The Housatonic Valley Association (HVA) is seeking applications for our River Stewards of Tomorrow Watershed Conservation Internship positions, available for summer 2021. River Stewards will work on a variety of projects related to water resource management, human dimensions, wildlife conservation, and land protection. River Stewards will be based out of either Cornwall Bridge, CT or West Stockbridge, MA, and work in the Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York portions of the watershed. The Connecticut position is full-time (40 hours per week) for approximately 10 weeks. The Massachusetts position is 32 hours per week for approximately 12 weeks. See a Story Map about the position created by one of our 2018 interns here: https://arcg.is/1jWrKu
Internship Overview: The 2021 River Stewards will be supervised by HVA’s Conservation Projects Managers (CT office) or Berkshire Watershed Conservation Manager (MA office), but may also be asked to work with other staff as needed. Work will include a mix of office and field-based activities (approximately 90% field-based and 10% office-based). Projects that the intern may be involved will vary depending on whether they are in the CT or MA office, but will generally include:
• Stream reach assessments
• Environmental monitoring (outfall screening and pollution trackdown)
• Road-Stream crossing assessments
• Culvert rod and level surveys
• Restoration project monitoring and maintenance
• Public paddle trips and outreach events- Occasional weekend work required.
• River Information and Outreach (RIO) Program (CT office only): July 4th and occasional weekend work required
Qualifications: Candidates must be detail-oriented, 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, including working under potentially inclement environmental conditions (hot, rainy, etc.);
• Strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to represent HVA in a professional manner;
• Strong organization and data management skills, and ability to follow detailed protocols;
• Ability to problem-solve and think creatively while out in the field.
Requirements: Daily access to a reliable personal vehicle is a requirement of the position (HVA does not have a field vehicle, so all field work will be done in personal cars with mileage reimbursements.) The intern must also be physically able to participate in potentially strenuous field work (i.e., physically active work outside for several hours at a time during the heat of the summer).
Compensation: The intern will be provided with a stipend (between $4,500 and $5,000) for the course of the internship. Work related travel will be compensated at a rate of $0.48/mile. Housing is not provided. HVA will assist successful applicants in finding summer lodging near the HVA office.
Application Procedure: Interested candidates should submit the following materials via email (ideally as a single PDF, titled “[YourLastName]_HVARiverSteward”):
1. COVER LETTER explaining your interest and qualifications
3. TWO (2) PROFESSIONAL REFERENCES
Deadline: Applications will be reviewed and positions filled on a rolling basis. We intend to fill both positions by May 1, at the latest.
Questions and applications for the CONNECTICUT OFFICE position should be directed to:
Lindsay Larson, Conservation Projects Manager
Housatonic Valley Association
Questions and applications for the MASSACHUSETTS OFFICE position should be directed to:
Alison Dixon, Berkshire Watershed Conservation Manager
Housatonic Valley Association