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Summer Intern-Program Specialist

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Position Information

Position Information

Posting Title Summer Intern-Program Specialist
Job Requisition Number COA077834
Position Number T67005
Job Type Full-Time
Division Name Watershed Protection
Minimum Qualifications

The minimum qualifications requires current enrollment from an accredited University or College with at least 30 credit hours with classification as Sophomore, Junior or Senior. Student is required to have an overall 2.5 or higher GPA on 4.0 scale.

Notes to Applicants

This internship will support the Vegetation Control and Land Management programs of the Field Operations Division. Tasks include, but are not limited to: plant identification, field data collection and documentation, research, and clerical work.

A valid Texas Driver’s License is required if driving on City business. If selected as the top candidate, your driving record(s) will be evaluated. Job offer is contingent on meeting the City’s Driver Eligibility Standards which includes not exceeding the applicable Driver Record Evaluation Points (DRE) or City Driver Points (CDP).

Education verification will be conducted on the top candidate.

Must be able to work in various types of weather conditions and terrains (e.g. conducting field work/site visits/surveys).

Must be able to carry/lift/push/pull up to 50 lbs. Ability to climb/sit/stand/bend/stoop/walk/squat/kneel/reach above shoulder level to conduct field work/site visits/surveys.

When completing the City of Austin Employment Application:
-Include details on the application of prior or current work history with the City of Austin.
-A resume must be submitted with the employment application, but does not substitute for a complete employment application.
-A detailed and complete employment application will help us better evaluate your qualifications and will be used to determine salary if you are selected for this position.
-Include details on the application of any previous employment that you wish to be considered as part of your qualifications and relevant experience. Provide each job title and employment dates for all jobs on the application. Your work history should include the duties you performed and any computer software used.
-Work history must include the month and year of employment and whether it was full or part-time work.
-If resume is included, any relevant work history on the resume must be reflected in the employment application.

Pay Range

$14.00 to $16.00 per hour


8:00 am until 5:00 pm
Monday through Friday

Job Close Date
Type of Posting External
Department Watershed Protection
Regular/Temporary Temporary (No benefits)
Grant Funded or Pooled Position Not Applicable
Category Internships
Location 105 W. Riverside, Austin, Texas 78704
Preferred Qualifications

1. Ability to identify native plant species.

2. Ability to identify invasive plant species.

3. Must be able to work in various types of weather conditions and terrains (e.g. conducting field work/site visits/surveys).

4. GIS knowledge/experience preferred.

5. Interest in public land management & urban agriculture.

Duties, Functions and Responsibilities

Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.

Monitor department/program quality indicators.
Coordinate with other agencies/personnel for certain aspects of mutual research or investigation.
Counsel/facilitate interventions for the prevention of errors involving department/program plans.
Prepare training plans and documents, train staff regarding program implementation as directed.
Follow up on client or customer complaints (e.g. ‘hot line’ calls or CAF’s).
Conduct fact finding and/or informational survey by interview or other means.
Conduct investigations for department/program plan.
Conduct checks of department/program sites (i.e. clinics, offices) to assure compliance with policies and procedures.
Research information as requested and/or needed.
Compile data and write informational reports.
Perform tasks related to department/program surveying and reporting

Responsibilities – Supervisor and/or Leadership Exercised: None

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.

Knowledge of city practice, policy, procedure, statutes, ordinances, planning and program implementation.
Knowledge of organization and administration of applicable department mission.
Skill in oral and written communication.
Skill in using computers and related software applications.
Skill in handling multiple tasks and prioritizing.
Skill in handling conflict and uncertain situations.
Skill in data analysis and problem solving.
Ability to work with frequent interruptions and changes in priorities.
Ability to train others.
Ability to quickly recognize and analyze irregular events.
Ability to establish and maintain effective communication and working relationships with city employees and the public

Does this job require a criminal background investigation? This position does not require a criminal background investigation

City of Austin is committed to compliance with the American Disabilities Act. If you require reasonable accommodation during the application process or have a question regarding an essential job function, please call (512) 974-3210 or TTY (512) 974-2445.

Information For City Employees: If you are an employee within the department, are in good standing and meet both the minimum and preferred qualifications, then you will receive an initial interview.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. The minimum qualifications requires current enrollment from an accredited University or College with at least 30 credit hours with classification as a Sophomore, Junior or Senior. Student is required to have an overall 2.5 or higher GPA on 4.0 scale. Do you meet the minimum qualifications?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. Please describe your knowledge identifying native plant species.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. Please describe your knowledge identifying invasive plant species.

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. This position involves work in the following conditions: continuous outdoor activity, frequent sitting, standing, walking, squatting, bending, twisting upper body, climbing, exposure to extreme heart, occasional kneeling and crawling, carrying/lifting a minimum of 50 lbs., client/customer contact, driving and indoor activity. Do you meet the physical requirements for this position?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. Please describe your knowledge/experience with GIS.

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. Please describe your interest in public land management and urban agriculture.

    (Open Ended Question)

Optional & Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
Optional Documents