Internship Watershed Program Intern

May 10, 2019

Seasonal - paid

The Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is a political subdivision of the State of Ohio
with a mission to provide educational and technical services for the conservation and protection of soil
and water resources. Cuyahoga SWCD is located in Cleveland, Ohio.

The successful candidate for this internship will provide technical support for the protection of natural
resources in Cuyahoga County, and assist the staff with implementation of the Euclid Creek and Rocky
River Watershed Programs. The intern will be responsible for assisting Cuyahoga SWCD staff in
organizing watershed planning efforts, education and involvement of stakeholders to protect water
resources, water quality monitoring and watershed restoration project planning. This individual will
learn how to work collaboratively in a small office and will develop skills useful in securing employment
in the environmental field. The intern will have professional feedback from senior staff, who will work
as mentors with the candidate.

The best candidate should want to work in a fast-paced environment and must be available for
occasional evening and weekend work. The candidate will be a highly-motivated self-starter who is
willing to network with community leaders, project partners and volunteers.

Start date: Mid-Late June


  • Reports to the Euclid Creek and Rocky River Watershed Program Managers
  • Position will be structured as an Internship for a current qualified college student or qualified college graduate
  • Duration of the position 240 hours maximum
  • Schedule: 24-40 hours per week
  • Paid: $15/hour, no benefits except for duty-related mileage reimbursement

Required Qualifications

  • College graduate with a B.S. or B.A., or current college student (junior or senior level) interested in a formal Internship assignment.
  • Superior verbal and written communications skills.
  • Attention to detail, task-oriented, strong organization skills, and superior analytical ability.
  • Ability to work outdoors in various weather conditions and to traverse uneven terrain while carrying up to 25 pounds.
  • Interest in the environment, natural resource management, communications and marketing.
  • Proficiency in word processing and spreadsheets/databases. ARC/GIS and/or graphics skills a plus.
  • A personal commitment to attaining consistent levels of superior performance.
  • Must have personal transportation, a valid driver’s license, and auto insurance.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Completed coursework in the areas of environmental/civil engineering, environmental science, biology, natural resource management, the physical sciences, or a related field preferred – however, persons with or seeking degrees in urban planning/studies, geography or a related field are also encouraged to apply.
  • ARC/GIS and/or graphics skills
  • Prior introduction or exposure to land surveying techniques.


  • Field duties including but not limited to chemical water quality monitoring and equipment calibration, aquatic habitat assessment, stream channel surveys, conservation easement inspections.
  • Assist with Native Urban Tree Starters (NUTS) program coordination and materials development.
  • Track all work and manage data in appropriate databases and/or files.
  • Develop outreach materials, such as fact sheets, tracking and web site updates.
  • Assist in preparing written reports related to field activities.
  • Assist staff with outreach events and community meetings.
  • Coordinate volunteers.
  • Other office, outdoor and event duties as assigned.

Please submit resume and cover letter to Elizabeth Hiser at ehiser@cuyahogaswcd.org by 5:00 PM on May 28, 2019.