Internship Opportunities

We are now accepting applications for our 2019 Summer Internships! 

Research and Monitoring Internship
Summer 2019

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 2019 include, but are not limited to: 1) salt marsh monitoring; 2) monitoring river herring and eastern brook trout; 3) trapping and measuring green crabs; 4) horseshoe crab spawning surveys; 5) water quality monitoring; and 6) marine invasive species surveys. Many of these programs include working with citizen scientists and providing outreach.

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 $2,500 for the summer.

Desired timeframe: 12 weeks June through mid-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 to Dr. Sara P. Grady, NSRWA Watershed Ecologist, at sara@nsrwa.org. For questions, please call (781) 659-8168. Applications due by Wednesday, April 3.

Eelgrass Monitoring Internship
Summer/Fall 2019

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.

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. The total stipend for this internship is $4,400.

Desired timeframe: Due to the nature of the funding available for this project, this internship has three phases. During June, this is an unpaid internship, ~32 hours a week (there may be a possibility of pro-rating funding). Preferred hours are 9:30am-4:00pm, 5 days per week. During July and August, this will be a 32 hour/week paid internship focusing on preparing for and completing the eelgrass surveys. During September and October, this is a 16 hour/week paid internship focusing on data organization, entry, and analysis.

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. Applications due by Wednesday, April 3.

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