Imagine a Paid internship where you…

  • Make a difference in your community;
  • Reduce polluted runoff, improve our local waterways and protect public health;
  • Conduct field inspections, sewer sampling, flow monitoring and manhole locates;
  • Learn about project management including cost estimating, budget and schedule for large construction and maintenance projects;
  • Create Web sites and Social Media messaging;
  • Assist with the design and construction of green infrastructure;
  • Gather location and condition of assets by learning Geographical Information System (GIS) databases and GPS mapping instruments;
  • Recruit volunteers and help lead community service projects;
  • Compile and analyze data to help decision makers; or
  • Present your individual or team project to wastewater staff and peers


Opportunities Abound in Today’s Water Sector. Explore career possibilities and apply your knowledge in a practical way. Internship categories include: (sample list of current and past internships)

Engineering: Assist with the planning of infrastructure improvement projects. Compile information in the field, complete CAD design, perform computations, evaluate design alternatives and provide cost estimates, prepare project specifications and bid documents, review field construction.

GIS: Work in the office and the field building a digital map of our sewer and storm sewer system facilities; scan engineering drawings; learn field verification, conduct quality assurance and control, create and utilize mobile mapping applications; design and publish maps and perform spatial analysis on existing data.

Wastewater Plant and Lift Station Operations – Work on a BSB maintenance crew. Help complete maintenance tasks, learn about the wastewater treatment process and plant facilities.

Sewer and Storm Sewer Pipeline Construction, Maintenance and Repair – Participate as a member of a collection system work crew. Learn pipeline maintenance tasks including sewer line repair; pipe laying; etc.

Watershed Characterization – Help us learn more about local watershed health and identify sources of pollution. Perform field investigations to document qualitative and quantitative characteristics in streams; measure field parameters; utilize sampling techniques; learn and implement laboratory analytical methods; compile and report on data.

Data Analytics – Learn about BIG data in a utility setting; review internal and external data sources; compile data and place in a usable form; identify key performance indicators; examine data relationships; generate reports and data dashboards and infographics.

Financial and Rate Analysis – Work with billing and accounting staff to generate reports on financial condition; consumption patterns and trends; perform predictive modeling and evaluate funding scenarios.

Industrial Waste: Become familiar with pretreatment regulations and a local regulatory program. Learn about the work of sampling specialist and investigator positions through shadowing of staff in the field during visits to industrial facilities. Learn/develop skill in managing information; search & data entry. Learn customer service skills; how to contact, interact with facility contacts and the public as a regulator.

Project Management: Learn all aspects of project management including developing project scopes, planning, design, coordinating with BSB personnel, and the permitting process. Become familiar with relevant regulations, legal requirements, coordinating drawings and specifications, budget and scheduling.

Resource Recovery – Energy: Learn about efforts to utilize the resource recovery facility to generate biogas and convert into electricity. Learn how these efforts relate to energy efficiency and renewable power generation. Duties could include gathering electrical energy use data and assisting staff with miscellaneous project management tasks.

Community Relations: Provide community relations support for BSB operations. Help provide for a positive communications program by preparing communication pieces on sanitary sewer and storm sewer projects; pollution prevention techniques; and public participation opportunities. Work could include preparation of press releases; social media posts; generation of photo and multimedia audio/video; annual reports; collateral marketing materials. Participate in planning and hosting public events, developing and distributing communication materials, attending community events, making connections with community members.

Asset Management: Gain hands-on experience assessing the condition of BSB utility assets, help staff create administrative processes to document asset condition and compile it in a useful form. Generate work orders based on asset condition evaluation. Compile replacement cost information and support utilities effort for long range planning.

Who is Beckley Sanitary Board? 

Beckley Sanitary Board (BSB) is a leading wastewater and stormwater utility in Southern West Virginia. BSB provides clean water services to the Greater Beckley area by receiving wastewater flows through its collection system and providing wastewater treatment at its Piney Creek Resource Recovery Facility. BSB professionals are dedicated to reducing the impact of pollution to area waterways. Water is our Passion, We want it to be yours too! BSB funds internships in an ongoing manner as resources allow. BSB currently anticipates potentially up to 4 paid internship opportunities (2 college level; 2 high school level) for the summer of 2016.

How to Apply?

BSB’s internship program is an educational workforce development initiative.  As such to qualify to participate in this program, interns shall:

  • Be a minimum 16 years of Age
  • Actively be enrolled in a high school or accredited college program
  • Be eligible to work in the United States; and
  • Meet the Position Requirements as Outlined in Job Description; and
  • Consent to BSB hiring policies including pre-employment criminal background and drug screening

Applicants should email a resume and cover letter under subject: summer internships to Applicants may also complete a job application in person at the board’s offices, 301 S. Heber St., Beckley

Application Deadline: May 19, 2016

Position: Internships are paid, seasonal temporary employment. The internship program is anticipated to begin in early June for a 12 week term.

Beckley Sanitary Board is an Equal Opportunity Employer to all persons without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, genetic information, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, or past, present, or future service in the Uniformed Services of the U.S. or any other legally protected status.