College Interns - Summer - Dept of Natural Resources & Parks - Wastewater

  • King County
  • King County, WA, United States
  • Feb 02, 2018
Internship- Paid Communication - Public Outreach EHS - Environmental, Health & Safety Energy Efficiency Environmental Science - Engineering Sustainability Waste Management - Recycling Water Quality Watershed - Stormwater - Wastewater

Job Description


The King County Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) seeks several full-time summer interns. Assignments will be to one of the following areas providing experience in the practical application of coursework in a large-scale urban infrastructure system.

  • Engineering-Civil/ Mechanical / Environmental
  • Engineering-Energy
  • Operations Process Control
  • Community Relations

Clean Water & Beyond 
Be part of the "Utility of the Future"

WHO MAY APPLY: This position is open to college level students currently enrolled and continuing in the fall of 2018 in full time status at an accredited university/college with coursework in the described areas. Proof of full time enrollment status is required. Most positions require a valid driver's license.

Job Descriptions  and Requirements by category

Engineering-Civil / Mechanical / Environmental

Assisting project engineer with review of submittals, help develop responses to construction contractor requests for information, attend construction meetings, site visits, review pay estimates, develop layouts of the new generator in the existing generator room work with structural engineer on floor and wall modifications.  Revise construction drawings and specs based on review comments. Continue development of layout and structural alternative for a sodium hypochorite tank farm. Assist engineer in the response to questions and needs of plant and offsite staff.


  • Successful completion of a minimum of one year's course work after being admitted to a college or university's civil, mechanical engineering department
  • Hydraulic analysis, grading design, planning, layout of mechanical equipment, fittings and piping
  • Ability to effectively use Microsoft Office products
  • Ability to take photos of existing facilities and conditions
  • A valid Driver's License

This work will be best performed and of most benefit to a student with a civil, mechanical or environmental engineering focus.


Coordinate and implement identified efficiency-related efforts as required, tour and inventory various wastewater facilities, gain familiarity with what an energy group in a progressive wastewater utility does on a daily basis. 


  • Successful completion of a minimum of one year's course work after being admitted to a college or university's engineering  / environmental science / Building Systems department
  • Detail-oriented and self-starter
  • Eagerness to learn new technologies and apply them
  • Interest in numbers and calculations
  • Ability to effectively use Microsoft Office products
  • A valid Driver's License

This work will be best performed and of most benefit to a student with an energy efficiency, sustainability/green technology, trades, environmental science, electrical and or industrial mechanical engineering focus.

Operations Process Control

Assist with the collection, review and troubleshooting of regulatory, process and energy-related data for treatment plant facilities. Assist with collecting data and information for capital projects. Assist with data collection and process oversight of special operational projects or pilot facilities.

  • Advanced Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, Outlook)
  • Advanced analytical and writing skills
  • Organization skills
  • Detail-oriented and self-starter
  • Strong communications skills
  • A valid Driver's License

This work will be best performed and of most benefit to a student in the 3rd - 4th year of college in civil / environmental engineering or environmental sciences related to water treatment and wastewater treatment applied hydraulics and science focus.

Community Relations

Provide community relations support for multiple projects required under the combined sewer overflow (CSO) consent decree, including large traditional infrastructure projects, green stormwater infrastructure projects, and the RainWise Program which is a rebate program for property owners to capture stormwater on their property. Intern will participate in planning and hosting public events, developing and distributing communication materials, attending community events, making connections with community members. Intern will participate in soliciting "big roof" projects as potential RainWise demonstration projects.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Organizational skills and the ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to work independently and willingness to ask for help and guidance
  • Ability to set office hours during the work week and to attend community events on evenings and weekends
  • Ability to bend and lift in order to load vehicles and set up materials and displays
  • A valid Driver's License or alternate ability to get to meetings and field sites not served by public transit at varying times of the day.

This work will be best performed and of most benefit to a student with a Public Affairs, Environmental, Planning, or Communications Community outreach, public participation, green stormwater focus.

NOTE: The following additional Job Categories for interns are listed in the King County job announcement:

  • Communications / Strategic
  • Construction Management
  • Drafting  - Mechanical / Electrical / Instrumentation
  • Project Information - Financial cost model / performance analysis
  • Project Management-Capital Infrastructure
  • Supply Chain Management - Inventory Warehouse 
  • Engineering-Mechanical / Chemical / Operations
  • Finance / Document Management and Analysis 

Closing date and time: 2/25/2018 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time 


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Job Level



Government- Local/Regional


$16.07 - $20.27 Hourly

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