Local recruitment: Water Resources Engineering Intern

City of Seattle

Seattle, WA, USA 🇺🇸

Salary: $23.14 – $26.05 Hourly
Location: Seattle, WA
Job Type: College Intern
Department: Seattle Public Utilities
Job Number: 2023-00196
Closing: 2/14/2023 4:00 PM Pacific

Position Description

Seattle Public Utilities’ Water Resources Section is seeking a Water Resources Engineering intern to assist in support of planning efforts within SPU’s Water Resources program, including two (2) hydrologic field efforts. The Water Resources Section, Water Planning and Program Management Division of SPU is responsible for the management of Seattle’s water supply sources. The selected intern will report to a Water Resources Planner and Policy Advisor.

There is currently one (1) internship opportunity available, at the undergraduate or graduate level. Projected start is April 2023. The internship is for up to 24 months, or graduation, whichever comes first.

Learning Objectives include but are not limited to:

  • Collection of hydrologic field data and maintenance of measurement equipment (soil moisture readings and water quality turbidity).
  • Clean up and analysis of collected field data to be reported to other water resources specialists.
  • Analysis of consumption data for support of seasonal demand forecasting model.
  • Excel spreadsheet and report development in support of regulatory reporting efforts.
  • Exposure and improved knowledge of Washington Water Law.
  • Experience in professional water resources planning office environment.

About Seattle Public Utilities: Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is a Community Centered Utility whose mission is to foster healthy people, environment, and economy by partnering with our community to equitably manage water and waste resources for today and future generations. We deliver high quality, vital services, across four major lines of business: providing water, solid waste, drainage and wastewater services for Seattle residents and businesses. In addition, SPU provides drinking water for 1.5 million regional customers in Seattle and other municipalities. Our customers depend on us to deliver high quality, reliable, and cost-conscious utility services and to achieve the highest benefits possible for every investment we make. 

For more information about Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), please visit:  

SPU commits to Our City Values and Race and Social Justice as core principles that guide our work. We actively take steps to dismantle systemic racism and increase service equity. We value diverse life experiences and strive to create a workplace that is welcoming to all. We take steps to be inclusive and equitable in our recruiting, hiring and promotional opportunities.
Job Responsibilities

  • Field data collection and sensor station maintenance within the Cedar River Municipal Watershed and along tributaries feeding the Cedar River. Field activities will support two separate projects: (i) an experimental soil moisture field campaign and (ii) water quality sampling.
  • Water consumption tracking and data analysis. Download input data to update regional short-term summer water consumption forecasts. Support data quality assurance checks on long-term data sets related to regional water consumption.
  • Municipal water rights and regulatory project support, with focus on current developments in Washington State Department of Ecology policy updates and regulatory projects required by SPU Water Line of Business.


Applicants must be currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate-level coursework, pursuing a degree in Civil/Environmental Engineering or a related program.  
Students must be enrolled at least part-time or full-time and maintain a 2.5 GPA (undergraduate) or 3.0 GPA (graduate).

Exception: Students do not need to be enrolled over the summer months but will need to provide at the end of Spring Quarter proof of continuing and pre-registration for the Autumn session as applicable.

Licensing and Other Requirements:

  • A Washington State Driver’s License, or ability to consistently obtain timely transportation to various work locations with limited or no public transportation, is required for these internships. 
  • Successful applicants will be required to pass a pre-employment physical as a condition of hire.

Additional Information

Hours:  During school sessions, work hours will be scheduled to complement class schedules (15-20 hours per week). The internship opportunity may permit up to 40 hours per week during breaks and the summer months. Work is normally performed between the hours of 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday – Friday.
How to Apply:

  • Upload your college/university’s unofficial transcript. 
  • Cover letter indicating your interest in this internship. 
  • Resume identifying how you meet qualifications of the internship.

Selected applicants invited to interview will be requested to provide references.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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 a job offer.

This position allows for the flexibility of a hybrid work schedule. Employees will be required to come into the office twice a week. Individual schedules will be agreed upon by the employee and their supervisor. 

Who may apply: The City of Seattle encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experience. This position is open to all qualified candidates that meet the minimum qualifications. The City of Seattle values diverse perspectives and life experiences. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity. 

The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday, and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents. 

More information about employee benefits is available on the City’s website at: https://www.seattle.gov/human-resources/benefits/employees-and-covered-family-members/most-employees-plans 

Agency: City of Seattle
Address: Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Avenue, Suite 5500, Seattle, Washington, 98104
Website: http://www.seattle.gov/jobs




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