Operations Intern - Water Resources

West Basin Municipal Water District | Carson, CA

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Posted Date 5/06/2019

West Basin Municipal Water District is a global leader in the water industry in water recycling, conservation, water resource management, youth and adult education, and ocean-water desalination.  West Basin provides drinking water and recycled water to eight local retail water agencies including four cities, three private water companies and one county water agency.  The District serves a population of nearly one million residents in 17 cities and unincorporated areas along the coastal corridor from Palos Verdes to Malibu.  The District is governed by an elected five-member Board of Directors and is a member agency of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.
West Basin operates the state-of-the-art Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility and three satellite locations.  It is the largest treatment and water purification facility of its type in the world providing nearly 40 million gallons of water each day to over 300 sites.  West Basin utilizes various advanced treatment processes to produce five types of high-quality “designer” waters used for commercial, industrial and landscape purposes, including three ultra-pure waters.  The District is also researching environmentally-responsible ocean-water desalination and currently hosts tours at its Water Education Center in Redondo Beach, California and also at the Edward C. Little Recycling Facility.
West Basin owns and operates approximately 100 miles of recycled water pipeline, and supplies recycled water to customers for non-potable use.  To expand the use of recycled water, the District assists customers with the process of converting their sites to utilize recycled water.  In addition, the District conducts site inspections to ensure compliance for the safe use of recycled water.

The Operations Intern will be assigned to the District's Operations Department working with Professional Engineers. The Intern will perform various tasks related to: the development of recycled water production, storage and distribution facilities. Specifically, data collection, data entry for process monitoring and control, and preparing and reporting treatment plant operational data. This will provide the opportunity to acquire experience in the operation and optimization of water treatment facilities. The treatment processes include coagulation, flocculation, media filtration, disinfection, nitrification, clarification, microfiltration, reverse osmosis, and ultra-violet technology.

The Operations Intern must be a graduate student or junior/senior level undergraduate student attending an accredited college in good standing and possess excellent communication and technical skills, the ability to work effectively in a team environment, and have comprehensive computer skills including but not limiting to any computer-aided design and drafting (CAD) software, GIS software and Microsoft products. Majors in Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or a closely related field are preferred. The Intern position is a part-time/temporary position. Work days and hours are flexible (Monday – Friday), but should average at least 20 hours per week, not to exceed 1,000 hours in a fiscal year.

The ideal candidate will possess the ability to occasionally lift and carry materials up to 25 pounds; kneel, crouch, stand, walk, twist, reach or bend for prolonged periods of time, and occasionally be available at times other than regularly scheduled work hours, such as nights and weekends. Weekend work may be required on an as-needed basis.

Possession of a valid Class C California Driver's License, proof of insurance and an acceptable driving record are required at the time of appointment and as a condition of continued employment. Employee is required to use his or her own vehicle with mileage reimbursed at the standard IRS rate.

This part-time/temporary, at-will position pays $12.00 - $15.00 per hour, depending on qualifications. This position is not eligible for District benefits.

Apply by: May 31, 2019. Apply online at: www.westbasin.org. For questions or additional information, please contact: West Basin Municipal Water District, Human Resources Department, 17140 S. Avalon Boulevard, Suite 210, Carson, CA 90746, (310) 660-6228. Email: hr@westbasin.org.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed District Online Application. The most qualified applicants will be invited to participate further in the screening process, which will include a panel interview and possible written exercise.


Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Entry Level

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