Under the direction of the City Engineer, the Public Works intern will be given the opportunity to experience general City Engineer and Public Works functions as well as project specific data collection, record keeping, infrastructure documentation, field observation and inspection, and compliance reporting. In addition, there will be exposure to community development and planning methods and procedures while assisting the City Engineer with project reviews. This position is compensated through either course credit received from the University, or an hourly wage as agreed upon by the City and the internship candidate.
Essential Functions (with or without reasonable accommodation)
1. Assist the City Engineer in day-to-day activities including providing information on community development applications, assisting with review of building permit applications, review of construction plans, and providing information to interested persons.
2. Assist the Street Superintendent with maintaining and updating the pavement management system.
3. Assist the City Engineer or other Public Works staff with digitizing and organizing infrastructure records (plans, specifications, etc.) in a manner that allows retrieval of such records more efficiently and expediently. This will include ongoing maintenance of such records.
4. Research and assist with the preparation of specifications or plans for infrastructure improvements including data collection, obtaining applicable design standards, and research on materials and methods used by other agencies to solve similar problems or needs.
5. Perform field inspections, site inventories and/or windshield surveys for special projects or plan updates. This may include data collection for ongoing Performance Measures assessment of Public Works Divisions.
6. Update infrastructure maps utilizing AutoCAD and/or ARCG and/or other similar computer programs.
7. May conduct special studies as requested.
8. Assist with general office duties.
9. Perform additional duties as assigned.
Essential Physical and Environmental Demands
The physical and environmental demands listed here are representative of those that must be met and tolerated by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.
1. Work is performed both indoors and outdoors year-round, at times in inclement weather.
2. Project sites may be dusty, noisy or present normal hazards associated with work zones or construction sites.
3. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently asked to stand or sit; walk; use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools or controls and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.
4. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.
5. Hearing abilities must be correctable to level adequate for the communication necessary to perform essential functions.
6. Incumbents must have the ability to transport themselves to and from project sites and lift up to 50 pounds.
Note: Physical, drug and background screens follow all conditional offers of employment for this position.
Education, Training, License, Certification and Experience
1. Must be 18 years of age or older.
2. Graduation from an accredited high school or GED.
3. Must have completed two years of college level work in Public Administration, Civil Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Geographic Information Systems or related field. Graduate level work preferred.
4. Must possess a valid driver’s license.
5. “Student Intern” means one who is officially enrolled as a student with a recognized educational institution and has been officially recommended by his/her instructor or staff member of that institution (with a written correspondence and job application sent to the City Administrator) to participate as a student intern.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
1. Ability to maintain regular and dependable attendance on the job and to work a varying schedule, including evenings and weekends upon request.
2. Ability to follow directions and work independently.
3. Knowledge and understanding of civil engineering and/or public works principles, concepts and techniques.
4. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with city officials, volunteers, members of the public, and employees.
5. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
6. Ability to operate office equipment such as a photocopier, fax machine and telephone.
7. Ability to provide own transportation.
8. Basic computer skills and ability to use MS Office 365 programs.
9. Basic computer skills and ability to use computer-aided design and drafting programs and/or to use geographic information system programs.
Contributions this Position Makes to the City
The Public Works Intern position provides support for the City Engineer and for the Administration of Public Works. While the position is intended to provide a learning experience for the intern, it also increases the effectiveness and productivity of Public Works Department.