The Bureau of Water and Sewer Operations (BWSO) is responsible for the operation, maintenance and protection of the City's drinking water and wastewater collection (sewer) systems, the protection of adjacent waterways, and the development and protection of the Department's Capital Water and Sewer Design Program. BWSO is also responsible for the proper functioning and maintenance of the City's Green Infrastructure (GI) Rain Gardens, which capture stormwater for improved water quality of NYC waterways. GI Rain Garden assets combine engineered stormwater capture systems with soil and plants. These gardens have a particular function and require specialized care and maintenance. Currently, there are approximately 3,000 GI Rain Garden assets either in construction or in maintenance, with a projected build-out of 16,000 assets citywide. The majority of constructed Rain Gardens are in Brooklyn. The selected graduate level intern will work with Green Infrastructure Maintenance staff to inspect, collect data, and summarize findings concerning the installation and subsequent performance of perennial plant material in the City’s Green Infrastructure assets. The aim of this year’s internship project is to create a plant material inventory and do foundational work in studying plant mortality in Brooklyn’s urban ecosystems. This is a paid position. Along with their resume, interested applicants should submit a writing sample that demonstrates their ability to clearly organize and present information, ideally in the fields of horticulture, plant science, landscape ecology or landscape architecture. In addition to requirements listed above, students are encouraged to forward a sample of relevant course work or independent study showing their ability to communicate key points using graphs, charts, or diagrams.