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Water Operations Intern

Engineering, Architecture, & Planning with NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)

Employment Type and Schedule Intern

Salary $15 per hour

Work Location New York City

Last Updated Last updated on Mar 13, 2023

Description Description

The NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) enriches the environment and protects public health for all New Yorkers by providing 1.1 billion gallons of high-quality drinking water, managing wastewater and stormwater, and reducing air, noise, and hazardous materials pollution. DEP is the largest combined municipal water and wastewater utility in the country, with nearly 6,000 employees. DEP’s water supply system is comprised of 19 reservoirs and 3 controlled lakes throughout the system’s 2,000 square mile watershed that extends 125 miles north and west of the City.

The Bureau of Water Supply (BWS) employs nearly 1,000 people who are responsible for the management, operation, and protection of New York City’s upstate water supply system, associated facilities and aqueducts, over 100 miles of road, 55 bridges, and approximately 150,000 acres of watershed lands. The mission of the Bureau of Water Supply is to reliably deliver a sufficient quantity of high-quality drinking water and to ensure the long-term sustainability of the delivery of this most valuable resource in order to promote public health, economic development, and quality of life of the City of New York. BWS is also responsible for the overall management and implementation of the provisions of the City’s $1.5 billion Watershed Protection Program and for ensuring the City’s compliance with the provisions of the Filtration Avoidance Determination. Within BWS, we have diverse roles and responsibilities, and each of us contributes to the same mission of reliably providing New York City with its most valuable natural resource.

The Water Operations Division plans, manages, operates, maintains and provides responsible stewardship to all NYC water supply reservoirs, dams, facilities, aqueducts, shafts, hydroelectric plants, highways, bridges and watershed lands of the Delaware, Catskill and Croton water systems upstream of the Kensico and New Croton reservoirs.

Working within the Source Water Operations Division (SWO) in the Shokan Region, under direct supervision the selected candidate will assist in three major tasks. The candidate will assist the Operations Support & Services Section (OSS) with a variety of office and field-based projects. The selected candidate will assist in developing a One-drive library of CAT-RR record drawings and Standard Operating Procedures to be available to project managers, offering support of successional planning for the Division and Directorate. Additionally, this candidate will continue the project of inputting all CATRR related preventative maintenance tasks into CMMS. This candidate will also work to develop a One-Drive database of all the known Water Operations Division infrastructure that will be available to assist staff with responding to Dig Safe NY mark-out requests. This information will provide value to future staff tasked with responding to the mark-out requests. The selected candidate will also review and fine tune the Dig Safe NY “polygons” created around DEP infrastructure to help reduce the number of mark out requests received by the Division. As needed, the candidate will work with engineers in the research for engineering solutions, developing plans and specifications for contract work. The selected candidate may also help to oversee construction projects, to determine if the work complies with the contract specifications, and to monitor progress against established timelines. The candidate will also assist with work related to Capital project support in the Shokan, Grahamsville and Downsville Regions. Candidate to work to develop bid specifications for the subsequent demolition contract to the CRO-603 contract and also work to develop purchase orders to have the Hazardous Materials Survey and Cultural Analysis completed at the recently acquired Sternizke Property and work with BEPA for the SHPO approval and CEQRA Negative Declaration. The intern will prepare and submit a report of what was accomplished and identify what further actions need to be completed and offer suggestions for improvement. The selected candidate(s) will be exposed to real-life engineering problems that will require an understanding of engineering fundamentals, engineering management reports, and projects schedules.

Candidate will be responsible for adhering to and complying with all environmental, health and safety laws, Agency policies, rules, and regulations.

Requirements Requirements

As of June of the Program year the prospective interne must be a student matriculated in a college or be a recent college graduate (winter/spring term of the Program year).
NOTE: Appointment to this title is only valid for the duration of the Program, June – August each year.

Preferred Skills

– Student must currently be enrolled at a college/university at the undergraduate level majoring in Civil, Mechanical, Environmental or Structural Engineering.
– Student must have at least a 2.5GPA (on a 4.0 scale)
– Student must have at least a sophomore class standing
– Map/survey/blueprint reading is preferred. College level coursework in science and engineering.

Selection Criteria
– Strong writing skills; effective interpersonal skills.
– Familiarity and/or experience with computers/software; including the Microsoft Office suite and OneDrive.
– Leadership skills; self-motivation; and ability to work well with minimal supervision.