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Colorado Springs Utilities Environmental Laboratory Intern  in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Environmental Laboratory Intern

Job Type: Internship

Pay Range $20.18 to $26.64

Location Colorado Springs, CO

Date First Posted 1/24/23

Environmental Laboratory Intern

Who We Are... Colorado Springs Utilities is a community-owned enterprise with a 100-year reputation of excellence. As a pioneer in providing four utility services (electric, gas, water, and wastewater) in one enterprise, we cultivate a work culture dedicated to innovation, collaboration, and work-life balance. Our employees know they make a difference every day by providing critical services to the public while living and working in a city consistently rated as the most desirable place to live in the United States (U.S. News and World Report).

Colorado Springs Utilities is seeking two (2) Environmental Laboratory Interns to provide a supporting role in the function of the Combined Water Lab. This lab provides analyses on samples ranging from source water, drinking water, and wastewater to power plant cooling tower water, groundwater and even soil. The Laboratory Services team, which consists of 30 employees with both utility and analytical experience, supports Colorado Springs Utilities’ core value of providing safe and reliable services to our rate payers. In support of regulatory compliance, we operate 365 days a year with over 12,000 samples collected and analyzed annually.

In this Internship you will gain experience in the following areas:

  • Provide a supporting role in generating accurate and quality data

  • Support Environmental Scientists with sample preparation for a variety of analyses

  • Work within regulatory requirements for the Clean Water and Safe Drinking Water Acts

  • Weighing, measuring, pipetting and other basic laboratory duties

  • Basic water analysis including pH, Turbidity and Alkalinity

  • Clean glassware according to method specifications

  • Help support safe laboratory practices

Who You Are... Prospective interns must be in an undergraduate or graduate degree program pursuing Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Science or a related discipline. Preferred candidates will have completed one year of general chemistry and have prior experience in a laboratory setting. This individual should be a critical thinker, who can extract information from data while maintaining strong attention to quality, detail, and accuracy. Candidates that demonstrate professional demeanor and education curiosity will excel within our organization.

What does this opportunity offer? Supporting our laboratory will provide insight into what it takes to deliver quality, timely and accurate data in a collaborative and consultative environment, designed to protect the environment, citizens and public health. This position will afford you the opportunity to work in a progressive laboratory and work with a dynamic group of scientists making a difference for the community of Colorado Springs.

What a career at Colorado Springs Utilities can offer you

  • The ability to stay ahead of the business curve with our established priority to continually update and incorporate state-of-the-art technology.

  • The opportunity to work for a pioneer in providing four utility services in one enterprise with a 100-year reputation for integrity.

  • A work culture dedicated to innovation, collaboration, and synergy.

  • The stability vital for growth-oriented careers.

Our Commitment to our Employees…

Our people are the heart and soul of Colorado Springs Utilities. They keep the lights on, gas flowing, water coming in, and wastewater leaving. We do not just say people are important – we prove it! That’s why we are honored to invest in protecting the health and financial security of our employees and their families through our rich benefits program.

As an hourly employee you will enjoy the following benefits:

  • Pension Plan – Looking forward to a comfortable lifestyle once you’re done working? The Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA) provides you with retirement benefits and peace of mind when you retire

  • Retirement Saving Programs – Supplement your pension plan with voluntary retirement programs such as the PERAPlus 401(k) and MissionSquare’s Roth IRA and 457 plans.

  • Medical – Select from three comprehensive medical plans, starting at $5.00 a month. Employees also enjoy access to a Health Savings Account (HSA) and Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

  • Wellness Program – Voluntary wellness program that allows you and your spouse to each earn up to $500 to use towards healthcare expenses, $100 in Visa gift cards, and up to $400 in gym membership reimbursements

  • Life Insurance – Company-paid life insurance is offered

  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) – Makes the going a little easier by aiding with mental health, stress management, work-life balance, financial and legal matters, and much more

  • Paid Sick Leave – Accrue up to 3.69 hours of sick leave per pay period for those days when you or a family member is feeling under the weather

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  • All positions will be posted for a minimum of 5 calendar days.

  • Starting pay will be determined within the posted pay range based on the experience, education, and training of the successful candidate; if there is a single pay rate posted, the job starts at that rate.

  • Colorado Springs Utilities does not sponsor work visas of any kind (including but not limited to F-1, H-1B, or TN visas). Eligible applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.

Colorado Springs Utilities is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Our differences make us richer. Learning and growing from one another makes us more than what we were. We want our workforce to be as diverse as our business and recognize the limitless benefits of this commitment. Our desire is to have the organization reflect the diversity of the Pikes Peak Region. As an Equal Employment Opportunity employer, it is our commitment that no person shall be unlawfully discriminated against because of race, color, national origin or ancestry, sex, age, religious convictions, veteran status, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Affirmative Action is Colorado Springs Utilities’ effort to ensure positive steps are taken to have a representative workforce reflective of the relevant available labor force.

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Job Type: Internship