The summer of 2024 is a busy one for our interns! They have already jumped feet-first into a bunch of diverse projects. This includes saltmarsh assessments from Cohasset to Kingston, blue mussel surveys at 4th Cliff, water quality sampling and analysis for our flagship RiverWatch Program, invasive species monitoring, and eelgrass assessments. On top of all that, they have been deep into the weeds of the annual Striper Tournament and Great River Race. Don’t be surprised to see them throughout the watershed and beyond all summer!

Meet Our 2024 Summer Interns

Hello! My name is Curtis Waisgerber and I am from Marshfield, MA. I am a rising senior at University of Massachusetts Amherst with a major in Natural Resources Conservation. After graduating, I plan on pursuing a Master’s degree in wildlife or marine ecology, and gaining valuable field experience with NSRWA is a great start for that goal. Being from Marshfield, I have spent all of my life exploring the rivers, marshes, ponds, and oceans of the beautiful area all around the South Shore and now working with NSRWA gives me the exciting opportunity to help protect and restore these beautiful landscapes we call home. I cannot wait to get out into the field to learn and also to see what we can accomplish as a community!

Hello! My name is Avery Sands and I’m from Marshfield, Massachusetts. I’m a rising junior at Trinity College in Connecticut, majoring in Environmental Science with a minor in Legal Studies. I’ve worked in two research labs on campus, studying water quality in rivers and mercury concentrations in urban ponds. I also serve as a student representative on Trinity’s Sustainability Committee. Growing up on the South Shore, I have always enjoyed exploring the marshes and hiking along the rivers, so I’m looking forward to assisting the NSRWA this summer. Understanding local watersheds is critical for environmental restoration and I’m so grateful to be a part of such meaningful conservation projects!

Hi there! I am Molly Ryan, a rising sophomore at Dartmouth College, pursuing a dual major in Environmental Studies and Economics. Growing up along the Gulf River in Scituate, I spent my childhood exploring the salt marsh, discovering its diverse species, and developing an interest in preserving this vital ecosystem. This passion led me to the Cohasset Center for Student Coastal Research, where I spent several summers working on research projects focused on water quality, salt marsh biodiversity, and coastal acidification. This summer, I am excited to intern with NSRWA, where I will assist in conducting research and protecting our local watersheds. I look forward to collaborating with community members to conduct meaningful fieldwork and contribute to the conservation of our beautiful watersheds.