Babbitt Center for Land and Water Policy

REPORTS TO: Research Fellow, Babbitt Center for Land and Water Policy

DATE: March 2019

Position Overview

The Babbitt Center for Land and Water Policy is a center of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, established in 2017 to help integrate land and water policy to secure a sustainable water future in the West, throughout the U.S., and the world. The Babbitt Center’s review of community plans throughout the Colorado River Basin seeks to determine:

  • The state of land use and water planning integration in Colorado River Basin communities
  • The gaps and opportunities to be addressed in land and water planning and management practices

While recognizing that comprehensive or general plans may not represent the whole suite of land and water planning activities in a community, the Babbitt Center believes these resources reveal important information about which communities, regions, and states are incorporating water into foundational community planning processes. Planning interns will support the center’s efforts evaluate these plans as the center strives for a sustainable and reliable water future in the Colorado River Basin.

Location: Phoenix, AZ


Evaluate and analyze land and water integration in Colorado River Basin communities’ planning efforts.


  • Understand the intersection of land use planning and water resources.
  • Evaluate comprehensive and general plans in Colorado River Basin states for integration of water and land, following the Babbitt Center’s evaluation framework.
  • Contact each community to verify data collected.
  • Add exemplary policies and plan language to Babbitt Center documents on integrating water into comprehensive/general planning.
  • Compile findings from plan review into a report detailing trends by state.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum and Desired Qualifications

  • Current students or recent graduates in the fields of urban planning; public policy; sustainability; environmental and natural resources; public administration; geography; hydrology; or related fields.
  • Experience in data compilation, quantification, and interpretation; graphing; and report writing.
  • Detail oriented, self-motivated, and professional demeanor with strong communication skills and a positive attitude.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook preferred.

Compensation and Environment

  • $15/hour, up to 40 hours/week for 12 weeks (May-August, 2019). No benefits or paid time off will be provided with this internship.
  • Intern will work at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy's office in northeast Phoenix.
  • A laptop, desk, and phone will be made available.


Send cover letter, résumé, and the names and contact information for three references to


Please ensure that the subject line of your email includes the text "Planning Intern, Babbitt Center for Land and Water Policy." The position is open until filled. The Lincoln Institute will begin reviewing resumes and requesting interviews immediately.

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy is a nonpartisan, private operating foundation whose mission focuses on solving global economic, social, and environmental challenges to improve the quality of life through creative approaches to the use, taxation, and stewardship of land. A dynamic, growing, organization whose origins date to 1946, the Lincoln Institute seeks to inform and reframe the public dialogue and decisions about land through research, training, and effective communication. By bringing together public officials, policy makers, scholars, practitioners, journalists, and involved citizens, the Lincoln Institute integrates research and practice and provides a forum for multidisciplinary perspectives on public policy by “finding answers in the land”. The Lincoln Institute focuses on five major areas of impact in the world: Creating Fiscally Stable Communities, Mitigation of and Adaptation to Climate Change, Reducing Urban Poverty and Informality, Establishing Functional Land Markets and Ensuring Efficient and Equitable Tax Policy. 


The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.