Summer 2015: Water Quality Monitoring Internship

Summer Internship with the Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA)

The Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) seeks two Water Quality Monitoring Interns to assist in a water quality monitoring program from late May through August.  Since 1972, MyRWA has played a unique role in the whole of the watershed by its science, advocacy, and outreach efforts. Among these efforts MyRWA characterizes water quality problems in the Mystic River Watershed, informing stakeholder efforts to reduce pollutant inputs and thereby improve water quality.

Water Quality Interns will conduct water quality monitoring at several sites across the watershed, collecting data on a variety of parameters, including bacteria. Interns will also collect data on cyanobacteria populations from several recreational sites to safeguard the public health of residents who live in the watershed. Data is shared with stakeholders including the public, municipalities, Department of Public Health and the US Environmental Protection Agency.  (Learn more about MyRWA’s Cyanobacteria Monitoring Program here.)

Interns will work both in and out of the office, and must be able to work independently and as a team. This is a part-time position that requires a commitment of two days a week during the Monday through Friday work week that are agreed upon between the interns (14-16 hours/week).  Start times of 7AM will be necessary, because of sampling protocols. Primary duties include monitoring local water bodies, collecting water samples (training provided), analysis of samples, and data entry.  Additional duties may include assisting with database and data reporting.  Interns will learn about the scientific tools applied to monitor water quality and the efforts that a watershed association undertakes to advocate for water quality improvements based on this information. 


  • An interest in science, the environment and advocacy is encouraged.

  • Experience with Microsoft Excel preferred, Microsoft Access considered an asset.

  • Having reliable transportation is strongly preferred, and mileage will be reimbursed.

Exact dates can be flexible depending on the candidate. These are unpaid positions.

The Mystic River Watershed Association is based in Arlington, MA and is accessible via several bus routes. 

The Mystic River Watershed Association is an equal opportunity employer.

Deadline to apply is March 15 but applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting February 15, 2015.  To apply send your cover letter and resume to  No phone calls please.