2020-02-06 2020-02-27

Public Information Intern

West Basin Municipal Water District
  • Organization Type: Public Water/Wastewater Agency
  • Location: Carson, California
  • Job Status: Part-time
  • Job ID: 54386
  • Organization Website
  • Organization Type: Public Water/Wastewater Agency
  • Location: Carson, California
  • Job Status: Part-time
  • Job ID: 54386
  • Organization Website

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.

West Basin owns and operates over 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.

West Basin offers a fast-paced, collaborative work environment, where the Public Information Intern will contribute to the Public Information and Education Department at the District headquarters in Carson. The intern will assist staff in communicating about West Basin’s water recycling, conservation and ocean water desalination programs, and other District activities.

Duties will include:

  • Developing presentations and written materials for various platforms, including media relations correspondence, newsletters, website and social media channels.

  • Monitoring for District media coverage and preparing monthly news clips reports; maintain, file and renew news media subscriptions.

  • Coordinating events, meetings, tours and special projects.

  • Organizing outreach materials, such as promotional giveaway items, collateral and “leave-behind” packets for events and warehouse storage; maintaining databases.

  • Preparing memos and reports; and providing general support on various department projects.
This job bulletin provides the general nature of work expected to be performed and is not intended to provide a comprehensive list of duties.

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, Journalism or related major is required to be considered. Applicants who are not currently enrolled in an accredited college and who have graduated prior to June 2019 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 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook). 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.

This part-time/temporary, at-will position pays $13.00 - $18.00 per hour. This position is not eligible for District benefits.

Apply by: Thursday, February 27, 2020. Apply by completing the District Application online (required) at: http://www.westbasin.org/about-us-human-resources/careers.

For questions or additional information, please contact: West Basin Municipal Water District, Human Resources Department, 17140 S. Avalon Boulevard, Carson, CA 90746, (310) 660-6228. Email: hr@westbasin.org.

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.

When applying, mention you saw this opening listed at WaterDistrictJobs.com.