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Join our Data Collection Bureau and make a lasting impact.  

Here is your opportunity to work within our Mapping and GIS Section to create maps in ArcMap and ArcGIS Pro, enter data into geodatabases, and work with LiDAR datasets. The District offers the year-round Student Internship Program to provide students with real work experience and specific hands-on knowledge related to the chosen course of study. 

For helping to maintain our valuable water resources as a student, we offer:

  • Training and Development: Having a successful career takes more than technical training. The District helps our staff develop additional skill sets, such as emotional intelligence, time management, customer service, conflict resolution, communications and more. As an intern, you are eligible to attend these on-site trainings. 
  • Employee Assistance Program: Provides confidential assistance and support in a wide variety of areas important to an employee’s well-being, including but not limited to work and life balance, stress management, coping with family issues, financial advice, legal and workplace problems, addictions, student loan assistance and any other personal issues adversely affecting quality of life.
  • Wellness Program: Your Health Matters is designed to encourage employees to engage in healthier lifestyle behaviors through the achievement of health and fitness goals. The program includes classes on health and fitness topics, District campus walking routes, a fitness challenge, tobacco-cessation resources, an ergonomics program, discount programs, incentives and other resources. Participation in wellness program activities is voluntary. 

Compensation: $14.74 hourly

Essential Functions

  • Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) of orthoimagery
  • Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) of Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) data
  • Editing of impervious surface data derived from LiDAR
  • Editing of historical permit data
  • Assisting with map and data requests from the public
  • Review of documentation such as metadata, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Intense Observation Periods (IOPs), etc.
  • Other GIS and survey related activities, as required

Working Conditions

Most work is conducted in a standard office environment. Work activity is primarily sedentary with ability to perform continuous repetitive tasks (to include keyboarding) with one or both hands. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Work environments vary by assigned business unit. 

Required Credentials for GIS Student Intern

  • Be at least part-time and currently enrolled in High school, an accredited college, university, or other recognized educational or vocational program
  • Have at least two (2) years remaining before graduation 
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 for undergraduate students or minimum GPA of 3.0 for graduate students
  • Valid driver’s license

Preferred Credentials for GIS Student Intern

  • Experience with creating maps in ArcMap or ArcGIS Pro and entering data into geodatabases
  • Experience with editing workflows and using extensions in ArcGIS Desktop
  • Experience with ArcGIS Desktop software and Microsoft Office Suite (specifically Word and Excel)
  • Familiarity with LiDAR and orthoimagery data
  • Preferred Degrees: Geospatial Sciences or Geography
  • Preferred Degree Level: Undergraduate  

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, a District employment application. Any application that is not complete, including work experience, education, licenses & certifications (if applicable), and application question, will not undergo consideration for the position. A resume will not be considered as a substitute for the information requested on the application for purposes of qualification.

Additional Details

This position is typically scheduled to work no more than 25 hours per week, Monday to Friday, between the hours of 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM, out of the Brooksville, FL office.  This position requires work to be conducted inside of the office for enhanced learning opportunities.

Travel Required


 Accepting applications until October 13, 2023 at 4:00 PM 


About Us

Managing the water resources for west-central Florida, our district includes approximately 10,000 square miles of territory spanning 16 counties and serving more than 5 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

The District prides itself on providing a positive work flexible environment that engages and supports our employees. This could be the opportunity of a lifetime. Click on the link to apply and put yourself to work for our water resources.


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 (352) 796-7211 or 1-800-423-1476 (FL only), ext. 4747; 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 will not sponsor applicants for work visas.