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City of Tacoma WA Skilled Occupational Intern, Urban Forestry in Tacoma, Washington

Skilled Occupational Intern, Urban Forestry


$16.28 - $19.78 Hourly


Tacoma, WA

Job Type


Job Number



Environmental Services

Opening Date


Closing Date

6/18/2024 5:00 PM Pacific

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Position Description

The City of Tacoma's Office of Environmental Policy and Sustainability is recruiting for a full-time or part-time intern. This temporary intern will have the opportunity to learn from Office staff and to provide technical assistance on a variety of Urban Forestry (UF ( ) projects and programs within the Office of Environmental Policy and Sustainability (OEPS ( ). These include the planning, research, engagement, and implementation of key Urban Forest Management Plan ( (UFMP) actions that support the City’s health, urban forestry, and equity goals. This is a great opportunity to join the City of Tacoma, acquire valuable work experience, and personally contribute to positive change in our community.

If the below list of personal traits sounds like you, then you are just the type of person we are looking for to join our team!

  • Organized and excels at multi-tasking

  • Excellent public speaking, writing and interpersonal communication skills

  • Strong personal motivation commitment to outcomes

  • Outstanding customer service, people skills and professionalism

  • Enjoy working with diverse communities

  • Passionate about social and environmental justice

The intern selected for this position will be responsible for engaging in the following types of job duties:

  • Assisting in Urban Forestry communications, including improving and updating City webpage content, supporting the creation of engaging social media posts, responding to customer phone calls and emails, conducting outreach in priority planting areas, and working with partnering organizations to plan events and advertise for programs.

  • Assisting in the implementation of the Urban Forest Management Plan, including community incentive programs such as Tree Coupons, Grit City Trees, Community Tree Program, and other planting programs. This may include tree inventories, site assessments, community outreach, tree distribution coordination, analysis, data management and analysis, report writing, and working with community partners to support specific events such as Green Tacoma Day (October 12, 2024).

  • Assisting with maintenance of Urban Forsetry tree stock at the City’s Plant Holding Facility. This could include small improvement projects, irrigation maintenance, weeding, tool/equipment maintenance, and updating the facility’s inventory of trees.

  • Assisting with data collection, analytics, and reporting regarding historic tree planting and tree removals throughout the city, including for private development, permitting, and public projects.

  • Coordination of at least one tree planting and/or other related urban forestry public engagement project that is focused on community building through trees.

Educational Benefits:

Educational benefits to be derived by participants in this job include: local government operations; urban forestry; team work; research; GIS and mapping skills; public speaking; event coordination; and employability skills.

Hours and Terms of the Position:

This is a temporary part-time to full-time (20-40 hours per week) position that is anticipated to be filled from approximately June 2024, through June 2025.

Location and Physical Requirements of Position:

Time will usually be spent in an office, in the field, and in meetings. This position requires sitting at a desk for extended periods, using a computer, traveling to other City facilities, attending meetings and taking notes, communicating over the phone and accessing employee workspaces. Ability to lift at least 20 pounds, may be required occasionally.

Hybrid in-office and remote work will be allowed and determined through Supervisor discretion.

City of Tacoma Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Tacoma's diversity is its greatest asset. Tacoma embraces its multi-cultural and multi-ethnic character. Communities of color and immigrant communities are fundamental to Tacoma's entrepreneurial spirit, workforce, and long-term success. In Tacoma, equity and empowerment are top priorities, meaning that all Tacoma residents must have equitable opportunities to reach their full potential and share in the benefits of community progress. One of our goals is for the City of Tacoma workforce to reflect the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and welcome candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skill sets and experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play.


Graduation from high school or GED equivalent.


1 year of post-high school training

*Equivalency: 1 year of experience = 1 year of education

Knowledge & Skills


  • Knowledge of environmental topics.

  • Knowledge of research methodology.

  • Skill in operating a personal computer using basic software, including Microsoft Office and spreadsheets such as Microsoft Excel or other software programs.

  • Effective problem solving skills.

  • Ability to work as part of a team and independently with minimal supervision.

  • Ability to plan, organize, and implement programs and to write clear, complete, and logical reports.

  • Ability to learn pertinent Federal, State, and local laws and ordinances.

  • Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing.

  • Ability to effectively collaborate and work with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures

Selection Process & Supplemental Information


To be considered for this exciting and rewarding career opportunity:

Interested individuals must complete the online application and attach a detailed resume that includes past work and education experience and a brief cover letter stating why they want to participate in the internship.

This is a competitive selection process. It is the responsibility of the applicants to adequately describe all pertinent experience and training. Please make sure you read the questions and provide complete informative answers. DO NOT respond with "see resume" in lieu of answering these questions. Candidates whose qualifications most closely correspond with the Department's needs will be placed on a referral list for review and potential interview selection.

Applicants who have the strongest backgrounds related to the responsibilities of this position may be invited to participate in an interview, including a skills test. Appointment is subject to passing a background check.

NOTE: Applications received without the required resume and cover letter will not progress in the selection process.

The City of Tacoma is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in its workplace. Applicants are considered for positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital or veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, and local laws.

