Job Description

Water Intern
Avon Drinking Water - , CO
$16.00 - $18.00

The Eagle River Water and Sanitation District provides high quality, affordable drinking water to its customers to protect public health and the natural surroundings. The District uses advanced treatment technologies and innovative approaches to water operations management, ensuring protection of its local watersheds. We are currently looking for someone interested in building a career in water to work with our Water Department this summer as a Water Intern.

This is a great opportunity for a mechanically inclined, self-starter who is interested in building an environmental focused career in water. The Water Intern will have daily exposure to different elements of our industry and will learn from experienced water professionals. Why work for us? This is an opportunity to develop your career AND provide a vital service to the community while getting to work outside. Not to mention paid Holidays, monthly housing stipend, and opportunities for training.

The ideal timeframe for this candidate is suited for someone who can work a full four to six months as a full time seasonal employee. We are ideally looking for candidates who can begin work in April or early May.

What You Will Learn:

  • Overall water treatment plant operations
  • Water quality laboratory methods
  • Primary Drinking Water regulations (SDWA, Reg 11, etc.)
  • LIMS data input system

Day to Day Tasks:

  • Compliance testing; this could include compliance Total Coliform Rule bacteriological samples, daily morning calibrations and online analyzer verifications in ADWF laboratory, daily process control water quality parameter lab analysis and jar testing
  • Maintenance, cleaning, and groundskeeping as needed at water facilities; this could include cleaning, painting, plant maintenance, working hands-on with tools, fixing equipment, fire mitigation/landscaping, organization, etc.
  • Stocking chemicals (ie: chlorine and fluoride) at treatment facilities
  • Data entry and analysis
  • Well sounding/meter reads for water supervisors

Big Projects:

  • Lead and copper sampling/Water quality analysis of samples
  • Corrosion evaluation/coupon immersion testing
  • Disinfection by-products sampling plan
  • Self-guided drinking water plant optimization project; results to be presented at a staff meeting
  • Eagle Park Reservoir sampling monthly
  • Algae sampling and September water quality river sampling events
  • Shadow water operators to learn water treatment plant operations
Competencies and Qualifications
  • EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:High School Diploma or GED required. Bachelor's degree (B.A. or B.S.) from four-year college or university within Environmental Sciences, Engineering, Biology, Watershed Science, Chemistry or related field; or 6 months related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience preferred.
  • CUSTOMER SERVICE: Friendly with strong customer service skills and able to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients and co-workers. This role will occasionally work the Vail Farmers’ Market to hand out drinking water and talk to our customers about water.
  • ORGANIZATIONAL SKILL: This role will assist the Water Quality Coordinator in organizing and tracking data, utilizing Microsoft Excel and LIMS. Computer proficiency and experience with Excel are required.
  • MECHANICAL ABILITY: Ability to work with hand tools and basic mechanical ability required. Basic electrical and plumbing skills and knowledge preferred.
  • LAB ANALYSIS: Sampling experience preferred with a background in Chemistry, Biology, Engineering or Life Sciences background.
  • POSITIVITY: Positive attitude to complete important but occasionally repetitive or semi-skilled tasks. Enthusiastic about Water and ready to learn.
  • COMMUNICATION: Must be able to tactfully, directly, respectfully, and professionally communicate in English, both written and verbal. Ability to write reports and communicate research. Demonstrated public speaking skills required, including the ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from employees, customers, and the general public. Able to ask questions and gather information. Able to maintain confidentiality and appropriately communicate sensitive information.
  • OUTDOOR WORK: This role will work outside for reservoir and river sampling so must be comfortable with physically intense work and be able to hike or walk outside in variable weather conditions.
  • LICENSES: Must possess a valid Colorado Driver's license and be insurable to drive a district vehicle under District's standards.

The pay rate for this role is $16-$18/hour.

All District employees must submit to a pre-employment drug screen and extensive background check.

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All applicants must apply online in order to be considered.

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