Water Quality Field and Lab Technician 

"Lead Swim Guide Intern"


White River Waterkeeper’s Swim Guide program brings weekly E. coli monitoring data to the public from Memorial Day through Labor Day. To learn more about the Swim Guide program, click here.
We are seeking an individual with strong attention to detail, passion for swimmable waters & strong communication skills to manage our Swim Guide lab. This position will require 20 hours/week & availability is REQUIRED on Thursdays from 7 am - 4 pm & Fridays from 9 am -4 pm. 



The internship is unpaid, but we are happy to help with any documentation needed for you to receive class credit. We also offer reimbursement of mileage on vehicle ($0.54/mile) on sampling and work-related trips. All applications are due by Monday, April 1st. However, interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.



Training for summer Interns will be held in Harrison, May 13-14, 2020. YOU MUST ATTEND THIS TRAINING.


  • Weekly water sample collection and field documentation

  • Processing, analyzing, reporting of routine sampling for E. coli

  • Lab and field preparation, maintenance of equipment, maintaining lab cleanliness

  • Coordinate sampling teams to ensure quality assurance is met with all samples

  • Data entry and sharing of results via text alert, website, social media, and the Swim Guide platform -  www.theswimguide.org

  • Researching & writing Blog Posts relating to water quality and human health

  • Strong attention to detail and organization

  • Availability on Thursdays 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. & Fridays from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

  • Ability to adhere to strict Quality Control measures and Standard Operating Procedures

  • Familiarity with Excel and ability to maintain accurate records and notes

  • Ability to teach others, strong communication skills

  • Willingness to drive a personal vehicle up to 400 miles per week to collect samples (typical weekly mileage for the Lead Intern will vary from 0 to 200 miles per week)

  • Commitment to the goal of improving water quality through citizen science