Contact us:


P.O. Box 744, Harrison, AR 72602

White River Waterkeeper is an Arkansas-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization that advocates for the White River, its watershed, and its communities. 

Lead Swim Guide Intern

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 6-3 & Fridays from 9-2.



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 15th-16th. YOU MUST ATTEND THIS TRAINING.


  • Assisting the Waterkeeper in running the bacteria lab

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

  • Calibrating field equipment weekly

  • Keeping up with data collected through the summer

  • Participating in outreach events at local restaurants

  • Researching & writing Blog Posts relating to swimmable waters

  • Occasional water sampling

  • Strong attention to detail and organization

  • Availability on Thursdays 6 a.m.-3 p.m. & Fridays 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

  • SOME availability on week nights

  • Ability to adhere to strict, but simple, Quality Control measures

  • Familiarity with Excel and ability to keep accurate records

  • Ability to teach others, strong communication skills

  • Willingness to drive your own car 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