Internship Opportunities

We are now accepting applications for our 2018 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.

Development Intern

The NSRWA is looking for someone to help our development team with database management, community outreach, and events. Help us maintain our database up to date. Work with staff to develop content for our website, assist with outreach activities and provide support at events. The intern will work with NSRWA staff to on a variety of projects. Potential projects include:

  • Database management: edit and clean the database to ensure effective reporting and ensure accuracy for mailings. of duplicate information and identifying and populating missing data
  • Data Capturing: capture data from our website, email, and social media
  • Website Content: develop content related to membership, events, and fundraising
  • Outreach activities: assist with a variety of activities, including preparing mailings, entering data from events into the database
  • Events: provide support prior to and at events, including compiling materials for distribution at programs and events and tabling at events

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

Helpful: interest in environmental non-profits

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  or

Examples of Past Intern Projects

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Meet Our Winter Intern Tess Walter
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Nicole Gallup’s Internship Overview
Natalie Pitman Internship Overview