Park Planning Intern

Company: City of Sammamish

Salary Range: $20.00 - 25.00

The City of Sammamish is a safe, family-friendly suburb in the Seattle area. The community boasts amenities found in a much larger community, all while maintaining its small-town charm. Sammamish has quality neighborhoods, vibrant natural resources, high-quality schools, retail offerings, and an abundance of recreational opportunities.


This internship position provides support to the Park Planning Division of the Parks, Recreation & Facilities Department. The applicant will work in a team setting under the supervision of the Park Planner and the Parks Project Management Team. The ideal candidate will have a broad interest in municipal government and park planning and have experience using Adobe Creative Cloud, AutoCAD, and ArcGIS. 
This position is designed to provide hands-on work experience for college students and/or recent college graduates in landscape architecture or related programs.
This is a seasonal full-time position that is funded for up to four-months from the date of hire. Hours vary on an “as-needed” basis and may include split shifts, weekends, evenings, and/or holidays. Extended workdays and/or overtime may be required.

Apply today! First review of applications 2/15/24. Applications reviewed on a rolling basis thereafter. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The essential functions listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned. 

  • Provides project support for the planning, design, and construction of parks capital development projects. 
  • Provides graphic support using Adobe Creative Cloud software and hand rendering techniques. 
  • Assists with production and procurement of park rule, entry map, wayfinding, and interpretive signs. 
  • Provides support in the preparation of a variety of permit and environmental review documents such as SEPA checklists and technical reports, as required by regulatory agencies. 
  • Provides support in the development and review of construction documents and specifications.  
  • Provides administrative support and field inspections for project construction.
  • Provides drafting support in the preparation of standardized construction details using AutoCAD. 
  • Attends staff meetings and other meetings as instructed. 
  • Prepares written materials to include in reports as needed for assigned tasks. 
  • Provides quality customer service.
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with those interacted with during work regardless of race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, genetic information, disability, political affiliation, military service, or diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.




  • Enrolled in college/university with junior standing or above. Recent graduates (graduated in the last two years) may also be considered for this internship.
  • Employees must be residents of Washington State. 
  • May be required to possess and maintain a valid Washington State Driver License and the ability to drive a city owned vehicle per established policies, procedures, and safety guidelines.
  • Course work or pursuit of a degree in landscape architecture or a related field. 
  • The fundamentals of landscape architecture including but not limited to park/facility planning, design, and construction. 
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Cloud software and AutoCAD.  
  • ArcGIS software. 
  • Grading and drainage, layout, site details, planting, and irrigation. 
  • Parks and natural resource planning, including natural systems and best management practices. 
  • Technical specifications and construction documents. 
  • Ability to plan, organize and monitor workload and individual tasks according to priorities, established schedules and deadlines. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. 
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships with City employees, consultants, and the general public. 
  • Ability to handle multiple requests for assistance in an organized manner. 
  • Ability to review construction documents; environmental studies; other studies; and related materials for accuracy, best practices and appropriateness for the development project, and compliance with pertinent laws, rules, and regulations.  


Additional Information

Depending on functional area of assignment, tasks involve the ability to exert light physical effort in sedentary to light work, which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of light weight (up to 20 pounds). Tasks may involve extended periods of time at a keyboard or workstation and extended periods of time standing and/or walking.
Tasks are regularly performed inside and outside with exposure to adverse environmental conditions (e.g., dirt, fumes, temperature, weather, and noise extremes). Work requires attendance at City Council meetings, Parks & Recreation Commission meetings, and public meetings, which may occur outside normal work hours.
Some tasks require manual dexterity, in addition to visual and hearing acuity. Some tasks may involve identifying and distinguishing colors. Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate visual cues or signals. Some tasks require the ability to communicate orally and in writing.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, and the ability to adjust focus.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderately quiet while in the office and moderately loud when in the field. The employee may be required to occasionally work in outside weather conditions or in wet and/or humid conditions, loud noises, moving vehicles and machines, dust, and mud. Fieldwork may require protective clothing including hardhat, gloves, goggles, safety boots, and vest.

The City of Sammamish is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

In compliance with United States Equal Employment Opportunity guidelines and the Americans with Disabilities Act, this organization provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

To apply:

Please apply online.

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