NextGen Climate Internship

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Education
Posted on December 27, 2021
Apply Now

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 no less than two rotational 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 shape the future structure of the NextGen climate internship program.

Job Duties

Examples of project focus areas for 2022 and beyond:
Climate preparedness

  • Supporting the development of internally focused Climate Change Digital Resource Hub for county employees 
  • Providing research support for funding mechanisms and options for climate preparedness actions 
  • Supporting the design and implementation of the urban heat measurement and mapping project
Sustainable and Resilient Frontline Communities
  • Support climate infographic communications projects with departments 
  • Assisting with meeting facilitation for community presentations & workshops 
  • Supporting the County's ongoing working relationship with Climate and Equity Community Task Force 
  • Research and compile climate justice resources for SRFC implementation 
  • Representing climate team at community coalition meetings and outreach events 
  • Supporting the work of the new interdepartmental Green Jobs Strategy development workgroup (Green Jobs Now)
Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • Project execution on water efficiency, including supporting or conducting cross-agency efforts to measure and reduce water usage 
  • Project execution on countywide energy programs, including supporting or conducting studies on energy efficiency and oil heat conversion 
  • Project execution on countywide transportation, including supporting or conducting efforts focused on reducing car trips.

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.
  • 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.
Highly Desired:
  • Experience building relationships and working collaboratively with/in limited English-speaking populations, immigrant/refugee communities, BIPOC communities, and culturally diverse communities.

Key Competencies:


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 Requirement 
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 covered under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) 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 in full or part-time status 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 
  • 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 

Supplemental Information

To learn more about the Department of Natural Resources and Parks click on the below links: 

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.

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.

Are you applying to this position as an eligible Current or Previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant AND 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 AND Do you possess the skills and abilities to qualify for this position?
  • 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. AND The position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
  • No.
If 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 layoff
Are 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
  • No

Required Question