Summer Water Quality Intern
The intern will help with all aspects of our volunteer water quality monitoring program, hot spot monitoring program, and embrace-a-stream program during the summer of 2020. This includes preparing sampling materials and supplies, field work, data management, sample analysis in the lab, and volunteer coordination. The intern will also assist with planning and coordination for the 2020 Fall Neponset River Cleanup.
Depending on the intern and their level of interest there may be the opportunity to take a leadership role on an independent project in analyzing historic water quality data sets or conducting a literature review. The Water Quality Intern works in close collaboration with the Association's Environmental Scientist, Environmental Science Fellow, Executive Director, and community volunteers; providing the intern with a unique, hands-on, environmental science and community organizing experience.
Work will occur at the Neponset River Watershed Association offices (2173 Washington Street Canton, Massachusetts 02021) and in the field throughout the watershed.
Schedule is 2-3 days a week for a minimum of 10 and maximum of 20 hours weekly depending on the intern’s availability, interests and other commitments. Help is needed beginning in May and running through October. A minimum commitment of 10 weeks is requested. The schedule is flexible, but must be consistent from week to week. Work occurs primarily during normal business hours, with occasional early morning or evening activities.
Skills and Special Requirements:
o The volunteer should be an undergraduate or graduate student pursuing a degree in a related field.
o Familiarity with environmental sampling and analysis techniques is desirable but not required.
o Self-motivation, reliability and the ability to work independently and follow specific sampling protocols are all critical, as is attention to safety procedures.
o Basic computer skills are necessary and having your own transportation is required.
o Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including ability to engage diverse audiences, including racially, ethnically and socioeconomically diverse communities a plus.
o Interns should be enthusiastic to work in the field on uneven terrain and under adverse weather conditions (i.e. rain).
To apply, please send an email describing why you are interested in the position with a copy of your resume to Kelly DiStefano, Environmental Science Fellow