The work is in the Water Planning division of the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources. This will be part time for the fall 2020/spring 2021 semesters, with possible extension into summer 2021. The applicant must be task oriented and will provide support for integrated water management research under the guidance of research and planning staff within the division, as coordinated with a University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) project advisors.
The overarching goal of the Groundwater Recharge Intern position is to use existing NeDNR modeling data and results to assess seasonal patterns of groundwater recharge in select areas of Nebraska. Intern tasks, under directed supervision, may include: collaborate with technical staff on a comparison of recharge distributions derived from groundwater and surface water modeling with recently published groundwater recharge seasonality estimates from the UNL Groundwater Lab. The intern will perform analyses of geological/hydrogeological technical data using tabular database software (e.g., Microsoft Excel/Access), geographic information systems software (e.g., ArcGIS), and potentially computer programming languages such as python or MATLAB to create, modify, analyze, and present data related to water and land use in Nebraska; develop scientific and technical data and analyses required for the comparison of modeled versus isotope-based recharge seasonality estimates. The intern will maintain proper documentation of completed analyses; provide support for Water Planning staff meetings and presentations; participate in meetings to discuss, plan, and convey progress of projects; communicate at least weekly with supervisor, division manager, and UNL advisors regarding projects. The intern may perform related work, as assigned.