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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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Intern Program

Applications for 2016 student intern positions are now closed.

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 2016 intern job descriptions.

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

Business Services

Assist with a variety of office support tasks including filing, data input and receptionist duties, document proofing and review, and supply inventory.

Engineering Design and Construction

Assist design or construction management professionals with database management, research, permit plan review, AutoCAD drafting and general office work.

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

Assist the Revegetation Group with seed collection, vegetation monitoring and data collection and reporting.

Assist the Support Services Division with spare parts and inventory management, as well as data quality efforts within the work and asset management system.

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.

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Call 503-823-7740.