2018 Neponset Environmental Science and Engineering Fellowship

Neponset River Watershed Association
Canton, MA, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)
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The Neponset River Watershed Association is seeking applications for the Neponset Environmental Science and Engineering Fellowship. This is a 13-month full-time position that provides the opportunity for a recent graduate to gain intensive hands-on experience working with a well-respected regional nonprofit.

The Fellowship is intended to provide broad exposure to the full range of science, advocacy and community organizing functions involved in watershed work. The Fellow will work closely with the Association’s Environmental Scientist, Executive Director, Outreach Director, and other staff.

The Fellow’s core responsibilities will include day to day supervision of the Association’s volunteer-based water quality monitoring program and a leadership role in organizing spring and fall river-cleanup events. The Fellow will play a supporting role in other projects potentially including our hotspot monitoring program, development and construction of stormwater best management practice retrofits, stream habitat restoration projects, and stormwater and/or water conservation education programs. The Fellow will be exposed to at least one public speaking and grant writing opportunity, and will prepare comments on a development or permitting issue.

Schedule and Compensation

This is a full-time position that runs for 13 months (ideally June 1 to June 30). Compensation includes a salary of $30,000 per year, health insurance and paid time-off benefits. The position requires occasional early morning sampling and evening or weekend events.


The Fellowship is open to applicants who have recently received a master’s or bachelor’s degree in watershed management, environmental science, civil/environmental engineering, or a related field, and who are interested in a natural resource protection career. Applicants should have excellent written, telephone and interpersonal communication skills, and should be comfortable working with a diverse collection of volunteer personalities. They must have a demonstrated ability to plan and implement projects in a fast paced environment, working both independently and as part of a team. Applicants must be comfortable working outdoors, in poor weather, on uneven ground and in a canoe, and must have own transportation. Applications by minority candidates, candidates interested in a career in the nonprofit sector, and residents of the 14 Neponset Watershed communities are particularly encouraged.

Application Procedure

Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter via email. In the cover letter, please describe your interest in the position, relevant academic and/or work experience, and how a one-year Fellowship would fit into your overall career goals. We recommend submitting application materials by mid-April.

We hope to make a final hiring decision by early May and to have the new Fellow start work in June 2018.

Send applications to Chris Hirsch, Environmental Scientist at hirsch@neponset.org