Streamflow Restoration Intern

Massachusetts Department of Fish & Game

Boston, MA, US


The Department of Fish & Game works to preserve the state’s natural resources and people’s right to conservation of those resources, as protected by Article 97 of the Massachusetts Constitution. To carry out this mission, the Department exercises responsibility over the Commonwealth’s marine and freshwater habitats that support them.

The Division of Ecological Restoration is charged with restoring and protecting the health and integrity of the Commonwealth’s rivers, wetlands, and watersheds for the benefit of people and the environment. This mission is critical to the success of the Department of Fish and Game that manages, protects, and restores the natural resources of the Commonwealth. The Division of Ecological Restoration works with community-based partners to restore aquatic ecosystems. The Division’s ecological restoration work brings clean water, recreation opportunities, and other ecosystem services to the citizens of Massachusetts.
The Department of Fish and Game, Division of Ecological Restoration is accepting resumes and applications for the position of Streamflow Restoration Intern.
A cover letter and resume must be submitted as part of the application process and attached “as relevant” to the requisition.  

The Streamflow Restoration Intern (contracted intern) supports the restoration of more natural streamflow regimes and aquatic ecosystem health in communities. This position will assist Streamflow Restoration Program staff with the collection and analysis of streamflow data to inform sustainable water management and ecological restoration actions.  Work will involve assisting with monitoring equipment installation and maintenance, field measurements, and data analysis and modeling.  The Intern may also provide technical assistance, such as monitoring support, to the Division of Ecological Restoration’s river and wetland restoration projects, as time and interest allows.


The Streamflow Restoration Program works with partners to collect high-quality streamflow data, to better understand the causes of altered streamflows, and to inform and support policy and actions that restore and maintain healthy streamflows. The intern will contribute to routine data collection, monitoring, and analysis, and will assist the Program with the following tasks, as appropriate:

  • Measure streamflow in wadeable rivers using a flow meter
  • Survey stream gages using level and tripod
  • Install and download monitoring equipment, including pressure transducers and time-lapse cameras
  • Perform site reconnaissance for potential new monitoring sites
  • Process data from time-lapse cameras
  • Research and conduct literature reviews to identify innovative restoration methods to guide program initiatives to restore streamflow
  • Conduct data analysis, modeling, and interpretation to identify streamflow and watershed stressors
  • Attend relevant meetings
  • Assist DER’s Habitat Restoration Program with fieldw


Intern should have an enthusiasm for working both indoors and outdoors and should currently be working on or have a bachelor’s degree and some experience in aquatic ecology, hydrology, water quality, data analysis, and/or field science. An interest in learning more about ecological restoration and/or state environmental agency work is a must. Field work will be carried out in a range of weather conditions and the intern should be comfortable working in and around rivers with a field partner.

QUALIFICATIONS ACQUIRED ON JOB (List knowledge’s, skills, abilities)

Knowledge of the policies, procedures, specifications, standards and guidelines governing assigned unit activities. Knowledge of the laws, policies, and regulations governing assigned unit activities.


Applicants must be in the process of completing or have a bachelor’s degree with a major in the field of environmental science, biology, hydrology, chemistry, earth science, environmental health, meteorology, natural science, toxicology or public health.


Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Class 3 Motor Vehicle Operator’s License.


  • Knowledge of work simplification methods.
  • Knowledge of the methods used in the preparation of charts, graphs and tables.

  • Knowledge of the methods of general report writing.

  • Ability to understand, explain and apply the laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, etc. governing assigned unit activities.

  • Ability to analyze and determine the applicability of data, to draw conclusions and make appropriate recommendations.

  • Ability to gather information by examining records and documents and by questioning individuals.

  • Ability to assemble items of information in accordance with established procedures.

  • Ability to determine proper format at procedure for assembling items of information.

  • Ability to maintain accurate records.

  • Ability to prepare and use charts, graphs and tables.

  • Ability to prepare general reports.

  • Ability to write concisely, to express thoughts clearly and to deve­lop ideas in logical sequence.

  • Ability to follow written and oral instructions.

  • Ability to give written and oral instructions in a precise, understandable manner.

  • Ability to establish rapport with others.

  • Ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with others.

  • Ability to deal tactfully with others.

  • Ability to adjust to varying or changing situations to meet emergency or changing program requirements.

  • Ability to maintain sound judgment.

  • Ability to work independently, with initiative, and to work as a member of a team.

  • Strong interpersonal and oral and written communication skills.

  • Excellent all-around computer skills with an emphasis on data management and use of GIS software, as well as full competency with MS Office

  • Willingness to travel to various locations statewide for field work.

  • Willingness to work outside in most weather conditions, wade in rivers up to waist deep, and use and maintain technical equipment.


Valid MA drivers license  


Salary commensurate with experience: up to $18/hr for an undergrad student and up to $22/hr for a graduate student