West Basin Municipal Water District (West Basin) is a California Special District that wholesales potable and recycled water to local public and investor-owned water utilities in the coastal area of Los Angeles County. We serve a population of nearly one million residents in 17 cities and unincorporated areas along the coastal corridor from Palos Verdes to Malibu in addition to commercial, industrial, and institutional users in the area. We are a national leader in water recycling, conservation, ocean-water desalination exploration, water resource management and education. West Basin, headquartered in Carson, 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 a major water recycling facility and four satellite locations, including the Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility, the largest treatment facility of its type in the world providing nearly 30 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” recycled water used for commercial, industrial and landscape purposes. West Basin is also researching environmentally responsible ocean-water desalination and currently operates a Water Education Center in Redondo Beach, California.
West Basin also has a robust water conservation and education program. In 2006, West Basin created its first Water Use Efficiency Master Plan that produced a five-year implementation plan. Since then, West Basin has implemented numerous programs and received millions of dollars in grant and partnership funding, and is currently in the development of its third iteration of the plan. West Basin’s education program is multi-faceted and involves providing tours to students of all ages, administering contests and offering educational programs to elementary school-aged children.
The Water Policy and Resource Development Intern will assist staff in performing routine planning, research, analysis, grant and data management and customer agency support activities related to water demand/use, water supply availability, water conservation and other water resource management issues; and will perform other related duties as assigned. The Intern may also be required to attend conservation events, such as but not limited to, community outreach events, which on some occasions could take place on a weeknight or on a Saturday.
Eligible applicants must be a sophomore level or above undergraduate student, graduate student or very recent graduate attending an accredited college in good standing. A major in planning, engineering, environmental science, communications, public administration, or a closely related field is required. Applicants who are not currently enrolled in an accredited college or who have graduated more than six months ago will not be considered. The ideal candidate will possess excellent written/verbal communication and technical skills, the ability to analyze and understand data analytics, computer/technology skills, excellent customer service skills, and the ability to work effectively in a team environment. Candidate must also 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. Work hours are flexible and average approximately 20 hours per week, not to exceed 1,000 hours. Evening and weekend work may be required as needed.
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. 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. This position is not eligible for District benefits. Applicants must provide a resume and cover letter along with their application.
Apply by: March 5, 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: email@example.com.
Resumes and cover letters will not be accepted in lieu of a completed West Basin 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.