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Work for Our Water Resources.

Help protect one of Florida’s most vital resources — water — with a summer internship at the Southwest Florida Water Management District (District). The District is a government agency whose mission is to protect water resources, minimize flood risks, and ensure the public’s water needs are met. We serve a population of nearly 6 million people in west-central Florida as directed by state law.

This is an excellent opportunity to gain real work experience and hands-on skills while supporting the District’s mission of protecting water resources. This position is a 90-day engagement, working up to 40 hours per week. 

Summer Student Intern can participate in:

  • Mentoring from experienced District staff
  • District Training and Development opportunities
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Wellness Program


$14.00 - $22.00 per hour, depending on position, education level, and previous related experience.

 Examples of Essential Functions

  • Compile and review data from files, databases, maps and publications
  • Respond to, or where appropriate, routes citizen's questions to applicable staff 
  • Conduct site inspections to ensure projects are meeting required standards
  • Organize records or files with use word documents and spreadsheet software
  • Assist with repair and maintenance of District structures and facilities
  • Collect data and provide analysis and reports
  • Review aerial photographs and information on GIS/ArcMap
  • Attend meetings and participate in discussions related water resources
  • Understand and apply environmental policies, regulations, and guidelines
  • Provide data to make recommendations for management decisions
  • Plans, schedules and performs tasks related to assigned projects

Working Conditions

These positions may require some fieldwork with the remainder of time spent in an office setting.  Work environments vary by assigned business unit and position duties. 

Required Credentials for Summer Student Intern

  • Currently enrolled in an accredited college, university, or other recognized educational or vocational program at least half-time and registered for Fall classes
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 for undergraduate students and 3.0 for graduate students
  • Upload Unofficial Transcript to application or profile
  • Have the availability to work near the maximum 40 hours per week
  • Valid Florida driver’s license

Required Degree Level: Bachelors or Master’s level program, or certification program

Additional Details

This position is typically scheduled to work 40 hours per week, Monday to Friday, between the hours of 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM. Student Internship positions are not eligible for insured medical benefits or remote work.

Travel Required: Yes. Some travel, using District vehicle, within District's coverage area.

Accepting applications until May 15, 2024 at 4:00 PM

About Us

The District is responsible for managing the water resources for west central Florida which includes approximately 10,000 square miles of territory spanning 16 counties and serving more than 6 million residents. Established in 1961 as a flood-protection agency, our objective is to meet the needs of current and future water users, protect and preserve our water resources, manage the water supply, protect water quality, and preserve water-related functions. 

Apply Now

Start and grow your career with the District! The District prides itself on providing a positive work environment that engages and supports our employees through flexible work schedules. We provide and support learning and development for staff. Click on the link to apply.

Application Process

The District will determine eligibility for employment solely from the information provided on a District employment application. All applicants are required to complete, in full, the District employment application. Incomplete applications will not be considered. A resume will not be considered as a substitute for the required District application for the purpose of qualification.


Equal Employment Opportunity/Veterans Preference/Drug-Free Workplace/Tobacco Free Campuses.

All applicants shall receive equal consideration and treatment in employment without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, marital status, familial status, or medical condition. All recruitment, hiring, placements, transfers and promotions will be on the basis of individual skills, knowledge and abilities, and the feasibility of any necessary job accommodation(s).

The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) does not discriminate on the basis of disability in regard to job application procedures, hiring, and other terms and conditions of employment. It is further the policy of the District to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities in all aspects of the employment process. If you require reasonable accommodation in completing an application, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, or otherwise participating in the employee selection process, please direct your inquiries to the Human Resources Office Chief, at 2379 Broad St., Brooksville, FL 34604-6899; telephone (352) 796-7211 or 1-800-423-1476 (FL only); or email If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the agency using the Florida Relay Service, 1-800-955-8771 (TDD) or 1-800-955-8770 (Voice). In the event of a complaint, please follow the grievance procedure located at

The District participates in E-Verify employment eligibility verification. We will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.

The District does not sponsor applicants for work visas