GIS Internship

Central Basin Municipal Water District has a paid GIS Internship opening in their Engineering & Operations Department.  Salary range is $15/hr, not to exceed 960 hours of work.  The position reports to the Engineering & Operations Manager.

General Definition

Under direction of the Engineering and Operations Manager, the GIS Intern assists in the maintenance and development of the District’s Geographic Information System (GIS), such as creating, editing, and maintaining geographic information system layers using a variety of GIS technologies; performing data analysis using GIS technologies; and producing a wide variety of maps, technical reports, and related exhibits. The internship will also support other initiatives in the Engineering & Operations department.

Examples of Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities

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 position.

  • Perform computer-aided mapping and design for assigned departments.
  • Collect, summarize, and analyze information and statistics on existing programs and services.
  • Create, maintain, modify, and update existing customer GIS databases (Review and analyze meter data, Compare Finance’s new customer list to GIS list, Add new customers as they become active, Set active/Inactive meters based on records).
  • Create, maintain, modify, and update potential customer GIS databases (Join potential customers with current customer list, Continuously update potential customer data based on: New information from purveyor; New information from CBMWD Staff; Potential customer reaching out to Central Basin staff; and Visual aerial analysis, Review recycled water survey responses and add updates recommended by purveyor).
  • Read and interpret map and as-built drawings to update GIS system with newly constructed pipelines and laterals.
  • Update GIS system with pipeline data (i.e. SWRP installation dates).
  • Process utility map requests using GIS.
  • Utilize and compare datasets from multiple geospatial programs (i.e. Google Earth, and ArcGIS).
  • Operate and assist in the maintenance of GIS system hardware, software, plotter, and related equipment.
  • Create GIS maps and support data as requested.
  • Provide GIS program support to operators and staff as needed.

Other Duties

  • Maintain and organize department records.
  • Schedule and arrange meetings by contacting participants, reserving rooms, preparing and issuing agenda notices and assembling materials for such meetings.
  • Serve as a backup to greet the public in-person and by phone with a high level of customer service quality.
  • Assist in meeting set-ups and take-downs.
  • Provide administrative assistance to other departments.
  • Participate in special projects, assignments, and events.

Qualifications and Specific Competencies

Eligible candidates must be a graduate student or junior/senior level undergraduate student attending an accredited college in good standing. In addition, the ideal candidate should demonstrate ability to gain working knowledge of:

  • GIS operations, policies, and procedures;
  • GIS principles and practices including data compilation and conversion, database management systems, graphics, and mapping;
  • Quality assurance procedures and documentation standards for database systems;
  • English language grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary; and
  • Organization, analytical, and communications skills.

In addition, the ideal candidate should learn the ability to:

  • Use GIS/ESRI software suite programs and procedures;
  • Use computers, printers, copiers, FAX machines, cameras, audio-visual equipment, and other related office equipment;
  • Work on several concurrent assignments;
  • Work effectively with a team or independently with minimal supervision;
  • Under guidance, ability to assemble, evaluate and disseminate information; and
  • Communicate effectively verbally and in writing.

Education and Experience

Completed coursework in Environmental Science, Civil Engineering, Geography, Environmental Engineering, or other related field.


Required to possess and maintain a valid California Driver’s License, vehicle, vehicle insurance and an acceptable driving record at time of job offer and as a condition of continued employment.

Working Schedule and Conditions

The GIS Intern is a part-time/temporary position. Work days and hours are flexible (Monday – Friday), and will not exceed 12 hours per week or 960 hours for the fiscal year.

Position responsibilities will require the intern to travel locally to attend meetings and presentations outside of the usual working hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday). Flexible part-time work schedule, to be mutually determined by intern and the Engineering & Operations Manager.

Occasionally, lift and carry materials up to 20 pounds is required. Duties may require maintaining a physical condition necessary for sitting, kneeling, crouching, standing, or walking for prolonged period of time.

Application Process

Application materials are available at All resumes and correspondence will be held in confidence.

The District promotes equal opportunity and diversity in its employment programs. All applications and resumes will be evaluated, and those candidates most qualified will be invited to participate further in the selection process.

Offers are extended upon successful completion of a background check, a pre-employment physical exam and any required drug and alcohol tests. Relocation will not be provided.

You may direct any questions to

DEADLINE: OPEN UNTIL FILLED – recruitment may close at any time without prior notice. Applicants are encouraged to submit completed applications as soon as possible.

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