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Hauled Waste and Pretreatment Program Intern

Apply now(opens in a new window) Job No: 24146
Division/Organization: Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District
Department: Department of Ecosystem Services
Job Type: Local Student Jobs
Remote Eligbility: Partially Remote
Location: 1610 Moorland Rd Madison, WI 53713 (on bus line)
Salary/Wage Range or Lump Sum: $19.00 to $19.00
Job Categories: Agriculture and Natural Resources, Customer Service, Department and Office Assistants, Government and Public Administration

Department Overview:

Who We Are
Established in 1930 to protect the lakes and streams of the upper Yahara watershed, the District is a wastewater collection and treatment utility serving about 429,000 people in 24 Madison-area owner communities covering about 187 square miles. Organized as a municipal corporation, the District is governed by a nine-member Commission appointed by the communities we serve.
The District owns and operates 145 miles of pipe and 18 regional pumping stations that convey approximately 37 million gallons of wastewater to the Nine Springs Wastewater Treatment Plant daily. Through the treatment process, we recover valuable resources from the wastewater we receive before returning clean water to the environment. 
Our mission is to protect public health and the environment. The District is dedicated to service, reliability, and sustainability, and our tradition of innovation has positioned us as a leader among clean water utilities.
Working at the District is more than just a paycheck. It is about taking care of the communities we live in and giving back to the environment that surrounds us. We are trusted leaders working together to protect one of our most valuable resources-our water. When you think about your career and what you want to accomplish in your lifetime, make the choice to do Work Worth Doing!    

Anticipated Hours Per Week



The incumbent in this position will be able to work 12-15 hours per week. The position is eligible for some remote work, but some responsibilities will be required to be performed in person. The incumbent in the position will be required to work onsite at least three separate days throughout each calendar month. Onsite work may be required up to two additional days per month, depending on work needs. Hours of work will primarily occur between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. This internship is an extended, year-round work and learning opportunity which can be continued throughout several semesters.

Salary/Wage Range:

Hourly $19.00 to $19.00

Number Of Positions


Position Summary/Job Duties:

Do you enjoy working with people and delivering excellence in environmental program support? The Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District, located in Madison, is pleased to announce an LTE Hauled Waste and Pretreatment Intern position, working with the Pretreatment Coordinator. This role is an excellent opportunity for someone looking to make an impact on the organization and our local communities, enhancing the quality of our water. The District strives to have a workforce that reflects the communities we serve, and we encourage women and people of color to apply for our positions.
The Hauled Waste and Pretreatment Program Assistant Intern position will provide support for the Industrial Pretreatment and Hauled Waste programs, performing a variety of functions, including customer service and data management, and research. The intern will also be responsible for maintaining the septage receiving area and picking up wastewater samples in the plant and transporting them to the District’s onsite laboratory.


  • Perform data entry using databases or spreadsheets, update pivot tables in Microsoft Excel. 
  • Pick up septage samples from receiving area at least two times per month, take samples to District laboratory for analysis
  • Generate graphs and charts to show trends over time and identify opportunities for program improvement
  • Resolve and respond to requests via telephone or email. Communicate program updates, reminders, and other information to a variety of internal and external contacts
  • Assist in the preparation, distribution, and electronic filing of septage hauler permits, waste disposal requests, invoices, reports, and other documents
  • Maintain septage receiving area by updating signage, stocking paper supplies
  • Meet with new septage haulers to demonstrate septage receiving process
  • Assist in responding to internal and external requests for information
  • Do research to support various District initiatives using in-house records software, the internet, printed materials, and other resources
  • Word processing/drafting, filing of paper and electronic documents, and other related functions using a variety of computer applications.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Physical Demands & Work Environment

  • Work is performed primarily in an office environment, with limited work performed regularly in the plant and laboratory. 
  • Must be comfortable working around wastewater and handling wastewater samples (safety training and personal protective equipment will be provided).
  • Must be able to lift and carry a cooler containing wastewater samples, up to 25 pounds.
  • Must be able to use computer equipment for extended periods of time.
  • Requires the ability to read and write words and numbers.
  • Requires the ability to communicate in person, publicly or over the phone. 
  • The noise level is typically quiet, but work may be performed in medium volume noise conditions.



  • Currently enrolled as a student in either environmental science, environmental policy, environmental engineering, civil engineering, or similar.
  • Applicants should have experience using Microsoft Excel to manage environmental data and generate graphs and charts, customer service experience, as well as experience with computers, spreadsheets, databases, and tracking information.

 Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 

  • Ability to follow instructions, employ good judgment, and perform a variety of tasks from start to finish
  • Willingness to ask for guidance when assignments are unclear
  • Attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines and anticipate next steps or needs
  • Must be able to work independently and with others
  • Technical skills and proficiency in using Microsoft Office 
  • Ability to learn and effectively use in-house software applications
  • Ability to communicate effectively with District personnel and outside parties via phone, email, and in person
  • Ability to research topics using various sources and present research summaries in written or spoken word
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills
  • Ability to effectively manage routine office projects.

Physical Demands

Must be comfortable working around wastewater and handling wastewater samples (safety training and personal protective equipment will be provided).

Application Instructions:

Pleae apply on our career's page and attach a cover letter expressing your interest in the position as part of your application.


Org: Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District
Contact: Nadine Majewski

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Applications close: CST Central Standard Time

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