Water Quality Monitoring Internship with Santa Barbara Channelkeeper

Organization: Santa Barbara Channelkeeper

Position: Stream Team Intern

Schedule: flexible, 10-15 hours/week, First Sunday of each month + Quarterly Saturday events required. 

Compensation: $10.50/hr + mileage

Training is provided


Job Description

The Stream Team Intern will assist Channelkeeper’s Watershed and Marine Programs Associate with implementing the Stream Team volunteer water quality monitoring program. Primary duties include:

  • Maintenance, preparation, and calibration of materials and equipment for stream sampling events each month.
  • Providing assistance, training, and supervision of volunteers during monitoring events.
  • Analyzing water quality samples for indicator bacteria
  • Data entry (approximately 15-20 hours/month)
  • Conducting additional water quality monitoring, stream survey field work, and quality control activities as necessary.
  • Assisting with Stream Team Outreach

Additional tasks may include:

  • Conducting occasional water quality presentations for students.
  • Assisting with Channelkeeper outreach and fundraising events.
  • Assisting with other Channelkeeper events such as creek/beach cleanups.


  • Current college student
  • Ability to work highly independently in the office and in the field
  • Attention to detail and reliability
  • Willingness/ability to work the first weekend of each month.
  • Ability to conduct fieldwork in creeks, which may include carrying equipment (up to 25 lbs), hiking up to 2 miles over uneven difficult terrain through wet, muddy, and overgrown areas.
  • Valid driver’s license, insurance, and registration, along with access to a vehicle that can carry a minimum of three passengers to be used during monthly sampling events.
  • Minimum of 1 year commitment 

Desirable Qualifications 

  • Analytical background in environmental science, chemistry, biology or other related field (especially related to water quality and/or creek ecology).
  • Experience with lab equipment and protocols
  • Experience with Microsoft Excel and Access
  • Experience conducting environmental education
  • Experience interacting with and leading groups
  • Knowledge of environmental policy

Please submit cover letter & resume to Jenna Discroll at jennad@sbck.org by 5 pm, Sept. 15, 2017. 

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