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February 9, 2019
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The Position

The City of Vacaville invites applications for College Student Internship opportunities within the City departments listed below.

College Student Internships require current enrollment as an undergraduate or graduate student at the time of hire. Student Interns work a flexible schedule, up toa maximum of 129 hours per month, or as noted in the description below.


The Human Resources Division intern will have the opportunity to gain experience in a few areas of the department (recruitment and new hire pre-placement, classification, safety and risk management, policy and procedure) while learning and assisting with a variety of tasks and special projects.Excellent computer and communications skills, attention to detail and the ability to work in a professional, confidential environment are required for this internship. This internship will be from approximately May 1 to September 1, 2019 and the incumbent will work 10-15 hours a week.

Minimum Qualifications: Current major in Human Resources, Public Administration, Business, Communications, or related field.

The Community Services Department programs include Adult and Youth Sports, Aquatic Programs in our multi-pool aquatic center, Youth Services, Summer Camps, Early Childhood Enrichment, Teens, various contract classes, Gymnastics and Senior Programs. As an intern for Community Services, you will assist Recreation Supervisors and Coordinators and experience what it takes to be part of an all-encompassing Recreation Department. Working with the Recreation Managers and Management Analyst in the Administrative office you will gain familiarity with operational and administrative oversight which includes in various areas of Community Services.
The ideal intern will possess exceptional customer service skills, computer proficiency, and the ability to manage time and workload effectively. Duties include but are not limited to: assist with basic program operations, planning recreation programs and events, assist with conducting program site visits, and basic office duties.
Please note: Proof of current TB test will be required for this internship

Minimum qualifications:Current major in Park, Recreation and Leisure Studies; Recreation or Sports Management; or related field.

Duties within this internship may include, but are not limited to:Greeting and directing walk-in customers, answering phones, filing, typing written documents, assisting with reports, preparing mailing packets, and assisting with a variety of tasks and special projects. Excellent computer and communication skills, attention to detail and the ability to work in a professional, confidential environment are required for this internship. The intern for the Housing Departmentwill be expected to work approximately 10-20 hours a week.

Minimum Qualifications:Current major in Liberal Studies, Social Sciences preferred, but all majors welcome. Strong computer skills (Word and Excel) and public contact experience are preferred.

The Youth Services Section of the Police Departmentoffers many services to school aged children and their parents and is dedicated to serving youth and families. As an intern with this department, you will work directly with youth from the Vacaville REACH Youth Coalition and members of the community. The primary role is to manage social media accounts. Interns must have knowledge of social media platforms and be able to promote programs and services within the Police Department. Other activities include assisting with community events, clerical responsibilities, customer service, general errands, and other duties as assigned. The intern for this department will be expected to work approximately 10 hours a week and will require a comprehensive background check before an employment offer is given.

Minimum Qualifications: Current major inSociology, Education, or Communications.Must be available to work evenings and weekends. Spanish speaking is desirable.

Theinternshipduties for the Engineering Services division within Public Works may include, but are not limited to: GIS activities Asset Management work, General Engineering, Office Work, and other duties as assigned.The hours for this position will be flexible, but no more than 129/month.

Minimum qualifications: Current major in civil engineering, environmental studies, GIS, or closely related program.

The internship duties for Traffic Engineering may include, but not limited to: Handling traffic complaint investigations including preparing AutoCAD exhibits, collect traffic count data, process transportation permits, enter date for various traffic related GIS map, and other duties as assigned. This intern will be expected to work 15-20 hours per week.

Minimum qualifications: Current major in Civil Engineering.

Interns for the Engineering section of the Utilities department will perform duties as follows: perform advanced data collection, management and analysis; perform hydraulic and other technical engineering analysis and calculations; research project plans and filed for information to support project development; and organize project documents under the supervisor of an Engineer. The intern for this department will work no more than 129hours/month.

