Michael Gonzales Internship

San Antonio River Authority
San Antonio, TX
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The Michael Gonzales Memorial internship was established in 2012 to honor Michael Gonzales, former Deputy Director of Technical Services at the San Antonio River Authority. This internship opportunity is awarded to a highly motivated outstanding undergraduate student from a Texas institute of higher education. It is designed to stimulate interest in careers in environmental sciences among groups underrepresented in these professions. The candidate selected will intern with the San Antonio River Authority Environmental Sciences Department (ESD) in San Antonio, Texas. The intern must be a current member or become a member of the Texas Chapter of the American Fisheries Society (TCAFS) prior to the conclusion of the internship. The River Authority will assist the selected intern with the application process and/or application fees if necessary. Essential Duties and Responsibilities • Conduct routine water quality collections throughout the San Antonio River basin, • Collect fish, habitat, and benthic macroinvertebrate data to assess stream health, • Learn how to identify fish and benthic macroinvertebrates of the San Antonio River basin, • Use kayaks or other small watercraft to conduct freshwater mussel surveys using a variety of methods, oftentimes in remote locations, • Assist biologists with data collection, data processing, and report writing in support of routine monitoring and other projects, • Become familiar with Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) sampling protocol in support of the Clean Rivers Program, • Make unbiased observations of aquatic and riparian conditions, • Assist with the calibration, operation, and maintenance of ESD field instruments, and • Prior to the conclusion of the internship, present to ESD staff on their experience with the River Authority. Other Responsibilities • Laboratory and sample quality assurance/quality control procedures and data management practices, • Assist Watershed Ecology and Environmental Laboratory staff, and • Perform other tasks as assigned.
Education, Experience, and Skills Required • Must be willing to become a member of the TCAFS prior to completion of the internship, • Must be well organized and able to manage time efficiently, • Must be competent in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook • Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely, • Must be able to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with the public and fellow employees and, • Ability to swim. Requirements Candidates for this internship must meet the following qualifications: • Enrolled at an accredited college or university for at least one semester after completion of internship (Individuals graduating in Summer 2023 are not eligible for this position) and • Have a minimum total cumulative grade point average of 3.0. Candidates for this internship must provide all the following materials to be considered: • Official or non-official transcripts, • Two letters of recommendation from individuals with academic or professional experience with the candidate, • A 500-word essay discussing professional goals, motivations, and passions and • Resume.
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