- The Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) education and outreach team is partnering with the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust to provide a high school summer internship program. We are seeking ten interns interested in learning how government agencies, nonprofit organizations and local communities influence the health of the waterways in the Puget Sound region. Interns will gain a deep understanding of the role we all play in this issue, and the careers that contribute to improving water quality and protecting the environment. The hope is for interns to pass on the knowledge they gain to members of their school and community.
The position is effective July 5th through August 15th. Approx. 25 hours per week.
WHO MAY APPLY: Teens, ages 15-18.
HOW TO APPLY:
Applications accepted March 30 – May 15
Fill out standard King County application and supplemental questions.
Please direct questions to: Kristin Covey 206-263-8856 or firstname.lastname@example.org
IF HIRED, THE FOLLOWING IS REQUIRED:
- Background check (Students will be working with youth)
- King County Liability waiver
- Schedule agreement
Students will meet each morning in downtown Seattle at King Street Center (201 S Jackson St, Pioneer Square). Students will be given bus passes to allow them free transport to and from downtown each day. Two days per week, students will work in downtown offices, and three days a week, students will do field-based learning and will be driven as a group to various locations within King County. Work will be a mix of field and office requiring different dress codes, depending on the day.
This position is part time – July 5th through August 15th. The schedule will be Monday through Friday, generally 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Times may differ on some days due to scheduling of field experiences, but students will be informed of schedule changes in advance.
In addition to the summer internship, interns will be required to work a minimum of 40 hours throughout the 2018-19 school year by supporting community events and programs.
Interns will gain valuable field experience, hone their leadership and communication skills, and make professional connections within the environmental community. Through experiential field trips and interviewing professionals in environmental careers, interns will learn about urban and natural water systems, including the key role of salmon. Community engagement is an integral piece of the work we do. Interns will research and create proposals on possible outreach opportunities within their own school and community. At the end of the internship, students will synthesize their experience by creating a PowerPoint and giving a professional presentation to staff and community members.Job Duties
SKILL DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATION BENEFITS:
- Exposure to careers and skills related to: water quality, wastewater & stormwater management, communications, community involvement, education, engineering, ecological restoration, and construction
- Public speaking and professional written communications
- Using advanced data collection equipment for water quality monitoring
- Working in both office and field environments
- Independent professional work and time management
- Working with diverse peers in small groups
Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills
- Age 15-18 years old
- Must have current and valid identification, and proof of eligibility for employment in the U.S.
- Interest in improving communication skills, working with the community
- Interest in environmental or public health careers
- Students who have participated in field trips, in-class sessions or career events facilitated by the King County Wastewater Treatment Division throughout the school year will be given higher preference