The Nature Conservancy - Connecticut River Watershed Conservation

This opportunity is a Miller Worley MHConnect internship and is available to Mount Holyoke students only. Lynk funding required. Apply to this internship.

Location: Northampton, MA with travel throughout the Connecticut River Watershed

Position title: Connecticut River Watershed Conservation Intern

Duration: May–August 2018, 35 hours per week

Local expenses: Housing will not be provided. Students are responsible for finding their own housing. The Nature Conservancy will reimburse the interns for mileage and other travel costs. The Nature Conservancy offers interns an additional stipend.


The Nature Conservancy intern will have the opportunity to work with Conservancy scientists on active conservation projects focused on the impacts and management of large dams throughout the watershed, to balance our human needs for low-carbon energy and protection from floods with river ecosystem restoration and health. The intern will be engaged in specific tasks that may include: collection of ecological data from sites across the Connecticut River Watershed (New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut); data entry, organization and analysis; preparation of materials for and attendance of meetings with stakeholders engaged in dam management projects throughout the four-state watershed; conducting literature reviews to support scientific research; and assisting with project report writing. Throughout the summer, the intern will also have the chance to interact with the broader team of Northampton-based scientists and learn how the Connecticut River Program approaches landscape scale conservation issues. Opportunities may also arise for travel throughout the watershed that will give the intern an opportunity to gain a better understanding of ongoing research and restoration projects and to work with various conservation partners, including federal and state agencies and other watershed NGOs.

About the organization:

The Nature Conservancy’s Connecticut River Program aims to conserve and restore ecological functions to the Connecticut River, its main tributaries and associated terrestrial ecosystems. Within the Connecticut River Program, we have identified several priority areas for conservation work within the watershed, including restoring floodplain forests, reconnecting rivers and streams, and managing water for people and nature. With over 3000 dams impacting river ecosystem health within the Connecticut River Watershed, the Program is focused on river restoration through both removing dams that no longer serve their intended purposes, and modifying operations of dams that still serve important functions, like hydropower production and flood risk management. 

For more information, visit The Nature Conservancy/The Connecticut River Program.


Educational background in natural sciences; independent thinker and problem-solver; experience in Excel, Word, and Power Point; good quantitative skills; good communication and writing skills; willingness to work long days outdoors under various weather conditions; ability to occasionally lift and carry heavy objects; valid driver’s license, prior experience canoeing helpful.