Invasive Species Internship - June 15-Aug 14, 2015

June 15- Aug 14, 2015 (9 weeks)

Stipend provided ($2,500)

The Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) seeks a motivated, well-organized and physically strong intern to assist in organizing an effort to remove the invasive species Water Chestnut (Trapa natans) from the Mystic River. This is part of the Water Chestnut Removal Project.

Responsibilities include organizing and leading water chestnut removal events with corporations, community groups and the general public and directing and managing teams of volunteers in canoes.  The intern will also use a small powerboat to remove plants from the river.  Event planning and organization begins in June; removal efforts will begin in late June with the majority of events occurring during the month of July and first week of August. This is a mostly outdoor, physically demanding internship that requires moving canoes and other gear and getting wet and dirty while remaining enthusiastic at events.

Interns will work both in and out of the office, and must be able to work independently and as a
member of a team. This is a full-time internship position with a stipend provided which requires a commitment of June 15 through August 14, 2015.  This is a great opportunity to be involved with a small non-profit doing work on behalf of the community and environment.  For more information about the Water Chestnut, visit our webpage here.


Ability to navigate a canoe

Ability to lift 40 lbs.

Must be able to swim

Experience in public speaking

Organized and detail-oriented 


Excellent interpersonal skills and great attitude

Applicants must be able to occasionally work evenings, early mornings, and weekends

Reliable transportation required (mileage reimbursed)

Candidates must be 18 years of age or older


Additional desirable skills: First aid and CPR certified, life guard certification, experience driving a 15 foot motor boat, familiarity with the Mystic River and experience in event planning.

The Mystic River Watershed Association is an equal opportunity employer.
Deadline to apply is March 1, 2015
. Applications reviewed as received.

If interested, please send a cover letter and resume to with Invasive Species Internship in the subject line. No phone calls please.