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Type: Full Time
Location: East Troy, Wisconsin
East Troy, Wisconsin, USA
YOUR POSITION WITH TNC
The Mukwonago Water Quality and Recreation Intern participates in water quality projects, recreation monitoring, and land management tasks in the Mukwonago River Watershed in southeast Wisconsin. This is a full-time, 10-week summer internship position with an approximate start date of May 21. This position is based at the Conservancy office in East Troy, Wisconsin, and paid $12 per hour. The intern will need to work some weekends, with compensatory time off during the week. Housing is not provided and transportation to and from the office are the responsibility of the applicant.
The Mukwonago Water Quality and Recreation Intern works with Conservancy staff to maintain water quality and manage preserves in the Mukwonago River watershed. The intern will engage in ongoing projects at Lulu Lake to measure and improve water quality, remove aquatic invasive species, and monitor boat traffic. Tasks could include operating a boat to assess recreational boating on Lulu Lake, staffing the Clean Boats/Clean Waters station, and assisting with water quality sampling and a diving project. The intern will also participate in land management projects such as brush and fencing removal and volunteer engagement. There will be opportunities to compile and present data on recreational boat traffic to local advocates and officials.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE
Monitor boat traffic on Lulu Lake and compile data for ordinance compliance.
Assist and supervise Clean Boats/Clean Waters program as directed at Eagle Spring Lake boat launch.
Assist state and local personnel in water quality sampling and conduct independent water sampling as directed.
Participate in field work to map invasive species and remove interior fencing on preserves.
Apply herbicide to manage invasive species.
Work under close or infrequent supervision.
May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations for long periods of time in isolated settings, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.
This position may require considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain.
Must be either currently enrolled in college or graduated within 12 months with college-level coursework in natural resources, environmental studies, biology, recreation management, or related field.
High school diploma and 6 months of related experience
Experience operating powerboats, including pontoons and single-hull craft, in a safe and efficient manner.
Working knowledge of common software applications (e.g. Microsoft Word, Excel, web browsers).
Ability to perform physical work, sometimes under adverse conditions or inclement weather.
Valid driver's license.
Knowledge of Wisconsin boating regulations.
Experience performing basic water quality tests.
Ability to follow instructions from colleagues and work in a team.
PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND EXPERIENCE
Some knowledge of water quality issues and aquatic plant species.
Experience operating equipment such as brush cutters, chainsaws, and other power tools.
Experience working with community partners and researchers.
Experience using tablets and apps for field work.
Experience using GIS and GPS.
Snorkel or SCUBA diving experience is appreciated.
AUTO SAFETY POLICY
This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with the Conservancy's Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered "high risk drivers." Please see further details in the Auto Safety Program document available at www.nature.org/careers.
Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee's motor vehicle record.
HOW TO APPLY
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The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer
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