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State of Massachusetts (6) Watershed Planning Program - Student Interns in Boston, Massachusetts

_Project Name_:MassachusettsSurface Water Quality Data Exploration and Analyses

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_Project Description_

The Massachusetts Surface Water Quality Standards (SWQS; 314 CMR 4.00) section, located in Worcester, implements the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) to protect surface waters (e.g., rivers, streams, estuaries, etc.) throughout the Commonwealth. The SWQS designates the most sensitive uses for these waters and establishes minimum water quality criteria required to support these uses. Under the CWA, all states must review their water quality standards every three years to ensure that policies reflect the latest available information. Essential steps in this process are the development of new water quality criteria and proposing updates to existing criteria based on the latest scientific knowledge.


_Description of Internship Duties_

To prepare for future triennial reviews in Massachusetts, the intern will assist with compiling and analyzing long-term discrete and continuous water quality data collected from Massachusetts’ waters. This project will include the application of different water quality data analysis methods, such as analyzing long-term trends in surface water quality data, and a mapping component. Completing this project will involve the use of Microsoft Excel, potentially other data analysis applications (e.g., R), and mapping software (e.g., ArcGIS).


_Knowledge and Skills Needed_

An ideal candidate will have the ability to pay attention to detail, the ability to manage and analyze large datasets, and Microsoft Office proficiency. Familiarity with additional data analysis and mapping software is welcomed.

Because MassDEP is presently working remotely, candidates will work remotely, until staff return to the office. Candidates will need a computer with Windows 10 and office suite and will be expected to work on their own computers. Candidates will also need to have internet access as a Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection may be provided.

_The Value of a MassDEP Internship_

MassDEP’s Volunteer Internship Program creates a “win-win” experience by providing experiential learning for interns while allowing the agency to cultivate a professional, diverse pool of applicants for employment opportunities in the environmental field.

MassDEP’s goal is to provide a growth-oriented opportunity for all interns. Interns will receive invaluable real-world experience, intellectual challenges, problem solving skills and contacts in their field of interest. Interns are considered an integral part of MassDEP.

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Qualifications:

This requisition will remain open until filled; however, first consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

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Applicants are required to:

  • Be enrolled in a degree program in the Spring 2021; or

  • Has received their degree within one year of their date of graduation

  • Submit a cover letter, application, and resume

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This is an intern contracted position for 22.5 hours per week

$20.00 an hour/undergrad degree

$25.00 an hour/graduate degree

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Employees must have the ability to commute to MassDEP Massachusetts locations.

*All job applications must be submitted online through MassCareers to be considered. *

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First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

Please see Preferred Qualifications.

*An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Job: *Environmental and Energy

Organization: *Department of Environmental Protection

Title: (6) Watershed Planning Program - Student Interns

Location: Massachusetts-Boston-1 Winter Street

Requisition ID: 200008GU

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