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Councilmember O’Brien meets with UW students in March
VOLUNTEERING

There are so many opportunities to volunteer at or for the City in some capacity. For a full understanding of the opportunities, please check out: www.seattle.gov/html/citizen/cityvolunteer.htm

  1. Volunteer for the City Attorney
  2. More information can be found here: www.seattle.gov/law/volunteer_program/

    Volunteers with the City of Seattle City Attorney's Office devote nearly 6,000 hours of volunteer time each year. People volunteer for a variety of reasons: some seek college credit, others want to gain valuable career `experience, still others just want to feel good about contributing to the community. The two Divisions that comprise the City Attorney's Office continuously recruit volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, please follow the appropriate application process for the Division in which you are interested.

    What are the benefits of volunteering with the City Attorney's Office?

    • Gain valuable experience and learn new skills.
    • Complete a meaningful internship or externship that will help your resume stand out from the competition for graduate/law school.
    • Learn about the criminal justice system and/or civil litigation process.
    • Explore new career opportunities.
    • Obtain legal, computer, and communication skills that employers are seeking.
    • Earn college credit (contact your school for more information).
    • An opportunity to give back to your community.

    Criminal Division

    What volunteer opportunities are available?
    The Criminal Division prosecutes misdemeanors for the City of Seattle. At various times throughout the year, assistance may be needed in the Domestic Violence Unit, Community Court program, harassment victim advocacy or victim and witness contact. Anyone interested should contact the volunteer coordinator directly for information on available opportunities.

    What are the requirements to be a volunteer for the Criminal Division?

    • A desire to learn.
    • Be at least 18 years old.
    • Able to pass a criminal background check.
    • Available during business hours to work in our downtown office.
    • Commit to one or two school quarters. For certain positions, we request up to six months.
    • One year of relevant school or work experience.
    • Basic computer skills.
    • Certain positions require additional training or education.

    How do I apply?
    Call or e-mail Joyce Ramsey, joyce.ramsey@seattle.gov, Volunteer Coordinator, 206-684-8237.

    Civil Division: The Civil Division of the Seattle City Attorney's Office provides legal counsel and representation to the City's elected and appointed officials. It serves the public interest by providing these clients with the affordable, high quality legal advice and representation that they need to best achieve their policies and goals. The Division is organized into eight specialized areas of practice in which attorneys provide legal counsel and representation in litigation at all levels of state and federal courts and administrative agencies.

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  3. Volunteer for the Mayor’s Office
  4. Engage Seattle: www.cityofseattle.net/engage/

    Want to volunteer your time in a way that will make a real difference in your community? Seattle is committed to increasing the impact of volunteer service on our city's most critical issues and making it easier for more people to serve. In partnership with many community organizations, we have developed a Citywide Service Plan that will use volunteer service to address some of the education and youth development priorities identified through the Mayor's Youth & Families Initiative. We are asking volunteers to join the effort to help ensure that more 3rd grade students are reading at grade level, more middle school students are receiving the support they need as they transition to high school, and more vulnerable children have access to trained and committed mentors.

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  5. Volunteer for the Seattle Police Department
  6. Look here for more information: www.seattle.gov/Police/Involved/Volunteer/default.htm

    Victim Support Team (VST): Seattle Police Department’s Domestic Violence Victim Support Team (VST) program is a unique partnership between community members and police to address and prevent domestic violence. The program is designed to address the gap in services to domestic violence victims that exists between the time patrol officers respond to a 9-1-1 call and take a report, to the time advocates, detectives, and prosecutors make contact with the victim for follow up.

    Community volunteers with VST provide crisis intervention, support, and resources to domestic violence victims and their children at secured crime scenes during the critical time following a domestic violence incident. VST volunteers work in teams of two and are supervised by a VST On-Call Supervisor, are dispatched by police radio and respond immediately to secured crime scenes, and are equipped with an unmarked police car, police radio, cell phone, and resources.

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  7. Volunteer with the Seattle Youth Commission
  8. Check out this website: www.seattle.gov/syc/

    The Seattle Youth Commission is a group of 22 Seattleites aged 13-19 from all over the city who are appointed by the Mayor and City Council to connect youth to their elected officials.

    This is done in three main ways:

    • Hosting Youth Community Meetings throughout the city to hear directly from young people.
    • Using input from the forums to advise and influence the Mayor and City Council.
    • Hosting the annual Youth Town Hall, which gives all of Seattle’s youth the opportunity to talk directly to their Mayor and City Councilmembers.

    Contact:
    Sol Villarreal
    Office of Mayor Mike McGinn
    sol.villarreal@seattle.gov
    206-427-3062

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  9. Volunteer in the Department of Neighborhoods
  10. Get in touch with your Neighborhood District Coordinator: www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nsc/coordinators.htm

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  11. Volunteer for a Board or Commission
  12. Check out this website: www.seattle.gov/html/citizen/boardsportal.asp
    Contact Tania Rosario at RosariT@seattle.gov with questions.

    List of Boards and Commissions:

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  13. Volunteer in the Legislative Department
  14. Anyone interested in being a volunteer can contact Melissa Beatty via email at melissa.beatty@seattle.gov or 206-684-5428.

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  15. And more
  16. There are opportunities in the environment, arts, human services, animals, parks, transportation and more. Just start clicking: www.seattle.gov/html/citizen/cityvolunteer.htm

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Seattle Youth Employment Program (SYEP)

For information regarding this program please see their website at www.seattle.gov/humanservices/youth/employment.htm or call the Human Services Department at 206-386-1001.

The Seattle Youth Employment Program (SYEP) is a year-round academic support and work-readiness program for youth, ages 14-21. The program, operated by the Human Services Department, helps participants fulfill their educational goals and explore the world of work by providing educational support, leadership development and work training.

Each SYEP participant works with a Youth Development Counselor to develop a plan to achieve academic, personal and employment goals. The program supports participants’ ability to meet these goals by providing after school tutoring, job readiness training, personal development workshops, postsecondary planning, field trips, internships and case management.

Participants are from low-income families, and 90 percent are youth of color. They have little or no work experience, and often struggle in school.

SYEP is also the lead agency for the Seattle Youth Employment Consortium which includes partner agencies the Center for Career Alternatives, Metrocenter YMCA and YouthCare. Comprehensive services are also available through these partners and dozens of others including the Seattle Public Schools, other City of Seattle departments, community agencies, employers and local colleges.

SYEP is an equal opportunity employer and provider of employment and training services. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals of disabilities.

A great resource for opportunities for young people is the Youth Connected Program (ages 17-19 usually): www.seattlejobsinitiative.com/news/recent/documents/YouthConnected_7.28.2010.pdf

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INTERNSHIPS

Check out the City employment website at www.seattle.gov/jobs/internships.asp or call Andrea Lowe in Personnel at 206-684-7264

The internship program is designed to provide qualified candidates with meaningful work experience to supplement and enhance their academic programs. In return, the City derives the full benefit of the students' capabilities to assist in normal work activities and/or with special projects and events. Additionally, internships enable students to establish effective working relationships with professional staff, which may be beneficial to their future career development.

Types of internships: The number, level and content of internships vary each year. Most internships are scheduled for part-time work during the school year and full-time in the summer. Some internships are paid while others are unpaid and will be clearly listed in the description. The rates for the paid positions are based on the academic level of the student - Cooperative Education Intern (undergraduate level) and Municipal Government Intern (graduate level). Deadlines for applications are indicated in the posting.

Eligibility: Students will be considered for internships at the City of Seattle consistent with specific qualifications described in the internship listing. Qualified interns are also currently enrolled in a post-secondary educational program leading to an undergraduate or graduate degree and in good standing at their college or university. Students must retain their status until the end of the internship. In some cases, students may be enrolled in technical, certificate programs in particular fields relevant to the City's business objectives. Students may work full-time during the summer without being enrolled; however they must be returning to school and pre-registered for the fall term. Qualified interns are also considering a profession related to some aspect of the City's business objectives. Generally, interns should be advanced enough in their educational programs to have begun taking courses in a field related to their work at the City. However, in some cases previous work experience or education may substitute for their current academic program of study.

How to Apply: All internship positions are available at www.seattle.gov/personnel/employment/default_TemporaryAndInternship.asp. You may submit your application only when there are open student internship positions posted.

