HRWC’s summer aquatic field internship program is primarily intended for undergraduates and those with little to no professional experience. High school and graduate students, as well as early career professionals, are also more than welcome. The opportunity focuses exclusively on the experience of field-based water quality monitoring and public education in the context of a well-rounded internship experience. Interns will visit numerous field locations, in a number of local tributaries to the Huron River, collecting data about benthic macroinvertebrates, in stream and near stream habitat, and water quality parameters such as volumetric flow. All interns will work on HRWC education program, teaching area residents and students about water quality and water quality testing, including our summer youth snorkeling program, storm drain awareness campaign, and may include door-to-door education. HRWC staff, including interns, are required to participate in general program upkeep tasks. On occasion, interns may utilize existing abilities to work on office projects such as GIS, Human Relations, Volunteer Management, Development and Membership, Landscape Architecture, etc. Internships run full summer or half summer, 2-4 days per week.


  • Consistently utilize proper work methods
  • Safely travel to field sites and conduct field data collection
  • Keep equipment in working order
  • Communicate effectively with general public and supervisors
  • Assist supervisors on other projects as needed


  • Background and/or strong interest in water quality monitoring
  • Demonstrated ability to work well in a team setting
  • Attention to detail such as data management
  • Fluent in Microsoft Office suite and Google documents and maps


  • Wide array of experience in field monitoring and data collection and public education
  • Learning from network of interns and staff on a daily basis
  • Access to network of water quality professionals
  • Mileage reimbursement for any driving
  • Stipend provided to offset incidental costs to those who fulfill agreed upon commitment


  • Consistently work from 9:00-2:00, 2-4 days per week, including Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Must be able to work in physically challenging, outdoor locations during the heat of the summer
  • Ability to drive, or willingness to carpool, throughout the watershed, up to 30 minutes each direction
  • Sign and date Field Internship position agreement

Please complete this application (and upload your resume to the form)
Applications will be accepted from January through April. At which time an informational interview will be conducted.
If you have questions, contact Jason Frenzel,

The Huron River Watershed Council (HRWC) and Digital Water Lab at the University of Michigan Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering seek a paid summer intern to assist with their sensor node network and water quality monitoring efforts. The intern will provide support to the collaborative sensor node installation efforts and split time at the two organizations assisting with a range of field, lab, and data processing duties.


  • Coordinate work between the two organizations on the Huron River remote sensor node network.
  • Assist the team in installing, troubleshooting, maintaining, and repairing electrical and mechanical equipment to keep the remote sensor node network functional.
  • Clean, process, and analyze water level and flow data collected by the sensors.
  • Support other sensor node development, deployment, and maintenance activities across Southeast Michigan.
  • Provide assistance with HRWC’s Chemistry and Flow Monitoring Program in Washtenaw and Wayne counties, including collecting water samples and measuring water quality parameters.
  • Measure velocity and flow at sensor node sites across the Huron River watershed. Contingent on receipt of funding, support administration and launch of federal grant project.
  • Based on experience, develop code to improve network functionality and data streaming.
    As necessary, assist with other HRWC fieldwork and monitoring tasks.
  • As feasible, coordinate storm sampling program and autosampler network, including repairing and installing ISCO autosamplers, monitoring weather for storms, facilitating sample collection, and processing data.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Upper class undergraduate or graduate student pursuing a degree in environmental science, environmental engineering, environmental studies, ecology, computer science, or a related field.
  • Knowledge of electrical engineering or computer programming is preferred.
  • Access to a vehicle and ability to travel to numerous monitoring sites in Southeast Michigan.
    Independent, self-motivated, and collaborative.
  • Able to occasionally lift and move 50 pounds, walk on uneven ground, and wade in streams.


This is a full-time internship that requires a commitment of an average of 40 hours per week. Additional hours on weekends or evenings may be required in the event of storm sampling. The preferred duration is May through August, however, start and end dates can be adjusted based on availability.

Huron River Watershed Council is committed to diversity and inclusion within the workplace. We are committed to prohibiting discrimination against volunteers, clients, and applicants on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, physical or mental handicap/disability, social economic class, ethical values, and/or political beliefs.

The intern will spend time at Digital Water Lab on the University of Michigan’s North Campus and HRWC’s offices, both in Ann Arbor, MI, as well as at multiple sampling sites across Southeast Michigan.

The intern will be paid an hourly rate of $15-18, depending on experience and education level. Travel mileage will also be reimbursed.

Application Process
Please fill out an application form here. On the form, please upload your cover letter and resume by Friday, March 17, 2023. If you have questions, email us at with any questions.

Learn from past interns what it is like to join the HRWC internship program

Volunteer Positions

Do you take your camera with you everywhere you go? Are you constantly capturing moments before they slip away? If you don’t mind getting close to people having fun recreating on or along the Huron River or at local venues then this job is right for you. You may be asked to shoot people and locations both in nature and in the five Trail Towns of the Huron River Water Trail (Milford, Dexter, Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Flat Rock) or go to specific cultural or HRWC events. Photography skills are required. All applicants must submit a portfolio of 5-10 pictures they have taken. Time commitment: 20 hours May-September, flexible dates/times.

To express your interest, email Pam Labadie with the following:

  • First and last name and cell phone number;
  • Your experience with photography and DSLR equipment;
  • Why you want to help;
  • What river-recreational activities you are involved in
  • AND MOST IMPORTANT a link to an online “portfolio” (Flickr, Tumblr, BlogSpot, etc.) of 5-10 images that demonstrate both technical skill and the ability to shoot events. We would like to see photographs with people, emotions, and action and iconic events/urban locations.

HRWC is looking for a committed volunteer with qualifications and time to help us continue our work in providing field assessments of natural areas as part of our Bioreserve Project.
The Field Assessment Plant Expert would join field assessment teams at least once a week throughout the 2015 field season to perform assessments that each take about 2-4 hours.

HRWC has conducted over 270 field assessments on properties throughout the watershed. So far, HRWC’s Bioreserve Program has helped conservancies and government preservation programs protect over 1000 acres using data provided by the Bioreserve Map and by field assessments.

We are getting ready to begin a partnership with all the conservancies in the watershed in which we provide field assessments to properties they are targeting for arranging for permanent preservation in priority areas along the Huron River corridor.

Contact Kris Olsson if you are interested.

The Huron River Watershed Council is committed to diversity and equity within the workplace. We prohibit discrimination against volunteers, clients, and applicants based on race, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, physical or mental disability, socioeconomic class, ethical values and/or political beliefs.

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