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Watershed Planning Intern - City of Bellevue ( Job # 14-0062)

This job is closed.

Minimum Salary: $20.06 per hour
Maximum Salary: $20.06 per hour
Employment Type: Internship
Department: Utilities
Closes: September 10, 2014 at 3:05 PM
(Open to current employees and the general public.)


This position will provide support to the Bellevue Utilities Watershed Planning team located in the Engineering Division of the Utilities Department.  The student intern is expected to perform tasks related to utility storm and surface water system analysis, including hydrology, environmental studies, biology and environmental engineering.  On-the-job training will be provided as needed. 

***The successful candidate is expected to work full time during the summer months and 10 to 15 hours per week during the school year. Hours of work during the school year are flexible and can be arranged around the student’s course work requirements.  This position is expected to be able to work during the school year so no students from schools outside of the Bellevue-Seattle area (greater than 60 miles from Bellevue City hall) will be considered. Telecommunicating is not an option.


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Assist with the development of individual basin plans as well as updating data in the Storm and Surface Water System Plan.   This position will provide statistical summaries, reports and graphs of hydrologic, water quality, biological and habitat data for the plan and drainage basin facts information.
  • Conduct hydrologic engineering analyses of natural drainage systems as directed by senior engineers for capital improvement projects.  These analyses might include base-flow separation techniques; converting stage data into discharge hydrographs using discharge rating curves; conducting hydrologic flow frequency analyses; developing HEC RAS, WWHM or SWMM computer models under the direction of an senior engineer/hydrologist; and review, maintain and update the existing hydrologic modeling input files used to perform engineering analysis of the City’s storm drainage systems.  No previous experience necessary, training will be provided.
  • Field work and verification of information might include documenting hydrologic, geomorphic and habitat condition evaluations using established protocols; assisting with collection of biological samples from streams; assisting with performing salmon surveys, collecting sediment samples following established protocols; measuring stream flow to develop/verify discharge rating curves and other field assignments as requested by senior engineers and/or scientists.
  • Conduct standard statistical tests or analyses for the purpose of verifying developed hypotheses.
  • Other duties as assigned related to biological, hydrologic and water quality data, typically involving data entry, data organization, manipulation and presentation of data that includes, but is not limited to:  data variability, coefficient of variance, coefficient of skewness and fitting a probability distribution.


  • Must be registered as a student in a technical discipline degree program related to utility services, including environmental engineering, environmental studies, hydrology or biology.
  • Graduate level course work is preferred.
  • Ability to collect and analyze data and formulate solutions to problems.
  • Ability to perform independently when clear direction is provided.
  • Ability to walk and wade through streams and wetlands that are chest deep, and walk through dense vegetation, sometimes in cold and wet weather.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team.
  • Good oral communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Computer skills and aptitude in the following software: Word, Excel, Access, Powerpoint and Arc GIS.
  • Skill in documenting procedures, summarizing findings, and writing reports and correspondence.
  • Washington state drivers license with good driving record.


Physical Demands:

The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Work involves walking, talking, hearing, using hands to handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms.  Vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.  Ability to distinguish colors.
  • The employee may be required to push, pull, lift, and/or carry up to 40 pounds.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderately quiet.
  • Work also involves walking, wading, bending, and balancing during field work when working in streams, wetlands, and variable terrain.

Definition of Seasonal Student Intern:

Both seasonal and student intern criteria must be met.

Definition of a Seasonal Employee: 

  • Must be pre-approved by Human Resources to ensure compliance with the legislation
  • Regularly scheduled to work up to 40 hours per week for which the customary annual employment is six months or less
  • "Customary" means that the nature of the position typically lasts for six months or fewer and that the period of employment begins at approximately the same time each year
  • NOTE: Will be considered full-time and eligible for medical coverage if hours average 30 hours per week or more over a 12-month measurement period (or 130 hours per month)

Student Intern:

  • Must be enrolled in a bona fide education program. Full time employees taking evening classes, those enrolled in one course, or those going to school periodically are not considered student interns.
  • During the school year, the student must be scheduled to work 15 hours or fewer per week.
  • During special situations (i.e. specific internship programs through school) or during school breaks, can be scheduled to work more than 15 hours, up to full time, if appropriate.
  • Must be terminated as a student intern when graduates or is no longer associated with an education program.
  • “At-will” status for the duration of the student intern status.


How To Apply

Click "Apply Now" to complete the application for this position. For further information about this position, please contact Rick Watson via email at or at 425.452.4896. If you need technical assistance with the online application, please contact our IT helpdesk at 425.452.4340

Candidates who apply, must attach a cover letter and resume to the on-line application.   Applicants must also send a copy of their most recent college transcript to be considered for this position; transcripts may be sent via email to Rick Watson at  or via mail to the following address:

City of Bellevue

Utilities Department/Engineering Division

Attention: Rick Watson

PO Box 90012

Bellevue, WA 98009



Bellevue City Hall
450 110th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004