Cultural Landscape Maintenance Interns at Lake Washington Ship Canal (USACE Seattle District) (PO-00735636)

Interns will work under the guidance of staff assigned by the Chief of Natural Resources at the Carl S. English Jr. Botanical Garden located at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks and Lake Washington Ship Canal. Interns will be expected to participate in all aspects of natural resource maintenance, including but not limited to: Performing a variety of routine maintenance, gardening and upkeep duties for sites such as plant beds and areas wildlife sites. This includes but is not limited to: weed removal, blowing, leaf removal, mulching and general removal of debris from public grounds. 

Using a variety of common hand tools, such as hatchets, saws, tampers, rakes, and shovels in performing simple maintenance or repair jobs and/or assisting others in more complex and demanding tasks such as moving earth or sand; lubricating equipment; and similar tasks. Operating simple power tools as required. Moving materials by wheelbarrows or hand trucks. Works with Lake Washington Ship Canal staff to maintain and make minor repairs to irrigation systems and plant bed perimeters. Operating equipment on grades and slopes such as heavy power mowers, power trimmers, power edgers, powered string trimmers and large electric drills. Training and supervision will be provided in accordance with USACE standards. 

Performing routine maintenance work required, such as painting, preparing metal surfaces for painting and/or epoxying, scrubbing, sweeping and other tasks. On occasion, cutting or trimming grass using clippers of light or moderate weight. Digging ditches and trenches, filling and leveling holes, cleaning and storing hand tools. Uses common hand tools or assists by retrieving needed supplies and tools, and moving and holding items while the maintenance workers perform the needed repairs. With detailed instruction, digs ditches and trenches where grading and sloping is not required; fills and levels holes; loads, unloads and moves materials, supplies and equipment; cleans and stores hand tools. Performs minor maintenance on grounds equipment such as daily servicing requirements and blade changes. 

Loads and unloads trucks, box cars and other conveyances; moves supplies and materials to proper location by wheelbarrows or hand trucks; stacks materials for storage or binning; collects refuse and salvageable material. May assist NRM staff with labeling of plant species in the plant beds at the Carl S. English Jr. Botanical Garden and maintain plant species database. 


  • $615/week living allowance (paid bi-weekly)
  • $75/week commuting allowance (paid bi-weekly)
  • Field Services SCA Uniform Package
  • UP TO $650* reimbursable (to/from site travel for selected candidates outside the Seattle area)

    *Internship positions with the US Army Corps of Engineers will receive the travel allowance as a reimbursable amount, reflecting the actual costs based upon distance (mileage) travelled and current federal per diem rates. Interns are required to submit an expense report to SCA with documented round-trip travel costs for reimbursement. The requested reimbursement amount is capped at $650.

    **All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes.


Position ID: PO-00735636

Expected Dates: August 21, 2023 - November 26, 2023

USACE, Seattle District, Lake Washington Ship Canal
3015 NW 54th Street
Seattle, WA 98107

Professional Development Opportunities: Minimum Qualifications:
a.    Must be 18 years of age
b.    Must wear required attire by SCA attire while on duty.
c.    Must possess and maintain valid driver's license.
d.    Possess good verbal and written communications skills.
e.    Physical ability to navigate project grounds and sloped terrain, lift 50 lbs and carry a 50 lb. object 25 feet.
f.    Position may require extended periods in the outdoors during adverse conditions such as heat, cold or rain.

Desired Experience (Not Mandatory):
a.   First Aid and CPR certification.
b.    Landscaping/yard work experience.
c.    Previous gardening experience as employee or volunteer.
d.    Plant identification experience as employee or volunteer.
e.    Basic hand tool skills.

Handicap Accessible?: No

Main Area of Focus: Natural Resources Mgmt

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Not Eligible

Driving Logistics: Required

This opportunity is intended for an individual living in Greater Seattle area and they will need a vehicle to get to/from the site. A weekly commuting allowance is provided.

Housing or Stipend Provided?
D. No housing is available

Indoor/Outdoor: Outside

US Citizenship: Yes

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