NextGen Climate Intern - 2023

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Education
Posted on November 18, 2022
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Summary

The King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks (DNRP) seeks NextGen Climate Interns. Participants in this program will contribute to shaping their professional development in climate-associated career fields. Project-based interns will complete policy and implementation driven assignments supporting the County's Strategic Climate Action Plan (SCAP), integrating climate change into all county operations, and working with King County cities, partners, communities, and residents. The SCAP outlines King County's priorities and commitments for climate action to residents and partners. These internships will be yearlong and will provide experience in the practical application of coursework and local government action in responding to climate change in a large-scale urban infrastructure system. Participants will have the opportunity to work on individual projects and a larger group project to contributing to the implementation of the NextGen Climate strategic plan.
 
Each NextGen intern will work with County Staff helping to implement a priority action tied to King County Strategic Climate Action Plan (SCAP). Past projects have included arranging a climate justice learning series, developing performance measurement metrics for climate preparedness initiatives and contributing to continuous improvement planning around lowering the county’s GHG emissions. All projects are vital components of ensuring the county equitably implements its strategic climate action plan.
 
We work in a fast pace but provide interns with the support they need to keep up with the demands of the position while also allowing for significant professional development and peer/ mentor support.

Job Duties

Core Work Duties:

  • Lead on an assigned individual project related to implementing a priority action associated with King County Strategic Climate Action Plan utilizing skills in project management, communications and research.
  • Regularly attend climate staff team meetings and NextGen Climate intern team meetings while positively and constructively contributing to the team’s work.
  • Develop a portfolio detailing the results of the individual project and sharing formative skills building experiences during the internship.
  • Attend regular professional development sessions and take an active role in shaping cohort and individual professional development opportunities.
  • Assist with countywide strategic initiatives related to climate work as directed.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Knowledge of research methods
  • Demonstrated basic quantitative skills
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Skilled in gathering, manipulating, and using data utilizing computer software and applications.
  • Demonstrated understanding and commitment to equity and social justice and uplifting community voices.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience building relationships and working collaboratively with/in limited English-speaking populations, immigrant/refugee communities, BIPOC communities, and culturally diverse communities.
The Successful Candidate will have the following Competencies

Collaboration - 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 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.

Customer Focus - 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.

Values Differences - Seeks to understand different perspectives and cultures. Contributes to a work climate where difference 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.


Working Conditions: 
Telecommuting and King Street Center
The work associated with this position will be performed predominantly by telecommuting, with occasional onsite work and meetings, as influenced by business needs. 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.
 
Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with an internet connection (access may be supplemented in some situations) where they can 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 support working remotely. The individual selected for this opportunity will be joining an innovative and progressive team.

Work Location: Primarily teleworking and the King Street Center 201 S. Jackson St., Seattle WA 98104. There will be an expectation to travel to various worksites throughout King and South Snohomish County as needed for your work

Work Schedule: This position is non-exempt from the overtime provision of the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA) and is overtime eligible. This part-time position works a 20-hour work week, Monday through Friday.

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 2023 in full or part-time status at an accredited university/collegeProof 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 
  • Resume 
  • Cover Letter detailing your background and what you can bring to this position 
  • Responses to supplemental questions
If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions, please contact the recruiter listed on this job announcement. Please contact: Diana Eberly, Senior Human Resource Analyst at 206-477-6899 or by email at Diana.eberly@kingcounty.gov

Supplemental Information

To learn more about the Department of Natural Resources and Parks click on the below links:
  https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/dnrp.aspx
  https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/dnrp/about/vision-mission-goals.aspx 

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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).

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To Apply

If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact the recruiter listed on this job announcement.

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.

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Are you currently enrolled and continuing into the fall of 2023 in full or part-time status at an accredited university / college?
  • Yes
  • No
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What is your expected graduation date?

Required Question