EWEB Paid Summer Internship Closing October 22nd

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Water Treatment Plant Operator Internship Opportunity

EWEB is offering a Water Treatment Plant Operator Internship opportunity next summer at their Hayden Bridge Water Filtration Plant.  Interns will participate in Oregon Health Authority Water Treatment Courses in preparation for their summer internship.  In addition, they will have the opportunity to gain hands on experience utilizing state of the art technology and equipment in water testing and treatment process.

  • Application open until Oct. 22nd
  • To apply, please send your resume to Jessica Auxier
  • 12 week internship from late June – early Sept.
  • 40 hours/week, M-F, 7am-3:30pm
  • Students must be 18+ at the start of the internship
  • Paid opportunity
  • Contact: Jessica Auxier, jessica.auxier@eweb.org

Summary Statement: Learn and perform a variety of functions pertaining to the efficient operation of the Water treatment facility under general supervision.   This includes treatment operations, maintenance and water quality analysis.  Maintenance tasks pertain to landscaping, structures, pumps, chemical feed and treatment equipment.  The intern operator will utilize water SCADA systems to monitor and operate the plant.

Essential Duties and Tasks Performed
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES – Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

Maintain records of pumps, reservoir levels and pressures; monitor filtered water turbidity, head loss and flows; backwash filters as required; analyze and record the chemical characteristics of raw and treated, and finished water hourly.

Perform hourly chemical and physical tests on raw and finished water; apply chemicals to raw water to assure a safe product; adjust feed rates and maintain feeders as required; connect hazardous material containers to chemical feeders.

Maintain intake and treatment structures/ equipment, pumping equipment; repair valves and fittings; reconstruct filter beds as needed.

Collect and analyze water samples; record all laboratory records in permanent log; prepare media and material analyses.

Maintain cleanliness of work areas, including minor painting tasks; perform other duties as needed.

Operate raw and finished water pumps to maintain proper system pressures.

Operate water SCADA system.

Survey intakes, filter plant and grounds on a regular basis to check on the security of the facilities

Other related duties as assigned.

Skills, Knowledge & Abilities Required To Perform Tasks

Knowledge of:

Chemical and physical processes of disinfection, coagulation and filtration.

Chemical and bacteriological tests and approved laboratory techniques and practices.

Safety compliance rules and procedures.

Skills in:
The operation of hand, power tools, and complex automated equipment.

Written communication using a computer and a Microsoft office software suite.

Laboratory analysis commonly used in water treatment

Ability to:

Perform accurate algebraic and arithmetic calculations.

Perform mechanical and structural maintenance on water treatment equipment and facilities.

Ability and willingness to attend job-related classes and seminars.

Operate and maintain equipment and machinery used in water treatment.

Learn to operate and use computer systems.

Demonstrate cultural competency through respectful, inclusive work habits and through the valuing and welcoming of cultural differences in all position responsibilities.

Communicate clearly, concisely, effectively and respectfully, both orally and in writing.

Work independently and as a team member with diverse staff throughout the organization.

Provide outstanding customer service to internal and external clients of diverse backgrounds.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external customers and coworkers.

Supervised by: Ray Leipold

Type and frequency of personal contact required (general public, organizations, EWEB employees): EWEB Employees

Equipment, tools, machines, motor vehicles, etc., operated on the job: hand tools, pick ups, , powered saws, shovels, brooms, drills.

Work Schedule: Shift: M-F 7-3:30


Physical activities (exertion, environmental conditions, risks, safety, etc.):  Lift heavy tools and equipment; operate equipment in all types of weather; Strenuous labor includes lifting.

Requirements As A Qualification & Progression
Experience: None

Education and/or training: High School Diploma or GED. College-level course work with science-based credits in one or more of the following areas:  water treatment, chemistry, mathematics, engineering, microbiology, or environmental sciences.

Oregon driver license: Yes

Professional license or registration:  No

Post-offer criminal record check required: No

Safety Sensitive Position:  Yes

To apply for this job email your details to jessica.auxier@eweb.org