Temporary Student Intern- Natural Resour...
Irvine Ranch Water District - Irvine, CA

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Under General supervision, performs a variety of research tasks and support work and prepares comprehensive reports and studies as assigned, working directly with professional and technical staff in assigned areas. Temporary Student Interns will perform meaningful, productive and challenging work by making significant contributions to projects, research or other primary District functions. Temporary Student Interns will receive hands on training emphasizing teamwork, independence and development of technical skills.


Student Intern is a temporary job classification requiring enrollment in a minimum of 12 units of school study.

Essential Job Duties:

The following is a non-exclusive list of essential duties and responsibilities. The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar or related as determined by the incumbent’s supervisor.

Conduct a variety of sampling methods including water and biological specimens; delivering samples to IRWD or contract laboratories.

Ability to use basic field and laboratory instruments including: electroconductivity (EC), pH, dissolved oxygen (DO), and temperature probes; microscopes; global positioning system (GPS) units; and turbidity meters.

Prepare and analyze water quality data using Microsoft Excel, Access, and other data management software; calculate removal efficiency; hydraulic retention time, as well as other common water calculations.

Conduct regularly scheduled site inspections of District wetland locations, including monitoring of wildlife at each site.

Assist in the identification of various plants, animals, and other biota in Southern California natural habitats, and differentiate non-native species from native species.

Interpret regulatory documents and apply them to the natural treatment of surface water and associated habitats.

Assist in the design and establishment of new natural treatment wetland sites throughout the District's service area.

Develop various forms and filing systems to document the operation and maintenance of the District's wetlands.

Ability to read and interpret construction plans.

Perform various field labor tasks, including but not limited to raking, shoveling, lifting and adjustment of weir boards.

Coordinate work with other District departments, including Engineering, Water Quality, and Water Resources.

Understand and implement the District's safety policies and procedures.

Intern must work a minimum of 18 hours per week.


At the time of appointment, enrollment in a minimum of 12 units of school study is required. Enrollment as a student at the Junior or Senior Bachelor’s degree level or graduate degree level with coursework in at least one of the following: Biology, Chemistry, Ecology, Environmental Science, or Environmental/Chemical Engineering is required. Knowledge of research methods and data collection techniques including statistical methods, English usage, grammar, punctuation, report writing techniques and intermediate to advanced level skill in Microsoft Office Suite required.

Ability to:
Work independently, without close supervision, in the field or office
Read and interpret complex technical documents
Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
Use tact, discretion, patience, and understanding in dealing with customers and the public
Apply plant and animal species identification techniques
Interpret state and federal water quality and endangered species laws and regulations
Apply District safety policies and procedures related to wetlands operation and maintenance

Additional Information:

The physical and mental demands described below are representative of those that must be met by employees to successfully perform the essential functions of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Language Ability and Interpersonal Communication
Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of office/field employees and management. Represent District in a professional manner when dealing with outside professionals and vendors. Ability to explain, demonstrate and clarify to others within well established policies, procedures and standards, as well as the ability to follow specific instructions and respond to simple and difficult requests from others.

Mathematical Ability
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, divide and calculate percentages.

Judgment and Situational Reasoning Ability
Ability to use good personal judgment and discretion in performing all job functions. Ability to remain calm in crisis and emergency situations. Ability to use discretion when handling and disseminating sensitive and confidential information.

Physical Requirements
Regularly required to sit, walk, bend, stoop and stand. Occasionally required to lift up to 25 lbs.

Environmental Adaptability
Noise level is generally equivalent to a typical office environment. Depending on assignment, ability to work in an environment which may expose employee to hazardous materials and conditions, and occasionally visit construction sites where noise level may be higher than typical office environments

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