2023 LEAP Summer Internship
The MRBA is seeking two high-school-aged interns to work with us this summer!
Work within local communities; learn about water quality problems and how to remediate them; assist landowners with property improvements that also benefit our rivers; experience and enjoy our rivers in new ways!
The Missisquoi River Basin Association (MRBA) is seeking two student interns to work with landowners in our watershed to improve water quality. We are looking for interns who are passionate about protecting our outdoor spaces, love the outdoors, and are interested in paddling canoes! Interns receive training with a MRBA Staff mentor and work as a team alongside another intern. This work is in collaboration with The Lake Education and Action Program (LEAP) through Lake Champlain Sea Grant. Interns will:
share information about water quality improvement practices with the public
conduct outreach within our watershed and provide access to MRBA programs (i.e. talk with property owners about water concerns on their land and possible solutions)
work directly with property owners to implement shoreline and riparian restoration projects at 3 or 4 sites.
visit projects sites with MRBA staff to assist with surveys and design
implement projects such as tree planting, invasive control in riparian areas, and river clean-ups
follow-up site visits to assess success
Assist in data collection, such as taking water samples
What: The MRBA will employ two interns during the summer of 2023 to encourage and facilitate stewardship projects by landowners that restore stream or shoreline habitat and that decrease runoff to streams and lakes. This work is in collaboration with The Lake Education and Action Program (LEAP) through Lake Champlain Sea Grant.
Benefits: Stipend of $1050
Public engagement and communication skills
Field project design and implementation experience
Learn or build upon canoe paddling skills
Spend time outdoors
Where: Project locations will be within the Missisquoi watershed, focusing on three or four sites in Orleans and/or Franklin counties, to be determined.
Who: Any student, age 16 or older, interested in water quality who resides in or attends school within the Missisquoi watershed area. A reliable means of transportation is required.
When: July 5 - July 28, 2023
4 days per week, usually 4 hours per day (schedule will be set prior to start date)
Interns will contribute 70-80 hours of effort over 4 weeks
How to Apply: Submit letter of interest highlighting any previous experience or relevant coursework and a letter of recommendation by May 5th to firstname.lastname@example.org. Successful applicants will be notified by May 12th.
Download a copy of the 2023 position description here: