Internship - Youth Water Leadership Program -Application
Internship Position Description:
Wild Rose Education (WRE) is seeking one college student intern for the Youth Water Leadership Program. The program will provide authentic event and education experiences, while furthering the development and implementation of the Youth Water Leadership Program in the Roaring Fork Watershed. The intern will be mentored by WRE staff as s/he contributes to the logistics, public relations, youth steering committee, and storytelling of the Healthy Rivers Youth Water Summit. The intern will also complete an independent project on a watershed issue relevant to the local Colorado River Basin. The intern will receive a stipend for full participation in the program, a part-time position from August 26 – December 18, 2019 to be paid at the halfway mark and completion of the internship.

Position dates: Distribution of hours will vary between weeks, but intern must complete a total of 160 hours over a 16 week period during the fall. Proposed internship dates are: August 26, 2019 through December 18, 2019.

Position Stipend: $2,000 stipend for the fall (for a completed total of 160 hours of work)

Position Location: This position is based out of the Wild Rose Education office in the Third Street Center at 520 South Third Street, Carbondale, CO.

Required Project Activities:
• Collaborate and participate in the Youth Water Leaders Team
• Contribute to success of secondary student field experiences prior to the Healthy Rivers Youth Water Summit with logistical support
• Contribute to logistical planning efforts of Healthy Rivers Youth Water Summit
• Participate in and contribute to the Healthy Rivers Youth Water Summit on Thursday, December 5, 2019 in Carbondale
• Complete an independent project on a watershed issue relevant to the local Colorado River Basin
• Create original writing, photo, and or video public relations pieces to share broadly
• Generate a reflection piece upon completion of the internship to be shared broadly

Possible Leadership Opportunities:
• Colorado River rafting trip (1-day) with Defiance Rafting in mid August
• EcoFlight flight over Roaring Fork Watershed on a September Saturday
• Snowmass Water & Sanitation District Laboratory and Reservoir Tour
• Hosting Colorado Environmental Film Festival Caravan in Carbondale
• Attend 9th Annual Upper Colorado River Basin Water Forum (professional water conference) at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, November 14-15, 2019
• Participate in May 2019 and May 2020 Western Water Games event at Western State Colorado University in Gunnison

Required Equipment:
• Laptop

Desired Skills:
A candidate for this position must have a strong interest in environmental education, an eye for detail, an upbeat attitude, strong follow-through, and a willingness to perform hard work. Ability to work toward deadlines independently is a necessity. Some work for this internship may be completed on an independent basis with regular reports to the supervisor.
Other desired skills:
• Ability to work independently
• Strong writing skills
• Familiarity with Google Drive
• (REQUIRED) At least 1 prior college-level class in any of the following: writing, public speaking, new media, photography

Application deadline: March 29, 2019. Online Application
Required application materials to submit on online application
1) a cover letter clearly stating why you are interested in the internship and the skills you will bring to the position
2) resume
3) 2 professional or academic references’ contact information
4) 2-3 recent short writing samples of 1000 words or less

Any questions should be directed to Sarah Johnson, Youth Water Leadership Program Director at or 970-510-0697.

About the Youth Water Leadership Program
The Youth Water Leadership Program™ (YWLP) is a student-driven education experience intended to increase watershed literacy and specifically Colorado watershed management knowledge. The YWLP inspires meaningful dialogue and community engagement among students and water resource professionals and policy makers. Secondary students and teachers engage in project based learning to create unique, student-driven water stewardship call-to-action projects. The development process of a call-to-action project promotes critical thinking and leadership skills applicable and tools necessary for the 21st century workforce. The YWLP connects students with the best available watershed science and management information, exposes them to experts in the field, and introduces them to future career possibilities in natural resource and STEM fields. The YWLP serves as an opportunity celebrate the cumulative education efforts of local schools, environmental education programs, and extra curricular and civic programs where students have learned questioning, analysis and interpretation skills, and knowledge of environmental processes and systems during their school career. The YWLP offers the students the next pieces in the progression of environmental education: skills for understanding and addressing environmental issues, and tools for personal and civic responsibility.
The culminating signature event is a local Youth Water Summit, a student-driven educational conference creating an opportunity for learning, dialogue, and action on Colorado River Basin issues. Wild Rose Education founded and directs the YWLP. Read more and view videos and news stories from previous years at

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