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CivicSpark Water Action Fellow Abbey Pizel asked the fall Youth Ecology Corps (YEC) office assistants about their EMWD workplace experience. Here’s what they had to say about the program.

Youth Ecology Corps

Updated on 02/22/2017 2:52 PM

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Office & Field Positions Available

Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) has partnered with The Riverside County Workforce Investment Board, California Family Life Center, and ResCare Workforce Services to offer the Youth Ecology Corps Program. This program provides short-term job opportunities to young adults (18 -24) who are interested in exploring career opportunities in the water industry and related fields.

About the Program
Participants of the Youth Ecology Corps Program will receive safety and ethics training; a hands-on Microsoft Office refresher workshop; introductions to EMWD staff within 20 departments at the Perris headquarters building; and tours of such facilities as a water filtration plant, regional water reclamation facility, and desalter. The District provides a variety of job opportunities, based on current needs and youth interest.

Job Opportunities
Youth Ecology Corps candidates may be granted a six- or 12-week job offer in one of the following areas:

Field Crew: (Mornings, for six weeks)
Transportation is provided

  • Six Field Crew positions available

The Field Crew Leader will transport members of the Field Crew between the Youth Opportunity Center and the job site(s). Group work assignments may include, but are not limited to, water conservation landscape auditing, landscape installation or maintenance projects, fire hydrant painting, and public relations at special public events.

Field Assistants: (Mornings, for 12 weeks)
Must have reliable transportation to/from EMWD

  • Customer Service Field Assistant
  • Conservation Assistant

Field Assistants will accompany EMWD staff and perform assigned tasks. The Customer Service Field Assistant will perform a variety of customer service functions in the field, assist with turn-ons and -offs of water service, check meters to determine the causes of customer billing problems, make the more routine meter repairs and replacements, submit work orders to correct meter problems, and perform related duties as assigned.

The Conservation Assistant will document customer landscape property measurements through GIS Aerial Imagery or actual on-site measurement to establish water budgets for EMWD’s customers.  This individual will assist with water waste investigations, special program evaluations, and monitoring of the District’s demonstration turf plots.

Office Assistants: (Mornings, for 12 weeks):
Must have reliable transportation to/from EMWD

  • Customer Service Administration Assistant                    
  • Recycled Water and Backflow Coordination Assistant
  • Records Management Assistant
  • Public and Governmental Affairs Assistant
  • Inspections Department Assistant
  • Safety and Risk Management Assistant

Office Assistants will assist EMWD staff with document sorting, scanning, and filing.  The Customer Service Administration Assistant will learn techniques for providing excellent customer service. The Recycled Water and Backflow Coordination Assistant will work with two employee teams while learning about recycled water services. The Records Management Assistant will help with the organization and electronic storage of District files. The Public and Governmental Affairs Assistant will learn to update the Intranet. The Inspections Department Assistant will create project binders, file letters/reports, research documents, perform data entry, issue letters to assigned jurisdictions within Riverside County, and schedule inspections. The Safety and Risk Management Assistant will organize safety binders, inventory maps and supplies, and update documents.

Youth Ecology Corps participants will receive:

  • Minimum Wage (up to 120 hours for the Field Crew positions; up to 240 hours for all others)
  • Personal Protective Equipment, as needed, to ensure safety

Youth Ecology Corps applicants must be:

  • 18 – 24 years old
  • Referred by ResCare Workforce Services or California Family Life Center
  • Interviewed and accepted by EMWD
  • Able to pass a background check and drug/alcohol test
  • Able to meet specific job requirements related to work schedule, location, transportation, and dress code
  • Able to successfully complete safety training the first paid work day

For more information, contact one of the following youth opportunity centers:

Moreno Valley Youth Opportunity Center
22635 Alessandro Boulevard, Suite C
Moreno Valley, CA  92553
Oasis Perris Youth Opportunity Center
351 Wilkerson Avenue, Suite F
Perris, CA  92570
California Family Life Center
930 N. State Street
Hemet, CA  92543
(951) 765-9671 


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