Friday, March 13, 2015

Intern – Lakes Water Quality, Snohomish County Surface Water Management (Everett, WA)

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Job Title:Intern - Lakes Water Quality - Surface Water Management Intern (Seasonal)
Closing Date/Time:Mon. 03/30/15 11:59 PM Pacific Time
Salary:$15.00 - $16.00 Hourly
Job Type:Internship
Location:Main County Campus-3000 Rockefeller Ave, Everett, Washington

Spend your summer gaining valuable career experience with the Surface Water Management (SWM) Division of Snohomish County Public Works as a Lakes Water Quality Intern.

SWM provides a wide variety of public programs and services to preserve and improve the health of Snohomish County’s water resources and natural systems and to reduce road and property flooding. Interns gain hands-on experience under the direction of water resource professionals. As a Lakes Water Quality intern, you will:
  • Assist with lake water quality monitoring;
  • Learn to use and calibrate water quality sampling equipment;
  • Manage data including data entry and quality control and assurance;
  • Conduct aquatic plant surveys;
  • Assist with invasive plant removal;
  • Assist with toxic algae monitoring and notification.
The preferred candidate will be:
  • Knowledgeable of common pollutants and sources of pollutants in freshwater systems, particularly lakes;
  • Familiar with aquatic ecosystems;
  • Experienced in collecting water quality data.
Ideally interns would start in May or June (depending on student availability) and work for 8 to 12 weeks. The intern season is May through September. Rate of pay is determined by the number of full academic years the applicant has completed at an accredited college or university by the beginning of the internship.
  • $15.00 per hour: Completion of two full academic years as required above.
  • $16.00 per hour: Completion of three or more full academic years as required above.
1. Receive Application
2. Minimum Qualification Screening
3. Supplemental Scoring
4. Interview
5. Second Interview may be conducted at Management's discretion
6. Criminal Background Check
7. Reference check and credential verification
8. Job offer made to selected candidate
Snohomish County is an equal opportunity employer committed to an inclusive, multicultural workplace.
 Job Duties:
Snohomish County supports internship programs that provide work experience for students in an accredited post-secondary institution that is related to their course of study. The internship program is designed so the student will have the opportunity to apply principles and theories learned in the classroom, gain new skills, explore a career path and be supervised and mentored by a professional in their field.

The student may choose to receive scholastic credit for their internship in accordance with the guidelines set by their school.

To perform a variety of support activities in the areas of surface water management. Interns will perform tasks under the direct supervision and assistance of Surface Water Management staff.
  1. Interns may be required to perform one or more of the following job duties:
  2. Assists with Surface Water Management projects and programs.
  3. Assists with project assessment and monitoring activities.
  4. Assists with public outreach at public meetings, fairs and festivals.
  5. Assists with coordination of volunteer activities for protecting water quality and restoring salmon habitat.
  6. Assists with data management.
  7. Performs related duties as required.
 Minimum Qualifications:
Must be able to show proof of enrollment in an accredited post-secondary institution at the time of the Internship.  If the Internship occurs during the summer, the student may provide proof of summer or fall enrollment.

Have completed two full academic years of studies at an accredited college or university by the beginning of the internship and be majoring in or have completed coursework in any of the following programs: environmental sciences/studies, civil engineering, watershed or water resource management, water quality, biology, chemistry, ecology, limnology, forestry, agriculture, botany, plant ecology, horticulture, environmental health, toxicology, environmental planning, geology, geomorphology, geography, GIS, communications, environmental education, marketing, or related field.
A valid Washington State Driver's License is required
 Additional Information:
Increase Intern Knowledge of:
  • elementary principles and practices of surface water management as related to area of assignment;
  • elementary research and data collection techniques;
  • use of personal computers and related software.
Increase Intern Ability to:
  • communicate effectively, both orally and in writing in a multicultural workforce serving a diverse population;
  • work effectively with a cross-section of watershed residents, businesses, specific interest groups and agencies;
  • gather, evaluate and document technical data;
  • apply technical data to practical in-field problems.
The intern is trained and mentored by an administrative superior as assigned. The work is performed with a moderate degree of independence and is reviewed through conferences, periodic reports and results obtained.

The work is performed in a regular office environment with some work performed outdoors in all types of weather conditions. The intern may be required to lift, move and carry objects between 20 and 50 pounds, crouch, crawl, kneel, bend, climb and balance. The intern may be required to work along the water’s edge, wade in streams, or work on the water in a boat. The intern may be required to work evenings, weekends and holidays as necessary.
Snohomish County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer.
Accommodations for individuals with disabilities are provided upon request.
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