Municipal Storm Water Management

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

Boston, MA, USA


Job Description

(3) Municipal Storm Water Management   (210009X2)Description

(3) Program Name: Municipal Stormwater Management

Location: Boston (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 Description

Stormwater is one of the biggest sources of pollution in Massachusetts surface waters. Rainwater that falls on impervious surfaces accumulates and creates stormwater runoff, and if left untreated, carries pollutants and trash into nearby surface waters. To address pollution in surface water, MassDEP and EPA Region 1 have jointly issued the 2016 Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit. This permit authorizes 260 municipalities in Massachusetts to discharge stormwater to surface waters under a set of requirements that advance municipal stormwater management.

As part of the MS4 permit, municipalities have to report their progress on permit implementation each year. In 2021, municipalities had to update their bylaws, ordinances, or other regulatory mechanisms to include specific requirements for new developments and redevelopments to ensure that stormwater is treated prior to discharge. MassDEP reviews all annual reports and wants to conduct a comprehensive assessment of bylaws and ordinances of all MS4 municipalities to understand where each municipality stands on stormwater management.

Many municipalities and watershed associations are also working on reducing trash accumulation in waterbodies. These include various trash pickup programs, structural interventions, and trash assessments. MassDEP aims to connect all groups working on these trash reducing initiatives to understand how trash reduction can be achieved and prepare a report that summarizes effective measures for guidance on reducing trash.

The stormwater program is seeking an intern to complete these two tasks as part of the internship program.

Description of Internship Duties

  • Review municipal bylaws and ordinances
  • Prepare written and graphical summaries of information gathered from bylaw and ordinance review
  • Connect with municipalities, stormwater coalitions, and watershed associations and assess how they address trash reductions
  • Combine information on the various efforts of trash reduction methods and prepare a report.

Knowledge Requested

  • Knowledge of  data manipulation and analysis helpful. Knowledge of basic statistics.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Technical writing skills helpful

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-Boston-1 Winter Street


: Environmental and Energy


: Department of Environmental Protection


: Part-time


: Day

Job Posting

: Nov 15, 2021, 4:36:42 PM

Number of Openings

: 1


: 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


4 days remaining

Apply by 3 December, 2021