Snohomish County PUD building in Everett. (Sue Misao / Herald file)

Snohomish County PUD building in Everett. (Sue Misao / Herald file)

PUD hosting Earth Day block party at Everett HQ

People can learn about careers, enter for giveaways and get info on energy saving programs.

EVERETT — Electric bikes and cars, bucket and line trucks, bill and energy saving programs and even career information will be on display during a block party April 22.

The event is a career fair, Earth Day party and power saving promotion for the Snohomish County Public Utility District at its headquarters at 2320 California St. in Everett.

People can learn about and even begin the application process for a number of positions at the agency, spokesperson Kellie Stickney said. They especially need people to help install the new smart meters.

“One of the best things about working for the PUD is you can come in at an entry-level position and there’s so much opportunity to grow within the organization.”

California Street and Virginia Avenue around the building will be closed between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. April 22. The parking lot across the street from the PUD on California Street will be closed, so people driving there will need to look around for a spot, or they can take a bus. Several routes use Broadway just a couple of blocks away.

Beyond employment seeking, people can leave with coupons for energy efficient light bulbs, power strips and other devices sold through the PUD’s online store.

Mostly, guests can expect to leave with more knowledge, whether it’s about electric bikes and cars, bill assistance or energy conservation, Stickney said.

Members of the Snohomish County Electric Vehicle Association will be on hand to show off rides fueled by electricity instead of processed fossils.

Avid analog and electric bike riders will be there to tout the benefits of ditching car trips for pedal power, as well.

Anyone looking for lunch at the block party can buy something from Dick’s Drive-In and Ryan’s REZ-ipes food trucks.

People interested in big rigs can touch a truck of the bucket, line and even fire and SWAT varieties, Stickney said.

“Even us adults can get excited about big trucks,” Stickney said.

Elected commissioners and the hired CEO who oversee the utility district will be there, as well. But free electricity won’t be one of the giveaways.

Ben Watanabe: 425-339-3037;; Twitter: @benwatanabe.

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