2023 Summer Dam Safety and Communications Specialist Intern

12325 Oracle Blvd
Colorado Springs
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Promote safety programs across tribal lands as the Communication Specialist & Geospatial Analyst Intern. As part of Sealaska’s Managed Business Solutions (MBS) team, you will learn key components of a federal dam safety program and develop your communications skills while working on hands-on projects. Active and accurate communications are critical to this program. The intern would learn about the dam safety systems in place and coordinate with MBS and tribal staff across the country to update communications directories, post accurate information on websites, or assist with database management. In addition, if conditions allow, the intern would visit one or more reservations with a dam in the BIA dam safety program to meet local staff and see how the monitoring equipment is implemented in the field. If the intern has an engineering background, more technical projects will be available. Project specifics can be tailored to the interests of the intern within the constraints of the program.

This internship can take place remotely via telecommute, with the option to travel to project locations.



  • Learn about the dam safety field and the connectivity and importance of communication between the BIA and tribal people within the water resources engineering field.
  • Update communications directories, post accurate information on websites, or assist with database management.
  • Other duties, as assigned


  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Familiarity with spreadsheets
  • Ability to work independently and as a team
  • Sealaska shareholder, descendant of a shareholder, or spouse of a shareholder
  • At least 18 years of age by start date
  • Must be currently enrolled in college or a vocational-technical school or a recent graduate (1-2 years)
  • Legally authorized to work in the United States
  • Ability to travel, as needed


Preferred Qualifications:


  • Interest in water resources, engineering, website development, visiting with local staff at BIA program dams, or working on environmental sensors and monitoring equipment.
  • At least a 2.5 GPA
  • Strong critical thinking and research skills
  • Able to both collaborate with a team and work independently
  • Self-starter with ability to adapt to a fast-paced work environment


Application Process:

  • Complete online application at Sealaska.com/careers by January 23, 2023.
  • Submit a resume with online application
  • Provide a cover letter expressing interest in the position to kayla.roberts@sealaska.com
  • Provide most recent transcript (unofficial) to kayla.roberts@sealaska.com
  • You may be asked to provide proof of your status as a Sealaska shareholder, shareholder descendant, or shareholder spouse.
  • You must successfully complete a background check prior to onboarding at Sealaska.


About Sealaska Intern Program

The Sealaska intern program exists to uplift Sealaska shareholders and their descendants pursuing post-secondary education with meaningful career experience, learning opportunities, and a supportive community. Interns explore career interests, grow professional skills, and connect with the unique and vibrant cultures of the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian people. You will spend the summer with peers who share an Alaska Native heritage, learning from each other and building a community as you venture into your careers. Learn more at sealaska.com/careers/summer-internships.


Physical Demands and Work Environment:

The physical and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Physical demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee will sit for extended periods of time; walk, use hands to finger, handle objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; balance; stoop; bending or crouching; talk or hear. The employee must be able to lift/carry and/or move up to 20-50 pounds safely. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Work Environment: While performing the duties of this job, the employee will primarily work in an office setting. The noise level in the work environment is usually minimal.

Applicants must be a current Sealaska shareholder or a Sealaska shareholder descendent.



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