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Environmental Intern - Welch, MN Job

Location(s): MN - Welch


Are you looking for an exciting job where you can put your skills and talents to work at a company you can feel proud to be a part of? Do you want a workplace that will challenge you and offer you opportunities to learn and grow? A position at Xcel Energy could be just what you’re looking for.



Xcel Energy is looking for interns to work full-time (40 hours/week) during the Summer of 2023, with the opportunity to work part-time during the 2023-2024 school year. Expected start date May 2023 (after the end of classes).


Work from our office at the Prairie Island Nuclear Plant 1717 Wakonade Dr., Welch, MN 55089, except for travel to worksite locations in MN, WI, ND and SD. Travel is expected every other week doing sampling. 


Any work required travel to sites will reimburse mileage at a per mile rate following IRS guidelines.

Position Summary
Work with Xcel Energy Environmental staff to conduct avian, fisheries, and aquatic studies at power plants in MN, WI, ND and SD. The position will involve collection, identification, weighing and measuring fish and other aquatic organisms. Enter collected data into spreadsheets, conduct statistical analysis of the data, and draft reports. Much of the time will be spent outdoors working in a variety of weather conditions, including inclement conditions, and on a non-typical work schedule including extended hours, nights and weekends. Through practical field experience and mentoring, successful candidate will gain significant professional and personal skills.

Starting pay is based on freshmen college level and will increase each additional year of college.
Minimum Requirements
• Must be currently enrolled as a student in a university or college at freshman level or above.
• Minimum 2.50 GPA in a Bachelor's degree program in in Natural Sciences, Biology, Natural Resources Management, Environmental Sciences, or Environmental Engineering.

• Transcripts must be provided
• Must have a valid driver's license

• Must have reliable transportation to travel to various work locations that may be 2 hours drive or longer.
• MS Office experience (Word and Excel) required.

• Must be able to lift 30 pounds repetitively throughout the day to complete necessary work tasks during field biological work.





Xcel Energy is committed to the safety of its employees and customers, and promotes a Safety Always culture. Because of this, we strongly encourage all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19; however, vaccination is not mandatory. After being hired, you will asked to report your vaccination status and dates of vaccination. This information will be maintained confidentially and disclosed only on a need-to-know basis. If you are not fully vaccinated or choose not to disclose your vaccination status you will be required to follow any health-and-safety rules applicable to unvaccinated employees.


As a leading combination electricity and natural gas energy company, Xcel Energy offers a comprehensive portfolio of energy-related products and services to 3.4 million electricity and 1.9 million natural gas customers across eight Western and Midwestern states. At Xcel Energy, we strive to be the preferred and trusted provider of the energy our customers need. If you’re ready to be a part of something big, we invite you to join our team.


Posting Notes:  MN - Welch || MN - Welch || United States (US) || Operations || 42425:Env MN WI AQ WQ Renew || Full-Time || Non-Bargaining ||

The anticipated starting base pay for this position is: $17.00 per hour

This position may also be eligible for the following benefits: Pension, 401(k) plan, Paid time off (PTO), Holidays, Personal holidays


Requisition Number: 48000

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

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