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Watershed Internship Job Description

Four positions available

Middle Eel River Initiative

Applications due on or before Friday, 13 March 2015



The Middle Eel River Initiative is a three-year comprehensive watershed effort that is funded through Indiana Department of Environmental Management Section 319 Nonpoint Source Pollution Program and administered through a cooperative effort of Manchester University (Biology Department and the Environmental Studies Program), Miami, Wabash, and Kosciusko County Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.  The middle Eel River includes that portion of the Eel River from North Manchester, Indiana to Mexico, Indiana in the north central part of the state or 30 miles of the river and associated watershed.  The project includes four major components:




  1. Development of a watershed management plan that will include all elements listed in the State’s Watershed Management Plan Checklist (updated 2003).
  2. Identification of and remediation of high priority nonpoint source pollution sites.
  3. Implementation of a comprehensive stream water quality monitoring program that includes chemical, physical, and biological parameters.
  4. Development of a public outreach program.

Internship Major Responsibilities

The primary responsibilities of the internship will include, but not limited to assisting with the implementation of the comprehensive stream water quality monitoring program as outlined in the grant contract.  This work will include:

  1. Operation of stream gage and water sampling equipment
  2. Calibration of stream discharge on tributaries
  3. Collect water samples from gage stations
  4. Conduct water chemistry on water samples
  5. Assist with fish surveys, mussel surveys, and habitat surveys
  6. Collect and analyze water for E. coli   
  7. Use Geographic Information System (GIS) to plot and analyze spatial data
  8. Prepare reports, and present data at professional meetings
  9. Assist with public outreach program

*Each intern will work closely with Manchester University Biology faculty in a “side by side” learning/research environment.


Required Qualifications

  • Enrolled as a full-time Manchester College Biology or Environmental Studies Major/Minor
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills
  • Proficient computing skills including word processing and Excel
  • Working knowledge of watershed issues as they relate to stream water quality and best management practices
  • Ability to work independently and manage time effectively
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Have a strong work ethic
  • Be enthusiastic

Salary and Position Details

There are four (4) Internship positions available.  Each intern will be an employee of Manchester University and the salary will be $3,500 for approximately 400 hours of work. Interns will also be provided housing during the summer months.  Some work related responsibilities may begin 1 May 2015.

To Apply

Before 13 March 2015 send a cover letter, resume, along with two letters of professional reference to:


Jerry Sweeten, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology

Manchester College

604 East College Avenue

North Manchester, Indiana 46962




    2014 INTERNS

    Billy Pigg




    Mitch Overmyer



    Savannah Riley


    Karlie Logenberger



    Paired Watershed Research

                  This is the second year for the Paired Watershed Study. Similar to the 319 Middle Eel River project the Paired Watershed Project is trying to determine the best management practice in order to reduce agricultural runoff. The difference between the two is the Paired Watershed is anaylzing two upland tributaries, Beargrass and Pawpaw, while 319's focus is the mainstem river, the Eel. Currently the Paired Watershed is funded by a variety of different agencies but to name a few: Environmental Defense Fund, Corn Market Alliance and Soybean Alliance.

    • Water Chemistry
    • Proficient use in the use of automatic water samplers                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
    • Hydrology
    • Electrofishing
      • Backpack, Tote Barge, and Boat
    • Fish Identification
      • Be able to identify by site fish species within the river

      2014 INTERNS:


Breegan Anersen



(image to come)

Nathan Patterson



Trisha McClain

Environmental Scholar


Black Bass

The Black Bass Project was a two-year project. The first year (2013) monitored the Eel River and the cinal yeal concluded at the Tippicanoe River.

The project consisted of a fish survey of largemouth, smallmouth and rockbass within those areas.



Brice Peyton


Alan Mock



Ethan Sloan Stanifer


Collin Huffine





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