The Housatonic Valley Association (HVA) is seeking applications for two River Steward of Tomorrow Environmental Internship positions, available for summer 2015. The River Stewards will work on a variety of projects related to water quality, habitat conservation and community outreach. One River Steward will be assigned to our Berkshire field office in South Lee, MA and will work primarily in Massachusetts; and the other will be assigned to our main office in Cornwall Bridge, CT and will work primarily in Connecticut and New York. Each River Steward will be expected to complete approximately 280 hours of work from June – August (roughly 35 hours per week over 8 weeks).
Internship Overview: While working out of the Cornwall Bridge office, the 2015 River Stewards will be supervised by the HVA Water Protection Director, but may also be asked to work with other staff as needed. In the Berkshire Office, River Stewards will be supervised by HVA’s Berkshire Director. Work will include a mix of office and field-based activities. Projects that the River Stewards may be involved with include:
• Environmental Monitoring. The River Stewards will assist HVA staff with environmental monitoring activities including collecting water quality data, rapid bioassessments, and conducting visual surveys along important stream reaches to document threats, uses and conditions.
• Restoration project monitoring and maintenance. River Stewards will monitor success of restoration plantings in the Ten Mile River watershed of New York, and conduct maintenance activities like weeding and watering.
• Water Quality Data Compilation and Mapping: River Stewards will assist with gathering and summarizing environmental monitoring and assessment data from a variety of local, state and federal sources in MA, NY, and CT. This work will support a number of ongoing HVA efforts, including watershed-based planning;
• Road/Stream Crossing Assessment. The River Stewards will visit and assess bridges and culverts to identify barriers to fish and wildlife passage, and assist with post-assessment data processing and report writing;
• Websites and Social Media. The intern will be involved in the production of materials for HVA’s website and social media accounts. Related tasks might include identifying and summarizing relevant news items, developing project updates and press releases, and creating educational or training videos or narrated PowerPoint presentations;
• Opportunities may be available for the intern to assist with other organization work including assisting with land conservation easement monitoring, GIS analysis of land and water resources and outreach activities such as guided paddle trips and community events.
Qualifications: The River Stewards will work alongside experienced professionals for one of the oldest watershed organizations in the nation. Candidates must be highly-motivated, passionate about watershed conservation, and able to succeed both independently and as part of a team. In addition, the ideal candidate will possess:
• Enthusiasm for outdoor field work that includes navigating in remote areas under potentially inclement environmental conditions (heat/cold, rain, biting insects, poison ivy, etc.);
• Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to represent HVA in a professional manner;
• Excellent writing skills;
• Familiarity with basic website administration and social media;
• Experience using GPS and GIS technologies, including related online tools such as Google Earth and Google Map Engine.
• Willingness to work occasional evenings or weekends.
Requirements: Daily access to a personal vehicle is a requirement of the position. The intern must also be physically able to participate in potentially strenuous field work (i.e. physically active work outside for several hours during hot and/or rainy weather). Housing is not provided. HVA can assist successful applicants in finding a summer rental convenient to their assigned office.
Compensation: The intern will be provided with a $2,400 stipend for the the internship. Work related travel will be compensated at a rate of $0.48/mile.
Application Procedure: Interested candidates should submit the following materials via email:
1. COVER LETTER explaining your interest, qualifications, and location preference;
3. TWO (2) PROFESSIONAL REFERENCES;
4. Examples of past projects relevant to HVA’s mission (please limit to 1-2 pages/project, max of three projects- this is optional but strongly encouraged)
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Deadline: We expect to make hiring decisions no later than April 15th. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Questions and applications should be directed to:
Michael S. Jastremski, Water Protection Director
Housatonic Valley Association
Mail: PO Box 28, Cornwall Bridge, CT 06754
Phone: (860) 672-6678