• 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.

EMPLOYEE PROFILE: Clayton Branch

A photo of Clayton BranchPosition: STEP, Laborer
School: Pacific Lutheran University
Major: Religion and Sociology
Hometown: Ephrata, Washington
Involvement

I became involved with Reclamation through a family friend from my church. He informed me about a temporary, summer position that would allow me to get my foot into the door and gain some experience with Reclamation. After this, I was lucky enough to receive a Student Temporary Employment Program position that allowed me to work with others at Scooteney Park and at Reclamation’s Ephrata office.

Experience

I became involved with Reclamation through a family friend from my church. He informed me about a temporary, summer position that would allow me to get my foot into the door and gain some experience with Reclamation. After this, I was lucky enough to receive a Student Temporary Employment Program position that allowed me to work with others at Scooteney Park and at Reclamation’s Ephrata office.

Accomplishments

I work primarily with the maintenance of Scooteney Park. I take pride in getting The Park ready for people to use and making it look good for the campers and people who want to spend their days relaxing there. I enjoy mowing the grass, weed whacking, or anything else that makes the park look better. I have also had to use problem solving skills. For instance, when our park flooded, I was able to stop it by fixing and reconfiguring the electronic sprinkler system.

Future

I am currently looking at a few different paths for my graduate work. I have seriously thought about going into the seminary and becoming an Army chaplain. I have two parents who are both military veterans, and I know that if I choose to be a chaplain, it would be a fulfilling vocation. I am also looking at working in higher education administration. I have been lucky enough to work as a Resident Assistant in a residence hall on campus this year, and the experience has been incredibly enjoyable for me. Whether it is with admissions or residential life, the college experience has been great for me, and I would enjoy giving other students that opportunity. Finally, I am also considering working with people in Human Resources, possibly with Reclamation or in some other setting.

Updated: October 19, 2012