Summer 2022 Watershed Internship​

TITLE:  Watershed Intern

REPORTS TO:   Watershed Manager

STATUS:   Part-Time, Seasonal

START/END DATE: May-August (specific dates TBD)


The ODC Network is looking for two recent high school or college graduates or current college graduate/undergraduate students to assist with the work of Project Clarity. Project Clarity works with the local community to increase awareness of how we impact Lake Macatawa and what we can do to reduce pollution from entering our lakes and streams. Interns should be prepared to work in an office (DeGraaf Nature Center) or work remotely, conduct field work, assist with community events, and work with volunteers. Some work may be modified or adjusted based on COVID restrictions.


  • Up to 16 hours/week
    • Must be available for some evening and weekend activities (COVID restrictions permitting)
    • Two selected interns will frequently work together especially when conducting field work.
  • $13/hour



  • Collect weekly water quality data including, but not limited to, secchi disk readings, temperature, color, and chloride concentration
  • Conduct field inventories of road-stream crossings throughout the watershed. This may include volunteers, COVID permitting.
  • Conduct bi-weekly inspections of right-of-way rain gardens in the City of Holland and perform minor maintenance as needed (clean out sediment trap and pull weeds)
  • Assist with volunteer beach and river cleanup events by preparing supplies, taking photos, collecting data during the event, and sanitizing and storing equipment after events. This could include locations throughout Ottawa and Allegan County and working with partner organizations.
  • Assist with public education activities including setting up a watershed display, developing flyers and/or brochures and assisting with events. This will include assisting with the Macatawa Water Festival (Aug 13), the West Michigan Green Stormwater Infrastructure Seminar, the Cultivating Resilience Farm Field Day, and community events, COVID permitting.
  • Assist in the development and distribution of watershed marketing materials (g. newsletter, social media posts and other educational materials)
  • Data entry (Access and Excel, some through Google Drive)
  • Other duties as assigned by the Watershed Manager and ODC Network Executive Management



  • Current coursework or majored in Natural Resource Management, Environmental Science, Biology, or a related field
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Suite applications
  • Strong ability to work both collaboratively and independently
  • Strong interpersonal skills in a team setting
  • Must pass a background check, have a valid driver’s license and be fully insurable by the ODC Network
    • Reliable transportation is required
    • Mileage will be reimbursed at the federal rate for out-of-office duties that have been assigned by ODC Network staff


Physical Demands:

  • Requires the ability to work outside in various weather conditions
  • Must be able to occasionally lift to 50 pounds and walk, stand, and sit for extended periods of time.



These job responsibilities represent only the essential and most significant duties of the position. This job description does not exclude other work assignments, directives and responsibilities not mentioned above.

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Applications will be accepted through Monday, January 31st.