West Basin Municipal Water District (West Basin) 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.
The District 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.
As part of West Basin’s Water Reliability Program, which aims to reduce dependence on imported water and increase drought-proof, locally-controlled water supplies, the District is researching environmentally responsible ocean water desalination as a future drinking water supply.
The Public Information Intern will be assigned to the District’s Public Information Department and will assist staff in communicating the District’s ocean water desalination program, water recycling, conservation and education programs. Duties will include assisting with various public relations activities and consultants, development of public information presentations and materials; writing press releases and other information products; coordinating special education projects and District events; managing tour schedules; and preparing power point presentations, reports, studies and other correspondence.
QUALIFICATIONS: The Public Information Intern must be a junior/senior level undergraduate student; graduate student or very recent graduate attending an accredited college in good standing. A major or degree in Communications, Marketing, Public Relations or Journalism is required to be considered. Applicants who are not currently enrolled in an accredited college and who have graduated prior to December 2017 will not be considered.
The candidate must possess excellent written and verbal communication and customer service skills, the ability to work effectively in a team environment, and have comprehensive computer skills including proficiency in Microsoft Office. Knowledge of Adobe Suite is preferred. Candidate must also have the ability to accurately maintain files and public records; possess strong interpersonal skills to work cooperatively and maintain effective working relationships with District Board members, managers, staff, vendors, consultants, and representatives of other governmental agencies encountered in the course of employment; and have the ability to exercise sound judgment within established guidelines
The Intern position is a part-time, temporary at-will position. The Intern must be able to work at least a minimum of six months and preferably up to a year. Work hours are flexible and average approximately 20 hours per week, not to exceed 1,000 hours. Weekend and evening 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.
SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: This part-time/temporary, at-will position pays $12.00 - $15.00 per hour. This position is not eligible for District benefits.
Apply by: Application deadline: Friday, March 2, 2018. Apply by completing District Application 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: email@example.com.
A resume and cover letter is requested, but will not be accepted in lieu of a completed online District 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.