Minimum Qualifications: Current major in Civil Engineering

The Laboratory interns will gain a general understanding of all aspects of laboratory operation, including aspects of the wastewater treatment plant and water treatment system for the City of Vacaville.Typical duties include:

  • Entering data into Excel for tracking
  • Weekly disposal of wastewater samples
  • Assisting with wastewater sample collection from industrial discharges;automated as well as manual (i.e. upload) data entry into databases
  • Field work using handheld devices (tablet) to record observations into a geographical information system
  • Making interactive forms using Adobe Pro
  • Assist with pollution prevention public education & outreach activities including but not limited to placing door hangers in target neighborhoods; distributing pamphlets at community events; public interaction
  • Accompany Environmental Compliance Inspectors when responding to illicit discharges to the stormwater collection system and assist with clean-up when necessary
  • Ability to drive and lift 25 pounds
  • Must be able to use Microsoft Office suite (Excel, Outlook, Word)
  • Inventory and organize general supplies, parts, tools.

The intern for this department will be expected to work approximately 15-20 hours a week.

Minimum qualifications: Current major in biology, chemistry, environmental science, or other closely related program.

The Application Process

A completed City of Vacaville Employment Application and Supplemental Questionnaire must be received by the Human Resources Department at 650 Merchant Street, Vacaville, CA 95688 by 5:00 p.m., Monday,March 4, 2019.

Applicantsare encouraged toapply on-line at Application packets may also be requested in-person at the Human Resources Department or by calling (707) 449-5101. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.

IMPORTANT: Contact with candidates will primarily be via email. Make sure you list a current email thatyou check regularly on your application.

Copies of transcripts must be submitted for further continuation in the recruitment process. Applicants are encouraged to submit a copy of their current college transcripts (an unofficial copy is acceptable) with their application. Transcripts can be attached online to your application, submitted in person or mailed to the Human Resources Department, or faxed to Human Resources at (707) 449-5306.

The Selection Process

All applications will be reviewed for minimum qualifications and student eligibility. Qualified applications will be forwarded on to the applicable department for further review. The department will then contact the candidates they are interested in moving forward in the process. The selection process may include an application review, an oral interview including a practical exercise and a check of references.

Part-time positions are paid an hourly rate and can work up to a maximum of 129 hours per month*. Part-time positions are at-will, are not eligible for health or retirement benefits (including CalPERS membership), and do not accrue leave time with the exception ofstate mandated sick leave (24 hours per year).

Part-time positions are not covered by Social Security and are not eligible for the City of Vacaville's retirement plan through CalPERS and are therefore required to make 7.5% pre-tax contributions into a qualified plan under the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990 (OBRA). For the City of Vacaville, the plan is a Section 457 Deferred Compensation Plan through Nationwide Retirement Systems, Inc.

*Except Lifeguards classified as seasonal part-time employees ? please see job bulletin for details.

Student Interns with the City of Vacaville are required to be currently enrolled in college at the time of employment. Are you currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate level college student?

  • Yes
  • No
Please state the college you are currently attending or planning to attend for the Fall 2019 semester/quarter and the number of units you will take.

    When is your expected graduation date?

      Which internship opportunities are you applying for? Check all that apply.

      • Admin Services/Human Resources
      • Community Services Department
      • Housing Services
      • Police Department/ Youth Services Section
      • Public Works / Engineering Services
      • Public Works/ Traffic Engineering
      • Utilities/Engineering
      • Utilities / Water Quality Lab
      Explain why you are interested in an internship with the City of Vacaville. Include your career interests and goals.

        List your coursework, training or other experience that has prepared you for an internship in the area(s) you selected above.

          If selected for an Internship with the City of Vacaville, what would be the duration you would be available to work?

          • 3-6 Months
          • 6-12 Months
          • 1+ Year
          How many hours per week are you available to work as an intern? Check all that apply.

          • 5-10 hours per week (during school year)
          • 10-20 hours per week (during school year)
          • 20+ hours per week (during school year)
          • Available more hours during summer and breaks
          • NO additional availability during summer and breaks

          * Required Question

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