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Stream Monitoring and Assessment Summer Intern (ID: 109891) for Summer 2024


Dept of Environmental Conservation

425 Jordan Road
Troy , NY 12180
E-Mail: Keleigh.reynolds@dec.ny.gov

Division/Unit: Water


Web Site: www.dec.ny.gov(New Window)


School Affiliation

State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Proposal Information


* Collect benthic macroinvertebrates, fish (electrofishing with a backpack shocker), and/or diatoms from rivers and streams in multiple drainage basins of New York State
* Collect water samples for chemical analysis
* Collect physical and chemical parameters such as habitat assessment measurements, pebble counts, and field water quality parameters
* Process samples, including logging new samples, sorting and identification of benthic macroinvertebrates, splitting and shipping water samples, data entry including various types of field data
* Prepare field sampling equipment
* Calibrate and maintain multi-probe meters used for collection of field water quality parameters
* Prepare sections of water quality reports, such as species lists or maps
* Complete a short report (2-4 pages) about their experience that can help guide others in pursuit of a meaningful internship as well as help NYSDEC evaluate its intern program.
* Conduct oneself in a professional manner that reflects positively on SUNY ESF and NYSDEC.



Collecting field water quality samples


Knowledge of freshwater ecosystems

Water quality monitoring projects

Boater Safety certification


Internship Areas: Engineering, Environmental Conservation, Scientific Research

Logistical Information

Payment? Paid

Number of Hours: 30 or more

Location: Rensselaer

Number of Interns Needed: 1

Desired Candidate Profile

Preferred Standing Junior

Minimum Standing: Sophomore

Degree Concentrations: Engineering, Environmental Studies, Natural Science