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College Co-op (laboratory)
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City of Cincinnati, OH | Cincinnati, OH
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Job Description

General Statement of Duties

The Metropolitan Sewer District posted a number of College Co-Op Job Postings for the Summer semester beginning in May 2020. Please read through all Job Postings and apply for the position(s) you would like to be evaluated for and/or interviewed for as a Co-Op student.

The Project plans are included in the Job Postings. For more information about the different projects please contact karla.williams@cincinnati-oh.gov.

Interviews for College Co Op student placements may take place, as early as, the week of March 16, 2020. If selected for an interview, you will be contacted via your email provided during the application process.


Applicants must first create an account through govenmentjobs.com to apply for this position.

Please click here to create your applicant profile and apply for the College Co-Op/Student Intern opportunity.

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with completing your application, please call the NEOGOV Help Line at 855-524-5627.

Applications will be forwarded to Divisions within the Metropolitan Sewer District for review beginning the week of March 16, 2020.

Minimum Qualifications (KSAs)


Purpose: To attract and cultivate bright and energetic college students and maintain ongoing partnerships with colleges and universities. It is our goal to expose these students to applied laboratory practices, as well as career opportunities in water resource management and the environmental sciences. The Co-op program also serves as a recruitment tool to assist the Regulatory Compliance and Safety (RCS) Laboratory in hiring full-time personnel.

Overview: The co-op student will be assigned to specific areas of the laboratory to participate in wet weather projects, special studies and/or daily routine testing. Under the supervision of a chemist or Lab Tech 3, co-ops will be exposed to various tasks performed in the laboratory and on the analytical equipment utilized. The RCS Laboratory program strives to reinforce the knowledge and skills the students have learned in the classroom and to build on those skills in a setting that provides "hands on" instruction and experience.

Expectations: The co-op students will be assigned to the Nutrient or Wet Chemistry Section where they will be trained in analyzing treatment plant NPDES permit samples, process control, wet weather, industrial waste and/or special studies samples. They will be trained to perform a variety of analyses which may include ammonia, nitrite and nitrate, total phosphorus, total orthophosphate, total Kjeldahl nitrogen, biochemical oxygen demand, chemical oxygen demand, alkalinity, total hardness, and suspended, total and dissolved solids. They will also be trained in running bacteriological samples for fecal coliform and E. coli analysis. Many of these procedures will involve the use of analytical equipment. They will learn the proper Quality Control to be run in analyzing these samples. They will also be trained in using the LIMS data entry program.

Summer Semester 2020

* Lab/Project orientation (week 1)
* Pertinent instruction for equipment or methodologies employed (week 1-4)
* Periodic status report (week 6)
* Completion of project/report out (week 12)
* All studies have been previously designed and each student will be assigned to a specific study as his/her primary project.
* If the student has done a previous term at MSD, the project will be a continuation of that work.
* In addition to their primary project, students will be expected to perform other laboratory tasks and help in other areas as assistance is needed.
* The RCS lab attempts to expose students to all facets of laboratory analysis during the term.

Co-Op may be required to work Tuesday-Saturday, day shift

Required Education and Experience

In order to qualify for the Intern/Co-op/Extern Program, a student must:

* Be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident, or a non-citizen with proof of eligibility to work in the United States
* Individuals under eighteen will require a work permit
* Be enrolled in an accredited institution
* Submit a City job application for employment
* Must pass a drug screen and background check