Internship Opportunities

We are now accepting applications for our 2017 Summer Internships! 

These are unpaid internships that will provide the right candidates with experience that can help bolster their resume and provide an introduction to the workings of an environmental nonprofit. Doing good, gaining experience and working with a dynamic group of passionate environmental scientists and advocates is what these internships are all about.

Part-time Research Internship

The North and South Rivers Watershed Association is an environmental non-profit on the South Shore of Massachusetts. Through our role as the regional partner for the Massachusetts Bays Program, we have multiple research and monitoring projects ongoing throughout the South Shore. Our projects for summer 2017 include, but are not limited to: 1) vegetation monitoring at two dam removal sites and a tidal restoration site; 2) salt marsh monitoring, including surveys for green crab burrows; 3) shellfish surveys in multiple estuaries; 4) horseshoe crab spawning surveys; 5) water quality monitoring; and 6) marine invasive species surveys.

The NSRWA seeks a research intern with at least two years in undergraduate biology, chemistry, or environmental science. The candidate should be willing and able to help with field work, data entry and analysis, as well as occasional tasks to help the NSRWA like working at events and assisting with outreach.

Required: Be willing to work independently; be willing to work in adverse conditions including hot weather, slippery surfaces, muddy/wet conditions; use of Excel; ability to swim

Helpful:  Experience with GIS mapping, basic knowledge of riverine/estuarine/marine ecology, ability to use a kayak, ability to use a small motorboat; snorkeling experience

Skills gained: Field data collection, experimental design, identification of wetland and estuarine organisms, public interaction

This internship would entail 75% (~24 hours/week) field research and related duties as described above. Due to the nature of our organization, we anticipate that the intern may also spend up to 25% (~8 hours/week) of their time assisting with outreach and event support. 

The intern will be required to have their own vehicle but will be reimbursed for mileage.  No housing will be provided.

Desired timeframe: 12 weeks June through August, with extensions on either end possible (part-time). Preferred hours are 9:30am-4:00pm, 5 days per week, with occasional hours on weekends (events) and at night (horseshoe crab surveys).

To apply: Please e-mail resume and cover letter by March 20th to Dr. Sara P. Grady, NSRWA Watershed Ecologist, at For questions, please call (781) 659-8168.

Data Management Internship

The NSRWA is looking for help with our new database system. Help us enter, edit, and clean historical data and map our database to make it as effective and useful as possible. Work with staff to manage projects within the database. Potential projects include:

  • Process Creation- the intern will work with NSRWA staff in determine effective methodology for utilizing the database.
  • Data Capturing- the intern will work with NSRWA staff to capture data from our website, email, and social media.
  • Database Management- the intern will work on cleaning the database of duplicate information and identifying and populating missing data.

Required: Be willing to work independently, is detail oriented, and has experience in Excel.

Helpful: Experience with website and cloud based data systems.

Hours are flexible but we are hoping for a 6-10 hours a week at our offices at 214 South Street in Norwell.

Contact: Samantha Woods, NSRWA Executive Director, 781-659-8168,

Examples of Past Intern Projects

Meet Our Winter Intern Tess Walter

Summer Interns Provide Invaluable Resources to NSRWA

Nicole Gallup’s Internship Overview

Natalie Pitman Internship Overview