Goverment Jobs
March 13, 2019
Martinez, California
Job Type


The Position

Contra Costa County Public Works Student Internship, Summer 2019

The Contra Costa County Public Works Department is seeking qualified students for a 12 week, full-time summer internship between May and September. Incumbents would have an opportunity to gain relevant public sector experience while working on meaningful projects that highlight some of the various programs and services within the department. The Student Intern Program is a valuable tool to help Contra Costa County provide services and complete important work within the various divisions. Specifically within Public Works, this program provides students with an excellent professional development opportunity and is an essential recruitment tool to identify candidates for future career opportunities.

The student intern classification is a County-wide position and duties performed will vary in scope of activity depending on the assigned department and level. Vacancies may be filled at any level in the series, depending upon the selected candidates' experience and education, as well as operational needs. To view the full job description, along with knowledge and skills requirements for each student intern classification, please refer to the relative links below:

Student Intern, Level I - $12.00 - $13.23 Hourly

Student Intern, Level II - $13.89 - $16.89 Hourly

Student Intern, Level III - $17.73 - $21.55 Hourly

Student Intern, Level IV - $22.63 - $27.50 Hourly

Student Intern, Level V - $28.88 - $35.10 Hourly Typical Tasks

Below is a description of each internship assignment:

Design/Construction ? Project Analysis

The Design/Construction student intern will assist on multiple projects by drafting various letters and federal forms, completing cost analysis, verifying engineering calculations, and performing quantity take offs on a variety of assignments. Incumbents will work alongside our staff to complete late season advertisement documentation and assist with compiling special provisions for some of our projects.

Desired Major(s) or Experience: Engineering or other relevant majors

Engineering Services ? Land Development

Students will have an opportunity to complete land development projects while working with different engineers within our department. Some of the tasks include conducting research on roadways and drainage of existing and planned improvements, performing hydrology and hydraulic calculations, minor review and coordination of improvement plans and electronic records management. Students will have an opportunity to assist the floodplain manager with a public information toolkit and interact with the public.

Desired Major(s) or Experience: Engineering or other relevant majors

Engineering Services, Special Districts ? Event Promotion & Coordination

The Special Districts summer intern will support the Summer Entertainment Series which included concerts and movies in local parks. Some of the specific activities include both event promotion, on-site support. Additional tasks include support of community center rentals, inspecting the indoor and outdoor facilities and providing supplies and materials. Supporting appropriating routing of Special Districts documents within Public Works and within County offices.

Desired Major(s) or Experience: Any major

Flood Control, County Watershed Program ? Stormwater Permit Compliance

The County Watershed Program is looking for an undergraduate intern to assist the efforts to improve water quality in the County's creeks, the Delta, and San Francisco Bay. This position will provide assistance in several key areas, including gathering data about use of polystyrene foam food ware, planning for installation of devices to trap trash before it leaves the storm drain network. If qualified, the student will use Arc GIS on-line to document the location of storm drains, the base trash rates, and potential location of devices to trap trash before it gets into the storm drain network. Lastly, the applicant will assist in the development in outreach materials - fliers, brochures, PowerPoint presentations.

Desired Major(s) or Experience: Engineering, Graphic Design, Science

Flood Control ?Hydrology (2 vacancies)

  1. Student intern shall be enrolled in a civil engineering or earth science major with completed course work in water resources including hydrology, hydraulics, and or watershed sciences. Typical tasks include assisting hydrographer with hydrology field equipment and hydrology records and data. Intern will assist in preparing and coordinating data and watershed information to collaborate with other agencies to further the use of the National Water Model in this county. There may be opportunities for oral and written presentations.
2. Student intern shall be enrolled in a civil engineering or related major with completed course work in mechanics of materials, water resource engineering, hydraulics laboratory, and geotechnical engineering. Typical tasks include hydrology and hydraulics calculations for open channels and pipelines under the direction of a licensed civil engineer. In addition, the three month internship will include review of engineering drawings, drainage studies, and geotechnical reports. There may be opportunities for oral and written presentations.

Desired Major(s) or Experience: Science, Engineering, Geographic Information Systems

Flood Control ? Marketing & Outreach

Interns will have an opportunity to write articles and plan media posts about the Flood Control District (FCD) for our social media platforms. In addition, interns will update existing outreach handouts, organize tours of FCD facilities, create flyers for outreach events, participate in outreach events, and update webpages and distribution lists. Students will have the opportunity to assist in the creation of print and digital outreach material.

Desired Major(s) or Experience: Graphic Design, Communications

Flood Control - Records Management

Students will be tasked with updating existing Laserfiche entries, reviewing, organizing, and updating of existing records, and some scanning of documents for entry into Laserfiche. Completed tasks will need to be clearly documented for review.

Desired Major(s) or Experience: Any Major Minimum Qualifications

Education: Must be currently enrolled in or a recent graduate of one of the following: high school, an accredited college or university, associate's degree program, bachelor's degree program, advanced degree program, and/or training program leading to a diploma/certificate. Providing documentation verifying current student or graduate status is mandatory upon submission of the application.

Note: Applicants under 18 years of age must secure a work permit from their high school before being employed.

Preferred Qualifications: Current student or recent graduate from an accredited college or university which includes coursework in the following subject areas: Engineering, Graphic Design, Science, Communications, Geographic Information Systems, or closely related fields.

None required.

Selection Process


1. Application Filing: All applicants must apply on-line at and submit the information as indicated on the job announcement by the final filing date. An unofficial transcript must be attached to the application upon submission.

2. Oral Interviews: For candidates who pass the initial application screening, tentatively interviews will be held the week of April 8. The department will consider conducting phone or video interviews for students attending schools outside Martinez and surrounding areas.


After you receive a conditional job offer, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you have received a conditional job offer. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances. Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with Contra Costa County. If you accept a conditional job offer, the Human Resources department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.


All Contra Costa County employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law. Employment with the County requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


It is the policy of Contra Costa County to consider all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, ancestry, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, or other protected category under the law.

"The Benefit Tab is under construction"

The supplemental questionnaire is part of the application process for the Student Intern position. The purpose of the questionnaire is to provide applicants the opportunity to elaborate on their qualifications. Your responses to the questionnaire will be used to evaluate your relevant experience to determine which applicants will be invited to participate in a competitive oral examination. Although you may submit a resume to further describe your qualifications or additional information, such items may not be substituted in lieu of the supplemental questionnaire. An incomplete supplemental questionnaire will result in disqualification. Do not answer any question by indicating "see attached resume". I have read and understand the above information.

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Please describe your career goals and expectations for this internship assignment.

    3.Please select the assignments you would like to be considered for (select all that apply):

    • Design/Construction ? Project Analysis
    • Engineering Services ? Land Development
    • Engineering Services, Special Districts ? Event Promotion & Coordination
    • Flood Control, County Watershed Program ? Stormwater Permit Compliance
    • Flood Control ? Hydrology (2 vacancies)
    • Flood Control ? Marketing & Outreach
    • Flood Control ? Records Management
    4.The Public Works Summer Intern position is a full-time position that will run for a 12 week period between May 1 and September 30. Please indicate any date(s) within this timeframe when you are unavailable.

      5.Interviews for the selected qualified candidates are tentatively scheduled for the week of April 8. The department will consider phone or video interviews for students attending schools outside Martinez and surrounding areas. If a phone or video interview is needed, please explain.

        Please indicate your education status for the upcoming school year 2019-2020:

        • 12th Grade
        • Recent High School Graduate
        • College Freshman
        • College Sophomore
        • College Junior
        • College Senior
        • Graduate Student
        • Training Program Student
        Major or Concentration

          * Required Question