Paid Team Leader Water Quality Internship Opening

Looking to get experience doing scientific monitoring and fieldwork? Ever want to explore the creeks and streams of Goleta? Santa Barbara Channelkeeper is looking for a dedicated individual to be our Team Leader Intern for our Goleta Stream Team program. The selected individual will be responsible for leading a team of volunteers to conduct water quality monitoring at designated sites throughout Goleta once per month. Channelkeeper will provide training on water quality testing equipment, water sample collection techniques, data collection, and quality control measures.

Santa Barbara Channelkeeper is a local environmental non-profit dedicated to protecting the Santa Barbara Channel and its watersheds through science-based advocacy, education, field work, and enforcement. Goleta Stream Team was established in 2002 as a citizen-science monitoring program to collect water quality data to inform policy and monitor the health of our local watersheds. Data collected through Goleta Stream Team has been used to identify and stop illegal discharges and has been used to support the State’s 303(d) list of impaired water bodies. Additionally, the Goleta Stream Team database is the most comprehensive baseline ambient water quality dataset for our local watersheds. This internship provides an opportunity to be a Team Leader for this program, gain hands-on water quality monitoring experience in the field, and contribute to a program that has a significant positive impact on our local watersheds.

Compensation and Hours

The Team Leader Intern will receive a $200 stipend for a period from January 2014 – June 2014 and is expected to work about three hours per month (dates listed below). Compensation will also be provided for mileage accumulated during each event. Pizza will be provided after each event as well.

Required Qualifications

  • Current SBCC or UCSB student
  • Must be able to attend Goleta Stream Team events on the following Sundays: January 5, February 2, March 2, April 13, May 4, and June 8, 2014
  • A valid driver’s license
  • A car and ability to transport at least two other individuals

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience leading groups of people
  • Strong communication skills
  • Familiarity with water quality parameters (dissolved oxygen, pH, conductivity, etc.) and/or water quality monitoring equipment
  • Attention to detail
  • Passion for protecting our local creeks and streams

To apply, please send a resume and a cover letter explaining why you are interested in this position and how you are qualified to by December 27th, 2013 at 5pm.