Job Overview


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This position is being filled in the excepted service under the Pathways Program.  This provides opportunities for high school, vocational and technical, undergraduate, graduate, and professional students to be exposed to the work of the Federal government.  For more information on the Pathways Program, please visit:

Applicants under this announcement will be considered for a temporary appointment.  Incumbent normally works 3-4 months (from as early as late April to as late as mid October) Dates are flexible depending on the school schedule of successful applicants.

Completion of this Internship will not lead to permanent or term employment with the Bureau of Reclamation.

This position is located in Grand Coulee, WA  For more information, click on the following link:

Payment of travel and relocation expenses will be your responsibility.

Reclamation is seeking a student looking for an opportunity to capitalize on his/her expertise as a Reclamation Guide.  You can make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment. As a member of the summer reclamation guide staff you will help enhance the image of the Grand Coulee Dam by words and actions.  The successful applicants for the position will significantly affect the success and achievement of the visitor program.

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.

Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are not suitable for telework.

Student Definition:  Students must currently be enrolled in an accredited college (including 4-year colleges/universities, community colleges, and junior colleges); or a professional, technical, vocational, and trade school; or an advanced degree program; or other qualifying educational institution pursuing a qualification degree or certificate, and taking at least a half-time course load (as defined by the institution in which you are enrolled) throughout the duration of the appointment.  You must be in good academic standing (at least a 2.0 GPA or greater on a 4.0 scale for the most recent grading period and accumulative GPA); be at least 16 years of age; a U.S. citizen or U.S. National; and meet the qualification requirements of the position. You must continue to meet these eligibility requirements throughout the duration of your appointment under the Pathways Internship Program.


If selection is made below the full performance level, duties assigned shall be appropriate to the grade level of the incumbent.

Conducts guided tours for visitors (usually in groups of 30 or less) into Grand Coulee Dam's Third Power Plant along an approved public tour route, explaining the various features of the dam, powerplant, project history, construction, operation and benefits. Tours are centered on the principle features that are easily observed and information is general in nature. Tours are generally of short or moderate duration; questions by the public are mostly repetitious; facts presented to the public are generally routine, but may include specialized in depth information to match visitor knowledge level; and the situation is such that accidents and other emergencies rarely occur. Gives lectures/tours to school groups. Staffs the Grand Coulee Dam Visitor Center, greeting visitors, answering questions and operating the laser light show.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No