Intern-Public Works

  • Nevada County, CA
  • Nevada City, California
  • Oct 31, 2021
Intern Internship Public Works

Job Description

Definition and Class Characteristics SEEKING 2 INTERNS FOR SUMMER POSITIONS
As an Intern in this position you will learn under direction how to plan, coordinate, schedule, direct and review the work of an assigned area within the Public Works Department. You will be taught how to oversee public involvement processes and direct the preparation of documents for the planning, financing, construction, operation and maintenance of various public works projects. With guidance you will performs other work as required.

This Internship Opportunity will develop your managerial level classification and learn to work independently in the performance of duties. Incumbents are expected to be knowledgeable in assigned area of responsibility and will be mentored to complete (e.g., construction project management, federal land use programs, transportation planning, engineering project manager, wastewater project management, etc. During the internship program you will learn how to serve as technical adviser to one or more committees, act as liaison to outside regulatory agencies, community groups or contract manager on large-scale projects.
This Intern position will be in the Nevada County Public Works Division and will report directly to the Public Works Director and subordinate.
Benefits Available to Intern:
The internship program prepares interns to compete for mid-level recruiting and program manager positions. Typically, interns participate in this program for one (1) to twenty-four (24) months based on individual training and experience requirements and needs of the department. During the duration of the internship program, incumbents are encouraged to develop and demonstrate progressively growing skills and to work with greater independence of action as they further gain experience and proficiency in their occupation for progression into permanent County positions, if available.
With this internship, students and graduates are offered an excellent opportunity to:
  • Build resumes and explore career options
  • Apply skills and knowledge to the workplace
For further information, contact or call (530) 265-7010, option 2, and ask for the Internship Coordinator.

Examples of Duties Intern Duties/Responsibilities:
Examples of the types of work to be performed include, but are not limited to, the following primary assignments:
Interns, under supervision, to perform a variety of responsible clerical and technical activities in support of the County's Information Systems Department, to function as a cooperative and encouraging team member and to perform related work as required.
  1. Essential Duties:
    • Supervises, assigns, plans, reviews, and evaluates the work of assigned subordinate staff; implements County, departmental and divisional policies, procedures, and service standards in conjunction with supervisor; evaluates workforce and resource needs of assigned staff; ensures adherence to quality standards, deadlines, and proper procedures, correcting errors or problems.
    • Assists with defining, designing, implementing, and evaluating staff training and development programs, customer service initiatives and performance measurement criteria; provides or coordinates staff training; trains and instructs staff in job duties and County, departmental, and divisional policies, or arranges for training to be provided; provides guidance to support professional development of staff; participates in the selection of staff including, conducting interviews and making staffing recommendations to supervisor.
    • Administers complex contracts for major public works facilities or infrastructure; prepares contracts and ensures compliance with plans, specifications, applicable codes and regulations; administers all documents associated with the acceptance of construction projects, such as filing Letter of Acceptance, Notice of Completion, releasing and/or calling bonds, punch list and other related legal or administrative documents..
    • Administers all documents associated with the acceptance of construction projects, such as filing Letter of Acceptance, Notice of Completion, releasing and/or calling bonds, punch list and other related legal or administrative documents.
    • Negotiates contract revisions, changes, and additions; resolves construction disputes between the County and the contractor.
    • Inspects and reviews projects to monitor compliance with building and safety codes, and other regulations and ensures they are completed on schedule and within budget, while avoiding construction claims.
    • Obtains required permits and licenses; prepares, tracks, logs, and responds to various construction management documents and other project documentation.
    • Participates in long-term planning regarding roads management projects, including responsibility for revising and updating the Vegetation Management Plan.
    • Manage Community Service Areas (CSA) and Permanent Road Divisions (PRD), including annual reporting, and public outreach and communication.
    • Administers the completion of quarterly, annual and violation reports for regional and state water quality control entities; updating wastewater documents as required by law including annual updates and 5-year comprehensive updates on the Sewer System Master Plan (SSMP).
    • Serves as a liaison between the individual County residents and the Public Works Department to provide technical direction for the public, citizen's groups, county employees and other governmental agencies regarding the functions, provisions and administrative processes.
    • Manages consultant contracts for public works services (e.g. surveying, transportation planning, engineering); monitors projects, and documents related steps and procedures to ensure compliance with contract provisions.
    • Creates formal reports and other related legal or administrative documents such as agendas, resolutions, memos, invoices, and letters regarding formation, assessment, and annexation/modification of County land.
    • Prepares and presents reports for public dissemination; coordinates public meetings and confers with federal, state, and local governmental agencies, businesses, citizen's groups, vendors, and the public.
    • Assists in the coordination of division activities including developing responses to community requests on road maintenance, capital improvement plans, and other infrastructure projects.
    • Identifies alternative funding sources and coordinates grant and loan applications; secures funding, monitors and reconciles funds, and tracks results and expenditures.
    • Researches, develops and recommends procedural guidelines for implementing changes in department policies, procedures, rules or regulations.
    • Receives and develops appropriate responses to customer complaints and problems relating to department activities.
    • Reviews regulatory materials to evaluate program impact; plans for and assists in the implementation of new systems, policies, procedures or programs to meet legislative or other requirements.
    • Coordinates and/or complete special projects and performs other duties as assigned by the Director.
2. Important:
  • Must practice privacy policies!
  • Must be experienced on Word, Excel and have adequate typing
The student or recent graduate selected for the position would be asked to perform a range of duties from very basic activities to those requiring higher skill levels and professional expertise!
Some assignments may require occasional light lifting to an identified limit, and some bending, stooping or squatting and considerable walking. Interns need be able to stand or walk much of the time, with bending, stooping, and squatting, twisting, reaching, working on irregular surfaces, occasional lifting of objects weighing over 25 pounds, and frequent lifting of 10-25 pounds.

