Civil/Environmental
Engineering Intern

Internship Position Description

Position Title:

Civil/Environmental Engineering Intern - OC Waste & Recycling   (unpaid internship)

Name and Locations of Agency/Department Requesting Intern:

When submitting application material, please include the OC Waste & Recycling locations listed below that are most convenient.

OC Waste & Recycling, Central Region
Frank R. Bowerman Landfill
11002 Bee Canyon Access Road, Irvine, CA 92602

OC Waste & Recycling,
Central Region Santiago Canyon Landfill
3099 Santiago Canyon Road, Orange, CA 92869

OC Waste & Recycling, North Region
Olinda Alpha Landfill
1942 North Valencia Avenue, Brea, CA 92823

OC Waste & Recycling, South Region
Coyote Canyon Landfill
20661 Newport Coast Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92657

OC Waste & Recycling, Headquarters
Government and Community Relations/Environmental Services
300 North Flower Street, Suite 400 Santa Ana, CA 92703

Please Note: if an intern is based in the Santa Ana Headquarters office, there will be more emphasis on the administrative side of the industry and less emphasis on field assignments.

Functions of Agency/Department:

OC Waste & Recycling owns and operates the Orange County landfill system. The engineering group is tasked with maintaining compliance with the standards set forth by the various regulatory agencies such as the Air Quality Management District, the Regional Water Quality Control Board, Cal Recycle, Health Care Agency and the Local Enforcement Agency.

The engineering group at each landfill provides engineering support services to the ongoing landfill operations, including drainage and erosion control; site grading designs; landfill gas collection system maintenance/expansion/monitoring; renewable energy program management assistance; construction support service; groundwater sampling/monitoring; and various regulatory compliance monitoring, reporting, and remediation tasks. The engineering group at Headquarters provides regulatory and additional technical support for the landfills and prepares reports for the regulatory agencies, in addition to a variety of other regulatory and legislative functions.

Intern Duties/Responsibilities:

Intern duties/responsibilities include, but are not limited to, one or more of the following projects:

  • Perform records search
  • Organize, develop and archive documents, reports and drawings that are stored as hardcopies and electronically
  • Perform data entry and/or analysis
  • Provide staff support with groundwater sampling and monitoring
  • Assist with field survey duties and compliance report preparation
  • Attend renewable energy coordination meeting and prepare meeting  minutes

Educational Requirements:

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, 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 2013
  • 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 & Supervision Provided:

Interns will shadow or work under the direction of an engineer and/or other professionals experienced in the solid waste industry. While working on specific engineering-based projects, interns 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, and solid waste disposal. Safety skills will be emphasized as interns works in a close-knit environment that provides ample interdisciplinary (engineering and operational) support with which to accomplish objectives.

Please Note: if the intern is based in the Santa Ana Headquarters office there will be more emphasis on the administrative side of the industry and less emphasis on field assignments.

Time Commitment:

Minimum 20 - 25 hours per week for 3 or more months. A minimum of 3 months is required to obtain adequate training. 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 practicing engineer within an office and/or field environment, an opportunity to apply academic skills/knowledge to the workplace, exposure to the public sector and the field of waste management, and an opportunity to gain insight into solid waste solutions available for Orange County residents.

Additional Information:

  • Interns will be responsible for supplying their own clothing, boots, and sun protection appropriate for a field/office mixed work environment.
  • Interns may be required to drive a personnel vehicle to off-site locations. Mileage reimbursement is available for authorized travel. Interns who operate a personal vehicle as part of their duties must possess a valid state-issued driver’s license and proof of auto insurance coverage for personal injuries and property damage.
  • References may be consulted to verify an applicant’s qualifications, and a background screening may be required for some assignments.

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