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Volunteer Aquatic Field Internship Full or half summer, 1-4 days/week
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, stormdrain 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, 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
- 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 pre-agreed upon commitment
- Consistently work from 9:00-2:00, 1-4 days per week, including Tuesday and/or 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 fill out this application form and include your resume (upload it on the form). Questions may be directed to Jason Frenzel: JFrenzel@hrwc.org.
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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