[pccgrads] Fwd: Urban Ecosystems Internship with Seattle Public Utilities

Miriam A. Bertram mab23 at uw.edu
Tue Apr 2 11:34:56 PDT 2019

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) Environmental Science and
Technology Division is seeking an upper division undergraduate or
graduate intern to gain experience performing field identification,
mapping, and managing inventory of landscape vegetation and urban forest
within Seattle Public Utilities assets and lands.

This division provides over one million customers in King County with
functional and reliable surface water, stormwater, groundwater, and
wastewater infrastructure and associated ecosystem services. The Urban
Ecosystems Program manages, protects, and enhances the ecosystem services
of streams, ponds, wetlands, landscape and riparian vegetation, urban
forest, and the surface drainage network. The majority of the work of the
Urban Ecosystems Program is focused within the limits of the City of

*Learning objectives include, but are not limited to:*

· Improve plant identification skills

· Utilize and gain skill in the latest mobile and desktop GIS
technology for vegetation mapping

· Gain knowledge about the multiple ecological and social benefits
and services that an urban utility provides

· Learn about the varied urban landscapes and watersheds within the
City of Seattle

· Learn how field data is translated into platforms that serve the
operations, maintenance, and management of resources for a public agency,
and also provide information to the community.

*Job Responsibilities*

The successful intern will work with staff to:

· Identify, collect data, and map native and ornamental trees,
shrubs, and ground cover

· Monitor and maintain current habitat mitigation and restoration

· Support the data collection and monitoring of creek and
floodplain aquatic ecology

· Perform data validation, analysis, reporting, and management.

Work Environment/Physical Demands:

· Field assignments will entail exposure to all types of weather
and physical conditions

· Must be able to traverse uneven grounds while carrying a 25 lb.
backpack for up to six (6) miles per day

· Must be able to stand, walk, or bend for extended periods of


*Education: *Applicants must be currently enrolled as an *undergraduate or
graduate *student pursuing a degree in Horticulture, Forestry,
Arboriculture, Landscape Architecture, Natural Resource Management,
Restoration Ecology, or other closely related field.

*Students *must be *currently *enrolled on a part-time or full-time basis
for the duration of the internship. Undergraduate student must maintain a
minimum 2.0 GPA; graduate student must maintain a 3.0 GPA.

Here is more information and a link to apply for the position:
The application period closes 4/16/2019. Note that the advertisement lists
this internship as summer only, but the sponsor has indicated that it will
be full-time in summer and part-time the rest of the year, to accommodate
student schedules.
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