Intern (Groundwater Recharge)
Chino, CA 
Posted 1 month ago
Job/Internship Description

College graduates and college students are encouraged to apply!
Are you interested in collecting data and conducting meaningful scientific evaluation in both an outdoor and office environment? If so, the Inland Empire Utilities Agency has a great opportunity for those looking to gain valuable hydrogeologic experience while helping to enhance and preserve the quality of life throughout the region. The Agency's internships are meant to be a positive experience that allows for your personal growth and development. We are an ideal place for you to ask questions and learn essential job functions that will prepare you for success in your career.

This internship is perfect for you if you...
  • Are a good communicator that thrives off of collaboration.
  • Enjoy a job with a mix of outdoor and indoor tasks.
  • Have a desire to implement hydrogeologic techniques and methods.
  • Are an analytical person and creative problem solver.
  • Value a flexible work schedule.
  • Want to contribute to the wellbeing of your community.
The Chino Basin Groundwater Recharge (GWR) team works to replenish the groundwater basin by delivering recycled, imported, and storm water to recharge sites using a network of streams and pipelines to 19 recharge sites. The GWR interns help collect and evaluate operational, reporting, and compliance data for the GWR program from the basin sites and their monitoring wells located throughout the IEUA service area (approximately 245 square miles). Learn more about GWR at The Agency is now working towards additional recharge processes that will put advanced treated water into the ground using wells and other innovative methods.

This position is open until filled. The deadline for the first review of applications is 11:59 PM on Thursday, June 27, 2024. Applicants that submit applications after the first review deadline are not guaranteed to be considered for this recruitment. This recruitment may close at any time without notice after the first review deadline.

There is one (1) internship opportunity in the Groundwater Recharge section.

This recruitment is being conducted to fill one (1) vacancy and will establish an eligibility list which may be used to fill future vacancies as they occur during the active status of the eligibility list.

FLSA: Non-Exempt
Internships are limited to 25 hours week and 960 hours per fiscal year
(July 1st to June 30th)

Note: Internships are not meant to be short term, for example, not limited to summer, winter and/or spring breaks. Individuals only interested in short term internships will not be considered.

Work schedule is estimated to be approximately 14 to 20 hours a week;
Office Hours are Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and occasionally as Friday, Saturday, or Sunday rain (storm capture) responses.

The successful candidate will be exposed to field and office work involving technical aspects of groundwater, recharge operations, and water sampling by collecting and evaluating field data (e.g., from reading staff gauges, measuring stream flow, surface and well water sampling, conducting basin inspections before, during, and after rain events, providing site condition photo-documentation), compiling and reviewing of data (e.g. using spreadsheets, graphing software, and word processing), and assisting in maintenance at field data collection sites impacted by storms, normal wear, or vandalism. The incumbent may assist with data compilation and evaluation for all water sources for recharge deliveries, the preparation of startup reports/protocols, quarterly/annual reports, and storm response plans, and may assist Agency hydrogeologists is preparing evaluations of collected data for presentations and planning.

Intern staff work flexible hours as established by his/her respective supervisor. While the Agency is flexible and will strive to work around an intern's schedule, an intern's work hours will vary and be mutually agreeable between the intern and his/her supervisor.


May include, but are not limited to the following:
Assist Groundwater Recharge operations to sample water from streams, pipeline, wells, and lysimeters, and to enter and evaluate data. Field data collections includes working independently in various weather conditions, reviewing on-line conditions, taking field notes, walking on unimproved slopes and on wet surfaces, photographing conditions, and communicating with supervisor.

Conduct sampling, which will include coordinating with the laboratory, organizing of priorities, following protocols, meeting deadlines, lifting and loading full sample coolers (up to 50 lbs.), and safely navigating/driving within the service area.

Perform the full array of duties assigned including professional administrative/technical work on special projects.

Prepare reports and recommendations relative to assigned areas of responsibility; prepare and update manuals and protocols.

Participate in obtaining documents, and filing information.

Travel to offsite locations within the IEUA service area is required.

Conduct inspections of basins, diversions, and monitoring stations; and participate in their upkeep.

Perform other related duties as required.


Graduation from high school or G.E.D. equivalent.

Graduation or current enrollment in undergraduate or graduate studies in an accredited college or university with major course work in Hydrology, Hydrogeology, Geology, Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Sciences, or a closely related field.

While no prior work experience is required, preference will be given to individuals with prior related work experience.

Attention to detail, excellent oral and written communication skills and computer skills are critical.


Individuals that are a member of the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS), are ineligible for Intern positions with IEUA.

A valid class "C" California driver's license.

Principles of data collection, and data evaluation techniques and methods; methods and techniques for basic report preparation and writing; modern office equipment including a computer and applicable software; proper English, spelling and grammar.
Operate office equipment including a computer and applicable software; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; understand and follow verbal and written instructions; analyze data, recognize limits and conflicting situations and research materials; formulate options and make recommendations; establish and maintain effective working relationships.


All employment applications will be reviewed for accuracy, completion, relevant experience, education, training and other job related qualifications. Applicants with the strongest background relating to the responsibilities of this position will be invited to participate in the testing process which may include one or more of the following: written test, oral interview, performance/practical examination. The successful candidate will be required to pass a background/reference check and pre-employment physical examination including a drug screen (for safety sensitive position) at no cost to the candidate. Please visit our website at and select the Human Resources Department for additional information regarding the Agency, the hiring process and benefit information.
Any applicant requiring reasonable accommodation during the selection process due to a qualified disability must inform the Human Resources Office at (909) 993-1640 or at least 72 hours in advance of the need for accommodation.
"The Agency's success is obtained by creating a positive and diverse work environment which recognizes individual differences and experiences".


Position Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Type
Part Time
Period of Employment
Type of Compensation
Salary and Benefits
$21.00 Hourly
College Credits Earned
Tuition Assistance
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