Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

Worcester, MA, USA 🇺🇸



(5) Program Name:  Division of Watershed Management – Watershed Planning Program

Location:  Worcester (remote/hybrid)

Proposed Duration: January – April 2022

Because MassDEP is presently working remotely, candidates will work remotely, until staff return to the office. Candidates will need a computer with Windows 10 and Office suite and will be expected to work on their own computers.  Candidates will also need to have internet access as a Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection may be provided.

Project Name:  Supporting Massachusetts Water Quality Assessment Reporting and NPDES Permit Development with Toxicity Testing Data.

Project Description

MassDEP DWM staff has developed and maintained an information system that holds whole effluent toxicity test data (database houses both effluent and ambient sample data) submitted by facilities as part of their National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) surface water discharge permits.  The current Access database known as ToxTD holds ~20,750 records for 303 facility/pipe combinations in Massachusetts from September 1990 through March 2021.  This project will continue this effort.

Description of Internship Duties:

We are seeking an intern to assist MassDEP staff with updating the ToxTD database for whole effluent toxicity testing reports that have not yet been entered into the system as well as those that are currently being submitted to the Department. Once trained by the Project Supervisor, the intern will be responsible for reviewing NPDES whole effluent toxicity testing reports for select database parameters.  He/she will code specific data from the toxicity report onto a data entry form, assist with data entry into the ToxTD database, and assist the project supervisor with data validation procedures.  The intern may conduct a data completeness review as well as have to contact permittees, consultants, state and/or federal agency staff when additional information, clarification, and/or reporting correction is needed.

Additional duties will also likely include one or more of the following:

  • some spatial referencing of ambient and effluent collection sites (ArcMap)
  • calculation of “river mile” to the georeferenced station locations
  • watershed data summaries for use in permitting and assessment decisions

Knowledge and Skills requested:

  • Good attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently
  • Data entry skills
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office suite

The Value of a MassDEP Internship

MassDEP’s Volunteer Internship Program creates a “win-win” experience by providing experiential learning for interns while allowing the agency to cultivate a professional, diverse pool of applicants for employment opportunities in the environmental field.

MassDEP’s goal is to provide a growth oriented opportunity for all interns.  Interns will receive invaluable real world experience, intellectual challenges, problem solving skills and contacts in their field of interest.  Interns are considered an integral part of MassDEP.


This requisition will remain open until filled; however, first consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

Applicants are required to:

  • Be enrolled in a degree program in the Spring 2021; or
  • Have received their degree within one year of their date of graduation
  • Submit a cover letter, application, and resume

This is an intern contracted position for 22.5 hours per week

$20.00 an hour/undergrad degree

$25.00 an hour/graduate degree

Employees must have the ability to commute to MassDEP Massachusetts locations.

All job applications must be submitted online through MassCareers to be considered. 

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.


First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

Please see Preferred Qualifications.

Executive Order #595: As a condition of employment, successful applicants will be required to have received COVID-19 vaccination or an approved exemption as of their start date. Details relating to demonstrating compliance with this requirement will be provided to applicants selected for employment. Applicants who receive an offer of employment who can provide documentation that the vaccine is medically contraindicated or who object to vaccination due to a sincerely held religious belief may make a request for exemption. 

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
Official Title: Contracted Student Interns

Primary Location: United States-Massachusetts-Worcester – 8 New Bond St

Job: Environmental and Energy

Agency: Department of Environmental Protection

Schedule: Part-time

Shift: Day

Job Posting: Nov 16, 2021, 12:38:33 AM

Number of Openings: 1

Salary: 20.00 – 25.00 Hourly

If you have Diversity, Affirmative Action or Equal Employment Opportunity questions or need a Reasonable Accommodation, please contact Diversity Officer / ADA Coordinator: Michelle Waters-Ekanem – 6172925851

Bargaining Unit: Non

Confidential: No

Apply By: ASAP