• A stator in the third powerhouse at Grand Coulee.
  • The penstocks above the water at Hoover Dam
  • The top of Shasta Dam in California
  • An automated gate structure on a canal in Washington.
  • An aerial photo of the sunsetting at Ruedi Reservoir in Colorado.


A photo of Amy LeachPosition: STEP, Office Aid
School: California State University, Chico
Major: Accounting
Hometown: Stonyford, Calif.

Both of my parents have worked for the Federal Government, specifically the Forest Service, for over 30 years, so working for the government is a very positive thing to me!  My freshman year of college I found a job posting for a STEP position with the Bureau of Reclamation on Chico State’s Career Center website.  I applied for the position right away and long story short, I have been working for BOR for 3 years now.


My experience with Reclamation so far has been a very rewarding one.  I love the people I work with, I enjoy all the different types of tasks I get to do and the learning opportunities I gain from them, and I appreciate the fact that I am gaining very marketable skills for my future. 


The Bureau of Reclamation has given me the opportunity to partake in and learn about many different fields.  I have worked with our Mail/File Clerk where I have learned about our central files, REDs, record retention, and close outs.  I have helped out our Safety Manager where I learned about OSHA compliance, safety training, and submittal review. In addition, I have aided our Budget Analyst and have learned about service agreements and cost allocation.  Overall, working in a construction office I have learned about the behind-the-scenes process that goes on for the construction and contracting for all the projects in the Mid-Pacific region.  Whether it is the work on a hydropower facility, a canal intertie, or a modification of a dam, there is always new knowledge to gain.


My next step in life is to finish up my Bachelor’s Degree, while continuing to work and grow in the BOR.  I plan to graduate with my degree in Accounting and will apply to the Reclamation as well as other Federal accounting jobs.

Updated: April 23, 2013