Discover local government + environmental opportunities

Considering environmental work through government?  Maybe it’s … producing educational programs? Enhancing our city parks? Increasing community recycling? Wherever your interests lie, you don’t have to travel to Washington DC to work for the government, you can work right here in the greater Seattle area!

There are a number of divisions, offices, and programs dedicated to the environment, sustainability, and natural resources within our local government that you might not have considered yet. The more information you gather, the more confident you will feel about taking the next step, and possibly striking up a conversation with a recruiter at the government career fair! You can start gathering that information now by exploring some of the environmentally focused areas below:

King County Departments (or Pierce, Snohomish, Kitsap, etc.)

  • Emergency Management
  • Environmental Health Service Division
  • Environmental Purchasing Program
  • Natural Resources & Parks
  • Solid Waste Division
  • Water & Land Resources Division
  • Wastewater Treatment Division

Check out their career and internship opportunities as well.

City of Seattle Departments (or Bellevue, Bothell, Renton, Issaquah, etc.)

  • Office of Emergency Management
  • Department of Parks & Recreation
  • Department of Neighborhoods
  • Department of Public Utilities
  • Office of Sustainability and Environment

Check out their career and internship opportunities as well.

Additionally, when you do a quick search of UW Alumni on LinkedIn that majored in Environmental Studies, you can see quite a few of them work for both the City of Seattle and King County. If you dig a little deeper, you can explore some of their job titles and see if anything sparks your interest…

City of Seattle job titles: Energy Management Analyst, Public Space and Community Coordinator, Policy and Innovation Assistant, Community Outreach, Strategic Drainage & Wastewater Planner, Stormwater Scientist, GIS Analyst, or Recycling and Waste Prevention Manager, to name a few.

King County job titles: Environmental Aide, Senior Wildlife Biologist, Environmental Justice Advocate, Climate and Energy Coordinator, Biosolids Project Manager, Climate Change Program Coordinator, Ecologist, Natural Lands Mangers, or Safety and Health Administrator, to name a few.

If you come across something that you want to take a deeper dive into, ask that Alum to do an informational interview, or search for a related job description to see what qualifications you need for it. Also be on the lookout for these types of local government jobs getting posted into Handshake, because they are looking for UW students and alumni just like you!

By Alison McCarty
Alison McCarty Assistant Director & Career Coach