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  • Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC)

    Division of Watershed Stewardship, Shoreline and Waterway Management Section

    Summer Intern 2020

    The DNREC Division of Watershed Stewardship, Shoreline and Waterway Management Section (SWMS) is seeking an intern to assist with Section projects for a 10 to 12-week period in the summer of 2020. The work location for this position is in Dover, DE. The intern’s work will support SWMS’s mission of maintaining and improving Delaware’s shoreline and waterways.

    Position Description

    The intern will support SWMS activities and will have the opportunity to participate in project work, networking, and training. It is anticipated that the intern will be involved in three projects.

    1) The intern will draft a users’ guide for the Delaware Flood Planning Tool, which is a GIS-based website that allows users to view floodplain mapping in Delaware and download hydraulic models that serve as the basis for the mapping. The guide will provide a detailed description of each component of the Tool, including definitions and data sources for each data layer.

    2) The SWMS has recently started a drone program for collecting imagery and data for our shoreline, floodplain and waterway management missions. The intern would be tasked with developing recommendations for best drone program management, including safety and maintenance requirements, based on consultation with other state agencies that already have well-organized drone programs as well as best practices established outside of the state or in the scientific literature. As a part of this project, the intern could potentially have the option of pursuing their own FAA UAS license.

    3) The intern will support the SWMS with digital outreach, especially on social media. Delaware CoastSnap, a SWMS citizen science project, aims to leverage smartphone technology to collect photographs taken by citizen scientists to quantitatively measure shoreline position and beachface slope. The photographs are uploaded by users on social media using site specific hashtags. The intern will work with program staff and DNREC public relations staff to help curate the social media presence for multiple SWMS programs and projects, including CoastSnap, as well as to perform user surveys both online and in the field to help improve the accessibility and usability of the project by citizen scientists.

    Desired Qualifications

    SWMS is seeking a rising junior or senior, or current graduate student, with coursework and/or experience pertaining to coastal resources and natural hazards management. Potential majors could include geography, marine science or policy, environmental science, environmental studies, engineering technology, geographic information systems technology, or civil and environmental engineering. Experience with technical writing, educational/website content development, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and spreadsheets preferred.

    Application Process

    Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to Gina Tonn at gina.tonn@delaware.gov. Candidates selected for further consideration will be asked to apply.