MA Herring Monitor Sought

River Herring. Photo Herring Alliance/Tim and Doug Watts.

TheMystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) of Massachusetts is seeking a Herring Monitoring Intern to assist in a scientific study on habitat and river herring populations from January 15 through June 1.

The Herring Monitoring Intern will assist in the implementation of a new volunteer Herring Monitoring Program that will gather data on one of the most significant spawning runs for river herring in Massachusetts. The program is designed to collect the presence, absence and temporal data that yields needed information on population size and health. Primary duties include herring monitoring at the Mystic Lakes Dam in Medford, collecting water samples (training provided) from shore and canoe, analysis of samples, data entry and interaction with the volunteer monitors. The intern may also develop education and outreach materials for the program and organize and recruit volunteers to monitor the stream sites.

Interns will learn about the scientific tools applied to monitor water quality and the efforts that a watershed association undertakes to advocate for water quality improvements based on this information. The intern will work both in and out of the office, and must be able to work independently and as a team. This is a part-time position that requires a commitment of 2 days a week during the Monday through Friday work week.

An interest in science, the environment and advocacy is encouraged.  Having reliable transportation is preferred and mileage will be reimbursed. Candidates must be 16 years of age or older. Exact dates can be flexible depending on the candidate. This is an unpaid position.

Since 1972, MyRWA has played a unique role in the whole of the watershed by its science, advocacy, and outreach efforts. The Mystic River Watershed Association is based in Arlington, MA and is accessible via several bus routes. The Mystic River Watershed Association is an equal opportunity employer.

If interested, please send your resume to No phone calls please.

For more information about the Mystic River Watershed Association please see

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