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City of Tacoma WA Skilled Occupational Intern in Tacoma, Washington

Skilled Occupational Intern


$16.28 - $19.78 Hourly


Tacoma, WA

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Remote Employment


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Closing Date

2/29/2024 5:00 PM Pacific

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Position Description

The City of Tacoma is committed to fostering a workplace that is innovative and flexible, and which attracts, supports, and retains a diverse and talented workforce. This position is telework eligible. The successful candidate may apply for and request approval for a Telework Arrangement.

Tacoma Power's Power Management division is looking for a Customer Energy Solutions Intern to join their team.

The Customer Energy Solutions (CES) Intern will assist Tacoma Power in delivering value to its customers and the community through conservation programs, energy education and outreach at community events. The efforts this position will assist with include, but are not limited to: reviewing processes and recommending improvements to increase efficiencies and program participation, engaging with customers participating in conservation programs, and at community events; giving presentations to community groups like neighborhood councils and environmental clubs; reviewing rebate applications for eligibility.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Assist in planning, logistics, and staffing to represent Tacoma Power at various events (primarily evenings and weekends) to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy programs and services offered by the utility.

  • Assist field staff with energy audits to assess energy efficiency needs, prepare energy audit reports that include recommendations to improve energy efficiency, inform on appropriate programs available, and explain programs and processes. Distribute energy kits and explain use and application of items.

  • Review conservation rebate projects for eligibility and update information on internal software systems. Provide initial screening and analysis for program inquiries. Examine submittals of technical product documents for accuracy and completeness.

  • Engage with customers: explain program requirements and processes, work closely with customers to ensure smooth processing of projects by providing hands-on concierge service from initial application and bid process through installation and inspection.

  • Assist the Residential Customer Energy Programs team in meeting program objectives as assigned.

  • Research new efficiency related topics

  • Audit conservation program documents on sharepoint and DSMC how to’s, provide recommendations for updates, organization, and clarity

    The expected duration of the internship is one year, 40 hours per week.


Graduation from high school or GED equivalent.

Enrolled in vocational school, community college, four-year college or university, graduate student or a recent graduate who has completed a degree from an accredited college/university within the last year.

Selection Process & Supplemental Information


Interested individuals should apply online and attach a detailed resume and cover letter that includes job experience, major responsibilities and accomplishments related to this position.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received for interview consideration.

Reference checks will be conducted on final candidates and appointment is subject to passing a background check.

Tacoma Power

Tacoma Power is an almost 100% hydroelectric, municipally-owned public power utility, located in Tacoma. We serve approximately 170,000 customers as one of the three operating divisions of Tacoma Public Utilities, alongside Tacoma Water and Tacoma Rail. As one of the most livable, walkable cities in the country, you'll find that Tacoma is a great fit for all interests with places to bike, run, hike, and explore, the perks of a big city, and the charm of a small town.

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.

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.

Communication from the City of Tacoma:

We primarily communicate via e-mail during the application process. E-mails 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 e-mail folders.

If you have any additional questions regarding this position, please contact the Human Resources Department at 253.591.5400.

The City of Tacoma provides excellent medical, dental and vision plans for the whole family; paid holidays and paid leave; participation in the Tacoma Public 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.


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. I understand that any form of cheating or falsification will disqualify my application for further consideration.

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    The City of Tacoma has a technical requirement that employees filling classified roles be residents of the City at the time of their original appointment to a classified job. However, there is a process to request a waiver of this requirement from the Civil Service Board if we identify an outstanding candidate who is a nonresident. Not residing within the City of Tacoma is not an automatic disqualifier and everyone is encouraged to apply.

  • I understand that the City will request a waiver for me if necessary

  • Not applicable, I'm a City of Tacoma resident


    Are you enrolled in vocational school, community college, four-year college or university, graduate student or a recent graduate?

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    Where are you enrolled? Or where have you recently graduated from?


    What is your major course or study/degree in?


    Why are you interested in this position?


    The expected duration of this internship is one year, up to 40 hours per week. Assigned work will include attendance at occasional public events occurring on evenings and weekends. Please describe your availability as it pertains to the position.


    One of the City's Principles that guides us is Equity. Describe what equity means to you and describe an experience you have working with diverse groups of people.


    Please tell us how you learned about this job opening.

  • Job Interest Card notification

  • Internet search

  • Professional organization

  • Community organization

  • Military organization

  • Union job posting

  • City of Tacoma employee

  • Online job board posting

  • Word of mouth

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  • Indeed

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    Please specify where you learned about this internship?

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City of Tacoma


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





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