Spring Internship: Herring Monitoring Program Coordinator

The Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) seeks a Herring Monitoring Program Coordinator to assist in a scientific study on river herring populations from March 2nd to July 1st, 2015.

The Herring Monitoring Program Coordinator will assist in the volunteer-run Herring Monitoring Program that will gather data on one of the most significant spawning runs for river herring in Massachusetts. The program is designed to collect data on the presence, absence and temporal data that yields needed information on population size and health. The intern will also learn about efforts that a watershed association undertakes to advocate for water quality improvements.

Primary duties include herring monitoring at the Upper Mystic Lake Dam in Medford, coordinating and interacting with more than 70 volunteer monitors, and conducting public outreach and data entry. The intern may also develop education and outreach materials for the program and organize and recruit volunteers to monitor herring.

The intern will work both in and out of the office, and must be able to work independently and as a team. Experience in public speaking, Microsoft Excel and strong organizational skills are required, and experience in Microsoft Access would be a plus. This is a part-time position, approximately 15-20 hours per week. The candidate should be available remotely 4-5 days per week.

An interest in science, environmental education and advocacy is encouraged. Having reliable transportation is preferred and mileage will be reimbursed. Candidates must be 16 years of age or older. Exact dates can be flexible depending on the candidate. This is an unpaid position.

If interested, please send your letter of interest and resume to HMInternship@MysticRiver.org. No phone calls please. Deadline for application: January 16, 2015.