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The NepRWA team encompasses diverse skills: scientists, naturalists, planners, lawyers, artists, and writers. All have a passion for the environment and are committed to improving the Neponset Watershed for everyone, including plants and wildlife!

NepRWA is an equal opportunity employer and applications are encouraged from candidates with a diversity of personal and professional backgrounds.

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Opportunity Description  

The Neponset River Watershed Association is looking for two enthusiastic Greenway interns from late spring through summer of 2024, with an interest in urban planning and community engagement, particularly in communities of color. The interns will work in close collaboration with the Association’s Greenways Program Director, Executive Director, and community volunteers.   

The interns will help plan and manage programming events along the Greenway Corridor to help improve the community relations with the Neponset River and its greenspaces. The interns will also assist in park revitalization projects aimed at helping to improve riverfront and parkland access around the Neponset Watershed and help organize volunteer opportunities in these parkland spaces. The interns may use digital mapping (GIS) to look at various extension opportunities for greater trail connectivity to regional trail networks and to assist in leading meetings to collect public input on trail extension options.  

Furthermore, the interns will engage with Environmental Justice communities through park improvement projects and event planning, and will gain experience with coordinating volunteers and learn about the daily functions of an environmental non-profit.  

Finally, this work will provide the interns with experience in community engagement, access improvement initiatives, GIS mapping software, and volunteer coordination.  

Where  

Typically, work occurs at the Neponset River Watershed Association office (2173 Washington Street Canton, Massachusetts, 02021) and in the field throughout the Lower Neponset River in Dorchester, Quincy, Mattapan, Milton, and Hyde Park. There will be a mix of working remotely with daily ‘check-in’ Zoom meetings, meetings in the field at project sites, and ‘in office’ meet ups.   

When  

The interns will be responsible for a minimum of 16 hours weekly depending on availability, interest, and other commitments. Compensation is $18/hr. Help can begin as early as May and last through October and we request a minimum commitment of 10 weeks. The hours are flexible and can be determined at the end of each week for the following week, though field days will be planned in advance. Work occurs primarily during normal business hours, with occasional early morning, evening or weekend activities or meetings.   

Qualifications: 

Required: 

  • Self-motivation, reliability, and the ability to work independently. 
  • The ability to engage racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse community members. 
  • The intern should enjoy working in the field on uneven or muddy terrain and under adverse weather conditions (rain, cool mornings, hot afternoons, etc.).  
  • Basic computer skills are required.   

Preferred: 

  • An undergraduate or master’s student pursuing degrees in geography, environmental policy, public health, urban planning, or related fields.  
  • Experience with managing volunteers. 
  • Experience with mapping software (ARCGIS).  
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential. 

Don’t meet every single qualification listed above? If you are excited about this role but your experience doesn’t align perfectly with everything listed in this description, we encourage you to apply. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles at NepRWA.

To Apply  

To apply, please complete the online application form and upload a resume and cover letter describing your interest in the position. Questions and any technical difficulties with the form can be directed to Andres Ripley, Greenways Program Director via ripley@neponset.org  

Full-Time, 13-Month Environmental Science and Engineering Fellowship

Summary

The Neponset River Watershed Association is seeking applications for the Neponset Environmental Science and Engineering Fellowship. This is a 13-month full-time position that provides the opportunity to gain intensive hands-on experience working with a well-respected regional nonprofit. This opportunity is ideal for a recent college graduate in environmental science, natural resources, or related fields.

The Fellowship is intended to provide broad exposure to the full range of science, education, outreach, and community organizing functions involved in watershed management. The Fellow will work closely with the Association’s River Restoration Director, Executive Director, Outreach & Communications Director, and Education and Volunteer Coordinator.

The Fellow’s primary responsibilities will include day to day supervision of the Association’s volunteer-based Community Water Monitoring Network (CWMN) program, organization of the Association’s spring and fall river cleanup events, and participation in our ongoing school education programs.

Key elements of the Fellow’s oversight of the CWMN program include:

  • Planning and participating in water quality monitoring events.
  • Managing the water quality monitoring database.
  • Submitting water quality data to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection for use in Clean Water Act regulation activities.

This combination of tasks will provide the Fellow with experiences all the way from collecting and managing raw field data, through data preparation and submission for use in environmental policy.

The Fellow will visit public schools to teach students about stormwater and water conservation in 4th and 5th grade classes. The Fellow may also participate in educational experiences with middle and high school students as part of other watershed projects.

The Fellow will play a supporting role in other projects including our hotspot monitoring program, bacteria monitoring program, and stream habitat restoration projects. In these tasks, work may include time in the field, in our lab, or time at a computer.

Other skills the Fellow will gain from this experience include public speaking, grant writing, preparing comments on a development or permitting issue, and management of professional social medial accounts.

Schedule and Compensation

This is a full-time position that runs for 13 months (ideally June 1, 2024 to June 30, 2025). Work will be conducted in accordance with state and local health recommendations including a hybrid model (in-office and remote work) or appropriately distanced in the field. Compensation includes a salary of $40,000 per year, health insurance, and paid time-off benefits. The position requires occasional early morning sampling and evening or weekend events.

Qualifications

The Fellowship is open to applicants who have recently received a master’s or bachelor’s degree in watershed management, environmental science, civil/environmental engineering, or a related field, and who are interested in a natural resource protection career.

