Environmental Services

Now accepting applications for summer programs

Apply by May 17 to meet the priority deadline. Applications received after the deadline may still be considered if there is space available. 

Important things to know before applying:

  • Students must be logged in to their district account to submit an application
  • Applications take 15-20 minutes to complete
  • Students will be asked to provide contact information for themselves and a parent/guardian
  • Programs have age requirements, please review details before applying

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The Environmental Services Program is an opportunity to gain hands-on experience with the City of Tacoma's environmental scientists and develop skills necessary for a career in environmental sciences.

Students standing in a pond taking water samples

The Certified Erosion & Soil Control Lead (CESCL) certification trains students in erosion and sediment control that safeguard natural habitats. Construction, fires, and other natural disasters can all potentially damage our local ecosystems. While the CESCL certification is not commonly used on its own, it does open doors to interesting and rewarding careers. For ideas on how this certification can be utilized, explore some of the career links provided below.

In addition, participants will be offered a few days of training related to water plant operations. Water Plant Operators and related jobs are in high demand and offer livable wage salaries.

Summer 2024 Program Details

  • Application deadline: May 17 is the priority deadline. Applications received after the deadline may be considered if there is space.
  • Program dates: June 24 - July 18 (M-Th, no class July 3-4)
  • Meeting location: Hunt Middle School
  • Notification of selected applicants: early June
  • Approximate hours to complete: 100
  • Certification(s) offered: CESCL (Certified Erosion & Soil Control Lead); OSHA10; Flagger; Financial Literacy through EverFi
  • Completion stipend: $500 (upon successful completion of all program components)
  • Credits toward graduation: 0.5 CTE Credits 
  • Total spots available: 20
  • Special considerations for this program: Must be at least 17 years old to receive certifications. Younger students may apply but are not eligible to earn certifications.
  • For additional information, please contact Jeff Klancke: jklanck@tacoma.k12.wa.us

CESCL Careers by the Numbers

Water Plant Operator Careers by the Numbers

  • Average Salary (as of Mar. 2024): $90,064 source
  • Required Education: certifications and on-the-job training
  • Current Job Postings: indeed 
  • What it's like to be a water plant operatorWater treatment plant operator