Natural Resources Intern

Location US-Valhalla, Upstate NY
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The Bureau of Water Supply manages, operates, and protects New York City's upstate water supply system to ensure the delivery of a sufficient quantity of high quality drinking water.  The Bureau is also responsible for the overall management and implementation of the provisions of the City's $1.5 billion Watershed Protection Program and for ensuring the City's compliance with the provisions of the Filtration Avoidance Determination.

The Bureau is also a wholesale water provider to approximately 1 million people in more than 50 communities north of NYC.  Working in the Division of Natural Resources, City Land Stewardship Section, under the guidance of Land Use Permit Supervisor or assigned supervisor,


The selected candidate will have the opportunity to play an active role in a unique land management group while being immersed in the areas of environmental compliance, regional planning, and watershed protection.  Work involved includes assisting staff with issuing Revocable Land Use Permits, use of GPS technology, policy and program development, and field reconnaissance.  Administrative assistance will be spent conducting property research, preparing maps, and performing records management tasks using the Bureau’s Watershed Lands Information System (WaLIS).


The selected candidate will also have the opportunity to work on a variety of permitted projects occurring on New York City-owned land including water supply connections and recreational uses.  The selected candidate will also have the opportunity to work with others in BWS to gain experience in natural resource and land management.  The candidate will be responsible for adhering to and complying with all environmental, health and safety laws, Agency policies, rules, and regulations.


Assignment is located in Westchester County NY without ready access to mass transit options.


This is a paid position.


  • Student must currently be enrolled at a college/university at the undergraduate level majoring in and college coursework should include science, engineering, planning, and/or related fields.  
  • Student must have at least a 2.5GPA (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Student must have at least a junior class standing 


Selection Criteria:


  • Student should have information systems experience, engineering plans/survey reading, GIS and data management skills. The candidate will be selected on the basis of demonstrated experience (paid or project work). Interest related to natural resource management, and environmental planning and compliance.
  • Strong writing skills; effective interpersonal skills; familiarity and/or experience with computers/software; leadership skills; self-motivation; and ability to work well with minimal supervision. 



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