Title: MWI Water Quality Intern
Location: AMC's Maine Woods Lodges
Supervisor: Director of Research
Founded in 1876, the AMC (www.outdoors.org) is the oldest conservation, education and recreation organization in the United States. The AMC promotes the protection, enjoyment, and wise use of the mountains, rivers and trails of the Appalachian region. The AMC encourages the involvement of all people in its mission and activities, through its membership, programs, policies, and procedures. Our goal is to be a community that is comfortable, inviting, and accessible for people of any age, gender, race, religion, ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status. We welcome all candidates to apply and we invite the full participation of all individuals currently underrepresented in both the STEM and outdoor community.
The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) Research Department is seeking one to two science-oriented summer interns to help conducted research and monitoring on AMC’s Maine Woods Initiative (MWI) lands, located in the 100-mile wilderness area of Maine. One funded research project will develop a lake water quality monitoring program for lakes and ponds across MWI, in coordination and co-mentorship with Lake Stewards of Maine. Additional ongoing research at MWI includes stream connectivity studies and long-term forest monitoring in support of ecoreserve status and carbon sequestration, on our sustainably managed forest at MWI.
Salary Range: $12.15/hour, AMC subsidized room and board
Maine Woods Initiative Water Quality Intern
The summer research intern at MWI will be responsible for site selection and regular monitoring of 12 lakes and ponds on AMC land (~100,000 acres), conducting a watershed survey of one already-selected lake, and summarizing this work in a report that provides a summary of sampled lake water quality, a foundation and plan for future long-term monitoring, and findings and best practices to address any issues determined in the watershed survey. The project will also provide an opportunity to develop outreach materials and social media for AMC audiences including on-site guests and recreationists, as well as the broader audience of over 200,000 AMC members and supporters. The intern will have opportunities for fieldwork to learn additional skills on an ad-hoc basis related to ongoing stream connectivity and forest monitoring projects.
Some candidate lake sites are easily accessible, but it is anticipated that several study lakes will be remote and require hike-in access on and off established trails. Conditions in the Maine woods can vary and exposure to the elements as well as insect pests are expected. Access to some sites and to the MWI land and AMC’s offices in Greenville require vehicle travel, partly on unpaved roads. Reliable transportation that can travel gravel roads is thus required.
The research assistant will live at MWI, and work 40 hours/week; scheduling can be flexible given potential for longer field days.
Duties include the backpacking of equipment (inflatable boat, sample bottles, water clarity equipment) to each site several times during the monitoring season, use of Survey 123 (GIS-linked app to document watershed survey findings), sample preparation and shipping to the Maine State Laboratory, data reporting and management, data analysis and production of simple graphical visualizations, and report-writing, as well as development of communications messages or products to be determined by the team. Lake Stewards of Maine will provide initial training to certify the intern as a lake monitor and will co-mentor the intern during the course of the internship. Travel to LSM offices and the AMC Research main office in Pinkham Notch, NH, pending COVID restrictions, will occur periodically. The summer research intern will work closely with MWI staff to coordinate logistics, and will be supervised remotely by the AMC Research Director, with opportunities for in-person meetings in Maine or NH as Covid restrictions allow. Past research interns have used their work with AMC to develop a special or thesis project in their academic pursuits or to assist in publications, which is highly encouraged.
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