Water Quality Monitoring Intern

Mississippi Watershed Management Organization

Minneapolis, MN, United States 🇺🇸

Primary Objectives:

Responsible for providing assistance to environmental scientists, water resources specialist and water resources director to carry out the activities of the water resource monitoring program.

Major Areas of Accountability: 

  • Install, operate, and maintain monitoring equipment in the field that are necessary to implement the monitoring program.
  • Monitor stormwater discharge at key outlets to the Mississippi River and main stem Mississippi River.
  • Collect water quality samples for stormwater monitoring.
  • Collect water quality samples for bacteria sampling from main stem Mississippi River and stormwater outfalls.
  • Sampling ponds, wetlands, and best management practices.  Coordinate with analytical laboratories for equipment supply and sample drop-off or pick-up.
  • Record the monitoring data regularly and accurately in the database for water quality analysis.
  • Carry out monitoring of the main stem Mississippi for River Mixing Study.

The job responsibilities also include performing miscellaneous office duties such as answering telephones, providing office support, and performing special projects and other responsibilities as apparent or assigned. 

Accountabilities for Collaborative and Team Participation

  • Participate in decisions related to the selection of personnel; e.g. interview panels.
  • Orient new employees to organizational programs and team concept.
  • Clearly communicate job duties and responsibilities so individuals may proceed with certainty in the performance of their positions.
  • May personally conduct portions of training for new employees to ensure established procedures are clearly understood and followed.

Knowledge, Skill, and Abilities


Prior experience may include research, education, management, negotiations, construction site supervision, watershed-based planning, urban environmental planning, development of stormwater management systems, preservation/restoration of urban ecosystems, grant writing and other funding strategies.


Candidates must either have a minimum of bachelor of science degree or be currently enrolled in a four year bachelor of science degree program or graduate program in the field of engineering, biology, limnology, water resources, earth science, environmental science or related field. Coursework or experience with stream hydrology and water quality monitoring and chemistry is essential. An equivalent combination of relevant education/experience/professional licenses may be considered.


An equivalent combination of relevant education/experience/professional licenses may be considered. Please list all other pertinent information. (See notes above concerning both describing related areas of experience and transcripts.)

Desirable Qualifications

  • Knowledge of public process in government, urban resource management and environmental issues, storm water management practices, program management techniques, public education/public information, design and graphics, dispute resolution, and group dynamics and interactions
  • Able to display excellent verbal, written, organizational, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Able to work successfully with considerable independence
  • Able to make immediate decisions and responses

Additional Skills Required

  • Able to display excellent organizational, verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Able to work successfully with considerable independence.
  • Proficiency with a personal computer (PC) and Microsoft software packages for word processing, spreadsheet, database management and computer generated graphics. Specifically, but not limited to, Microsoft Office, Excel, Word, Access, PowerPoint.
  • Ability to effectively use email and internet applications and other common software applications.
  • Must have current training on confined space entry procedures or able to obtain training in first month of employment.. 

To Apply

Please submit your completed MWMO Employment Application Form, along with your resume, cover letter and unofficial grade transcripts, to Water Resources Director Udai Singh.

Applications are due by Friday, March 2, 2018.