Environmental Services Program

The Tacoma Public School’s Environmental Services Program is an opportunity to gain hands-on experience with City of Tacoma's Environmental Scientists and begin to develop the skills needed to pursue in a career in environmental sciences.

CESCL students hang off a road to manage erosion

Do you have a passion for protecting the environment?  The Certified Erosion & Soil Control Lead (CESCL) certification trains you how to control erosion and sediment to protect natural habitats.  Construction, fires, and other natural disasters all lead to the possibility of damage to our local ecosystems.  The CESCL certification is not frequently used by itself, but it does open the door to a lot of very interesting and rewarding careers.  For ideas of how this certification can be used, check out some of the career links below.

Summer 2023 Program Details

  • Application window open: Ongoing
  • Program dates: June 26th to July 20th, (no class on June 30th, July 3rd, 4th, and 14th).
  • Meeting location: Hunt Middle School
  • Notify selected applicants: Early June
  • Approximate hours to complete: 90
  • Certifications: CESCL (Certified Erosion & Soil Control Lead), OSHA10, CPR/First Aid/AED, Flagger, and Financial Literacy through EverFi
  • Completion stipend: $500
  • Credits toward graduation: 0.5 in Skilled and Technical Sciences
  • Total spots available: 20
  • Special considerations for this program: 16 years old
  • For additional information, please contact Jeff Klancke: jklanck@tacoma.k12.wa.us

CESCL Careers by the Numbers

Average Salary (as of 4/12/22): $65,000 source (this link is to pay scales that utilize the CESCL/CPESC certification)

Required Education: Depends on the related career that utilizes the certification

Current Job Postings: indeed (This certification typically supports a different career.  This link lists all the job posting that list CESCL certification as a preferred qualification or required qualification)

What it's like to apply your CESCL certification: