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College Intern - Water and Forest Sustainability


Tempe, AZ, US

Date:  Jul 19, 2024

Requisition ID: 17402


Join us in building a better future for Arizona!

SRP is one of the largest public power and water utilities in the U.S. providing electricity to approximately one million customers in the greater metropolitan Phoenix area. Since its founding in 1903, SRP has fostered a culture of stewardship and customer service consistently ranking as an industry leader in customer service according to J.D. Power and named one of Arizona's best employers by Forbes. SRP continues to adapt to its changing business environment by seeking innovative ways to reimagine utility service and the provision of critical resources essential to the life and economy of Arizona.


Why Work at SRP

At SRP, we foster an inclusive work environment and believe everyone should have a fair chance to work, regardless of who they are. That’s why we value teams with diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds to help SRP deliver on its mission of providing reliable, affordable and sustainable water and power.


SRP's success is rooted in our employees' happiness, health, and safety. That's why we offer a comprehensive benefits package to meet the needs of our employees and enhance their well-being. In addition to competitive pay and performance incentives, eligible employees can take advantage of the following benefits:


  • 401(k) plan with employer matching
  • Paid sick time in accordance with the Arizona state minimum wage law and overtime pay for any hours actually worked over 40 in their FLSA defined week
  • Access to a recreation and fitness facility
  • Tuition assistance for both undergraduate and graduate programs: College interns are eligible to receive $1000 per calendar year
  • 10 Employee Resource Groups for career development, community service, and networking



The Water and Forest Sustainability Intern position will assist with water conservation and forest health projects and partnerships to help SRP achieve its 2035 Community Water Conservation and Forest Health goals. This position will assist with the development and execution of project or partnership agreements, planning and scheduling tasks, writing business proposals, data entry and analysis, and communicating with internal and external partners and customers.

What You'll Do

  • Assist with developing, drafting, and executing agreements, initiatives, grant or funding applications/ proposals, and policies to support and meet water conservation and forest health goals.
  • Assist with project management tasks, including planning and scheduling.
  • Works closely with academic institutions and third parties to prepare communications documents.
  • Monitor and analyzes trends, regulatory action and other activities affecting water conservation and forest management, sustainability or environmental markets.
  • Interact with and present to a wide variety of professional and public audiences representing SRP interests.
  • Support internal water planning and forest health analysts.
  • Support other departments and outside agencies requiring planning data and/or assistance related to planning for water resources.

What It Takes To Succeed

  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills to address challenges that SRP faces to achieving our 2035 water conservation and forest health goals
  • Attention to detail and time management
  • Effective and strong interpersonal skills to work with internal and external contacts
  • Ability to communicate to different audiences
  • Strong writing skills
  • Willingness to learn new concepts and skills
  • Interest in water resource management and nature-based solutions


Requires a minimum of 6 months experience in the water resource management, natural resource management, environmental science, forestry, sustainability, economics, data analytics, or related fields.

Should have knowledge of Arizona water resources, sustainability or environmental concepts.


Additional Information

Excellent interpersonal relationship, organizational and project coordination, oral and written communication skills.

Ability to act with a high degree of confidentiality.



  • At least 60 undergraduate credits from an accredited institution in sustainability, natural resource management, environmental science, water resource management, forestry, public administration, economics, data analytics, or a related field from an accredited educational institution.
  • Completion of Bachelor's degree in sustainability, natural resource management, environmental science, water resource management, forestry, public administration, economics, data analytics, or a related field from an accredited educational institution.


College level coursework (100+) from an accredited institution will be evaluated on an individual basis according to the skill/level to determine if applicable to the position by management.


Hybrid Workplace

SRP currently offers a hybrid workplace, which allows employees whose jobs can be performed remotely, and who have sufficient technical capability, to telework up to three days per week. Although teleworking is available, all employees must live and work in Arizona. We are taking steps to protect the health and well-being of all team members, and by following a number of health and safety protocols, to reduce the risk of the coronavirus (COVID-19).


Drug/Alcohol Policy Statement

To promote the safety and well-being of our employees, customers, and the communities we serve, SRP is committed to maintaining a drug/alcohol free work environment. Although marijuana may now be legal in Arizona, except as otherwise specified under Arizona law, SRP considers it to be an illegal drug for the purpose of our drug/alcohol policy because marijuana remains illegal at the federal level. Any candidate found to be impaired during the hiring process or who has the presence of an illegal drug or unauthorized substance in their system during the pre-employment drug/alcohol test may be disqualified from further consideration in the hiring process.


Equal Opportunity Employer Statement

Salt River Project (SRP) is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, military status, or any other protected status under applicable federal, state or local law.


Work Authorization

All candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States.
Currently, SRP does not sponsor H1B visas, OPT, or other employment-related visas.

Nearest Major Market: Phoenix

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