Water Quality Intern

$15.00 - $17.00 hourly
  • OCWD
  • Fountain Valley, CA, USA
  • Dec 01, 2021
Part Time Paid Intern Water Resources Engineering

Internship Description


Under supervision, the qualified candidate will provide administrative and occasional field support to the Water Quality Department. Responsibilities of this position include both administrative (e.g., organizing, filing, sorting, documenting, composing, digitizing, computing, etc.) and will assist with routine outdoor field work (e.g., surface water and groundwater sample acquisition, depth to groundwater measurements, field meter measurements, sample deliveries to laboratories, etc.) throughout the Santa Ana River watershed and primarily in the north/central Orange County area. Other duties of a similar nature or level may be assigned, as needed.


Must be currently enrolled in a full-time, accredited Bachelor or Graduate degree program with emphasis in physical, life or engineering sciences, environmental studies, and/or related fields. Must have a current GPA of 2.0 or higher and be available for at least one year. Basic science background and PC computer literacy, including experience with Microsoft Office suite, especially Excel. Good organizational skills and ability to follow directions. Experience performing basic laboratory tasks and knowledge of basic safety procedures.

Special requirements:

This position requires the incumbent to be physically able to operate outdoors on both land and, infrequently, within shallow water bodies. Possession of a valid California Class “C” Driver’s license and proof of automobile insurance.

Internships are to provide meaningful training and work experience for college students pursuing academic studies related to the District’s mission and goals. Interns must submit proof of full-time enrollment, class schedules and grades each semester/quarter. Interns are not eligible for employee benefits. Interns are “at will” and can be terminated at the discretion of the Department Manager with or without cause and with or without prior notice.

Please attach or include the following documents to your application:

• Cover Letter with your expected graduation date, your hours available to work (Mon-Fri), and an explanation of how your schooling relates to this internship.

• Class Schedule/Unofficial Transcript showing your current enrollment in a Bachelor’s or graduate degree program. The document must list your name and school name, current GPA, units, and your current or upcoming class schedule.

Hourly Rate: Undergraduate: $15 per hour & Graduate: $17 per hour

Candidates given an offer of employment will be required to pass a medical examination and background check. You must submit an OCWD online employment application to be considered. Please visit www.ocwd.com to complete an application. Applications will be accepted until a sufficient number apply. EOE