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Public Works Intern


Macomb County


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Job Details

Job Code: 113234467

Industry: Service


Pay Type: hourly

some college

Education Level


Job Level

Mar 13, 2023

Closing Date

Job Description


DEPARTMENT:  Office of the Public Works Commissioner

HIRING AUTHORITY: Public Works Commissioner        

FLSA STATUS:  Non-Exempt


CURRENT HOURS AND STARTING TIME: Part time (Up to 20 hours per week) position. The starting time for this position is currently 8:30 a.m. but could vary.


Under direction, assists the Public Works Stormwater Group with green infrastructure planning and project implementation, including field assessment of project status, participates in preparing applications for grant funding and assist with grant administration and reporting, other duties as assigned.


Assist the Public Works Stormwater Group with green infrastructure planning and project implementation, including field assessment of project status.

Participate in preparing applications for grant funding and assist with grant administration and reporting.

Meet with Public Works staff regularly to discuss strategies for water quality improvements, stormwater planning and asset management.

Provide written reports and maps using department software and applications such as Accela, Collector and ArcGIS.

Advise MCPWO staff and contractors of any issues observed in the field affecting the function of drains or watercourses.

During summer, conduct sampling and/or field testing in Macomb County drains and watercourses and assist with or perform lab testing on samples, under direction of MCPWO staff.

Other duties as assigned.


Required Education and Experience

  • Currently pursuing or recently completed a Bachelor’s Degree in environmental sciences, engineering or related field
  • Possession of a valid Michigan driver’s license and an operable insured automobile for authorized travel



Knowledge of:

  • Windows, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other technology applications
  •  ArcGIS Desktop and Online preferred with ability to download and operate GPS field applications

Ability to:

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, co-workers, other professionals and the public
  • Interpret and work with maps/plans oriented towards natural resources, land use and development, and attention to detail in field data collection
  • Produce written reports with photos in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Google Docs
  • Have strong organizational and recordkeeping abilities with good written and oral communication skills
  • Work independently
  • Handle conflict in a diplomatic manner
  • Adapt behavior or work methods in response to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected situations
  • Effectively speak, write and understand the English language
  • Conduct oneself with tact and courtesy


  • The work environment and exposures described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
    N/S=Never/Seldom   O=Occasionally   F/C= Frequently/Continuously
Work Environment N/S O F/C
Office or similar indoor environment     X
Outdoor environment    X
Street environment (near moving traffic)   X
Construction site  X  
Confined space  X  
Exposures N/S O F/C
Individuals who are hostile or irate   X  
Individuals with known violent backgrounds  X  
Extreme cold (below 32 degrees) X  
Extreme heat (above 100 degrees) X
Communicable diseases
Moving mechanical parts X    
Fumes or airborne particles  X  
Toxic or caustic chemicals, substances or waste X    
Loud noises (85+ decibels)   X  
Blood Borne Pathogens X  


  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.        N/S=Never/Seldom   O=Occasionally   F/C= Frequently/Continuously
Demand Frequency Description
Physical N/S O F/C  
Balancing     X On even or uneven surfaces/ground
Bending     X Tasks involve forward or backward bending at the waist
Climbing/Working at Heights X     Tasks involve climbing up or down stairs, ladders, scaffolding and platforms
Crawling X     Inspecting in confined spaces.  Moving about on hands and knees
Digging X     Tasks involve manual digging
Driving    X Tasks involve operating any motor powered vehicle on sealed and unsealed roads
Grasping  X   Tasks involve gripping, holding, clasping with fingers or hands
Kneeling   X   Tasks involve flexing/bending at the knees and ankles to work at low levels
Manual Dexterity     X Tasks involve fine finger movements i.e., keyboard operating, writing
Lift/Carry   X   Tasks involve raising/lowering or moving objects from one level/position to another (covered by the items below)
Up to 10 pounds    X
11-24 pounds  X  
25-34 pounds  X  
35-50 pounds X    
51-74 pounds X    
75-99 pounds X    
Over 100 pounds X    
Push / Pull   X   Tasks involve pushing/pulling objects away from or towards the body
Reaching   X   Tasks involve reaching overhead with arms raised above shoulder height or forward reaching with arms extended
Sitting     X Tasks involve remaining in a seated position during the task performance
Standing     X Tasks involve standing in an upright position without movement
Walking     X Walking considerable distances in the facility on multiple surfaces
Running X     Running considerable distances in the facility on multiple surfaces


Complies with P.A. 390, as amended, known as the State’s Emergency Management Act and the County’s Emergency Management resolution as well as all related plans, policies and procedures covered by those statutes.

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by employees in this job. Employees may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

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