Recruitment #2301-2010-001





Tucson Water is the second largest water utility in Arizona, serving over 730,000 customers over a 390 square mile service area. Tucson Water is recognized internationally as a leader in water conservation, sustainability, and service. Our team are proud stewards of our community’s most precious natural resource, working to embody the utility’s motto of “Pride in Service”.

The Business and Organizational Support Services (B.O.S.S.) Division provides a variety of services necessary to the business operations of the utility including security project management. The division is looking for an energetic individual with interest in physical security, emergency management, operational security budget analysis, and problem-solving skills to join our team. This is an exciting time to join the B.O.S.S. security team, as the Department is responsible for hundreds of sites in urban and rural areas. Currently, the security project managers are working on the planning and implementation of water infrastructure upgrades and security asset management accountability. These upgrades and asset inventories are core to the safety and security needs for Tucson Water.

This is a non-permanent position. It is designed and intended to provide entry level work experience for students who meet the minimum qualifications.

General Description

As a BOSS intern you will work directly with the security project managers and have the potential to be tasked with emergency response planning duties. These tasks may include the ability to explore our current critical infrastructure and operational processes that comprise project parameters, budget timeframes, devising solutions to problems, tracking of fixed assets, and monitoring projects. Additionally, you will collaborate with emergency response networks and assist with site assessments by means of evaluating best practices to help develop training and vulnerability identification.

Essential Functions

Collaborate with physical security team members on projects by reviewing plans and documents, devising solutions to problems, deploying resources, ensuring projects are on track within budget timeframes, and attending meetings with associated parties.

Analyze existing entry access system processes and validate department needs and make refinements so that access control is more efficient and accurate.

Assist the physical security team with assessments of critical water system infrastructure and assets including site hardening and access control for wells, treatment plants, reservoirs and office buildings to ensure employee safety and prevent damage, vandalism, encroachment, and tampering with the water supply.

Prepare continuity plans for emergency response training and exercises following collaboration with internal and external organizations.

Respond to alarms, events, and react in a timely manner.

Provide rapid assistance to people in need.

Accurately and adequately report any suspicious behaviors and happenings.

This description is not intended to limit or in any way modify the right of management to assign, direct and control the work of employees under supervision. The listing of duties and responsibilities shall not be held to exclude other duties not mentioned that are of similar kind or level of difficulty. They are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by individuals assigned to this position. 

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: 6 months post High School

Minimum Experience Qualifications: No Experience

Special Job Requirements

Must have junior or senior standing and be enrolled in a four-year degree program or be enrolled in the last semester of a two-year degree program, or be enrolled in a graduate program, or be enrolled in college-level coursework and have special, measurable technical skills.

Must have a letter of recommendation from an instructor at the educational institute in which they are currently enrolled.

Must have a current cumulative GPA of at least 2.5. Students may submit copy of last grade report with cumulative GPA.

Must be able to work a minimum of 20 hours per week during regular business hours and up to 40 hours a week during the summer and school breaks.

Must maintain the required hours for full-time student status and be in good academic standing.

• Scheduling of work hours and assignments should be made taking into consideration that Student Interns are students first and employees second.

Preferred Qualifications

Pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Homeland Security, Security Management or a closely related discipline with an expected graduation date of May 2023 or later.

Experience either through coursework or employment related to emergency management or security project management.

Required to uphold the City of Tucson’s core values, Integrity, Respect, Excellence, Collaboration. Mature, detail oriented, critical thinking mindset and compassion for security.

Possess functional knowledge of Microsoft Office products particularly Microsoft Excel.

Be able to work independently as well as in a team environment.

Great interpersonal and communication skills.

Critical thinker and problem-solving skills.

Selection Plan

To be considered for this internship opportunity, submit your cover letter, your resume detailing your current enrollment as an active college or university student currently participating in a program of studies including business administration or public administration and a copy of your current transcripts via email to:

Valerie Bencomo, HR Technician


Phone: 520-837-2136

Subject line must read: Business Administration Internship – Physical Security

After a review of cover letters and resumes, qualified applicants will be invited to participate in a panel interview the week of April 3, 2023.


Communication during this process will be sent via email to the email address on file, so please ensure your browser accepts emails from and check you email account regularly; this may include your junk box/span filter. Failure to respond or follow instructions may result in disqualification.

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements


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To ensure accurate payroll information for tax purposes, the successful candidate will need to provide their original Social Security Card or original letter from the Social Security Administration with their social security number prior to beginning work with the City of Tucson.

The City of Tucson hires lawful workers only - US citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization - without discrimination. Federal immigration laws require all employers to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. In its efforts to meet the law's requirements, the City of Tucson participates in the E-Verify program established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to aid employers in verifying the eligibility of workers.

Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.