Intern application period closes March 31, 2021.

Research and Monitoring Internship

Summer 2021
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 2021 include, but are not limited to: 1) salt marsh monitoring; 2) monitoring river herring and eastern brook trout; 3) horseshoe crab spawning surveys; 4) water quality monitoring; and 5) marine invasive species surveys. Many of these programs include working with citizen scientists and providing outreach. This intern would work along with our Eelgrass Intern to assist with these projects. The Research and Monitoring Internship will focus more on our water quality and organism-based projects.

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

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

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. This internship provides a stipend of $3,400 for the summer.

Desired timeframe: 12 weeks June through August, with extensions on either end preferred. 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 to Dr. Sara P. Grady, NSRWA Watershed Ecologist, at sara@nsrwa.org. For questions, please call (781) 659-8168.

Eelgrass Monitoring Internship

Summer/Fall 2021
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 been working to monitor eelgrass loss in Duxbury/Kingston/Plymouth with the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries.

The NSRWA seeks a research intern with at least three years in undergraduate biology, chemistry, or environmental science (late undergraduate or graduate student). The candidate will be tasked with organizing and coordinating volunteers for August eelgrass surveys, including soliciting boat owners in the Bays. The candidate will also be responsible for maintaining field survey equipment and assisting with field survey training. Finally, the candidate will assist with data organization and entry after the monitoring efforts are complete. This intern will also assist the Research and Monitoring Intern with our other work and focus on implementing our habitat-based projects.

Required: Be willing to work independently; be willing to work in adverse conditions including hot weather, slippery surfaces, muddy/wet conditions; use of Excel; comfort managing volunteers; experience with ecological field survey

Helpful:  Experience with GIS mapping, basic knowledge of riverine/estuarine/marine ecology (eelgrass in particular), ability to use a small motorboat

Skills gained: Field data collection, experimental design, eelgrass ecology, public interaction

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

Desired timeframe:  During June-August, this will be a 32 hour/week paid internship focusing on preparing for and completing the eelgrass surveys. Please note that due to the nature of the project it may be necessary to work more than 32 hours a week on some weeks.  During September and October, this is a 16 hour/week paid internship focusing on data organization, entry, and analysis. The total stipend for this internship is $4,400.

To apply: Please e-mail resume and cover letter to Dr. Sara P. Grady, NSRWA Watershed Ecologist, at sara@nsrwa.org. For questions, please call (781) 659-8168.

Marketing Internship – Unpaid

The North and South Rivers Watershed Association, Inc. (NSRWA) is a growing non-profit grassroots environmental organization located in Norwell, Massachusetts. The NSRWA was founded in 1970 and has grown to over 1,900 members today. The NSRWA purpose is to protect our waters. To find out more about us, please visit our website at www.nsrwa.org

The NSRWA is seeking one or multiple students for a part-time unpaid Marketing Internship position to help us promote our events, and programs via press release, website, e-news, and social media, and to increase awareness and engagement in our region and boost attendance at our events throughout the year.

The internship would be from May 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021. We are open to hosting an intern in each semester. The position would report to our Director of Marketing and Communications. We anticipate that the work would require 2-4 hours per week and would entail working with our Director of Marketing and Communications.

The intern will also track those who engage in our Explore South Shore social media challenge to identify and promote the monthly winners. The intern will report monthly to the Marketing and Communications Director on outreach and engagement metrics of the campaign. The intern will include hashtags and research social media influencers in our geography to help increase awareness and followers for the NSRWA in our area. The intern will work with the Marketing and Communications Director on a weekly schedule for posting and for scheduling posts if unavailable for certain weeks.

Qualifications

– Working towards a marketing/communications/digital media degree preferred but not required
– Excellent communication skills (writing and graphics)
– Working knowledge of Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and the use of social media analytics
– Basic ability to develop graphics and short videos
– Research and follow appropriate hashtags
– Research social media influencers in our geography
– Familiar with using Google Drive and Google Docs
– Must have own smartphone and laptop
– Ability to work independently and remotely

Please send your resume and write a brief cover letter in the body of the email to Lori@nsrwa.org to apply.

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Reflections on Past Internships
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Reflections by Andrew Staley, 2018 Summer Intern
2017 Summer Interns Provide Invaluable Help to NSRWA
Meet Our Winter Intern Tess Walter
Summer Interns Provide Invaluable Resources to NSRWA
Nicole Gallup’s Internship Overview
Natalie Pitman Internship Overview

“My internship taught me that a huge part working in the environmental field is talking to people, making connections and educating the public… I couldn’t think of a better way of spending my summer this year. I am so thankful for getting these real-world experiences and gaining so much knowledge along the way.” ~ Kate McCarthy, NSRWA intern