• 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 Jeweldean HullPosition: STEP - Receptionist
School: Boise State University
Major: Spanish and History
Hometown: Boise, Idaho

My advisor told me about the Student Temporary Employment Program position for an information receptionist at Reclamation and stated that this would be an opportunity that could change my life by opening new doors. Since I did not have previous knowledge about Reclamation, I immediately did some research. As I read, I became more interested and excited about applying. I was interviewed, and after processing, the position was offered to me. I was ecstatic to say the least! It was evident Reclamation supported students with their education and wanted me to focus on school as much as possible; I knew right away this was a great place to work.


The experience I have acquired while working for Reclamation has been memorable and valuable. From day one everyone has been more than welcoming and positive. I completely enjoy working in SRAO, and there are many examples of why. However, one particular moment brings a smile. The Reclamation Employee Association frequently holds events to raise money for charities. Every year the employees who are BSU Bronco fans and those who are Idaho Vandal fans compete in a fundraiser. The fans whose team raises the most decide which charity gets all the money. Last year this event raised almost $500.00 for the Idaho Humane Society. The losing team also has to wear the other team’s jersey for a day. Besides the fundraisers and great individuals I work with, my job has been stimulating and a fulfilling experience.


My tasks in SRAO include scheduling, greeting, answering phones, working on projects, and completing assignments for managers. My duties are both inspiring and interesting. Last summer I was asked by an Endangered Species Act manager to assist with a project working with Summation database. I participated in the summation training and enjoyed being a part of an important assignment. Despite the project’s short deadline, I was determined to finish the task, which included reviewing over 3300 documents. I reached my goal and was commended by the manager. The experience increased my confidence and inspired my desire to do even more for SRAO. Each day has brought more accomplishments than the last. By accepting new challenges I continue growing and learning for tomorrow.

My duties have been primarily focused on using AutoCAD. My work has evolved from drawing and notation only to include quantities and volume calculations via surface modeling, grading, and profiling in AutoCAD Civil 3D. Some of my drawings have offered alternative design options for model corridors, such as footpaths, roads, or waterways. My work has allowed me to make the transition from knowing how to use this enormous design tool to using its applications in the real world. 

In addition to advancing my skills with AutoCAD software, I am learning how to integrate it with Environmental Systems Research Institute GIS to produce drawings. I have also been tasked with plotting signed drawings, such as preliminary designs, final designs, official revisions, and As-builts, and entering them into Reclamation’s Electronic Documentation System (REDS).

I plan to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in May of 2013. I have not ruled out graduate school, but I would like to get my feet wet first by developing a civil engineering specialty. My short-term goals include being more involved in the mechanics of a project while maintaining a skill set in AutoCAD. I also want to learn more about GIS, Light Detection And Ranging, and survey data.

In the long-term, I would like to enter into some of the design work and assist other Engineers in Training through project development. I expect that Building Information Modeling will soon be the standard for project analysis. I will keep an ear to the ground and adjust my short-term goals for a long-term career.


I originally wanted to interpret for the courts. However, after working for Reclamation, I would love more than anything to stay here working in Administration. I am happy to keep learning and growing for the present. I graduate with two bachelor degrees in August of 2012. I ultimately want my Masters of Public Administration. Resources place a strong emphasis on education and provide resolutions for conflicts between study and work.

Updated: February 21, 2013