Employee volunteers needed for temporary redeployment at smoke shelter

King County and the City of Seattle are jointly opening a shelter in Seattle for homeless persons with conditions vulnerable to smoke, and there is an urgent need for employees to fill positions starting today and tonight.

There is an immediate need to fill roles through temporary redeployment at the shelter site in SoDo as we respond to wildfire smoke in our region. Both medical and non-medical volunteers are sought for the temporary emergency smoke shelter from Friday afternoon through Monday morning. The site is located at 1045 6th Ave South, Seattle.

Employees will continue to be paid at their current rate of pay, and employees will not receive a reduction in pay for the emergency redeployment.

Medical volunteers (RNs, ARNPs, MAs, PAs, MDs, EMTs (including non-agency affiliated), and paramedics): One medical professional is needed per shift to provide support at the shelter, including assisting the clients to feel safe and comfortable, preventing health conditions from worsening, supporting client intake and rooming, providing general administrative and operational support (including monitoring the site, providing food/water, and notifying medical staff if there is an emergency), monitoring the activities of clients to ensure the safety of clients, volunteers and staff, helping clients resolve any issues as they may arise, and assisting with, and triaging, any emergent medical needs. The shelter will be open 24 hours each day, but medical volunteers are only needed between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. for morning and swing shifts. Experience working with individuals living homeless is preferred. All PPE will be provided, and volunteers will be trained in specific responsibilities on site.

Non-Medical volunteers: Five to six non-medical volunteers are needed each shift including morning, swing, and overnight to provide shelter support. Expected tasks include intake and registration, orientation to the shelter space, attendance and recordkeeping, serving meals, and shelter monitoring. Experience working with individuals living homeless is preferred. Volunteers will be trained in specific responsibilities on site.

Dates and Shifts:

Friday, Sept. 11

  • Swing 2 – 10 p.m.
  • Overnight 10 p.m. – 6 a.m. (non-medical only)

Saturday, Sept. 12

  • Swing 2 – 10 p.m.
  • Overnight 10 p.m. – 6 a.m. (non-medical only)

Sunday, Sept. 13

  • Swing 2 – 10 p.m.
  • Overnight 10 p.m. – 6 a.m. (non-medical only)

Monday, Sept. 14

  • 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. (medical and non-medical)

If you are a King County employee who can fill one these roles, and have capacity to help, please follow these instructions:

  1. Receive permission from your supervisor to apply for this redeployment, and
  2. Once approved, email EmergencyStaffing@kingcounty.govand CC your supervisor.
  3. Indicate which date and shift you are volunteering to fill, and in which role.
  4. For questions or for more information, contact EmergencyStaffing@kingcounty.gov.

Thank you for helping to keep our community safe during this challenging time.