Community Engagement Intern
King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks seeks Community Outreach and Engagement interns! This is an exciting opportunity to connect with members of our community and shape projects within the Park's division related to solar lighting, structure improvements, safety and more!
Participants in this internship opportunity will contribute to shaping their professional development connected to established best practices in community outreach and engagement in the service of King County capital project development and execution. As an Intern with the Community Engagement team, your cohort will visit various parks within King County to gather data from the public and will work collaboratively with and learn from current King County project managers while developing valuable career and community contacts. Great opportunities for students looking to begin a career in local government or community relations connected to climate-oriented capital projects.
- Job Duties
- Researching and designing community engagement tools and activities such as survey questions or informational materials in collaboration with existing King County staff.
- Conducting field visits to support King County staff in gathering relevant field staff and site information to support informed project planning and design
- Directly connecting with King County communities about topics relevant to assigned projects during public meetings, field visits, or other outreach activities.
- Supporting and collaborating with King County staff on specific project goals associated with community information and input gathering.
- Compiling and synthesizing site information and community input to support project planning and design.
- Performing other tasks to support the project design and review process in collaboration with King County staff.
- Other tasks and duties as assigned.
- Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills
- College-level students currently enrolled and continuing into the fall of 2022 in full or part-time status at an accredited community college or four-year institution.
- Experience conducting informal and formal results-oriented research leading to focused deliverables
- Experience building relationships and working collaboratively with a range of stakeholder groups to meet a timeline
- Experience synthesizing gathered information into readable and understandable reports
- Computer skills/digital literacy with programs such as Microsoft 365 tools an e-mail.
- Ability to use a tablet, smart phone and other technology
- Highly developed interpersonal engagement and communication skills
- Openness and ability to engage with the public concerning specific project relevant topics
- Cultural competency and familiarity with/in limited English-speaking populations, immigrant/refugee communities, BIPOC communities, and culturally diverse communities[DS1] .
- This position requires a valid driver's license and the ability to drive a King County vehicle
- Experience building relationships and working collaboratively with/in limited English-speaking populations, immigrant/refugee communities, BIPOC communities, and culturally diverse communities.
- Proficiency in a language other than English
- Data collection and/or public survey design experience
Works cooperatively with others across the organization to achieve shared objectives. Represents own interests while being fair to others and their areas. Partners with others to get work done. Credits others for their contributions and accomplishments. Gains the trust and support of others.
Plans and Aligns
Sets objectives to align with broader organizational goals. Breaks down objectives into appropriate initiatives and actions. Stages activities with relevant milestones and schedules. Anticipates and adjusts effective contingency plans.
Gains insight into customer needs. Identifies opportunities that benefit the customer. Builds and delivers solutions that meet customer expectations. Establishes and maintains effective customer relationships.
Seeks to understand different perspectives and cultures. Contributes to a work climate where differences are valued and supported. Applies others' diverse experiences, styles, backgrounds, and perspectives to get results. Is sensitive to cultural norms, expectations, and ways of communicating.
- Supplemental Information
The work associated with this position will be performed predominantly by telecommuting, with occasional onsite work and meetings, as influenced by business needs. The employee will have access to shared workspaces at various King County facilities. Employees must reside in WA state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements.
They must maintain a workspace with an internet connection (access may be supplemented in some situations) to reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours. Please note that when an employee conducts work that is likely to bring them in contact with another individual, safety precautions are required by the department in alignment with the Public Health Directive from the Seattle & King County Public Health Officer. King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint.
To support employees during this time, King County has a robust collection of tools and resources to help working remotely. The individual selected for this opportunity will be joining an innovative and progressive team.
Work Location: Employees in this role will work predominately in the field at various King County Parks as part of a mobile engagement team. When not working in the field, work will be performed remotely from a home office or downtown Seattle office space.
Work Schedule: This position is covered under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) provisions and is overtime eligible.
Union Representation: This position is not represented by a Labor Union
Application Instructions: This position is open to college-level students currently enrolled and continuing into the fall of 2022, full-time or part-time at an accredited university/college. Proof of full or part-time enrollment status is required. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.
Application and Selection Process: Application materials will be screened for clarity, completeness including online application, cover letter and resume, and responsiveness to the list of qualifications, skills, and abilities. The most competitive candidates may be invited to participate in one or more panel interviews. Applications without the following required materials may not be considered for this position.
- King County application
- Cover Letter detailing your background and what you can bring to this position
- Responses to supplemental questions
Forbes recently named King County as one of Washington State's best employers.
Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.
Guided by our "True North", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.
COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement
King County Executive Branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are the successful candidate for the position you applied for, the County will send you a conditional offer letter.
As a condition of employment, prior to a final offer of employment, you will be required to:
- submit proof of vaccination, or
- have an approved request for medical or religious exemption and an approved accommodation. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.
People are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the final dose of a vaccination approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The Executive Branch includes employees in the Executive branch, the Assessor's Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff's Office, and the Executive Office.
King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer
No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.
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This position is not eligible for King County leave, holiday, insured, or other benefits. Please contact the recruiter on the posting for any additional questions regarding associated benefits.
01Are you applying to this position as an eligible current or previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant? Is this position the same or lower percentage of full-time when compared to the position held at the point of the notification of layoff? Do you possess the skills and abilities to qualify for this position?
02If you answered yes to the question above and you are applying for this position as a Priority Placement Participant, to be considered, you must provide the following three pieces of information in the space provided: 1. The title you held when you received your layoff notice 2. The department you worked in 3. The effective date of your layoff03Are you currently a full or part-time student enrolled at an accredited college/university, and will you continue to be in a full or part-time college student status after the summer of 2022?
- Yes, I was given a layoff notice from my role at King County and I am within two years of the effective date of my layoff. Additionally, the position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
04Do you currently have a valid driver's license?