Compost Program Project Intern

Position Title:

Compost Program Project Intern – OC Dana Point Harbor   (unpaid internship)

Name and Location of Agency/Department Requesting Intern:

OC Dana Point Harbor
24650 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, CA  92629

Functions of Agency/Department:

OC Dana Point Harbor’s business is to provide a first class harbor and marina as well as a public recreational facility.  In addition, we offer private business and marine educational opportunities, while emphasizing public safety and family fun.  All of this must be accomplished while managing a delicate coastal resource and operating as a financially self-sustaining entity.

Intern Duties/Responsibilities:

Intern will develop a composting program that utilizes landscaping and food scraps from the Harbor’s retail and restaurant area.  Compost will be used in the Harbor’s landscaping and surrounding park area.

In developing a program to actively promote the practice of composting in Dana Point Harbor that will help to divert compostable materials from the waste stream, the intern will perform the following duties:

  • Physically survey restaurants and landscape contracts for compost base materials;
  • Develop a program to actively promote the practice of composting in Dana Point Harbor, thereby helping to divert compostable material from the waste stream;
  • Research elements of program implementation and sustainability;
  • Identify necessary resources for complete program management;
  • Obtain knowledge of equipment to begin initial program;
  • Organize, develop and archive program specific documents, reports and drawings that are to be stored as hardcopies and electronically;
  • Perform data collection regarding project implementation and ongoing maintenance/operation;
  • Prepare monthly report/update on program benefits and shortfalls compared to expectations, as well as ongoing suggestions for program enhancements; and
  • Develop a “How to Guide” to allow for program continuation after internship has concluded.

Educational Requirements:

This position is best suited for undergraduates, graduate students or recent graduates with backgrounds in environmental science, project management, land conservation, ecology, master composting, earth/ocean science, agriculture, botany, life science, natural history, waste management engineering, urban/regional planning or related fields. Ideal candidates will have a strong interest in compost programs that operate within the field of environmental preservation.

Skills, Training or Qualifications:

Excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to research information and prepare reports and other correspondence; experience with Microsoft Office Suite, especially Word and Excel; reliable, outgoing and able to work independently. Casual business attire is required.

Time Commitment:

Minimum 12 – 20 hours per week for 3 – 6 months.  Hours are primarily scheduled during regular business hours (Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.) or on weekends, if preferred. Schedules are flexible and can be arranged to accommodate school/work schedules. Interns who are able to schedule the maximum hours/duration listed for this internship generally gain a more in-depth experience.

Training & Supervision:

Intern will receive direction from the appropriate staff in planning, coordinating and managing the Compost Program Project.  The intern will also receive training in data processing and in creating a summary report and final presentation for the project.

Benefits Available to Intern:

Although this is an unpaid internship that does not lead to permanent employment, students and recent graduates are offered an excellent opportunity to:

  • Build resumes/work history and explore career options
  • Apply skills and knowledge acquired in an academic setting to the workplace
  • Intern with one of the premier employers in the region
  • Fulfill college/university internship requirements
  • Network with business professionals in their field of interest
  • Gain knowledge in leading Recycling/Green Initiatives
  • Educate the public on sustainable practices

Expenses that may be Incurred:

On some occasions, interns will be required to provide their own transportation to community events or local organizations located throughout Orange County. Mileage reimbursement is available for authorized travel. Interns who operate a vehicle as part of their duties must possess a valid driver’s license and proof of auto insurance coverage for personal injuries and property damage. Parking fees may be required and will be reimbursed for this project.

Required Background Screening:

Prior to placement, applicants must undergo a background check that includes Livescan fingerprinting and California Sex Offenders Registry check.  A Social Security number and a valid driver’s license or state-issued picture identification are required to process the background screening.

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