The program is an opportunity for full-time college students to work at the PUD during their school breaks, a minimum of 14 weeks per year. Students begin working after high school graduation and start by assisting tree trimming and line crews. Their tasks may include work such as brush clearing, flagging and operating power-driven equipment and machinery. A student may be assigned work in the office performing general office tasks, answering phones and assisting customers.
All Tillamook County high school seniors who meet the following requirements are encouraged to apply:
- be a U.S. Citizen and reside in the Tillamook PUD service area
- be at least 17 years old
- have a valid driver’s license
- have completed two years of mathematics beyond Algebra I and two years of science including biology
- graduate with a minimum 3.0 grade average
- plan to achieve a two or four-year college degree
Applications are available from high school counselors, from the PUD website at www.tpud.org or at the PUD office. The completed application, with all requested information, must be returned to Tillamook PUD by 5 p.m., Friday, April 1.
The Tillamook PUD Board of Directors will interview students in mid-April. Applicants are evaluated on academic achievement, educational and career goals, employment experience, extra-curricular activities, financial need and leadership qualities. The board selects an alternate in the event the winning candidate cannot continue with the program.
This unique program has been offered since 1965 with great success, benefitting the participants and the PUD.