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Salary– $19.09 – $23.40 Hourly

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

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Vaccination Requirement: All City of Seattle employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Failure to submit proof of vaccination or qualify for a reasonable accommodation will result in withdrawal of the job offer.

Teleworking: The City has the expectation that interns will be readily available to report to onsite work in Seattle when operational needs require. Interns must have a Washington state address and live in Washington state at the time of hire and for the duration of their employment.

Background Check: 
Job offers are contingent on the verification of credentials and other information required by the employment process including the completion of a background check which includes criminal history review.

Interns do not receive benefits but can obtain a subsidized ORCA pass and accrue sick time that can be used after 90 days of employment.