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Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Climate Resiliency Intern in Durant, Oklahoma

Climate Resiliency Intern


Job Summary: The Climate Resiliency Intern is accountable for handling various functions for the technical and administrative operations of the Water Resource Management office in the Environmental Protection Services Department. This position is aimed at providing the intern with the opportunity to gain a practical working knowledge regarding Tribal climate resiliency measures focused on how droughts effect community water supplies and water quality. This opportunity will allow the intern to gain valuable experiences utilizing techniques, strategies, and methodologies to assess the effects climate has on water quantity and quality through a dynamic range of duties and collective experiences. This position is a part-time, 3 months appointment located in Durant, OK. Salary: $13.00 per hour, 40 hours a week during.

Primary Tasks

  • Research and compile Mesonet and National Weather Service historical climate data

  • Research and compile water quality data from EPA, ODEQ, OCC, Tribal sources, and other entities’ water quality and quantity data for analysis.

  • Analyze climate, water quality, and water quantity data to draw conclusions of fact on how climate effect water quality, quantity, and subsequently the communities that rely on those water resources.

  • Gain experience on how water sampling/monitoring is conducted by collecting field water samples from designated water sampling sites within Choctaw Nation

  • Assist in the collection of 10 stream and river water samples from the Kiamichi River Basin

  • Assist in the collection of water quality samples from four lakes within the Choctaw Nation

  • Gain experience on laboratory protocols by observing water quality testing and laboratory analysis

  • Develop laboratory experience by assisting Water Quality Staff in sample preparation and results analysis

  • Gather and review documents and pertinent data necessary for an understanding the effects of drought on communities and how to utilize infrastructural planning techniques for future climate scenarios

  • Develop summary of historical water-climate interactions, how the tribal value of sustainability is integral into adapting to climate change scenarios and develop a strategy(s) to mitigate the severity of climate (drought) effects on communities.

  • Water quality related to climate scenarios

  • Water quantity related to climate scenarios

  • Attempt to project climate-water relationships into future climate change scenario if time allows

  • Develop a report summarizing their findings and tying them back to the cultural value of sustainability.

  • Any and all other duties as assigned

Required Education, Skills and Experience:


  • Choctaw CDIB or Choctaw member status; preferred

  • High School Diploma;

  • Enrolled in undergraduate program and pursuit of 4-year degree. (preferability an environmental or science-based degree)

  • Ability to recognize opportunities to develop and improve time efficiencies with the exceptional time management and prioritization skills;

  • Initiates routine and non-routine correspondence and other written materials as guided by Environmental Sciences Managers and Directors

  • Able to travel locally within the Choctaw Nation Reservation

  • Analytical and independent judgment;

  • Ability to perform job duties outside at field sites, safely.

  • Knowledge of MS Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.Adaptable and able to perform field orientated work/tasks


  • Preferred focus in Science, Technology, Math, Engineering.

  • Interest in Community Planning and/or Natural Resource Conservation.

  • Professional or Scientific Certification(s) focused on environmental protection or enhancement

  • Prior field work experience in southeastern OklahomaMaintains confident, calm and professional demeanor in all situations.

  • Available to travel 20% of time on job

Job Internship

Primary Location OK-Durant

Work Locations Durant HQ 1802 Chukka Hina Durant 74701

Organization Risk Management

Schedule Temporary


Day Job

Req ID: 21001453