iUTAH Opportunities


iUTAH will have opportunities, resources and project activities available to support the involvement of students, teachers and researchers at all academic levels. Also check out the Related Opportunities page for additional opportunities that are not directly iUTAH related.


iUTAH Summer Institute

June 15-18, 2015 (Institute) and July 17, 2015 (Symposium)
Utah Valley University, Wasatch Campus, Heber City, UT
Application Deadline: April 30, 2015


Like to spend time outdoors learning about your environment? Join us for a week spent performing research in the Heber Valley along the Middle Provo River Watershed and contribute to the bigger picture of water sustainability in Utah.


During the Institute you will:

  • Work in small teams of high school students, undergraduates, teachers and graduate students.
  • Perform hands-on research in the field related to: microbiology and water quality, vegetation and soil moisture, and the influence of geology on water quality.
  • Gain insight into what scientists do and how they collaborate.
  • Work together to analyze your data and prepare a poster to share your research findings.
  • Earn a stipend for your participation.


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Job Opportunities

Watershed Technician Assistant

Deadline: March 27, 2015

The National Science Foundation funded iUTAH project is in need of a part-time undergraduate student to assist with research and maintenance activities in the Red Butte Creek Watershed. The successful candidate will be an integral part of the iUTAH team and will gain a wide variety of practical field, laboratory, and office skills related to hydrology and ecology. Tasks will include, but not be limited to:


  • Stream flow measurements
  • Instrument maintenance and calibration
  • Water sampling
  • Data monitoring and quality assurance
  • Data quality control
  • Data entry
  • Tree water use studies
  • Equipment installation
  • Miscellaneous lab tasks


This job will be part time (8-16 hours/week) during the school year with the opportunity for full time (30-40 hours/week) during the summer.



  • Currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Biology, Engineering, Earth Sciences, or a related field.
  • Interest in hydrology, ecology, or sustainability science.
  • Good physical condition.
  • The ability to hike and work outdoors in most weather conditions.
  • Good attention to detail and ability to work independently.



  • Experience with environmental sensors, water sampling, sensor calibration, and/or electronics.
  • Year round outdoor experience.
  • Able to commit to two half days (4 hours) or one full day (8 hours) per week.
  • Computer programming and data analysis experience – preferably MATLAB or Python.


If interested, please email a resume and current unofficial transcript to Dave Eiriksson at dave.eiriksson@utah.edu


Graphic Design/Marketing Assistant

The National Science Foundation funded iUTAH project is in need of a part-time undergraduate student graphic design/marketing assistant to join its Communications Team.  The graphic design/marketing assistant will design, implement, and produce all types of visual and text materials for project initiatives.  Specific tasks may include logo/wordmark/slogan/ad development, poster and flyer design, presentation templating, infographics, online material, etc.  We are looking for an individual who is motivated, creative, and dependable, and who is excited about joining an interdisciplinary team of professionals working to secure a water future for the state of Utah.  The position is for up to 20 hours/week; scheduling is flexible.  Pay is commensurate with experience.


Required: Extensive demonstrated experience with Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign), Powerpoint, etc.; excellent written and verbal communication skills; demonstrated ability to excel in managing task priorities and work under deadlines; ability to work as part of a team; ability to complete tasks with minimal supervision.

Preferred: Junior in Graphic Design, Marketing, or JCOM (Public Relations).  Interest in and familiarity with marketing/branding concepts, demonstrated ability to work within and beyond an existing visual identity.


How to apply:
Apply online at  www.usu.edu/career/htm/career-aggie

Position will post on February 25, and remains open until a suitable candidate has been identified.

Questions?  Email Andy at andy.leidolf@usu.edu


Technician Assistant

The National Science Foundation funded iUTAH project is in need of a part-time undergraduate student to assist with research and maintenance activities in the Logan River Watershed. Activities include measurement of Logan River discharge rating curves. This work involves working in and around the Logan and other rivers in Northern Utah to obtain flow measurements. The student will also assist with calibration and maintenance of a climate and water monitoring network. Tasks involve a mixture of field and office work including: sensor calibrations and cleaning, measurement of river discharge, sensor repair, data entry, data monitoring, and data quality control. Due to the nature of field work, the applicant must be able to commit to at least one full workday per week.


Basic: Applicant should have an interest in earth science, hydrology, climate, and/or biology. Driver's license and experience driving pickup trucks. Willing to work year round for 2 years due to training requirement.

Preferred: Sophomore or Junior level undergraduate, year round outdoor experience, familiarity with snowmobiles, experience with computer programming, experience with or interest in sensors and electronics.


How to apply:
Apply online at  www.usu.edu/career/htm/career-aggie

Questions?  Email Chris at chris.cox@usu.edu



PhD Research Assistantship

Agent-Based Modeling of a Hydrological-Human-Ecological Water Systems

Utah State University (USU) invites applicants for a PhD-level graduate research assistant position beginning in August 2015. The research assistant will develop an agent-based model to couple hydrological, human, and ecological components of an integrated water system. The assistantship is part of a multi-year, National Science Foundation-funded iUTAH project aimed at understanding water resources sustainability in Utah’s urbanizing Wasatch Front.

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iUTAH Post-Doctoral Positions

Social and Engineered Aspects of Utah’s Urban Water Systems

The iUTAH project anticipates hiring 2-4 postdoctoral fellows in the coming year. The successful candidate for this one
position will be a post-doctoral fellow with social and/or engineering science expertise to work with iUTAH social scientists, engineers, planners, hydrologists, and ecologists on our interdisciplinary team. We are interested in hiring an individual who will work with and expand upon existing iUTAH datasets on at least one of three possible themes:


  • Individual, organizational, and institutional drivers of water use and management behaviors
  • Responses of water actors to changes in environmental conditions
  • Impacts of built water infrastructure on urban water budgets and water quality


The successful candidate will become a post-doctoral associate based at either the University of Utah, Utah State University, or Brigham Young University. The position has an initial appointment of one year, with the option of renewal for a second year, subject to satisfactory progress and the availability of funds.

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iUTAH Undergraduate Opportunities

  • Undergraduate Opportunities
    Learn more about the undergraduate opportunities available though iUTAH. Includes a Spanish version.

  • Internship Opportunities
    Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and mke connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths. It also give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent.





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