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Paid internship - City of San Jose - environmental planning/land-use

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  • Asha Weinstein Agrawal
    *GRADUATE STUDENT INTERNSHIP POSITION DESCRIPTION* * * *DEPARTMENT: *Environmental Services**** *DIVISION: *Sustainability and Compliance**** *TERM OF
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 20, 2013

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      *DEPARTMENT: *Environmental Services****

      *DIVISION: *Sustainability and Compliance****

      *TERM OF ASSIGNMENT:* 6 months is recommended with option to extend****

      *HOURS PER WEEK: *Average 20 hours per week. Work hours are flexible to
      accommodate for class attendance through scheduling.****

      *COMPENSATION: *$12.92- $19.10/hr depending on qualifications.****

      *INTERN SUPERVISOR: *Sanhita Ghosal * *****

      *PHONE:* 408-975-2604****

      *EMAIL:* sanhita.ghosal@...****

      *APPLICATION DEADLINE:* Open until filled****

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      The City of San Jos��s Environmental Services Department, is seeking a
      graduate-level student interested in a challenging and exciting internship
      in the field of environmental planning. This internship position is with
      the Land Use Planning group within the Sustainability and Compliance
      Division of the Environmental Services Department. ****

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      This group assists the San Jos�/Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility
      (RWF) to manage their 2,000 acres of property by developing land use
      policies and plans and by securing and implementing related environmental
      permits. The land use in the area consists of the RWF�s operational area
      and the surrounding buffer lands that include sensitive wildlife habitats
      for special status species such as the Western Burrowing Owl, salt marsh
      harvest mouse, the California clapper rail and riparian and marsh plants.
      The City has engaged in a five-year process to develop a Master Plan for
      the RWF. The Master Plan is currently in the final stages of the
      environmental review process under the California Environmental Quality Act
      (CEQA). The Master Plan is expected to enter the post-CEQA permitting and
      implementation phase during the next year. Ongoing and upcoming projects
      include the certification for the EIR for the Master Plan, CEQA activities
      for smaller projects, and habitat restoration projects. The Land Use
      Planning group�s activities often include coordination with various City
      departments and other local, State and Federal agencies. Details of the RWF
      and the Master Plan are available at

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      San Jos��s Environmental Services Department has established a national
      reputation for environmental leadership and innovation with award-winning
      recycling, water conservation, water quality protection, and wastewater
      treatment programs. With over 400 employees and an annual budget of $124
      million, ESD is one of the City's largest and most visible departments.
      Among its major initiatives are to provide:****

      **� **Healthy streams, rivers, marshlands and Bay waters; ****

      **� **Reliable water, garbage, and recycling services; ****

      **� **Clean and green air, land and energy policy development; and *

      **� **Community education aimed at environmental sustainability ****

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      The intern is expected to work on a variety of assignments including, but
      not limited to:****

      **� **Assisting in developing and reviewing CEQA documents,
      including field visits, background research. etc.****

      **� **Conducting background research for various State and Federal
      regulatory permitting activities ****

      **� **Assisting with GIS, preparation of maps and collection and
      compilation of data supporting the project topics, memoranda, reports, etc.*

      **� **Assisting with contract management, grant applications and
      habitat restoration projects****

      **� **Providing other administrative and logistical support for
      various environmental projects****

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      *EDUCATION ***

      Student enrolled in an accredited graduate program in Urban Planning or
      Environmental Studies or a closely related field and has already completed
      the Environmental Planning coursework in their graduate program. This job
      will be best suited for a student who plans to develop his/her career in
      the land use, environmental or watershed planning and is energetic, eager
      to learn, and contribute to the Land Use and Planning group�s projects.****


      **� **Some prior experience in environmental planning* *

      **� **Excellent verbal and written communication skills****

      **� **Strong analytical and research skills****

      **� **Computer skills including ArcGIS, MS Office suite, and
      graphics software such as Adobe Photoshop****

      **� **Self-motivated, self-starter and independent****

      **� **Leadership skills such as initiative, stepping up to the
      challenge, accountability, responsibility****

      *HOW TO APPLY*

      Return a one-two page cover letter and resume to
      sanhita.ghosal@... with subject Line: ESD Land Use Planning
      Program Internship. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply as soon
      as possible. The position may close once a suitable candidate is found.****

      Consider the cover letter as an example of your writing skills. Describe
      your interest in this position, your view of the role of CEQA in
      environmental planning in California, how you demonstrate the required and
      desirable skills listed above and why you are the best suited person for
      this position.****

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