RISE Internship: Green Stormwater Infrastructure Landscape Architecture Intern at Pima County Regional Flood Control District

RISE Internship: Green Stormwater Infrastructure Landscape Architecture Intern at Pima County Regional Flood Control District

Position Title: GSI Landscape Architecture Intern
Reports to: Matthew Lutheran
Hours/Week: 10-20
Internship Date Range: Starts as soon as possible, internship term is 3 months
Location: Public Works Building, 7th Floor, 210 N Stone Ave, Tucson AZ, 85701

About the Resilience Internships and Student Experiences (RISE) Program:

The RISE Program is hosted by the Arizona Institute for Resilience (AIR) and provides undergraduate and graduate students with paid internships related to resilient environments and societies. RISE internships give students experience in workplace settings with an opportunity to grow their interpersonal skills and prepare them for careers after graduation. 

About Pima County Regional Flood Control District (PCRFCD), Engineering and Landscape Architecture Division: 

Leading design and implementation of stormwater infrastructure investments within the Pima County Regional Flood Control District (PCRFCD), the Engineering and Landscape Architecture (ELA) division plays a pivotal role in sustainable stormwater improvements. Green stormwater projects include design and construction including graphic design (CAD), computer aided design, public outreach and project management. Hosted within the ELA division, the RISE intern will learn about the role the public sector plays in the development of stormwater infrastructure design, communication, and construction, while collaborating with the ELA team to improve their design communication skills and shadow project managers in landscape construction.

Internship summary: 

PCRFCD interns will assist in the creation of regionally appropriate stormwater infrastructure solutions to benefit Pima County residents, particularly those in underserved and vulnerable communities. The intern will aid the ELA division in developing and enhancing capacity building tools related to CAD standards, graphic communication deliverables for project communication, field visits for project delivery and shadowing project management meetings to develop leadership and critical thinking strategies. Given the specialized requirements of a landscape architecture intern a basic understanding of GSI principles is recommended and a background in landscape architecture course work and software experience including AutoCAD, Sketchup, and Adobe InDesign and Photoshop is preferred. 

Internship description: 

The RISE intern will collaborate with the ELA division to develop project related deliverables and division specific capacity-building tools. Deliverables include interpretive signage, construction details, plan renderings and outreach materials while capacity building tools include CAD standards, rendering standards, and division specific guidance documents. These practices will aid in construction and public understanding of ELA projects and aid the goals of PCRFCD. Under the guidance and mentorship of ELA staff, the intern will undertake the following core tasks and responsibilities, producing the following deliverables during their internship: 

>> Project Related Deliverables

  • Interpretive Signage for Elementary School GSI Site
  • Shadow project management field meetings
  • Assist Landscape Architect in field-related tasks

>> Capacity Building Tools 

  • Develop plan rendering workflow for public understanding of plan graphics
  • Edit construction details 
  • Refine CAD workflow templates


Ideal candidate must demonstrate:

  • A passion for GSI and low impact development (LID).
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, organization, self-motivation, and time management 
  • Relevant experience in design fields and/or horticulture.
  • Graphic design, including proficiency in AutoCAD, Sketchup, and Adobe InDesign and Photoshop, is preferred


  • 10 – 20 hours a week
  • Internship requires a minimum 10 hours a week. Internship will end in August/early September.


The intern will be compensated through Pima County at a rate of $15.25/hour. The RISE Program will provide an additional stipend to supplement the hourly wage to pay the intern a total of $18/hour.

How to Apply: 

Applicants must be active UArizona students. 

Please submit the application materials as a single PDF to:

  • Matthew Lutheran, matthew.lutheran@pima.gov
  • All applications must include the following materials:
    • A cover letter describing your interest and qualifications.
    • Resume 
    • Portfolio or Work Sample – Please compile visual work sample with 8-10 images of your work, illustrating your proficiency with AutoCAD and the Adobe Suite.

Applications will be reviews on a rolling basis. Successful applicants will be invited in for interviews within a two-week window following the application closing date. A final applicant will be selected and notified to start the position as soon as possible.

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