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Posted: 10/16/2013

City of Seattle
Seattle City Light

Since 1905, Seattle City Light has delivered clean, renewable, low-cost, reliable power to its customer-owners. Now the 10th largest publicly owned municipal utility in the United States, City Light was the first utility in the country to be carbon neutral and remains the only utility in the country to be net-zero carbon generating.

Historic Preservation Intern
Internship Opportunity
Seattle, WA

Position Description:

Seattle City Light, a department of the City of Seattle, is one of the nations largest municipally owned utilities in terms of the number of customers served. Over the years we have worked very hard to keep Seattle's electricity affordable, reliable, and environmentally sound. Today, City Light is a recognized national leader in energy efficiency and environmental stewardship.

The Environmental Affairs and Real Estate Division is seeking a detail oriented intern to assist in two projects related to City Lights Georgetown Steam Plant, a National and Seattle Historic Landmark. The intern will assist in the creation of a report summarizing Steam Plant history in a chronological manner and a manual for conducting public tours at the plant. The intern will also assist with creating a historic resource database and hard copy documentation for City Lights Skagit River Hydroelectric Project. Other duties related to historic preservation may be assigned, as time permits. The intern will report to the Manager of Natural Resources and Environmental Planning and will work closely with City Lights Historic Preservation Lead. 

Job Responsibilities:

  • Conduct research on the history of the Georgetown Steam Plant using documentation from various sources (e.g., program/project files, microfilm, governmental archives, etc.).
  • Prepare a chronological report on the various activities that have occurred over the history of the Georgetown Steam Plant that can be used for background documentation for future planning purposes. The report will document the power generation history, environmental cleanup activities, real estate transactions, legal issues, and any other relevant historic activities.
  • Create a comprehensive and engaging manual for conducting tours that can be adapted for the public, engineers, and historic preservation specialists.
  • Create and organize hard copy files for historic resources at the Skagit River Hydroelectric Project.
  • Use File Maker Pro or other database software to develop a database of maps, photographs, and records to track changes to City Light historic structures.


Education: Applicants must be enrolled full-time as a Junior or Senior at a four year undergraduate program with major in degree in history, historic preservation, industrial archeology or public history with a minimum of 2.0 GPA throughout the internship.

Experience: Work or volunteer experience that reflects a professional interest in history or historic preservation; demonstrated research proficiency using primary source documents; and strong writing skills.

Additional Information:

Desired Qualifications: The successful applicant should have the ability to write reports and other materials that will appeal to a range of audiences (e.g., public vs. technical) and be proficient in the use of File Maker Pro or other database software. Must be able to take direction and then work relatively independently.

Start/end dates:  The internship will begin in the Winter quarter 2014 and will last through Summer 2014.

Hours:  The intern will work up to 20 hours/week during the school year with the potential for up to 40 hours/week during school breaks. Hours will be scheduled between 9:00am - 5:00pm M-F. Hours and days can be flexible to accommodate intern's class schedule.

Want to know more about Seattle City Light? Check out our web page: http://www.seattle.gov/light/

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How to apply
How to apply: Apply online at www.seattle.gov/jobs in the "Student Opportunities" section In addition to your complete online application, please attach: Your unofficial transcript - including current coursework, and cumulative GPA Resume Cover letter explaining how your coursework and life experience qualify you for the internship Three references Writing Sample Job offers are contingent on the verification of credentials and other information required by the employment process including the completion of a background check which includes criminal history review.
Jason Adams

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