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WaterWRLD Internship Program

The application period for our 2022-2023 WaterWRLD cohort is now closed!
WMG intern teaching kids about water harvesting WaterWRLD provides University of Arizona students with real-world work experience and community engagement opportunities, all while earning school credit and a paid stipend. Interns work directly with WMG staff, docents, volunteers, and partners on community-based conservation and environmental justice projects.

WaterWRLD interns at Sabino Creek

Interns will:
  • Increase understanding of community-based conservation and river restoration opportunities for the Santa Cruz Watershed, as well as engaging on urban ecology and environmental justice issues.
  • Build relationships with WMG and other local environmental professionals, and work closely with one or more WMG staff mentors. 
  • Develop leadership, community outreach, and environmental education skills and experience.
  • Complete 150 hours of internship work in both the fall and spring semesters, which averages to about 10 hours per week. 
  • Join weekly experiential education workshops on Friday afternoons from 3 - 5 p.m., learning alongside other interns and docents.
  • Receive a total stipend of $1,000 per year, $500 per semester.
Fall 2022 - Spring 2023 WaterWRLD Internship Descriptions
  • Watershed Management Group's WaterWRLD interns and supervisors, August 2021.Bilingual Conservation Ecology Intern (Full position description
    • Assist in restoring the ecological and cultural role of beaver by updating methodology and implementing a binational beaver survey in the fall of 2022. We are partnering with UA Earth Grant to offer this paid internship opportunity. Apply here. 
  • Billingual Outreach & Communications Intern (Full position description)
    • Engage Tucson’s Latinx communities in projects to create cooler, greener neighborhoods and steward our rivers and groundwater. We are partnering with UA Earth Grant to offer this paid internship opportunity. Apply here.  
  • Bilingual Environmental Education Intern (Full position description)
    • Engage community members in youth education and assist in developing Spanish and English nature-based educational activities.
  • Community Green Infrastructure Design (Full position description
    • Assist on urban community-based designs and projects focused on green infrastructure solutions largely in limited income neighborhoods. 
  • River Run Network Education and Outreach (Full position description)
    • Assist with community outreach, education, and advocacy, supporting the long-term goal to restore Tucson’s heritage of flowing creeks and rivers.
  • Urban Sustainable Living (Full position description)
    • Assist in the care and maintenance of green living systems at WMG's Living Lab, participate in our Build Your Own Basin (BYOB) campaign, help guide tours of our Living Lab, and lead our Zero Waste Initiative. 
  • Watershed GIS Support Analyst (Full position description)
    • Develop and update interactive GIS-based StoryMaps and data using ESRI ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Online, with a focus on river restoration and watershed planning. 
Who is Eligible?

Sophomore, Junior, Senior, and Graduate students at the University of Arizona are eligible to apply. Students from any major or program are welcome. Students must be in good standing, with a 2.5 GPA or higher. Activities will be done in-person with virtual options if it's not safe to meet in person. 

Have Questions?

We recently hosted a panel with current and former WaterWRLD interns. If you were unable to make it, you can watch the recording of the event. Watch recording here!

Application Instructions

Email your application packet directly to Cindy Hu at chu@watershedmg.org. Application packets should include the following:

  1. A cover letter
  2. A one page résumé
  3. A complete WaterWRLD Application form 

Applications for the Fall 2022- Spring 2023 program are due Friday, April 29th, 2022 at 11:59pm. The earlier you submit your application, the more likely you are to be accepted into the program.

Staff Mentors

Cindy Hu
Community and Youth Education Manager

Cindy is a first generation Chicana from a small agricultural city in California. She is passionate about teaching environmental science lessons while surrounded by nature. Cindy received a BS in Environmental Studies at San Jose State University. She has over 10 years experience as a K-12 outdoor and science instructor and providing STEM opportunities for underrepresented communities. She completed two years of service as a Peace Corps volunteer in Tanzania, Africa. After Peace Corps, she received a Master's in Education at the UA and earned her AZ Teaching Certification. She is trilingual, a native Spanish speaker with proficiency in conversational Swahili. In her free time, Cindy enjoys traveling, hiking, and spending time with her son.




Lauren Monheim
River Run Network & Docent Program Manager  

Lauren has a B.S. in Watershed Hydrology and Management from the University of Arizona. As a Tucson native, Lauren has a passion for the environment and the community in this area and wants to continue spreading this excitement for nature, water and people through her work with the River Run Network. Lauren enjoys hiking, drinking coffee and reading in her spare time.





Luis Salgado
Green Infrastructure Coordinator

Born and raised in the Colorado River Delta region, Luis always wondered why his native hometown of San Luis Río Colorado was named after a river that seldom flowed through there. As a result, Luis completed a B.S. degree in Environmental Hydrology and Water Resources at the University of Arizona in 2017. During his time at the university, Luis began to understand the complex relationship between rivers and their users, and decided to pursue a career that emphasizes community-centric, ecological approaches to educating the public about environmental issues of the Southwest and natural resource conservation. Luis is fluent in both Spanish and English, and you can find him reading, writing, cooking, or playing drums at home when he’s not digging through crates at record stores or looking for a good place to set up a hammock on top of a nearby mountain.




Catlow Shipek
Policy and Technical Director

Catlow Shipek is a founding member of Watershed Management Group. He received a MSc in Watershed Management from the University of Arizona. Catlow has over ten years of experience in applied watershed management, planning and policy specializing in urban applications like water harvesting, green infrastructure, stream restoration, and eco-sanitation. Catlow has worked on several successful local policy initiatives including Tucson's Green Streets Active Practice Guidelines, Tucson Water's residential rainwater rebate program, Tucson's residential greywater ordinance revision process, and through the Complete Streets Taskforce the adoption of Tucson's Complete Streets Policy. Catlow has served on the Citizens’ Water Advisory Committee for Tucson Water including Chair of the Conservation & Education subcommittee and on the University of Arizona's School of Natural Resource and the Environment's advisory board. Catlow currently serves on the Complete Streets Coordinating Council following the 2019 adoption of the Complete Streets policy. Catlow's passion is to link people to their local environment for improved stewardship and prosperity.


Lisa Shipek
Executive Director

Lisa Shipek is a founding member of Watershed Management Group and has served as the Executive Director since 2006. Lisa directs fundraising, strategic development, financial planning, and outreach activities for WMG. She co-directs the River Run Network program, manages the development of the Living Lab & Learning Center, and oversees the growth of the Phoenix branch. Her specialized skills include developing experiential education programs; building community coalitions; and adapting technical information for public consumption. She holds a B.S. in Environmental Science and an M.A. in Latin American Studies. Lisa gives back to the community through serving on advisory boards, which has included: Tucson’s Environmental Services Advisory Committee, Tucson’s Transit Task Force, Tucson Conserve to Enhance, and the Community Water Coalition. She fills her free time with playing ultimate frisbee and dancing and enjoys gardening, bike touring, and camping with her husband Catlow.



For more information, please contact Community and Youth Education Manager Cindy Hu at chu@watershedmg.org.