Course credit for internships

Course credit for internships

Students who are interested in obtaining credit for internships should first secure an internship with a provider. Once confirmed, contact Dr. Hudak, for permission to register for GEOG 4920/5900.

You will be required to compile a portfolio during the course of your internship and provide a letter of assessment from the internship provider. Both will be used to determine a "grade" for the course.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Trinity River Authority (TRA) - Environmental Scientist/Watershed Coordinatory

Under the supervision of the Planning and Environmental Services Special Studies and Assessments Manager, this position will function as a watershed coordinator for the creation of a Watershed Protection Plan (WPP) for the Lake Arlington/Village Creek watershed in Tarrant and Johnson counties, Texas. The position is funded through a 319 Grant from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
The Coordinator will work closely with basin stakeholders (state agencies, citizens and NGOs) to facilitate steering committee meetings, provide leadership in public outreach efforts related to watershed planning, and develop the WPP according the requirements of the 319 grant. The successful candidate must understand the importance of mission accomplishment, possess excellent problem solving abilities and be detail oriented.
Essential duties and responsibilities:
1. Manage the 319 grant and budget ensuring that all grant deliverables are completed correctly and on time. This includes developing a WPP for the Lake Arlington/Village Creek watershed, identification of stakeholder priorities, assimilation of relevant data, and participation in public outreach activities.
2. Assist with field data collection including work in both urban and rural stream ecosystems. This work will require the ability carry sampling equipment on uneven terrain and follow Texas Surface Water Quality Monitoring (SWQM) field data collection guidelines.
3. Coordinate Steering Committee activities and provide technical and logistical support to stakeholders. Leadership and the ability to communicate effectively with state and local agencies, basin citizens and NGOs is imperative.
Required Qualifications:
  1. BS (MS preferred) in Natural Science, Geography, Engineering, Environmental Science, Biology, Chemistry, Geomorphology, Water Resources or a closely related field with 2 years of relevant experience.
  2. Ability to effectively coordinate and manage complicated projects to successful outcomes.
  3. Training or experience in conflict management, group communication, and/or facilitation is preferred.
  4. Excellent writing and public presentation skills.
  5. Ability work effectively alone and within a team.
  6. Proven time management and task prioritization skills.
  7. Proficient computer skills including MS Word, Excel and Access.
  8. Valid driver’s license.
  9. Familiarization with ArcGIS and SWAT is preferred.
Salary and Position Details:
This position is full time with benefits and is funded by a 319 grant through February, 2018. The long-term goal for this project includes securing additional funding for implementation and monitoring activities after the WPP is complete.
This position will be housed at the Trinity River Authority’s General Office in Arlington, TX.
TRA offers a competitive starting salary range, along with a comprehensive benefits package including insurance programs, savings programs, paid time off and holidays. Salary will be compensatory with experience and qualifications.

This position represents an exciting opportunity to work with knowledgeable professionals at one of the largest river authorities in Texas.

About Trinity River Authority of Texas:

The Trinity River flows across Texas for hundreds of miles. Providing drinking water to more than 50% of the state's population, the Trinity River is one of the most important waterways in the country. The Trinity River Authority of Texas (TRA) is proud to play an important role in preserving and developing this vital resource for Texans and the generations of Texans to come. 

Established by the state Legislature in 1955, TRA provides water and wastewater treatment and recreation and reservoir facilities throughout the Trinity River Basin and maintains a master plan for basin-wide development. TRA also serves as a conduit for tax-exempt financing for municipal projects and as a local sponsor for federal water projects. 

TRA is constantly working to improve water quality and remains at the forefront of cutting-edge technologies and innovations. An exciting and dynamic organization, TRA is poised for success for years to come. 

TRA offers a competitive salary range, along with a comprehensive benefits package including insurance programs, savings programs, paid time off and holidays.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Collin County GIS Coordinator - Part Time position

GIS Coordinator - Part-time

Collin County is seeking candidates for the position of GIS Coordinator.  This position creates and maintains spatial data in a Geographic Information System (GIS).  Responsibilities include developing, maintaining, administering and updating web-based GIS that include designing and programming web pages; designing, documenting, implementing GIS database structure; performing application design and maintenance such as our mobile GIS programs and web GIS projects; designing, implementing and updating reports within our relational database management system (RDBMS); performing GIS analysis and custom mapping; and performing other duties as assigned.  Work is performed under the direction of the GIS Administrator.

Candidates must have a broad knowledge in the field of GIS, normally acquired through four years of college resulting in a Bachelor’s degree.  Two years of related experience is preferred.  Working knowledge of ArcGIS, ArcIMS, MS SQLServer in addition to HTML, JSP, JAVA, XML, and Python experience is highly recommended.  Candidates must possess and maintain a valid Texas Class C Driver’s License with an acceptable driving record.

Starting Salary: $20.35 / hr
Closing Statement
Collin County offers a fast paced working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and long and short term disability.  Retirement benefits have an excellent employer match.

You must submit a completed application to be considered for employment.  Attaching a resume is not considered an acceptable substitute for a completed application.


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