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Posted: 01/15/2016

Seattle City Light
Human Resources

Seattle City Light, a department of the City of Seattle, is one of the nation's 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.

Historic Preservation Intern
Internship Opportunity
Seattle, WA
$15.12 Hourly
Open Until

The Environmental Affairs and Real Estate Division is seeking a Historic Preservation Intern to assist with projects related to several of City Light's historic resources, among them the Georgetown Steam Plant (National and Seattle Historic Landmark), the Skagit River and Cedar Falls hydroelectric projects (listed on the National Register of Historic Places), and Seattle resources such as substations. Projects will range from populating an artifacts database to compiling a comprehensive historic context for City Light resources within our service area, following The Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Identification. This position will report to the Manager of Natural Resources and Environmental Planning.

Educational Benefit:
This year-long internship will benefit the student by providing immersion into the field of historic preservation and providing them with a deep understanding of the profession's standards.
Specifically, the intern will leave this internship with the following learning outcomes:

  • Ability to conduct extensive archival research and write historic contexts for several and/or single historic resources;
  • Manage and/or guide the treatment of historic resources;
  • Ability to conduct HP field work for survey forms and reports to a level suitable for submission to State and Federal agencies.'

Job Responsibilities:

During this year-long internship, the intern will be responsible for:

  • Identifying, processing, researching, and summarizing information in a concise and factual manner. Two different types of documents will be needed--official submittals to agencies and less formal brochures and summaries for the public. The later will required the ability to present information in a way that is interesting and engaging;
  • Conducting primary document research to create a historic context that meets accepted professional historic preservation standards (e.g., The Secretary of the Interior's Standards and Guidelines for Archaeology and Historic Preservation);
  • Working independently and in a team setting to accomplish specific assignments and goals;
  • Beginning the research for developing and writing a comprehensive historic context for City Light facilities in Seattle: substations, service centers and other structures/complexes. 
  • Conducting on-the-spot research re: topics triggered by SEPA, other permitting activities, and internal  inquires/projects.
  • Continuing the population of the Georgetown Steam Plant artifacts (materials and equipment) database started in 2015 and conducting individual object research to determine which items are relevant to the plant's history and which can be deaccessioned.

Education: This position is open to rising junior and senior undergraduate and continuing graduate students studying Historic Preservation, Architectural History, History, Public History, Industrial Archaeology, Material Culture, Cultural Heritage Tourism, Museum Studies, Architecture, or a similar major. Students must be enrolled full time and possess at least a 2.0 GPA (undergraduate) or 3.0 GPA (graduate) at the time of application and throughout the internship.

Additional Information:

Desired Qualifications:
A successful candidate should possess demonstrated interest in historic preservation, research proficiency using primary source documents, and strong writing skills to create audience specific reports.
Internship Duration and Hours:
The timeframe of the internship will be June 2016 to June 2017. The candidate must be available to work 40 hours/week during the summer and up to 20 hours/week when classes are in session. Work hours will be flexible to accommodate the intern's academic schedule.

How to apply
How to Apply: In addition to your complete online application, please attach: - Your unofficial transcript - including current coursework, next term registration, and cumulative GPA Resume - Cover letter explaining how your coursework and experience qualify you for this internship - Incomplete applications will not be considered. 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. Want to know more about Seattle City Light? Check out our web page: http://www.seattle.gov/light/

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