

In 2016, the West-Wide Climate Risk Assessment (WWCRA) regional
implementation team began a west-wide effort to evaluate the use of climate
change projections for use in drought forecasting and the use of existing
tools available to support drought planning efforts for water resources.
The goal of this effort is to develop WWCRA guidance that identifies
climate change tools and data for drought contingency planning.

The focus of the Climate Change Policy internship will be to conduct a
literature review to assess available climate based drought forecasting
tools and techniques to predict drought on-set and duration based on
long-term, inter-annual, and seasonal climatic processes. The results of
the literature review will inform policy-makers who will draft guidance to
support Reclamation and western stakeholders in identifying available
climate change information and tools for drought contingency planning. The
peer reviewed literature review will become a technical appendix to the
WWCRA guidance document and could also be used to prepare a professional

Compensation & Timeline:
o 12-week appointment beginning in June 2016, or upon availability
o Living allowance: $6,635.00
o Education Award=EF=80=AA: $1,515.55
o No-cost Affordable Care Act-compliant Health Benefits

The internship duty station is Denver, CO at the BOR office located at the
Denver Federal Center. Applicants currently attending graduate school in
the greater Denver area (e.g. University of Colorado Boulder and Denver,
University of Denver, Colorado State University, etc.) are strongly
encouraged to apply.

Technical Qualifications:
o Enrolled in a graduate program in environmental/civil engineering,
natural resource management, environmental policy, or other natural
resource field (2nd or 3rd year student, preferable);
o Specific experience with water resources, and familiarity with drought
prediction or climate modelling;
o Proven experience scoping and conducting formal literature searches and
strong technical writing skills (writing sample may be requested for
o Experience managing project data and effectively communicating orally and
in writing; and
o Knowledge of and ability to utilize the Microsoft Office productivity

Additional Qualifications:
o Self-motivated with ability to maintain a positive attitude while working
in a diverse team environment (e.g. collaborating with other Federal
agencies, and facilitating outreach to stakeholders);
o Possess a valid, clean, state-issued driver=E2=80=99s license;
o Meet AmeriCorps eligibility requirements: (1) U.S. citizenship or legal
resident alien status, (2) eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education
Award (limit of four in a lifetime or the equivalent of two full-time
education awards), (3) pass National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW)
and federal criminal background checks, (4) adhere to the rules,
regulations and code of conduct as specified in the Member Service
Agreement; and (5) will not engage in any prohibited activities as listed
in the Member Service Agreement.

o Successful applicant will need to complete a Department of Interior (DOI)
Background Investigation (BI) prior to starting internship. Applicants that
already possess a full adjudicated BI should clearly state that in their
cover letter.

How to Apply:
Please follow this link to apply directly through our online portal:
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