Skilled Trades Internships in the Water Sector

Are you enrolled in trades classes at a community college? Careers at water and wastewater agencies offer great benefits and opportunities for advancement. Learn about these career opportunities and get some work experience with this internship program. College students who are interested in public agency jobs are encouraged to apply.


This program provides:

  • Paid internship at Bay Area water and wastewater agencies
  • Introduction to trades job opportunities and the civil service process
  • Assistance with transportation and safety equipment costs
  • Post-internship job placement services & referrals to job openings with Bay Area agencies
  • Referral to local apprenticeship and civil service testing opportunities

Application Process:

  1. Fill out the online application
  2. Eligible applicants with complete applications will be invited to a phone interview
  3. Selected qualified applicants will be invited to an in-person or virtual interview
  4. Selected candidates must attend a mandatory orientation

Applications for the Skilled Trades Internships in the Water Sector program are now open.

Who is Hiring Our Graduates?

City of Redwood, City and County of San Francisco, Oro Loma Sanitary District, SamTrans, FedEx

Our Utilities Team

Elizabeth Toups

Elizabeth Toups

Director of Utilities Programs

Elizabeth Toups has over 25 years of experience leading workforce education and training strategies, with particular expertise in the utilities and healthcare industries. In her role as Director of Utilities Training Programs, Elizabeth leads JVS’s efforts to build a more effective workforce pipeline leading to mission critical jobs in the public water/wastewater and transit sectors. Elizabeth is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and holds a master’s degree in public administration from Golden Gate University.

Mario Flores

Mario Flores

Senior Coordinator, Utilities Programs

Mario has over 13 years of experience supporting students from underserved communities and helping them to enter their career pathways. He has extensive experience working with immigrants, economically disadvantaged and diverse populations. In his previous role, Mario helped develop a program connecting first-generation students with resources and supportive networks to help them achieve their academic goals. Now at JVS, he supports job seekers who are pursuing careers in the skilled trades.

Mark Allen

Mark Allen

Coordinator, Utilities Programs

Mark prepared for the union and civil service exams by participating in the Laney College/JVS pilot math program, and he now mentors students who are pursuing careers in the skilled trades. “I get great satisfaction in my work here at JVS, and I enjoy seeing my students grow, achieve new levels of confidence, and become sought-after job seekers.”

Michael Kushner

Michael Kushner


Michael brings to JVS 16 years of experience in workforce development. In addition to serving as a manager on our Utilities team, Michael also serves as the manager of BAYWORK, a workforce consortium of over 35 water and wastewater utilities in the Greater Bay Area. Michael’s dual responsibilities are a reflection of the close cooperation between JVS and the utilities that make up BAYWORK. This collaboration gives the JVS Utilities team a high-level of access to leaders in the water sector, enhancing our ability to prepare clients for these well-paid and stable careers.


Program Duration:
June 1st – December 15th, 2021
Start date will vary by employer and may be affected by the status of the pandemic

SF Bay Area Water & Wastewater Agencies (Specific sites TBD)


  • Age 18 or older by the starting date of Internship
  • Authorized to work in the U.S.
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Access to a vehicle and willing to commute
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination
  • Enrolled in a community college trades classes (preferred)
  • Interest in water/ wastewater agency jobs
  • Proof of Select Services registration (males only)


We are excited to announce that after two years of research, JVS partner BAYWORK has published The Digital Worker: Using Digital Tools to Deliver Water Services, their white paper which was informed by a group of over 30 advisory committee members from across the US and Canada. We are proud to acknowledge JVS BAYWORK Manager Michael Kushner’s important role and contribution to this work, which outlines workforce implications of digital tools within utilities agencies.