Public Works Intern

Lake Forest, California
$14.00 - $17.73 Hourly
Nov 23, 2021
Dec 23, 2021
Contract Type
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Applications must be submitted on our career page:


“Lake Forest, Where Work and Life Come Together Naturally."

Start your career journey with this exciting internship opportunity with the City of Lake Forest!  We challenge our employees to strive for excellence and we're looking for the next member of our team to serve as a part-time Intern in the Public Works department.  The objective of the City of Lake Forest's Internship position is to provide a meaningful training ground for individuals to gain work experience and to increase their ability to compete in the workforce in entry-level positions.  If you're passionate about public service, community engagement, and approach new challenges with an enthusiastic outlook then we look forward to meeting you!

The incumbent will work in the Public Works Department and will be scheduled to work 16-19 hours a week.
 Under general supervision, assists, participates in, and performs various administrative and basic analytical duties for various City departments; prepares and maintains a variety of documents; and performs a variety of administrative and clerical duties relative to assigned area of responsibility.


Examples of Duties

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 the class.

  1. Performs administrative and basic analytical duties for various City departments including assisting the professional staff as needed.
  2. Participates in routine projects and research in a variety of areas.
  3. Researches and evaluates data and presents facts, conclusions, and recommendations clearly and concisely to department staff, other City departments and agencies, and to the general public.
  4. Participates in the development and/or revisions of manuals, policies, and procedures.
  5. Conducts and participates in a variety of department studies and special projects including operational and procedural studies, service demand studies, and capacity studies.
  6. Compiles statistical data; provides recommendations regarding operational and service improvements; conducts quality control for imaged documents.
  7. Utilizes various computer applications and software packages; enters data; creates and updates databases and spreadsheets; maintains and generates reports from a database or network system.
  8. Respond to requests for information from outside agencies and organizations including surveys.
  9. Assist with updating the City's website.
  10. Operates a variety of office equipment including copiers, scanners, facsimile machine, and computer.
  11. Performs related duties as required.


Typical Qualifications


The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:

  • Principles, practices and methods of administrative and organizational analysis; public administration policies and procedures.
  • Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases
  • Effective business communications and correct English usage, including spelling, grammar and punctuation
  • Research techniques, methods, and procedures and report presentation; internet web site practices, methods and techniques; basic principles and practices of report preparation.
  • Pertinent federal, state, and local codes, laws, and regulations.

Ability to:

  • Provide responsible administrative and basic analytical support to assigned area.
  • Learn operations, services, and activities within the area of assignment; participate in various administrative support functions.
  • Formulate hypotheses and develop conclusions and prepare reports.
  • Operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications; learn and effectively utilize various software applications.
  • Utilize good judgment in analyzing situations carefully and adopting effective courses of action; gather, organize, compile, and summarize data.
  • Understand and follow oral and written directions; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Licenses/Certificates/Special Requirements:

A valid Class C California Driver's License and the ability to maintain insurability under the City's Vehicle Insurance Policy.


Applicants must be a junior, senior or a graduate student in college, or must have a Bachelor's Degree or Master's Degree from an accredited university with major course work in public or business administration or a related field.


Supplemental Information

The physical and mental demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by employees to successfully perform the essential functions of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this class, the employee is regularly required to work in an office setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; and to verbally communicate to exchange information. Specific hearing abilities required by this job include hearing in the normal audio range with or without correction. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

Mental Demands

While performing the duties of this class, the employee must be able to use written and oral communication skills; read and interpret data, information and documents; interpret policies and procedures; use math and mathematical reasoning; learn and apply new information or new skills; work under deadlines with constant interruptions; and interact with the general public, outside organizations, business representatives, employees, and others encountered in the course of work, including occasionally dealing with conflict situations.

Work Environment

The employee primarily works in a standard office setting.