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Salary- $15.02 – $17.02 Hourly

SSW operates a public stormwater conveyance system that serves approximately 45,000 customers through approximately 16,000 accounts. Field tasks will require reviewing forms and conducting a mixture of commercial and residential site inspections to determine the condition and compliance status. Mapping tasks may require performing routine to moderately complex geo-processing, research and analysis functions, and coordinating with City Geographic Information System (GIS) staff to refine commercial and residential site layers. Work is performed with general supervision, allowing the intern an opportunity for exercising independent judgment.  The intern will report directly to the Senior Stormwater Program Specialist. To qualify, you must be a student currently enrolled in an associate, undergraduate or graduate degree program.

The projected start date (flexible) is May 6, 2022 and can last up to 8 months.

Ideal Candidate Profile

  • Ability to interpret construction plans, drawings and legal descriptions.
  • Knowledge and understanding of storm and surface water infrastructure and function.
  • Experience using ArcGIS, Collector App and Excel software.
  • Ability to work outdoors in all types of weather conditions.
  • Ability to work on uneven terrain and occasionally lift and/or carry 25-50 lbs.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Good communication skills.

Learning Objectives

  • Gain an understanding of municipal storm and surface water utility infrastructure and operations.
  • Develop technical understanding of compliance and guiding documents (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit and Olympia Stormwater Drainage Manual.)
  • Develop skills to properly conduct field site inspections.
  • Learn how to use field tools (maintenance hole puller, water quality test kits, etc.)
  • Learn how databases are utilized to store and track data.
  • Expand research skills by exploring data collection venues, examining technical documents and prepare/maintain spreadsheets.
  • Receive hands-on experience using GIS tools; gain a greater understanding of GIS and how it’s used for business decisions in a government setting.

Job Responsibilities
The selected intern will work with the Senior Stormwater Program Specialist and other professionals in the following activities:

  • Assist with scheduling and performing field inspections of private stormwater systems to assure compliance.
  • Help fine-tune the Collector App for performing and collecting audit information.
  • Help modify, maintain and edit spreadsheets.
  • Perform routine to moderately complex GIS analytical and geo-processing functions, including input, editing, hyperlinks, manipulation, management, analysis and output of spatial and tabular data sets within ESRI’s ArcGIS software.
  • Collect data from a variety of archived sources including engineering construction plans, microfilm and field books and organize data into an electronic format.
  • Help create site maps for private stormwater systems.
  • Assist in maintaining data quality assurance and quality control with meticulous attention to detail.
  • Provide field research and data collection to obtain and verify GIS data.

Knowledge and Experience Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience with geodatabase, database management and editing experience.
  • Competence with Microsoft Office; emphasis on Excel and Word.
  • Experience communicating effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Technical and precise writing and editing skills.
  • Constructive problem-solving and analytical skills.
  • Self-starter; able to work independently, multi-task and prioritize, complete tasks on time and produce quality, detail-oriented work.
  • Ability to prepare basic maps and graphics.
  • Ability to work in the field in all weather conditions.
  • Valid Washington State Driver’s License required.

Salary and Schedule
This internship requires that the applicant be a student currently enrolled in an associate, undergraduate or graduate degree program.  Work hours are up to 19 hours per week during school and up to 40 hours per week during school breaks and summer.  Generally, work hours are between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. M-F.  This position is 60% fieldwork and 40% office/telework. This position is not eligible to receive benefits such as health insurance, paid vacation, or paid holidays.