Intern with Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation!

Catawba Riverkeeper offers unpaid internships for students interested in environmental science, environmental education, marketing, event planning, and more!

CRF interns

 

All internships are unpaid. We can work with your institution to provide academic credit.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted and interviews conducted on a rolling basis. 

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and contact information of 2 references to Hillary Zorman at hillary@catawbariverkeeper.org with “Summer 2017 [Title of Internship]” in the subject line.


Available Summer 2017 Internships:

We have four available internships this summer, some of which offer multiple positions. 

CREEK Program Internship
Development/Community Engagement Internship
Marketing and Events Internship
Technical Programs Internship

  

>> CREEK Program Internship

The Catawba Riverkeeper Environmental Education and Kayaking (CREEK) program educates participants on the importance of water and the Catawba River. This youth education program aims to foster an early appreciation of our natural environment through hands-on, outdoor learning and the exciting opportunity to experience the Catawba River first-hand in a kayak. 

The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation seeks motivated CREEK Program interns to work closely with and under the supervision of our CREEK Education Director. Interns will assist in lessons and activities as well as coordinating materials, volunteers, and school groups. Other duties may include assisting with events and programs and/or some administrative tasks.

Qualifications

- Strong interest or experience in environmental education, conservation, and/or non-profits
- Must be able to wade, walk, and swim in the river
- Ability to lift and carry kayaks
- Experience with kayaks highly preferred
- Ability to work well in a team
- Excellent interpersonal skills, especially among youth of varying ages and backgrounds 
- Ability to speak in front of large groups 
- Ability to multitask and attention to detail
- Dependable and punctual
- Valid driver’s license - Must be willing and able to travel to Landsford Canal State Park (June/July) and Tailrace Marina (July/August)
- Ability to pass Background Check
- CPR Certification preferred

Please note before applying: this position is outdoors and requires a lot of physical activity.

Dates

8-week commitment; June 19 – August 12, 2017

Average of 20 hours/week, Monday – Friday 

  

>> Development/Community Engagement Internship

The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation seeks a motivated Development/Community Engagement intern to work closely with and under the supervision of our Executive Director and Associate Director. Interns will have a unique opportunity to assist in development and membership/donor/volunteer growth projects while working in a community based non-profit organization.

The Development/Community Engagement intern responsibilities will include: conduct prospective grant research; assist in grant writing and reporting processes; support staff with awareness/fundraising projects; and community outreach strategic planning; execute approved plans with supervision. Other duties may include assisting with events and programs and/or some administrative tasks.

Qualifications

- Interest or experience in development, community outreach, and/or non-profits
- Ability to work independently and capable of taking initiative on a specific project
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Ability to speak to different populations within our organization: volunteers, members, donors
- Demonstrate strong analytical and research skills with big picture thinking
- Ability to pass Background Check
- Currently studying or background in business and/or communications a plus

Dates

Start late May/early June until early August depending on academic schedule

30 hours/week, Flexible schedule

  

>> Marketing and Events Internship

The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation seeks a motivated Marketing and Events intern to work closely with and under the supervision of our Associate Director and Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator. Interns will have a unique opportunity to manage complete projects from end-to-end with supervision, develop marketing campaigns designed to increase awareness and participation in CRF events and programs, and plan and execute major events with supervision.

The Marketing and Events intern responsibilities will include: content curation (I.e. social media, digital & print newsletters, brochures, etc.); create and update marketing material; develop content calendars on a weekly and monthly basis; analyze and improve organic search engine performance and goal-setting based on click-through rates, traffic, and conversions; build relationships with local companies; and manage the development and execution of events with supervision. Other duties may include some administrative tasks.

Qualifications

- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Mastery of social media platforms (i.e. facebook, twitter, and Instagram)
- Strong computer and graphic design skills
- Ability to speak to different populations within our organization: volunteers, members, donors
- Great interpersonal skills and ability to speak in front of large groups
- Excellent organizational skills and time management
- Valid driver’s license - this position involves periodic travel to and from events
- Ability to pass Background Check
- Currently studying or background in marketing, business, communications, public relations, or related fields a plus

Dates

Start late May/early June until early August depending on academic schedule

30 hours/week, Flexible schedule. Availability to attend weekend events when necessary is mandatory.

  

>> Technical Programs Intern

The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation seeks a motivated Technical Programs intern to work closely with and under the supervision of our Riverkeeper. Interns will have a unique opportunity with an internship working both indoors analyzing data and outdoors with field work. Work will include analyzing pollution data, managing projects leading to direct policy change, assisting with waterway patrols and collecting samples in the field. Applicants are encouraged to have other project interests in mind and ready to discuss before interviewing. 

The Technical Programs intern responsibilities will include: request, collect and analyze data, especially in Excel. Example: compiling nutrient data in Excel from hard copy public records for sludge spreading sites; assist with field patrols and sample collection; develop a campaign to secure proper pharmaceutical disposal in Charlotte. Other duties may include assisting with events and programs and/or some administrative tasks.

Qualifications

- Proficiency with Excel, including data manipulation, summary and analysis
- Willingness to occasionally get wet and dirty in the field
- Ability to hike through brush and moderate terrain
- Sharp attention to detail
- Clear, concise communication skills
- Confident, assertive disposition
- Experience with GIS and public records both pluses
- Ability to pass Background Check
- Ability to work with limited supervision
- Currently studying or background in environmental science, geology, biology, business, data                            analytics, or related fields a plus

Dates

Start late May/early June until early August depending on academic schedule 

30 hours/week, Flexible schedule 

 

 

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Jan 25, 2017 NC Riverkeeper Report
From the perspectives of 12 NC Riverkeepers, this report discusses how multiple environmental issues pose challenges in the pursuit of clean, plentiful water. Whether you are in North Carolina or downstream in South Carolina, read this report about the state of environmental enforcement.
Dec 13, 2016 Community Foundation of Gaston County grants $5,000 to CRF for Riverkeeper Program
The Community Foundation will fund Catawba Riverkeeper's work in Gaston County.
Dec 12, 2016 A Successful Launch of our Water Education Program at Great Falls Elementary
Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation in partnership with 4-H Clemson Cooperative Extension successfully completed our pilot Education Outreach Program with 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students from Great Falls Elementary.
Sep 27, 2016 Lake Wateree Fall Cleanup a Sweeping Success
86 volunteers collected 5,490 pounds of trash from Lake Wateree
Jun 13, 2016 Dozens of Youth Reached in Water Education Outreach Program Pilot Lessons
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Tell your Riverkeeper if you see:

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Click here to fill out a pollution report or to report water pollution to Catawba Riverkeeper by phone, call 1-888-679-9494 or 704-679-9494.  In addition, to informing your Riverkeeper, you should also report spills or contamination to federal, state and local environmental officials.

To report South Carolina water pollution call 1-888-481-0125.

To report North Carolina spills or fish kills, call your local regional Department of Environment & Natural Resources office during normal business hours (704-663-1699 for most Catawba basin areas or (828) 296-4500 for Burke, Caldwell, McDowell and other mountain counties) or 800-858-0368 after hours.  (For more information on NC spill reporting, click here)

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