February 2018 Environmental Health

3629 South D Street, Tacoma, WA 98418

(253) 798-6470 (phone) • (253) 798-7663 (fax)

Surface Water Program Internship Announcement

The Tacoma Pierce-County Health Department (Health Department) is looking for a student intern for the summer of 2018.  The internship must be a degree requirement of the college, university or certification.

The Environmental Health Surface Water Student Intern is an unpaid position and designed for those interested in pursuing, or exploring, a career in in the fields of Environmental Health, Marine Biology or Environmental Sciences. The typical schedule will be 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. for three or four days per week, Monday through Wednesday or Thursday, and is under the direction of an immediate supervisor.

This is a summary of the duties and responsibilities for this internship:

  • Outdoor field work including the collection of water samples;
  • Assisting with butter clam, varnish clam and mussel collection for toxin monitoring;
  • Conducting surveys and bacteriological monitoring for marine recreational activities;
  • Recording data and other information as required;
  • Other related activities or tasks

These duties are not meant to be all-inclusive, therefore other related activities or tasks may be assigned.

There will also be opportunities to job shadow within other programs at the Health Department as time allows.

Possession of a valid driver’s license, an acceptable driver’s abstract and the ability to successfully pass a background investigation are required prior to assignment. This position also involves working independently in the field. The ability to safely navigate uneven terrain, including under adverse weather conditions, is also a requirement. Organization skills and the ability to manage time effectively are also highly desirable.

If interested, please contact one of the following Surface Water Staff:

Lindsay Tuttle, 253-798-3530 (ltuttle@tpchd.org) or Ray Hanowell, 253-798-2845 (rhanowell@tpchd.org)