Name and Location of Agency/Department Requesting Intern:
OC Waste & Recycling, Central Region
Frank R. Bowerman Landfill
11002 Bee Canyon Access Road, Irvine, CA 92602
Functions of Agency/Department:
OC Waste & Recycling owns and operates the Orange County landfill system. The Project Management (PM) group is tasked with preparing scope-of-work, completing bid package and plan procurement of upcoming projects, managing existing projects and monitoring their expenditure, logging invoices, and maintaining compliance with the standards set forth by various regulatory agencies such as the Air Quality Management District, Regional Water Quality Control Board, Cal Recycle, Health Care Agency and Local Enforcement Agency.
The Central Region PM group provides project management and engineering support services to the ongoing landfill construction by managing projects, overseeing consultant and contractor activities, and managing their expenditures. Interns will assist PM staff with one or more of the following assignments:
Perform records search and review historical reports and documents
Organize, develop, and archive documents, reports and drawings
Prepare and maintain all project-related files and documents
Prepare correspondence and reports for all landfill construction projects
Review County Policy Manual to become familiar with various contracts, general requirements, and regulations
Assist project managers in planning, organizing and coordinating landfill construction projects
Update the master planning schedule for regional landfills
Assist project managers in procurement of Public Works, Architect-Engineer and service contracts
Assist project managers in managing Architect-Engineer and Public Works contracts and with approvals of task orders and invoices
Proofread various contracts, proposal requests and procurement documents
Develop scope-of-work for miscellaneous contracts
Attend meetings with contractors and consultants and prepare meeting minutes
Provide assistance in preparation of long- and short-term budget, project planning, and detailed project construction schedule (using MS Project software)
Prepare documents for the Board of Supervisors related to design, construction services and contract modifications
Participate in project-related meetings, including pre-proposal, pre-bid, pre-construction and weekly construction meetings
Participate in negotiations with Architect-Engineer and Public Works contractors and subcontractors
Perform evaluation of bids for Public Works and service contracts
The internship is best suited for college students or recent graduates who have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies or achieved an associate’s degree preferably in chemistry, physics, biology, management services, environmental science or engineering (civil, environmental, solid waste). Basic understanding of math and science is required.
Skills, Training or Qualifications:
Ability to calculate area, volume and density
Basic understanding of math and science in fields related to trigonometry, geometry, physics, chemistry, etc.
Proficient in verbal communication/presentation and English writing skills
Strong organization, problem-solving and analytical skills
Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite 2007
Familiarity with Microsoft Project
Knowledge of CAD and CIVIL3d is helpful, but not required
Experience in databases and graphics programs such as Photoshop
Ability to work on team projects and handle several assignments simultaneously
Physical agility for field assignments
Training and Supervision that will be Provided:
Intern will shadow or work under the direction of a project manager and/or other professionals experienced in the solid waste industry. While working on specific contractual-based projects, intern will be introduced to all facets of the solid waste industry and will be exposed to a variety of local environmental issues, including biological conservation and restoration, water quality protection, landfill gas collection system and solid waste disposal.
Minimum 20 - 25 hours per week for 3 - 6 months. Applicants able to schedule the maximum hours/duration listed for the internship typically gain a more in-depth experience.
Benefits Available to Intern:
Although this is an unpaid internship that does not lead to permanent employment, the position offers a broad learning experience under the supervision of a project manager within an office and/or field environment; an opportunity to apply academic skills/knowledge to the workplace; exposure to the public sector, consultants, contractors, and the field of waste management; and an opportunity to gain insight into solid waste solutions available for Orange County residents.
Intern will be responsible for supplying his/her own clothing, boots, and sun protection appropriate for a field/office mixed work environment.