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Position Description
Position Title: Hydrology Aide (unpaid internship)

Name and Location of Agency/Department Requesting Intern:
Resources and Management Department (RDMD)
Operations and Maintenance Division
1750 South Douglass Road
Anaheim, CA 92806

Functions of Agency/Department:
The Resources and Management Department Operations and Maintenance Division provides, operates and maintains flood control, roadway and park facilities for the protection, mobility and enjoyment of the residents of Orange County.

Intern Duties/Responsibilities:
Duties may include the following:
  • Read graphic water level charts associated with flood control and water storage reservoirs and convert readings to daily, monthly and seasonal flow rates and volumes suitable for publication in the Annual Hydrologic Data Report.
  • Using Excel, plot long-term seasonal hydrographs of water levels associated with several flood control dams.
  • Work on graphs, charts and tables associated with Dam Operation Manuals.
  • Service water level and rainfall recording equipment.
  • Develop Excel spread sheets for use in determining correct flood releases.
Educational Requirements:
This internship is best suited for students or recent graduates with majors in the Earth and Environmental Sciences, including Hydrology, Geology and/or Meteorology.

Skills, Training or Qualifications:
Ability to understand charts, graphs and tables associated with water records. Familiarity with English system of measurements. Good oral communication skills and basic math skills. Possession of basic computer skills. Knowledge of Excel is highly desirable.

Time Commitment:
Six to eight hours per week for a minimum of 8 – 10 weeks (e.g. 3 – 4 hours, two days per week). Hours can be scheduled Mondays through Thursdays between 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Best months for placement are June, July and August.

Benefits Available to Intern:
Although this is an unpaid internship, students and recent graduates are offered an excellent opportunity to build resumes, develop career skills, network with professionals in their fields of interest and explore career options.
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