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WORK STUDY

Take a look at the City employment website at www.seattle.gov/jobs/workstudy.asp or call Andrea Lowe in Personnel at 206-684-7264

The Work Study Program is a financial aid job placement program available to students attending participating universities, colleges, community colleges or vocational schools in Washington State. The program is administered by the Personnel Department; and jointly funded by the participating City departments and schools.

This program allows students to gain valuable work experience while earning funds for college. The department typically outlines a Work Study project providing the student with meaningful work that supplements their academic curriculum. Further, the student will gain valuable work experience to add to their resume for future employment opportunities following graduation.

Eligibility: Participation in the program is open to all students who are eligible for financial aid and are awarded State Work Study through their college or university. Only students who have been awarded State Work Study are eligible to apply for Work Study positions with the City of Seattle. Work Study students are limited to a 19 hour work week during the academic year, and a 40 hour work week during school breaks.

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APPRENTICESHIPS

More information can be found on the City employment website at www.seattle.gov/jobs/apprenticeships.asp

City Light

Seattle City Light is looking for employees who learn quickly, are physically fit and bring integrity to a diverse work force. For information on job openings and the required application procedure, we recommend that you visit the City of Seattle Jobline at www.seattle.gov/jobs.

You may also obtain information about apprenticeship programs throughout Washington by contacting the State Department of Labor and Industries:

Department of Labor and Industries
Specialty Compliance Services Division
Apprenticeship Section
P.O. Box 44530
Olympia WA 98504-4530
Phone: 360-902-5324
FAX: 360-902-4248

For a listing of apprenticeships in the State of Washington, visit: www.lni.wa.gov/TradesLicensing/Apprenticeship/default.asp.

With additional questions, please contact the Seattle City Light Apprenticeship Office at: talentacquisitionunit.scl@seattle.gov

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Seattle Public Utilities

If accepted into one of SPU’s two-year, on-the-job training programs, you’ll receive valuable job skills, excellent pay and attractive benefits. In addition to being full-time employees of SPU, apprentices are required to attend evening classes on their own time. The classes are paid for by SPU. Apprentices are also required to participate in fitness training during the apprenticeship.

Water Pipe Worker apprentices are expected to work outside in all types of weather, terrain and environment, and at all hours. Safety is of the highest priority. All apprentices will be trained to work safely around environmental hazards, wear personal protective equipment and clothing, and follow strict safety regulations. The positions are represented by United Association Plumbers and Pipefitters, Local #32.Under guidance from a journey-level employee, Water Pipe Worker apprentices will also learn and be expected to:

  • Operate tools and large equipment, and work around heavy equipment such as backhoes, dump trucks and excavators.
  • Work with a crew.
  • Perform work in confined spaces.
  • Work at heights, and climb in and out of deep structures.
  • Report to various work sites.
  • Repair broken pipelines, install new service connections, perform routine maintenance, and respond to emergency situations within the water system.
  • Investigate and resolve customer complaints.
  • Develop communication skills and play an active role in solving problems.

Drainage and Wastewater apprentices are expected to work outside in all types of weather, terrain and environment, and at all hours. Safety is of the highest priority. All apprentices will be trained to work safely around worksite and environmental hazards, wear personal protective equipment and clothing, and follow strict safety regulations. The positions are represented by the Public Service and Industrial Employees, Local 1239.Under guidance from a journey-level employee, Drainage and Wastewater apprentices will also learn and be expected to:

  • Operate tools and large equipment, and work around heavy equipment such as backhoes, dump trucks and excavators.
  • Work with a crew.
  • Perform work in confined spaces.
  • Work at heights, and climb in and out of deep structures.
  • Report to various work sites.
  • Clean catch basins, remove hazardous materials, clear debris from creeks, make repairs, and install infrastructure such as maintenance holes, catch basins, and pipes within the rain water drainage system.
  • Repair broken sewer pipelines, install new service connections, inspect sewer lines using a closed-circuit TV, and respond to emergency situations within the sewer system.
  • Investigate and resolve customer complaints.
  • Develop communication skills and play an active role in solving problems.

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