Dam Safety Intern (2 positions)

Department: Engineering
Job ID: 2270

Dam Safety Intern

(Business/Technical Intern I or II)

Engineering Division/Dam Safety Section

2 positions

Summer 2017


This position may be a paid position or for school credit, at the student’s choice and the candidate must be currently attending college/university.


Two positions will be filled as either a Business Technical Intern I or II (see below for definitions).


Hiring Range: Business Technical Intern I     $14.00 to $18.00/hour

Business Technical Intern II    $15.00 to $21.00/hour


Location of position:  Main Campus, Administration Building

Full time, 40 hours per week


Opening date:             March 15, 2017

Closing date:               April 2, 2017   (We reserve the right to close the job posting early if we have a sufficient number of applications.)


Denver Water proudly serves high-quality water and promotes its efficient use to 1.4 million people in the City of Denver and many surrounding suburbs.  The organization is a responsible steward of the resources, assets, and natural environment entrusted to us in order to provide a high-quality water supply, a resilient and reliable system, and excellent customer service.


The Denver Water’s Dam Safety Group within our Engineering Division is responsible for providing dam engineering expertise. Denver Water owns and/or operates 20 raw water holding facilities with that are impounded by dams. These reservoirs store in excess of 640,000 acre-feet and provide raw water supply for the Denver Water service area.  Personnel within the Dam Safety Group work closely with other groups within the Engineering Division, as well as other division of Denver Water and outside agencies to assure that dams are functioning in a safe manner and that our program is meeting the requirements of the Colorado State Engineer’s Office (SEO) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Furthermore, we ensure that dam-related projects are projects designed and constructed in accordance with SEO, FERC, and Denver Water Engineering Standards.


Intern Project Description:

The intern position will be for the months of May 2017 to August 2017 at 40 hours per week. The successful candidate will be able to perform the following duties under supervision:

  • Review information from existing studies on Denver Water’s dams and compile into summary documents.

  • Assist with dam inspections, inspection reports, and photos.

  • Create and compile spreadsheets and graphs for dam instrumentation data.

  • Support site investigation efforts including preparation of field reports and phot documentation.

  • Perform civil engineering related calculations and analysis including hydrology, hydraulics, mechanics of material and geotechnical related disciplines.

  • Drive DW vehicle as part of duties.

  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


Skills and Qualifications:

  • Ability to read and understand construction drawings and specifications.

  • Ability to perform calculations and analysis consistent with an engineering educational background.

  • Knowledge of computer principles, databases, files and basic hardware and software.

  • Ability to perform software applications using programs such as Word, Excel, and Adobe.

  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.

  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with employees, the public and other private and public sector organizations.

  • Enthusiastic attitude and sincere interest in water engineering as a career path.


Education Requirements:  High School graduation and 30 hours or more of college level course work in an ABET accredited engineering or construction management program.


Experience Requirements:  None required. Preferred experience is one year or more in sub-professional engineering or office environment, or construction site.


Other Requirements:  Must possess and maintain a valid Class ‘R’ Colorado driver’s license, and have a satisfactory driving record. 


Hiring Criteria:

Business/Technical Intern I – Freshman or Sophomore level student in Construction Management and/or Engineering program. 


Business/Technical Intern II – Junior or Senior level student in Construction Management and/or Engineering program.  A Class ‘R” Colorado driver’s license with a satisfactory driving record is required.


Must complete the following if offered position:

All candidates must submit a completed Denver Water application in order to be considered.  Please attach a cover letter, resume all in one document.  


A background check will be conducted to verify information submitted on the application for all applicants.


An offer of employment is contingent upon satisfactory results of a post-offer drug test. For a position of this type. Denver Water tests for the following: amphetamines, cocaine, marijuana (THC), opiates, phencyclidine (PCP), and alcohol.


This position will require a strength test due to the physical requirements of the position.  All positions require a Worker’s Compensation Background check.


Contact:          Alice Montez/Recruiter

                        1600 W. 12th Avenue

                        Denver, CO  80204-3412



  • Denver Water will not accept or consider applications that are mailed, emailed, faxed, or dropped off at our office.
  • No resumes will be accepted unless they are attached to an online application.
  • Employment applications are accepted for current openings only.

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