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Environmental Services

working for clean rivers

Phone: 503-823-7740

Fax: 503-823-6995

1120 SW 5th Avenue, Room 1000, Portland, OR 97204

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Student Intern Program

Applications for City of Portland Environmental Services summer intern positions is closed. Environmental Services will begin accepting applications again in spring 2016.

Applicants for Environmental Services intern positions must be enrolled in a trade school training program, or college or university undergraduate or graduate program, preferably in a field related to the mission and scope of the bureau's work. The trade school, college or university must be located in Oregon or Washington, or the applicant must be a resident of the Portland Metropolitan Area.

College student intern positions with Environmental Services are paid positions. The following hourly rates are effective for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016. New pay rates, adjusted for inflation, take effect each year on July 1.

  • Freshman - $13.10
  • Sophomore - $14.20
  • Junior - $15.07
  • Senior and up - $16.36

Here is a list of 2015 summer intern job descriptions.

Internships for students in engineering, environmental or wastewater programs may periodically be available in these areas:

Engineering Design and Construction

Assist design or construction management professionals with work in surface water quality, stormwater management, stream restoration, sewerage system management, pump stations, treatment plant and pipeline projects. Tasks may involve database management, research, permit plan review, AutoCAD drafting and general office work.

Watershed Services

Assist with technical work in support of watershed planning as part of a multidisciplinary team of professional planners, scientists and engineers. Typical assignments include field sampling and data collection, presentations to the public, public involvement, stewardship activities, research, data management, report preparation, and preparing maps, figures and drawings.

Modeling and GIS

Support modeling and GIS projects, which includes modeling data preparation, research investigation, data base updating, and mapping production.

Industrial Source Control, Coordinated Site Assessment and Brownfields Program

Assist technical staff in monitoring industrial discharges to the sewer system. Tasks may include data collection, equipment calibration, field investigations and research regarding industrial users. Perform research and field work in support of Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments, write reports and letters, perform filing and general office duties. Provide general and administrative support to the Portland Brownfields Program through representation at neighborhood meetings and public events, amending program website, and conducting research.


Assist operations and maintenance staff with seasonal maintenance and a variety of special projects at the city's Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant. Positions are also available in the Collection Systems Operations and Maintenance Division, performing field work, updating various databases, and assisting in Asset Management.

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Call 503-823-7740.