2022-01-14 2022-02-04

Water Loss Control Intern

Municipal Water District of Orange County
  • Organization Type: Public Water/Wastewater Agency
  • Location: Fountain Valley, California
  • Job Status: Part-time
  • Job ID: 80286
  • Organization Website
  • Organization Type: Public Water/Wastewater Agency
  • Location: Fountain Valley, California
  • Job Status: Part-time
  • Job ID: 80286
  • Organization Website

Position Summary:
The purpose of the Intern Program is to introduce students to the working environment within the field or profession they are studying and to nurture their educational development leading toward undergrad or graduate program. This is a part-time, temporary position, limited to no greater than 1,000 hours per fiscal year (July 1 to June 30). Hours are flexible depending upon department needs and intern’s school schedule. Periodic evening or weekend work hours may be required. Under direct supervision of department Director or Supervisor, completes a variety of routine assignments and research in support of the Department’s goals and needs.

Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions):
Under direct supervision, provides Distribution System Leak Detection assistance for up to 32 retail water agencies throughout Orange County. Assists the Water Loss Control Programs Technician in day-to-day operations of leak detection activities to pinpoint areas of water loss. Operate required machinery essential to perform the job.

The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this classification.

  • Ability to walk frequently during the course of the work day locating underground water leaks using a variety of tools, including but not limited to acoustic leak sounding rods, ground microphones, and leak correlators.

  • Assist in determining the source of leaks and who is responsible for repair (retail agency or customer).

  • Assist with documenting and confirming suspected leaks according to District documentation standards and using the appropriate District documentation forms.

  • Operate and maintain equipment, tools, and vehicles.

  • Routinely required to work in the roadway and provide traffic control, according to District safety standards.

  • Assist in deploying and recovering distribution system pressure loggers on fire hydrants in retail water agency distribution systems throughout Orange County.

  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships with District Management and staff, member agency staff and members of the public.

  • Provide equipment and maintenance support to member agency/retail staff.

  • Comply with applicable MWDOC and retail agency procedures.

  • Ensure job site is left safe and clean.

  • Responsible for keeping accurate journals and work assignment records.

  • Comply with work-related safety practices and attend relevant safety training.

  • Other projects and duties as assigned.

Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities)


  • High school graduation or equivalent.

  • Current college enrollment.

  • Familiarity with hand and power tools.

  • Familiarity with MS Windows based computerized environment and Preventive Maintenance database programs is highly desirable.

  • Knowledgeable in the maintenance and operation of water distributions systems.

Knowledge of:

  • Traffic control practices and requirements.

  • Safety policies, procedures and safe work practices applicable to assignment including OSHA regula¬tions.

  • Principles and practices of sound business communication; correct English usage, including spelling, grammar and punctuation.

  • Records management, recordkeeping, filing and basic purchasing practices and procedures.

  • Basic use and operation of computers, including simple forms and smart phone applications.

Ability to:

  • Represent the District in a professional manner when dealing with District Management and staff, including retail water agency staff, member agencies, retail customers, office/field employees and outside contractors/vendors.

  • Use good personal judgement and discretion in performing all job functions.

  • Exercise independent judgment when making decisions involving specific job functions, and most efficient utilization of staff and equipment in absence of Supervisor.

  • Fully and accurately document suspected and confirmed leaks, including location and degree of certainty.

  • Practice safe work methods in the course of work.

  • Operate a variety of mechanical equipment and hand tools.

Education and Experience:
Graduation from high school or GED equivalent. The qualification guidelines generally describe the knowledge and abilities required to enter the job in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Other Requirements:

  • Possess and maintain a California State Water Resources Control Board Grade D1 Water Distribution Certificate, or the ability to obtain within 6 months of hire.

  • Possess and maintain a valid California driver’s license and automobile insurance under the terms of the District’s Vehicle Insurance Policy, as this position requires driving.

  • All District employees are Disaster Service Workers by CA state law and are expected to participate in emergency response initiatives. This could include contributing to the emergency planning process, participating in disaster exercises and training, as well as potentially responding to support actual emergency events.

Working Conditions and Physical Activities:

Environment: The employee works in an office and field environment where the noise level is typically moderate. Outdoor weather conditions may present extreme heat or cold; wet and/or humid conditions; precarious places; on uneven or slippery surfaces; near moving mechanical parts; moving equipment; and heavy traffic. The employee is occasionally exposed to loud or prolonged noise and equipment with heavy vibrations. May be required to work extended hours including evenings and weekends; may be required to travel to attend meetings via car, bus, train or air transportation.

Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk and stand; talk and hear; use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools or controls; balance on ladders or stairs; stoop, kneel, bend at the waist, crouch or crawl; and smell. The employee may be required to lift up to 50 pounds; and may be required to lift up to 100 pounds with assistance. The employee must walk frequently.

Visual ability (which may be corrected) to read handheld meter reading device screens, small print, including good peripheral vision and depth perception. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and peripheral.

Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.

The specific statements shown in each section of this description are not intended to be all inclusive. They represent typical elements and criteria necessary to successfully perform the job.

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