American Rivers

Duration: 40 hours per week, mid May – late August

Location: Northampton, MA (with occasional travel throughout New England to visit projects)

Position Title(s):

Housing: Housing will not be provided. Students are responsible for finding their own housing.

For more info: American Rivers / River Restoration Program

Position Description:
The River Restoration Intern will work with our northeast restoration staff on several projects to advance river restoration in the region. Depending on the student’s experience, projects could include research on national results of dam removal projects; costs of culvert restoration projects; monitoring data analysis; digital restoration photo renderings. There may be an opportunity for field work surveying rivers at restoration sites for monitoring or as part of project engineering design.

Summer also coincides with the construction season, so the intern will have an opportunity to visit project sites and see restoration projects in progress. There may also be opportunities to take part in seasonal fisheries monitoring, as well as meet federal and state restoration partners.

River restoration is a dynamic field incorporating science, engineering, community outreach and policy. The intern will have an opportunity to touch on many of these issues as they relate to rivers.

Students should have an interest in river conservation; strong writing and communication skills; ability to work independently; comfortable working outdoors; educational background in the natural sciences or civil engineering and experience with field survey work is preferred, but not required.
Valid drivers license helpful, but not required.

Funding: $3,000
Available through the Center for the Environment Summer Leadership Fellowship Program; see application instructions.

Along with the Universal Application students must submit a cover letter describing their interests, experiences, and how this internship fits their career interest, a resume and three references with contact information.

About the Organization:
American Rivers is the leading conservation organization standing up for healthy rivers so communities can thrive.  American Rivers protects and restores America's rivers for the benefit of people, wildlife, and nature.  Founded in 1973, American Rivers has more than 65,000 members and supporters, with offices in Washington, DC and nationwide. 

Through our work in five key program areas - Rivers and Global Warming, River Restoration, River Protection, Clean Water and Water Supply - American Rivers is working to protect our remaining natural heritage, undo the damage of the past and create a healthy future for our rivers and future generations. 

In the Northeast Region, our focus is on river restoration through dam removal and culvert replacement. We work with community leaders and environmental planners to develop long-term sustainable restoration projects.