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Water Quality Modeling Intern, Kingston

Engineering, Architecture, & Planning with NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)

Employment Type and Schedule Intern

Salary $17 per hour

Work Location Outside NYC

Last Updated Last updated on Mar 13, 2023

Description Description

The NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) enriches the environment and protects public health for all New Yorkers by providing 1.1 billion gallons of high-quality drinking water, managing wastewater and stormwater, and reducing air, noise, and hazardous materials pollution. DEP is the largest combined municipal water and wastewater utility in the country, with nearly 6,000 employees. DEP’s water supply system is comprised of 19 reservoirs and 3 controlled lakes throughout the system’s 2,000 square mile watershed that extends 125 miles north and west of the City.

The Bureau of Water Supply (BWS) employs nearly 1,000 people who are responsible for the management, operation, and protection of New York City’s upstate water supply system, associated facilities and aqueducts, over 100 miles of road, 55 bridges, and approximately 150,000 acres of watershed lands. The mission of the Bureau of Water Supply is to reliably deliver a sufficient quantity of high-quality drinking water and to ensure the long-term sustainability of the delivery of this most valuable resource in order to promote public health, economic development, and quality of life of the City of New York. BWS 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. Within BWS, we have diverse roles and responsibilities, and each of us contributes to the same mission of reliably providing New York City with its most valuable natural resource.

The Water Quality Modeling group in the Bureau of Water Supply’s Kingston office is involved in analyzing a database of historical meteorological, hydrologic, stream and reservoir water quality data that are used to calibrate and validate process-based stream and reservoir water quality models. The modeling group is also interested in developing and testing alternative approaches such as data-driven, machine learning based models for forecasting streamflow and water quality, and associated impacts on reservoir water quality. The intern would use data from available data sources and assist in performing a preliminary test of such an approach. Goal is to compare performance of such models with that of process-based models. In addition to streamflow, analysis may also include constituents such as sediment, carbon, phosphorus, and nitrogen from streams that are tributaries to DEP reservoirs, using historical streamflow and stream water quality data.

The candidate will be working predominately in an office although some field work may be required. Candidate will be responsible for adhering to and complying with all environmental, health and safety laws, Agency policies, rules, and regulations.

The internship location will be in Kingston, Ulster County, NY, without ready access to mass transit options.

Requirements Requirements

Candidates must be currently enrolled in a graduate degree program in an accredited college, university or law school.