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Summer Internships with Watershed Management Group!

Flowing creek in the Sonoran Desert with cottonwood trees

This experiential internship program is designed to provide real world work experience while balancing the unique constraints and opportunities created by COVID-19. Interns will work directly with WMG staff and partners on project work that fulfills WMG’s mission.

Program Overview

  • 9 week internship: June 15 - August 14th
  • Depending on position hours range 10 - 30 hours
  • Weekly session with intern co-hort including group mentoring and soft skills
  • Much of the work will be done virtually and in-person work will be planned around social distancing and health guidelines
  • Internships are unpaid positions
Who is Eligible

College degree or currently enrolled in a degree program related to environmental science, environmental education, or a related field.

Internship Options

Through the application process, interns will be paired with a WMG staff member to work on one of the job descriptions outlined below.

Internship Job Descriptions
  • River Run Network Community Engagement (Full position description)
    • The River Run Network Community Engagement intern will be part of the WMG team working on the River Run Network (RRN) program, to restore flow to Tucson’s springs, creeks, and rivers. They will assist with community outreach, education, and advocacy with the goal of engaging the public in the 50-year vision to restore flow and recruiting and engaging River Run Network members.
  • Community Green Infrastructure Design Intern (Full position description)
    • The Community Green Infrastructure Design Intern will be part of the WMG team working on the Community Block Development Grant (CDBG) program and other projects focused on green infrastructure solutions in limited income neighborhoods.  These programs utilize community-driven, participatory design strategies to bring green infrastructure design solutions to vulnerable neighborhoods in order to promote watershed restoration at the local scale while supporting neighborhood beautification and community engagement in target neighborhoods. This intern will assist with technical design, graphic design, community outreach, education, and research tasks to support development of WMG’s neighborhood-scale green infrastructure and restoration work.
  • River Restoration Planning, Site Assessment, Design and Implementation (Full position description)
    • Help build the River Run Network program through hands-on restoration planning and implementation activities, citizen science monitoring and education programs, and watershed research and analysis to support river restoration plans.
  • Geospatial Technologies (Full position description)
    • Create and analyze geospatial data (e.g. GPS, GIS, remote sensing, LiDAR) for research and advocacy related to water conservation, river restoration, and watershed planning.
  • Zero Waste Coordinator (Full position description)
    • Audit WMG's waste stream and create a Zero Waste plan. Coordinate with staff to implement the plan and assist in educating the WMG community on zero waste philosophy and implementation.
Application Instructions

The application period for WMG interns for summer 2020 is now open. For full consideration, please submit your application packet by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 25th, 2020. Your application will still be accepted after the deadline, if spots are still available. Your application packet should be emailed directly to Harold Thomas at hthomas@watershedmg.org

Your application packet should include the following:

  1. A one page résumé
  2. A cover letter
  3. Indication of which intern positions you are interested in

For more information please contact Harold Thomas, at hthomas@watershedmg.org

Staff Mentors

Nichole Casebeer
Community Restoration Project Manager

Hailing from a mining community in Montana, Nichole has long been passionate about community-driven design and environmental justice. She holds two bachelor’s degrees in architecture and international relations, and received her Master’s in Landscape Architecture at the U of A with an emphasis on development practice and environmental planning. Nichole’s work and interests focus on participatory design, urban ecology, and the impacts and benefits of green infrastructure for social welfare in the broader urban fabric. Nichole’s specializations include site-scale rainwater harvesting design, as well as neighborhood-scale green infrastructure planning, design and implementation.




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.

Trevor Hare
Restoration Director

Trevor graduated from the University of Arizona in 1991 with a degree in Ecology. For ten years he studied the impacts of suburban development on rattlesnakes and Gila monsters. Trevor has practiced riparian and upland restoration across the Sky Island Region for the past 25 years and developed a robust methodology for the assessment, planning and design of restoration projects, which has resulted in over $2,000,000 of on the ground restoration work in SE Arizona, SE New Mexico and northern Sonora.




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.