Knowledge and Skills Required Knowledge of:
  • Principles and practices of management and organizational theory, including planning, organizational design, business finance, business development, project management, and organizational effectiveness
  • Operational characteristics, services, and activities of the Public Works Department and other Community Development Agency departments
  • Applicable federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations
  • Principles and practices of governmental planning and zoning; land development and engineering; road and bridge construction and maintenance; waste management programs; and environmental health and hazardous waste regulations
  • Public relations principals and techniques
  • English language, usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation
Ability to:
  • Analyze, interpret and apply data, laws and regulations to various projects
  • Plan, manage, complete, and evaluate complex work assignments and programs
  • Exercise initiative, ingenuity, maturity, political acumen, and sound independent judgment when making decisions
  • Identify and assess complex problems, develop and evaluate alternatives, and recommend solutions
  • Prepare and present concise and well organized written and verbal reports, both technical and non-technical in nature
  • Speak effectively before groups and organizations; exhibit courtesy, diplomacy, and tact when communicating with others
  • Work independently, prioritize work, coordinate activities and meet critical deadlines
  • Develop and maintain cooperative, effective working relationships with others
  • Apply customer service skills, including the identification of customer needs and follow up to ensure customer commitments have been met
  • Exercise discretion and maintain confidentiality of information
Skills, Training or Qualifications:
This internship is best suited for high school students or graduates. Must have neat appearance, detail oriented, reliable, good written and oral skills.

Time Commitment:
Minimum 16-20 hours per week. Hours can be scheduled in 2- to 8-hour blocks of time during regular business hours (Monday through Friday.). Applicants willing to work additional hours or for a longer duration typically gain a more in-depth experience.

Education and Experience Required Educational Requirements:
This internship is best suited for students Veteran's Affairs (VA) vocational rehabilitation or VA work-study and regional occupation programs, Community College or graduates that took coursework in or related to this occupational career field. Bachelor's degree in engineering, construction management, architecture, environmental studies, business, public administration, or a related field.?? Three years of professional experience with a public or private agency in a field related to engineering, construction, land use, transportation, wastewater, or public works project management.Closing Date/Time: Continuous

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