LADWP INVESTING IN LOCAL YOUTH WITH KID CREWS SUMMER PROGRAM
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s Summer Student Worker Program is offering an opportunity for teens to gain valuable work experience with skills and machines of a completely different sort. Better known as the Kid Crews, this program offers local high school students, both male and female, the opportunity to work in outdoor settings and find out what it’s like to work in the Water Operations, Aqueduct Program in the Owen Valley, providing assistance in running the massive water system that supplies 524 million gallons daily to the 4 million people in Los Angeles.
For more than 26 years, Kid Crews has helped instill students with an understanding of large-scale water infrastructure, a strong work ethic and the sense of pride that comes with earning that first paycheck while working in a cooperative, team setting. Kid Crews also help LADWP project a positive image in the Owens Valley by helping create relationships and an understanding of what the Department does.
The Kid Crews Program is active at all four of the Construction Yards in the Owens Valley (Bishop, Independence, Keeler, and Mojave). Students must go through their guidance tech, senior advisor or career counselor to apply. Up to five high school students are selected for each location. Applications usually open in March or April of every year and applicants are called in for a brief interview. Once accepted, they attend an orientation that covers safety on the job and first aid, followed by the issuing of their uniform, work coveralls and waders. Program participants make $12 an hour with the option to have a portion of their paycheck placed in a savings account.
Once students are placed in a yard, they are supervised by DWP Maintenance and Construction Helpers who also gain supervisory experience working with students. Typical work includes yard maintenance at department facilities, clearing weeds and debris from creeks and other waterways, and other maintenance work as necessary.
Students interested in applying for next years program must have a 2.0 GPA or better. Interviews are usually scheduled in May. Interviews for Bishop, independence, and Keeler are conducted in the Bishop Admin Office. The top students will be selected and placed as close to their residence as possible.