Required:

  • Excellent written, telephone, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Self-motivation, reliability, the ability to work independently, and the ability to follow specific sampling and safety protocols.
  • The ability to engage racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse community members and volunteers.
  • Interest in youth education and the charismatic persona necessary to engage and motivate young people.
  • Experience in environmental data analysis and explaining results to non-scientists.
  • Demonstrated experience in organizing, planning, and implementing projects in a fast-paced environment, working both independently and as part of a team.
  • Comfortable working in the field on uneven or muddy terrain and under adverse weather conditions (rain, cool mornings, hot afternoons, etc.).
  • A personal vehicle for transportation to and from remote sites and school visits.

Preferred:

  • Experience with water quality sampling.
  • Experience with ArcGIS and/or RStudio.
  • Familiarity with laboratory analysis techniques.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Applications from minority candidates, candidates interested in a career in the nonprofit sector, and residents of the 14 Neponset Watershed communities are particularly encouraged. We are an equal opportunity affirmative action employer.

Don’t meet every single qualification listed above? If you are excited about this role but your experience doesn’t align perfectly with everything listed in this description, we encourage you to apply. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles at NepRWA.

Application Procedure

Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter via our online application form. In the cover letter, please describe your interest in the position, relevant academic and/or work experience, and how a one-year fellowship would fit into your overall career goals. We recommend submitting application materials by mid-April. We hope to make a final hiring decision by mid-May and to have the new Fellow start work in June 2024.

Send applications via the form above, and direct any questions to Sean McCanty, River Restoration Director, at mccanty@neponset.org

Part-time Summer Water Quality and Ecology Internships (unpaid / small stipend)

Summary

The Neponset River Watershed Association is looking for two enthusiastic interns, late spring through summer of 2024, with an interest in community engagement, particularly in communities of color, watershed sciences, water quality, and/or freshwater ecology. The interns will work in close collaboration with the Association’s River Restoration Director, Environmental Science Fellow, Executive Director, and community volunteers and will receive hands-on experience with environmental science field work, lab work, and computer analysis.

The interns will help with all aspects of our volunteer water quality monitoring programs and other habitat restoration work in streams or the salt marsh. This work will provide the interns experience with preparing sampling materials and supplies, field work, data management, laboratory sample analysis, and volunteer/high school student coordination. The interns will also assist with planning and coordination for the 2024 Fall Neponset River Cleanup.

The interns will have an opportunity to work on tasks in digital mapping and statistical analysis (specifically tools like ArcGIS and/or RStudio), depending on interest, to further develop these skills. Finally, the interns may have the opportunity to work in more detail on a project for water quality analysis or climate change outreach depending on interest.

This is an unpaid internship, but funding opportunities for working with non-profits may exist for undergraduate students, and the Association is happy to help secure those stipends. Additionally, the Association is able to provide a transportation stipend of $500 for the summer.

Where

Typically, work occurs at the Neponset River Watershed Association office (2173 Washington Street Canton, Massachusetts, 02021) and in the field throughout the Watershed. Depending on work tasks, remote days are possible with daily ‘check-in’ Zoom meetings with the supervisor.

When

The intern will be responsible for a maximum of 20 hours weekly depending on availability, interest, and other commitments. Help can begin as early as May and last through October, though typically ends in August and we request a minimum commitment of 10 hours per week for approximately 10 weeks. The hours are flexible and can be determined in advance of each week, though field days will be planned farther in advance. Work occurs primarily during normal business hours (8:30 AM-5 PM), with occasional early morning or evening activities.

Qualifications

Required:

  • Self-motivation, reliability, the ability to work independently, and the ability to follow specific sampling and safety protocols are all critical.
  • The ability to engage racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse community members.
  • Interns should enjoy working in the field on uneven or muddy terrain and under adverse weather conditions (rain, cool mornings, hot afternoons, etc.).
  • Basic computer skills and having your own transportation to NepRWA office are both required.

Preferred:

  • Undergraduate or master’s students actively pursuing degrees in related fields or equivalent educational experience.
  • Experience with water quality sampling.
  • Experience with ArcGIS or RStudio.
  • Familiarity with laboratory analysis techniques.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Don’t meet every single qualification listed above? If you are excited about this role but your experience doesn’t align perfectly with everything listed in this description, we encourage you to apply. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles at NepRWA.

To Apply

To apply, please complete the online application form and include a short cover letter describing why you are interested and a copy of your resume.

For any questions or issues, please email Sean McCanty, mccanty@neponset.org. We recommend submitting application materials by mid-April.

Environmental Science Fellow

A 13-month full-time position for a recent college graduate designed to introduce them to the full range of NepRWA activities, including a leadership role in managing our volunteer-based water quality monitoring and River cleanup programs. Generally advertised in March or April for a May or June start.

This position is currently filled.

Every year NepRWA offers several seasonal internships or employment opportunities on a largely consistent schedule. Check back at the times indicated below for more information on these opportunities:

Greenways Interns

Work to open up the Neponset to public recreation including improving and extending the Neponset River Greenway, with a special focus on the Neponset’s environmental justice neighborhoods. These are two, part-time, paid summer internships that generally are advertised in March or April and run from June through August.

Water Quality Interns

Help with water quality monitoring and river science projects. These are two, part-time summer internships that may be paid or unpaid depending on available budget. They are generally advertised in March or April and run from June through August.