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Stream Team Internship in Derry, NH

by Savannah Dix on April 22, 2013

Town of Derry, NH, Conservation Commission, Beaver Lake Improvement Association, Beaver Lake Watershed Partnership, seeks an intern for summer 2013

PROJECT: Beaver Lake Watershed Stream Teams

Project Description: Using the NHRSAT (New Hampshire Rapid Stream Assessment Technique) to complete the creation of a baseline map assessing the Beaver Lake watershed in the areas of erosion and biological health.

Job Description:  This position serves as the stream teams leader for the Beaver Lake watershed, in Derry, New Hampshire.  As such, he/she will for a period of 10 hours per week over ten weeks, train and supervise a team of Pinkerton Academy high school students in the employment of the NHRSAT, compile and maintain a database which will yield a site assessment score for the Beaver Lake watershed and create a report on the findings.  Some pre-project meetings required during month of May.

Academic Qualifications:  It is preferred (but each candidate will be assessed on his/her merits) that the intern be a student pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in an appropriate discipline, with:

  • Background in stream ecology, aquatic biology and environmental science;
  • Experience in the collection and identification of aquatic macro- invertebrates to the Family level, in wadeable streams;
  • Experience with topographic maps, terrestrial navigation, and terrain interpretation;
  • Experience with hand-held GPS data collection units;
  • Knowledge of watershed delineations, stream function and habitat characteristics, as well as an understanding of impacts to stream corridors and water quality from anthropogenic sources;
  • Clear understanding of point sources and nonpoint source pollution and how they each impact surface and groundwater resources; and the
  • Ability to recognize distinct changes and transitions within stream corridors.

Personal Qualifications:  It is preferred that the candidate demonstrates:

  • Ability to work independently;
  • Strong organizational skills;
  • Strong communication skills, especially with high school students;
  • Leadership and success in motivating volunteer forces to support projected goals; and
  • First-aid and CPR certifications;

IMPORTANT NOTE:  It is required that the student arrange for credit for this internship at the Institution where he/she is pursuing his/her degree.  Evidence of course registration, advisor’s approval and proof of institutional liability coverage required before the internship commences.

To Apply:  Please send a letter of application, a resume and contact information of at least two references (one academic and one other) to  Telephone and personal interviews will be required if the candidate’s application progresses through the initial screening.


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