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Kitsap County Public Works
Department of Public Works
614 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA  MS-26
Phone:(360)337-5777 * Fax:(360)337-4867






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Summer Employment Program

Summer help students painting cross walksThe Public Works Summer Employment Program assists college students in the development of their employment skills and pursuit of their education and career goals. Our mission is to provide a quality and valuable work experience which in turn benefits the citizens of Kitsap County by providing quality service in the planning, maintenance and operation of roads and utilities.

All positions have a work schedule of Monday through Friday, except the Sign Shop, which has a Flex-work schedule.  To provide employment opportunities for the maximum number of students, a returning student may not exceed four summers of employment with Public Works. Click on the position title to view the job description.  Some summer positions require union membership, as indicated in the table below.

Title Appx. Number Union Membership
Road Maintenance / Flagging 27 Positions Yes
Sign Shop Maintenance 16 Positions Yes
Surface and Storm Water Labor 22 Positions No
Wastewater Laborers   5 Positions No
Construction Inspection Laborers   3 Positions No
Survey / Engineering Assistants   3 Positions No
Clerical   2 Positions No

Pay Scale

  Union Position Non Union Position
1st  Year Student $10.93* per hour $10.40 per hour
2nd Year (Returning Student) $12.06* per hour $11.48 per hour
3rd Year (Returning Student) $13.31* per hour $12.67 per hour
4th Year (Returning Student) $15.18* per hour $14.81 per hour

* pending approval


After reading these requirements, the online application information is listed below.

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and enrolled or accepted in a college or university program. Prior to employment, all student employees are asked to submit a transcript and/or grade report verifying enrollment status. Students should carry a minimum class load of 12 credits per quarter or the equivalent semester hours to be considered as a student employee.

All applicants must have a valid driver license and a good driving record.  If hired, student employees are required to provide a driving record from the Department of Licensing. Public Works provides classes for flagging and First Aid/CPR each year prior to the beginning of the summer work session. If selected for a position, student employees will not be able to begin work unless these certifications are current, no exceptions.

Summer student employees are asked to commit to work a minimum of 480 hours (or approximately 12 weeks), excluding overtime and approved time off. This is important for scheduling purposes, as Public Works has a limited time frame for the construction season. Exceptions may be made to this when a shorter work schedule fits with a supervisor's specific work needs.

Each summer, an evaluation will be completed by the student employee's supervisor to verify continuation of the student's employment. Areas in which the student will be evaluated are:

1) Ability to work without constant supervision, 
2) Willingness to perform assigned tasks, 
3) Punctuality and dependability, 
4) Self-motivation, 
5) Safety habits, 
6) Ability to get along with co-workers and supervisors, and 
7) Contribution to the County.

Apply on-line 
  ONLINE Application

Starting January of each year:

What will you need?

  • Prepare ahead of time by collecting details about your education and employment.

  • Have an established e-mail address. (Free e-mail is available through, or )

  • Access to a computer that has access to the internet.

  • Go to, click on current employment opportunities and apply.

  • First time users will need to set up an account. After the account is established, make sure you save the username and password for future use and status updates!

  • Read all the directions and complete the application!

If you have questions or need more information please contact:
Citas Brooks, Summer Program Administrator
360.337.4490 or email at

Kitsap County Public Works
Kitsap1: 360.337.5777

Updated:  January 19, 2016
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