Our City:

With a population of over 210,000, Tacoma is the second largest city in the Puget Sound region, gracing the shores of Commencement Bay. We are a diverse, progressive, international city that serves as a gateway to the Pacific Rim and the rest of the world. Named one of the most livable areas in the country by, Tacoma and the surrounding area is a playground for outdoor and maritime enthusiasts. Our businesses are vibrant, our parks are beautiful, our schools are exceptional and our housing is affordable.

The City of Tacoma believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to our success. This job description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications and job scope. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

Communication from the City of Tacoma:

We primarily communicate via email during the application process. Emails from and/or must be placed on your safe domain list to ensure that you receive notifications in a timely manner. As a precaution, you may also want to check your junk email folders.

The online application system requires you to enter a substantial amount of information. Be prepared to spend at least an hour entering information. In order for your application materials to be considered, all information must be submitted by the closing date and time listed on this job announcement.

For assistance with the application process, or questions regarding the position, please contact the Human Resources office at (253) 591-5400 by 4:00 pm of the closing date of the job announcement.


City of Tacoma


Human Resources Department 747 Market Street Tacoma, Washington, 98402-3764




The City of Tacoma provides excellent medical, dental and vision plans for the whole family; paid holidays and paid leave; participation in the Tacoma Employees' Retirement System (alternate plan for Police/Fire); continuing education and advancement opportunities and a growing variety of City-sponsored health and wellness opportunities and incentives.

Medical Coverage: For eligible employees and their families, including domestic partners and dependent children age 26 or younger.

Dental Coverage: For eligible employees and their families, including domestic partners and dependent children age 26 or younger.

Vision Coverage: For eligible employees and their eligible dependents.

Paid Leave: City employees are entitled to received paid holidays, sick/vacation leave or personal time off (PTO), depending upon union affiliation and appointment type.

Insurance Plans: Employees are covered by a long-term disability plan. Short-term and expanded long-term disability insurance plans are also available to employees. The State Industrial Insurance Act also covers employees.

Deferred Compensation: Income can be set aside on a pretax basis and invested for supplementation of normal retirement income.

Retirement: All employees of the City, except members of the Police and Fire services, Tacoma Rail and certain project employees, are included in the Tacoma Employees' Retirement System. Information on the Tacoma Employees' Retirement System can be found at or by calling (253) 502-8200.

Other Employment Information

Direct Deposit: Employees are paid on a bi-weekly schedule by direct deposit.

Salary Increases: Based on satisfactory job performance, the City provides for a regular progression of salary increases for most classifications according to the salary schedule.

Union Affiliation: Many job classifications are covered by union security provisions which require union membership, dues, or payment of equivalent service fees.

Note: The provisions of this job announcement do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provision contained herein may be modified and/or revoked without notice.


The Supplemental Questionnaire is part of the examination process; accordingly, it should be completed carefully. It must be submitted with your application. Responses to supplemental questions must be original content created by the applicant using their own words. The use of online tools or resources to create responses, such as Artificial Intelligence (ChatGPT, etc), Google, Bing, etc., or plagiarism in any form, is considered cheating and falsification of the application. Do not indicate "see resume" or copy unrelated content from your resume when answering these questions. Answer all information requested in each question. Failure to do so may result in rejection of your application. I certify that the information provided is accurate and complete to the best of my knowledge. I understand that any falsification may cancel any terms, conditions, or privileges of employment.

  • Yes

  • No


    Do you have a High School Diploma or GED?

  • Yes

  • No


    Do you have 1 (one) year of post high-school training?

  • Yes

  • No


    Please describe your educational background or experience working in natural resources, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), urban forestry, green infrastructure, horticulture, or other relevant environmental related field.


    Please describe your experience creating, updating and maintaining web pages, and/or social media posts. If you do not have any relevant experience, please respond with N/A.


    Please describe your experience assisting with tasks like researching best management practices, gathering data, maintaining databases, or scheduling meetings. How did you contribute to the success of the project or area you supported? If you have no relevant experience, how do you plan to learn and adapt to this aspect of the internship?


    This position requires extensive high-level verbal and written communication skills. Provide examples of how you've effectively communicated complex ideas or information especially in relation to environmental topics.


    Which best describes your proficiency and experience with Microsoft Excel spreadsheets and graphs?

  • No experience

  • Beginner

  • Intermediate

  • Advanced (Able to train others)


    Which best describes your proficiency and experience with designing visual presentations?

  • No experience

  • Beginner

  • Intermediate

  • Advanced (Able to train others)


    Please describe your experience planning and implementing community events. If you have no relevant experience, how do you plan to learn and adapt to this aspect of the internship?


    Please describe your experience working with community groups and/or organizations. If you have no relevant experience, , how do you plan to engage with diverse communities and during your internship with the City of Tacoma?


    Please tell us how you learned about this job opportunity.

  • City of Tacoma website

  • Internet search

  • College/university job information

  • Association of Washington Cities website

  • City of Tacoma job interest card

  • From a City of Tacoma employee

  • Word of mouth

  • From a community organization

  • From a professional organization

  • Other


    If you responded, "community organization," "professional organization," or "other" to the previous question, please tell us exactly how you learned of this job opportunity. Thank you, your response will help us promote future opportunities to the community.


    Did you remember to upload a cover letter AND resume to this application?

  • Yes

  • No

    Required Question


City of Tacoma


Human Resources Department 747 Market Street Tacoma, Washington, 98402-3764





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