HRWC loves interns! We specialize in technical (GIS, HR, Water Chemistry) and field experiences. Please see each announcement for details on compensation. We are happy to work with candidates to secure fellowships and scholarships on a case-by-case basis.

Job Title: Nonprofit Communications Intern
Interest Area: Nonprofit Management, Communications, Marketing, Environment
Pay Rate: $12/hour
Hours: 15-20 hours per week (flexible)
Timing: May-August 2021

As the Huron River Watershed Council Communications Intern, you will have an opportunity to engage diverse Southeast Michigan audiences around water-related environmental issues while growing HRWC’s followers, donors and volunteers. You will support our regular communications on issues related to water quality, pollution prevention, climate change, river restoration, and recreation with the goal of educating and inspiring action. You will focus on communications using social media, web and email, press materials, and public events. You will also support HRWC’s diversity, equity and inclusion goals. This internship is intended for a student who is passionate about nonprofit communications, marketing, and community engagement. There may be an opportunity to extend the internship into the fall semester. HRWC is observing COVID-19 safety precautions. The office is located in Ann Arbor, but interns should be willing to work remotely as needed.


  • Creating content (written, graphic, photos);
  • Research and report writing;
  • Data gathering, entry and analysis;
  • Coordinating and staffing event exhibits;
  • Office and clerical tasks.


  • A demonstrated interest in learning environmental or nonprofit communications, marketing and public relations (prior education or experience)
  • Strong writing skills and attention to detail
  • Able to work independently
  • A positive attitude along with being organized, flexible and creative
  • Digital communications savvy with experience in social media (required), website, email and analytics tools and photo editing software (helpful)
  • Can learn topics and issues quickly, and is confident and polite when talking with the public
  • Is happy to handle event exhibit tasks like coordinating, packing and setting up displays
  • Is available to work a few weekend hours at summer festivals/events

To Apply: Fill out this online application and email your resume, letter of interest, and writing sample to by March 15, 2021.

Job Title: Stormwater Monitoring and Engineering Intern
Pay Rate: $15/hour + travel reimbursement
Hours: 40 hours per week
Timing: Summer 2021

The Huron River Watershed Council (HRWC) and the Open Storm Lab at the University of Michigan Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering are seeking a paid summer intern to assist with their sensor node network and water quality monitoring programs. The summer 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.
  • Provide assistance with HRWC’s Chemistry and Flow Monitoring Program in Washtenaw, Wayne, and Livingston counties, including collecting water samples and measuring water quality parameters.
  • Improve the web-based sensor data dashboard.
  • Based on experience, develop code to improve autosampler and node functionality and data streaming.
  • As necessary, assist with other HRWC fieldwork and monitoring tasks.
  • As necessary, provide support to Kerkez Lab on sensor node development, installation, and maintenance activities across Southeast Michigan.
  • 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 sites in Washtenaw, Wayne, and Livingston counties.
  • 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.


The intern will likely work remotely and in the field. If in-person working conditions are permitted, the intern will spend time at the Open Storm 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 three counties in Southeast Michigan.


The intern will be paid an hourly rate of $15. Travel mileage will also be reimbursed.

To apply:  Please complete this application form and submit a resume and cover letter to Andrea Paine at

Volunteer Position Overview

HRWC’s summer aquatic field internship program allows undergraduates, recent graduates, and new professionals the opportunity to experience 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 flow and conductivity. Interns input data and review data for quality assurance. 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 and stormdrain awareness campaign. 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, 1-4 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 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


  • Available 1-4 days per week, May through mid-August (or first or second half summer)
  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 25 pounds
  • Sign and date Field Internship position agreement


  • 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

To Apply

Fill out this application and email resume to if you are interested.

HRWC’s summer internship program allows numerous undergraduates and new professionals experience field-based water quality monitoring. The volunteer Team Leader coordinates day-to-day activities, ensuring high-quality work, positive team morale, and strong communication with staff leads.


  • Plan daily outings of intern team to field worksites
  • Ensure proper work methods are utilized
  • Coordinate team’s weekly schedule
  • Evaluate team performance in conjunction with supervisor


  • Background in water quality monitoring, ideally with bachelor’s degree in a related field or comparable experience
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Ability to work well in a team setting
  • Attention to detail such as data management and complex scheduling
  • Fluent in Microsoft Office suite and Google documents and maps
  • Capacity and strong interest in aquatic field monitoring


  • Must be a minimum of 18 years of age
  • Available 3-5 days per week, May through August
  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 50 pounds
  • Sign and date Team Leader position agreement


  • Supervision of and education to intern team
  • Experience in field data collection
  • Access to network of water quality professionals

Fill out this application and email resume and letter of interest to if you are interested.

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.

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.

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