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Colorado Springs Utilities Water Conservation Internship in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Water Conservation Internship

Job Type: Internship

Pay Range $20.89 to $27.58

Location Colorado Springs, CO

Date First Posted 2/7/24

Applications are being accepted until: 3/8/24

*If no date is displayed, applications are being accepted on an ongoing basis; however, this job posting may close at any time after a minimum of 5 days of being posted.

Water Conservation Internship

At Colorado Springs Utilities, the work of water conservation offers a unique opportunity for college students to learn about the careful management of water resources that includes stewarding the efficient use of water resources. This work is unique in that it combines what are often two unique disciplines within the water profession—conservation and water resource management. The many learning experiences acquired within the Water Resources Management department offers a well-balanced introduction into our industry and on our business.

A Water Conservation Internship offers the following learning opportunities:

  • Overview of water resources management in Colorado Springs and our unique water systems and challenges

  • The programs and best practices of water conservation in the west and which are best suited for our community and region

  • Exposure to program management skills (tools, follow-through, reporting, etc.) to ensure careful processes and standards are followed in program implementation

  • Extensive training and field experience in customer sharing, education and conflict resolution including tools and services to support same

  • General soil preparation and irrigation management principles and best practices for watering urban landscapes appropriate to our region

  • Opportunities according to aptitude and enthusiasm to explore further education in water conservation and other water resources management disciplines

In this position the water conservation intern will learn and help customers understand where our water comes from, its value and how much is used in the landscape, best practices in water use to keep landscapes healthy in our climate and within three-days-per-week watering rules and provide resources to empower customers to incorporate the best practices related to landscape soil preparation and irrigation management in their landscape establishment and maintenance.

Specifically, the following duties make up this internship position:

  • Establishment Permit Processing (30%)

  • Support staff responsible for the permitting process related to customers’ establishment of new landscapes

  • Support customer establishment permit applications: questions, documentation and approval process

  • Education/Enforcement of Water-Wise Rules (30%)

  • Support staff members with education and enforcement of Water-wise Rules to help customers be successful under these rules

  • Support educating contractors and landscape professionals about Water-Wise Rules and Establishment Permits

  • Landscape Transformation (20%)

  • Support staff members with landscape transformation projects and programs such as homeowner conversion of turf to native grass landscapes, new construction landscapes that use less water and are more resilient

  • Water-wise landscape design, installation, and maintenance (20%)

  • Support two demonstration gardens through the development and installation of landscape improvements focused on water-wise landscape principles

This is a seasonal position requiring 30-40 as-needed work hours/week; with 40 hours per week preferred during the summer months mid- May through August or September. The position can be designed to support a student’s school schedule. The majority of the effort will be needed between June through August with start date of mid-May and decreasing work requirements after August (less hours required and/or a fluctuation in job responsibilities according to work requirements). This position can extend through September if possible for student’s schedule.

*This is an on-site, non-remote/non-telecommuting position

*Hourly rate is dependent on year completed of academic degree, e.g., second year complete, third year complete, etc.

*Candidates MUST be enrolled in a degree seeking program (Associates/Bachelors/Masters) and be able to provide documentation if requested. Enrollment in a certification program does not qualify.

*A valid, unrestricted driver's license is required for this position

Our Commitment to Our Employees…

Our people are the heart and soul of Colorado Springs Utilities. They keep the lights on, gas flowing, water coming in, and wastewater leaving. We do not just say people are important – we prove it! That’s why we are honored to invest in protecting the health and financial security of our employees and their families through our rich benefits program. As a Temporary employee you will enjoy the following benefits:

  • Time Off – Because everybody needs time off to recharge

  • Vacation –New employees accrue 13 days of paid time off to start, while our more tenured employees accrue 24 days per year

  • Paid Holidays –12 paid holidays per year

  • Sick Leave – Accrue 12 days of sick leave annually for those days when you or a family member is feeling under the weather

  • Vacation Buy – Purchase up to 40 hours of additional vacation time

  • Pension Plan – Looking forward to a comfortable lifestyle once you’re done working? The Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA) provides you with retirement benefits and peace of mind when you retire

  • Medical – Select from three comprehensive medical plans, starting at $0 per month. Employees also enjoy access to a Health Savings Account (HSA) and Flexible Spending Account (FSA). (effective the 1st of the month following your start date)

  • Wellness Program – Voluntary wellness program that allows you and your spouse to each earn up to $500 to use towards healthcare expenses, $100 in Visa gift cards, and up to $400 in gym membership reimbursements

  • Dental – Select from two dental plans, with in-network PPO preventive care covered at 100% and access to orthodontia coverage (effective the 1st of the month following your start date)

  • Vision – Voluntary plan that covers full vision care services and discounts on LASIK eye surgery (effective the 1st of the month following your start date)

  • Retirement Saving Programs – Supplement your pension plan with voluntary retirement programs such as the PERAPlus 401(k) and MissionSquare’s Roth IRA and 457 plans

  • Disability Coverage – Short-Term (STD) and Long-Term Disability (LTD) insurance available for purchase (effective the 1st of the month following your start date)

  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) – Makes the going a little easier by aiding with mental health, stress management, work-life balance, financial and legal matters, and much more

  • Long-Term Care Insurance (LTC) – Whether it's due to an accident or a serious illness, LTC insurance is available for purchase to help you and your loved ones (effective the 1st of the month following your start date)

  • Life Insurance – Company-paid life insurance and supplemental coverage available (effective the 1st of the month following your start date)


  • All positions will be posted for a minimum of 5 calendar days.

  • Starting pay will be determined within the posted pay range based on the experience, education, and training of the successful candidate; if there is a single pay rate posted, the job starts at that rate.

  • Colorado Springs Utilities does not sponsor work visas of any kind (including but not limited to F-1, H-1B, or TN visas). Eligible applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.

Colorado Springs Utilities is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Our differences make us richer. Learning and growing from one another makes us more than what we were. We want our workforce to be as diverse as our business and recognize the limitless benefits of this commitment. Our desire is to have the organization reflect the diversity of the Pikes Peak Region. As an Equal Employment Opportunity employer, it is our commitment that no person shall be unlawfully discriminated against because of race, color, national origin or ancestry, sex, age, religious convictions, veteran status, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Affirmative Action is Colorado Springs Utilities’ effort to ensure positive steps are taken to have a representative workforce reflective of the relevant available labor force.

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Job Type: Internship