March 21, 2011
The White River Partnership (WRP) is seeking a part-time, unpaid summer intern.
The ideal intern will possess strong communication skills, experience working with volunteers, the ability to work independently, and an interest in field data collection. This internship is an opportunity for a student to gain valuable training and experience in watershed assessment and monitoring while working with a grassroots nonprofit organization.
The WRP Watershed Assessment Intern will work with WRP staff and community volunteers to coordinate our citizen-based Water Quality Monitoring Program and to monitor restoration project sites throughout the White River watershed in central Vermont. The intern may be asked to assist with other field and office work as needed.
The WRP office is located in Royalton, Vermont. The intern will work from the office and independently in the field throughout the White River watershed.
The internship begins in mid-May 2010 and runs through the last week of August 2010. The intern is expected to work an average of 24 hours per week (usually Tuesday through Thursday) with occasional evening and/or weekend hours.
1. Train and/or distribute monitoring equipment and supplies to water quality monitoring volunteers in late-May.
2. Coordinate E. coli sample collection with volunteers and local businesses bi-weekly, from June through August. Process E. coli samples and enter data in WRP database. Share weekly E. coli results with monitoring volunteers, local towns, and the general public.
3. Gain permission to access approximately 20 restoration project sites. Collect project evaluation data, enter data in WRP database, and prepare data summaries.
4. Draft press release and newsletter article at end of season.
5. Assist with other field and office work as needed.
1. Interest in working for a small nonprofit organization;
2. Interest in watershed restoration and environmental stewardship;
3. Highly motivated, prompt and reliable;
4. Organized and able to work both independently and as part of a team;
5. Excellent communication skills;
6. Experience working with volunteers;
7. Knowledge of field data collection helpful;
8. Ability to use MSWord, email and Internet required;
9. Ability to use MSExcel and ArcView helpful; and
10. Reliable transportation and possession of valid driver’s license.
The internship is unpaid, but the intern will be compensated for work-related travel ($0.51/mile). Work-study match may be available.
Please email your cover letter and resume as MSWord or pdf attachments by Friday, April 1 to Mary Russ, Executive Director, White River Partnership, PO Box 705, S. Royalton, VT 05068.