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DOWL Water Resources Intern in Reno, Nevada


For more than 60 years, DOWL has been recognized as an established, highly reputable, civil engineering firm, recognizing that the foundation of our past, present, and our future is our people. DOWL’s foundation is built upon four core values: Inclusion, Integrity, Innovation, and Inspiration. These values are rooted in everything we do. As a valued partner on our engineering team, you will be one of the People Who Make It Happen !


Are you interested in water resources engineering? Do you want to work with people that are also excited about water resources and that are nationally recognized for their expertise in hydrology, hydraulics, and hydraulic structures (e.g., dams)? If so, then consider applying to be the DOWL Water Resources Intern.

DOWL is looking for an enthusiastic intern to provide engineering assistance on a wide variety of engineering projects. The objective of this internship program is to find candidates that are passionate about water resources and provide personal, one-on-one mentorship to help them realize their dreams of becoming a successful Water Resources Engineer. During the internship, the successful candidate will use GIS applications to determine watershed characteristics and develop map exhibits, perform hydrologic and hydraulic analyses using a variety of water related software (HY-8, HEC-RAS, HEC-HMS), prepare plans and design packages, as well as support other engineering discipline groups (e.g., geotechnical, transportation, structural), perform field work, and provide construction administration support.

DOWL is a growing, multidisciplinary consulting firm with offices throughout the western United States from Arizona to Alaska. DOWL’s core values are: Innovation, Inspiration, Integrity and Inclusion, and for over 50 years we’ve been doing just that – solving infrastructure challenges in extraordinary ways. At DOWL, we believe we’re in the business of developing exceptional engineers through execution of exceptional projects.

To learn more about who we are and what we do, visit us on the web at www.DOWL.com.


To be successful in this position, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

One to two years of college-level course work in pursuit of a baccalaureate degree in civil engineering, preferably with a focus on water.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

Must have a valid driver’s license and a good driving record.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

  • Assist with field investigations, analysis of alternative solutions, technical report writing, project design, and construction inspection.

  • Perform engineering calculations in support of design projects.

  • Tabulate bid items and calculate construction bid quantities from plans and specifications to estimate construction costs.

  • Perform hydrologic and hydraulic analyses using computer applications such as HEC-HMS, HEC-RAS, and HY-8.

  • Other engineering related duties as assigned.

Job Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret scientific and technical journals. Ability to respond to inquiries from clients, co-workers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community.

  • Ability to effectively present information to co-workers.

  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.

  • Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with abstract and concrete variables.

  • Ability to use Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.

  • Ability to prioritize special projects and daily workload to ensure that work is completed in a timely and efficient manner.

  • Ability to work with mathematical concepts, such as probability and statistical analysis, and fundamentals of geometry and trigonometry.

  • Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

  • ARC GIS & AutoCAD Civil 3D knowledge and experience is highly desirable.

  • Prior work experience in construction or civil engineering related fields is desirable.

Physical Demands and Work Environment

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, and walk. The employee is required to talk and to hear. The employee is occasionally required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

The work environment is generally an office setting, but intermittent field work is expected. The noise level in the office environment is usually moderate, while noise on construction sites may be high and require the use of hearing protection.

Geographic locations are taken into consideration with respect to compensation.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)