IEWorks is working to provide stability, living wages, and a career path to support families through first-of-its-kind programming.

As a consortium of water and wastewater utilities in the Inland Empire, IEWorks is in its first year of programming with funding from California High Road Training Partnership and the United States Department of Education.

Water and wastewater utilities need well-trained candidates in all of these areas in order to meet their responsibilities to the communities they serve. The jobs listed and salary ranges provided vary from utility to utility.


For Community College Students

Are you enrolled in trades classes at a community college? IEWorks internships provide 20-40 hours/week for work experience at Water/Wastewater Agencies in and around the Inland Empire

What is the internship program?

Internships are opportunities for students to enhance their classroom learning by obtaining practical real‐world work experience at a water agency. IEWorks offers paid internships for community college students enrolled in industry-related trades programs at participating IEWorks. Applicants must be over 18 years old and have completed at least 1-2 semesters of related trades-specific courses to be eligible.

What agencies are participating?

Agency participation varies from year to year. All internships are offered in the Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.  

How can I apply?

Internships are offered during the summer and the fall. Applications are currently closed for 2021. If you are currently enrolled in a community college trades program and would like to be be notified about future internship opportunities, please complete this form.


For workers new to the trades

Building up to a career in the water/wastewater industry requires training and support to ensure success.

What is a pre-apprenticeship program?

Pre-apprenticeship prepares students to enter and succeed in a Registered Apprenticeship program. A pre-apprenticeship program, by definition, has a documented partnership with at least one Registered Apprenticeship program.

Who does this program benefit?

Quality preapprenticeship programs are a starting point toward a successful career path for under-represented job seekers (such as disadvantaged women and men, individuals with disabilities and others) who may not be aware of this approach to obtain good jobs with opportunities for advancement.

How does this help someone longterm?

Preapprenticeships help individuals meet the entry requirements for apprenticeship programs and ensure they are prepared to be successful in their apprenticeship.

Registered Apprenticeship

For workers seeking water operator careers

The registered apprenticeship pathway is an “earn while you learn” training for those seeking a career in the water/wastewater industry.
What is a registered apprenticeship program?

Apprenticeship programs provide on-the-job learning from an experienced mentor and related classroom instruction on the technical and academic aspects of the job.

What type of training is provided?
This full-time training is rooted in industry skill standards and competencies and is offered in both the classroom and in paid job experience.
How does this program help?

Apprenticeship programs help companies successfully recruit, develop and retain a highly-skilled workforce for the jobs they need filled.

Additional Information


How to Join

Becoming involved with either of our programs requires the submission of interest as an intial step. This can be done by completing the form on the front page and indicating which program you wish to pursue. Please review the program descriptions to see which  you qualify for.

Our Partners

In addition to submitting interest, it is important to take the time to learn more about our partners that have committed to providing opportunities to IEWorks qualified applicants. Each agency has a service area, board of directors, and representative involved in the design and progress of IEWorks.



Visit our Frequently Asked Questions section of our website to learn more about the consortium and programs being designed by IEWorks. This is the first of its kind model being developed within the region and focusing on water careers.

Next Steps

As IEWorks grows and opportunities open, stay tuned and join our mailing list to learn about the latest updates or activities taking place.