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Environmental Programs Intern

Company: City of Ontario
Location: California City
Posted on: September 19, 2022

Job Description:

The Position

Environmental Programs Intern

This is a continuous recruitment until a sufficient number of qualified applications have

been received. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible for priority consideration. Applicants who apply after the first 100 qualified that meet the qualifications below, are not guaranteed to be considered for this recruitment.

Are you interested in making a positive impact on your community while developing professional skills in the areas of municipal utilities environmental programs? The City of Ontario has an excellent part-time opportunity for an Environmental Programs Intern to assist in and complete a wide variety of administrative, technical, and research-oriented assignments. Interns have the ability to observe in and participate in a variety of tasks that support the overall operation of the Ontario Municipal Utilities Company Environmental Programs Division.

The ideal candidate shall have knowledge of basic engineering principles, as they relate to protection of the environment and the health and safety of the public. The intern will work with a team involved in preparing wastewater discharge permits issued to industrial users, performing monitoring and regulatory compliance activities, initiating enforcement activities to ensure industrial user compliance, education outreach, data management and analysis, and field work. Knowledge of principles of mathematics, biology, chemistry, and other scientific disciplines are important in order to perform the duties. The ideal candidate will have a basic understanding of the operation and maintenance of municipal utilities; the capability to use MS Office software programs; the ability to compile and organize data and create reports and spreadsheets; and perform other essential functions as required. In addition, the candidate will have the ability to work effectively and efficiently in a team environment. Additionally, the successful candidate will be a model for the City's Approach to Public Service - Commitment to the Community, Achieving Excellence Through Teamwork, and Doing the Right Thing the Right Way - and emulate the qualities of a 5 Tool Player - Leader, Thinker, Operator, Communicator, and Public Servant.

The Administrative Intern is a part-time/temporary position, scheduled to work no more than 29 hours per week, and is not eligible to participate in the City's health insurance or retirement plans.

The City of Ontario

The City of Ontario is a dynamic leading community in the Inland Empire with a variety of full-time and part-time employment and volunteer opportunities. Ontario enjoys the reputation of being a progressive City which provides solid leadership to its citizens and to the business community. The City provides a full range of services to the community including; Police, Fire, Management Services, Community Life & Culture, Community Development, Economic Development, Housing & Neighborhood Preservation, Public Works and the Ontario Municipal Utilities Company. The City's team is staffed with approximately 1,200 full-time and 200 part-time diverse and talented employees who work to support a common goal of providing excellent service to the community.

We invite you to learn more about the City of Ontario by reviewing the City's website. A few useful links are also listed below:

Approach to Public Service (Core values for City of Ontario employees) (Information about City of Ontario employee benefit plans)
The Ontario Plan (The City's Comprehensive Business Plan for Development)

Examples of Essential Functions

The essential functions typically performed by the Environmental Programs Intern include the following:

  • Performs customer service-related activities, assigns billing codes, prepares reports, manages data, reviews wastewater pretreatment and business permit applications and tracks them.
  • Assists with compliance activities and performs other administrative program related work to assist with the operations of the Environmental Programs Division.
    • Assists members of management, professional, and technical staff by performing basic administrative and technical assignments.
      • Utilizes Geographical Information Systems for data analysis.
      • Operates personal computers, printers, and other office equipment.
        • Performs research and preliminary administrative analysis.
          • Performs field work when requested of commercial and industrial users.
            • Reviews and comments on publications and documents.
              • Composes and edits correspondence, memorandums, reports, and other special assignments.
                • Gathers and tabulates data.
                  • Responds to requests for information and general questions from the public.
                    • Prepares files for storage.
                      • Assists with specials projects and events.
                      • Performs other related duties as assigned.

                        Qualification Guidelines


                        Equivalent to completion of two years of college at an accredited college/university with major course work in Engineering, Environmental Science, or a related field.


                        Valid California Class C driver's license and an acceptable driving record at the time of appointment and throughout employment.


                        Currently enrolled as a junior/senior level undergraduate student, in good standing, at an accredited college/university with a major emphasis in Civil Engineering, Environmental Science or a related field.

                        Supplemental Information

                        How to Apply

                        Apply online by clicking on the "Apply" link at the top of this announcement. If this is the first time applying for a position using you will be prompted to create a new user account, otherwise log in with your user name and password. Your application and responses to any supplemental questions will be used to evaluate your qualifications for this position. It is suggested that your application include the following:
                        • List any relevant experience and education that demonstrates that you qualify for the position.
                        • List all periods of employment for at least the past 10 years, beginning with your most recent or present employer (including if applicable, all employment with the City of Ontario).
                        • Separately list each position held, including different positions with the same employer. A resume may be attached to your application but will not substitute for the proper completion of your application. Applications that are not properly completed may be rejected.

                          Supplemental Questions

                          To complete your application for this position you will be prompted to respond to supplemental questions. This information will be used as part of the application screening and selection process and is designed to help you present your qualifications for this position. This may include a selection step in which your application and supplemental questions are reviewed and scored by a panel of raters familiar with this position.

                          Incomplete responses, false statements, omission, or partial information may result in disqualification from the selection process. Your responses should be consistent with the information provided on your application.

                          Please provide succinct, concise, descriptive, and detailed information for each question. If you have no experience, write "no experience" for the appropriate question.

                          Email Notices

                          Email is the primary way that the Human Resources or Hiring Department will communicate with you. Please check your email account (including the SPAM folder) on a regular basis for any emails related to the application or selection process. Emails from the city of Ontario will come from "" or "" If you change your email address after submitting your application please visit and update your profile.

                          If you have any additional questions regarding the application process, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Keywords: City of Ontario, Lancaster , Environmental Programs Intern, Other , California City, California

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