The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

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                                                                                        STUDENT INTERN

                                                                     Water System Operations (TEMPORARY)


The MWD’s Water System Operations Group, Water Treatment Section currently has one (1) opening for a Student Intern (Part-time, District Temporary). This position is located at the Skinner Water Treatment Plant in Winchester, CA

This Part-time Student Intern position receives training and mentoring in an assigned area of responsibility performing assignments that serve to offer practical experience and broad exposure within the Water Treatment Plant. Responsibilities for this position include: data entry and statistical analysis on treatment plant process maintenance; assist in developing a computer-based spreadsheet for a standard operator checklist for downloading data for archive and performance analysis; assist in developing inventory of treatment process equipment that meet the criteria for performance conditional and / or run-time operational maintenance; assist in filter measurements and developing biological filter performance data matrix.

Job Summary


1. Performs research as assigned and applies academic theory, training and education to real life work situations and environments.

2. Participates on project teams as required.

3. Learns and assists with tasks related to their areas of discipline and assigned area of responsibility.

4. Learns and assists to plan, conduct studies and research, and compile information from various sources; provides updates and prepares reports.

5. Learns and assists to collect and analyze statistical data, generates and maintains records and report findings, makes recommendations.

6. Learns and assists in inputting, maintaining, and verifying data.

7. Learns and assists in the implementation of goals and objectives.

8. Learns and assists in identifying opportunities for improving processes to optimize efficiency.

9. Performs office duties and activities as required.

10. Performs other related Student Intern job duties as required.

Job Requirements

Education and Experience: Current enrollment in an accredited four-year college or university carrying a minimum of 12 semester units or 8 quarter units with junior or senior standing in a related major and maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale, or current enrollment in an accredited graduate degree program in a related major with a grade point average of 2.75 or higher.

Required Knowledge of: Data collection and research techniques; and English usage, spelling, and grammar and punctuation.

Required Skills and Abilities to: Research, collect, and compile data; respond to requests and inquiries from the general public; maintain comprehensive records, files, logs, listings and related data; create spreadsheets and presentations; assist in preparing and reviewing a variety of documents and correspondence for accuracy and completeness; understand and follow verbal and written instructions; communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing; operate office equipment including computers and applicable modern office equipment and technology; and establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Valid California Class C Driver License or equivalent that allows you to drive in the course of your employment is required at the time of application.

• Strong written and verbal communication skills
• Detail oriented
• Strong personal interaction skills
• Ability to research, collect and analyze data
• Experience in Microsoft Office Suite

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met or may be encountered by an employee to successfully perform the job duties of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the job duties.

Physical Demands: The work requires some physical exertion such as long periods of standing; walking over rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces; recurring bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, or similar activities; recurring lifting of moderately heavy items such as personal computers and record boxes. The work may require specific, but common, physical characteristics and abilities such as above-average agility and dexterity.

Work Environment: The work environment involves everyday risks or discomforts that require normal safety precautions typical of such places as offices, meeting and training rooms, libraries, and residences or commercial vehicles, e.g., use of safe work practices with office equipment, avoidance of trips and falls, observance of fire regulations and traffic signals, etc. The work area is adequately lighted, heated, and ventilated.

Work Schedule:
Average 10-20 hours per week
Anticipated end date of assignment:  August 2019

Pay Rate:
$15 per hour if a Junior in college
$18 per hour if a Senior in college


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