• 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 Juan LunaPosition: STEP, Physical Science Technician
School: Boise State University
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Mountain Home, Idaho

I researched the STEP program and discovered that this would be a great opportunity to pursue my educational goals as well as to gain valuable work experience. In addition, the opportunity to work as a student field technician throughout the Northwest greatly motivated me to work for Reclamation. I have really enjoyed working for Reclamation. I appreciate being surrounded by very knowledgeable people who are willing to share their experiences and insights in their fields.


My STEP position has given me the opportunity to see many new places in the northwest and has allowed me to gain a better understanding of how water is managed.


I do most of my work in the field. I assist in data collection by gathering water samples throughout the PN region. This includes gathering water temperature data along the Snake River Region and various rivers that feed into the Snake River.


I am currently a sophomore at Boise State University and plan to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a minor in biomedical engineering. I would like to pursue a career with Reclamation after graduation.

Updated: October 19, 2012