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Salary– $19.09 – $23.40 Hourly

Position Description

At Seattle City Light, we power Seattle. As a community owned utility, public service is at the core of our mission. We are dedicated to delivering customers affordable, reliable, and environmentally responsible electricity services. City Light is a recognized national leader in energy efficiency and environmental stewardship and strives to fulfill its mission in a socially responsible manner.

The intern would be working for the Environmental Management and Compliance unit in the Environment, Land and Licensing Business Unit. This unit is responsible for compliance with environmental regulations related to storm water, dangerous waste, waste disposal, PCBs, asbestos, underground storage tanks, pollution prevention, and spill response. The intern would be working closely with the Dangerous Waste and Spill Program manager to complete an update of the spill program, including materials and equipment, and on hazardous materials management.

The intern will work closely the Dangerous Waste and Spills Program manager to review the current spill equipment, spills program materials, and spills training. The intern will review the current equipment available at City Light, including onsite locations, generate site specific training materials, and help to develop a robust spills training program for the utility. Additional duties may include working on chemical clean outs and hazardous materials inventories at different locations to comply with hazard communication requirements. The intern may coordinate with other groups to create cohesive emergency information that incorporates safety and incident command system information into spills documents.

Job Responsibilities

During this internship, the intern will be responsible for:

  • Developing geographic response plans that identify anchor points and booming patterns for City Light generation locations.
  • Working with the spills program manager, developing a spill training program that will be tailored to City Light’s needs including site and chemical specific classes.
  • Reviewing chemicals at different locations and helping organize recurring chemical clean-outs and inventories to reduce the risk of stored chemicals.
  • Working with Safety and Emergency Management to help coordinate similar notification processes and information in emergency documents.

This internship will benefit the student through the following learning objectives:

  • Understanding the practical application of environmental health and safety principles related to hazardous materials response and spill equipment.
  • Working with field personnel in applying environmental compliance requirements within the framework of operational requirements.
  • Practice using communication skills to explain complex environmental health and safety management concepts in clear terms to a wide range of personnel.
  • Experience soliciting feedback from stakeholders and incorporating the feedback into procedures and guidance to improve compliance.
  • Developing clear spill response tools that can be implemented by field personnel quickly in stressful situations to improve spill response times.


Required Qualifications:
This position is open to junior and senior undergraduate or graduate students (as of the start of the internship) studying Environmental Science, Environmental Health and Safety, Information Systems, Chemistry, Public Health, or a related field. Undergraduate students must possess at least a 2.0 GPA at the time of application and throughout the internship. Graduate students must maintain a 3.0 GPA.

Interns must be currently enrolled in a post-secondary educational program leading to a certificate or degree. Applicants must be in good standing with their educational program and remain enrolled in that program throughout their internship. Course work in chemistry, biology and environmental or public health. Must be organized, able to multitask working on several projects at once. Good communication skills and a willingness to work in the field strongly encouraged. Must have proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel.

A Washington state driver’s license in order to operate a City motor pool vehicle.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with spill response, Washington state or federal regulations related to hazardous materials spills response, or hazardous materials handling regulations preferred.
  • Experience reading and interpreting MSDS/SDS sheets or working with required GHS labeling also beneficial.
  • 40/24-hr Hazardous Waste Operations or Emergency Response trained a benefit.
  • Database skills in Access or other database program beneficial. CAD or GIS experience beneficial.

Additional Information

Internship Duration and Hours:
The time frame of the internship is July 2022-July 2023. The candidate can work up to 40 hours per week during the summer and up to 20 hours per week when classes are in session. Work hours will be flexible to accommodate intern’s academic schedule.

How to Apply:
To complete your application, submit the online form with the following attachments:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter explaining how your coursework, activities, and experience qualify you for this internship
  • Your unofficial transcript – including current coursework, next term registration (if available at the time of application), and cumulative GPA
  • If applicable – for students transitioning from an undergraduate to graduate program, submit admissions offer to the graduate program to confirm intention of fall enrollment