Placer Employment Opportunities

Student Intern

Student Intern

Recruitment #2023-19111-03


Placer County is comprised of over 1,400 square miles of beautiful and diverse geography, ranging from the residential and commercial areas of South Placer, through the historic foothill areas of Auburn, Foresthill, and Colfax, and to the County's jewel of the North Lake Tahoe basin. Placer is a great place to live, work, play and learn.


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Placer County currently has one (1) vacancy for Conservation/Planning Intern to work in the Community Development Resource Agency. This internship will assist with the Placer Legacy Open Space and Agricultural Conservation Program, as well as the Placer County Conservation Program, and will provide valuable paid experience to students looking to join this field. All students or recent graduates (up to 1 year after graduation) will be considered, but students with the following majors/degrees are desirable:
  • Geography
  • Urban/Regional Planning
  • Biology
  • Botany
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Planning
  • GIS
  • Database Management
  • Other related fields
As a Conservation/Planning Intern, you can expect to assist County staff with the following tasks:
  • Conducting site visits to monitor conservation easements
  • Writing compliance reports
  • Providing edits for technical reports and policy updates
  • Biological field surveying
  • Developing and updating tracking databases for projects
  • Contributing to Placer County Conservation Program (PCCP) Instagram account
  • Website updates
The Community Development Resource Agency is looking for interns with certain knowledge and skills. If you have any of the following, you are encouraged to apply:
  • Background in Environmental Sciences, Wildlife Biology, Botany, GIS
  • Microsoft Office (especially Excel)
  • GIS and/or Google Earth
  • Database building
  • Strong oral/written communication
  • Editing
  • Organization and attention to detail
  • Comfortable working outdoors and walking long distances

Hybrid remote work may be available for this internship. 

To be eligible for this internship, you must fall into one of these three categories: 

1. Current Undergraduate College/University Student 
a. Student must be enrolled in an accredited 2 or 4 year college or university program. 
b. Student must submit proof of continuing enrollment (current class schedule, unofficial transcripts, etc.) with their application. 

2. Recent College Graduate – up to 1 year after graduation 
a. Recent graduate must submit proof of graduation (diploma, unofficial transcripts, etc.) with their application. 

3. Current Graduate College/University Student 
a. Student must be enrolled in an accredited college or university program. 
b. Student must submit proof of continuing enrollment (current class schedule, unofficial transcripts, etc.) with their application.

To apply for a Conservation/Planning Intern assignment, please submit an application and complete the supplemental questionnaire outlining your goal(s) for the internship. Please submit your resume and proof of eligibility (unofficial transcripts, current class schedule, confirmation of enrollment, etc.) with your application. 

The Student Intern is unclassified and assignments are extra help/temporary compensated at an hourly rate of $16.22 - $20.26 per hour (specialized skillsets may be paid at the higher end of the range). Work hours are limited to no more than 28 hours per week and cannot exceed a maximum of 1,000 hours per fiscal year.



To learn to perform administrative and/or professional work in an assigned area by assisting in varied administrative assignments such as research, analysis and report writing or routine technical and professional work. 


Receives general supervision from higher level staff in subject area to which assigned.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Assist in a variety of administrative tasks within various County departments; provide research assistance; collect and analyze data, prepare correspondence and reports; may interview and consult with officials, employees, agency clients and other interested individuals or groups.
  • Perform routine work pertinent to the subject area to which assigned such as general public administration, surveying, drafting and engineering, architecture, counseling, social and mental health services.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Experience and Training
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: None required.

Training: Enrollment or recent graduate of an accredited college or university in the subject area to which assigned. Some positions may require additional education in a specific course of study.

Required License or Certificate:
May need to possess a valid driver's license as required by the position. Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required. 

Note:   Employment in this class is restricted to students enrolled or recently graduated in a college curriculum in a field appropriate to assigned duties. Employment in this class is temporary in nature and is designed to offer the student a practical learning experience. No full-time permanent appointments will be made in this class. 


Knowledge of:

  • English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation; arithmetic and basic mathematical calculations.
  • Modern office procedures, methods and computer equipment.
  • Basic principles and practices used in the work of subject area to which assigned.

Ability to:

  • On a continuous basis, sit at desk and/or stand at counter for long periods of time; know and understand the job and observe safety rules.  Intermittently, sit while studying or preparing work papers, making computations, working at computer equipment; walk, stand, bend, squat, climb, kneel and twist while performing field work; perform simple and power grasping, pushing, pulling, and fine manipulation; and see and hear sufficiently to communicate by visual and auditory signals while working in the field; lift moderate to heavy weight depending upon the needs of the assignment.
  • Learn a variety of administrative and professional tasks.
  • Learn to prepare effective reports and make recommendations on assigned matters under study.
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


Prior to the date of hire, applicants must undergo a fingerprint test by the Department of Justice, pass a medical examination (which may include a drug screening and possibly a psychological evaluation), sign a constitutional oath, and submit proof of U.S. citizenship or legal right to remain and work in the U.S.  For some positions, applicants may also be required to submit proof of age, undergo a background investigation (which may include a voice stress analysis and/or a polygraph), and/or be bonded. Additionally, positions in law enforcement classifications and those supporting law enforcement functions will be required to complete a conviction history questionnaire prior to or during the interview process. Applicants for positions with access to Medi-Cal billing software or who are licensed providers must clear the Federal Exclusion List, credentialing, and social security verification. Failure to clear these requirements may result in an employment offer being withdrawn.


Thank you for your interest in employment with Placer County. Placer County is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to an active nondiscrimination program. It is the stated policy of Placer County that harassment, discrimination, and retaliation are prohibited and that all employees, applicants, agents, contractors, and interns/volunteers shall receive equal consideration and treatment. All terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, transfer, and promotion will be based on the qualifications of the individual for the positions being filled regardless of gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, race (including traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists), color, ancestry, religion (including creed and belief), national origin, citizenship, physical disability (including HIV and AIDS), mental disability, medical condition (including cancer or genetic characteristics/information), age (40 or over),  marital status, military and/or veteran status, sex (including parental status, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and related medical conditions), reproductive health decision making, political orientation, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law. Please contact the Human Resources Department at least 5 working days before a scheduled examination if you require accommodation in the examination process. Medical disability verification may be required prior to accommodation.

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