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Scenic Rivers Intern

Maggie Heiser, March 17, 2022

The Ohio Environmental Council (OEC) seeks a Scenic River Intern to assist with the OEC’s Scenic River work. The Intern will work with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources in Central Ohio to assist in holding Stream Quality Monitoring (SQM) trainings, assist at SQM / Scenic Rivers public programming should COVID-restrictions lift, collecting data on Scenic Rivers, and entering in data into the water quality monitoring database. Additionally, this position will assist with invasive species management as needed.

Job Responsibilities

  • Assist Scenic River Coordinators to plan and implement Stream Quality Monitoring (SQM) trainings
  • Collect data using SQM on streams around the state
  • Assist with invasive species management
  • Trash cleanups
  • Creation of blogs for the newsletter highlighting
  • Capturing photos of programming, the rivers, and the bugs for use in ODNR outreach materials
  • Assisting with other Scenic Rivers regional work if scheduling allows
  • Support volunteer workshops


  • Biology background in aquatic entomology and knowledge of macro-invertebrates preferred but not required
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Self-motivated and flexible
  • Detail-oriented
  • Access to a car for travel

Hours and Compensation

The Intern will be paid $9.50 per hour and will work at least 10 hours per week. The schedule will be flexible depending on the Intern’s availability and agency needs. Extension of the internship at reduced hours may be possible.

About the OEC

The Ohio Environmental Council is the state’s most comprehensive, effective and respected environmental advocate for a healthier, more sustainable Ohio. Our experts work daily to restore, protect, and strengthen the quality of life for families and communities — from the air we breathe and the water we drink to the food we eat and natural resources we enjoy. Find out more at

The OEC is committed to inclusion and diversity. We seek to hire staff that reflects the diverse communities and perspectives that comprise Ohio. Qualified candidates of all backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply.

The OEC prohibits discrimination of employment, promotion, compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment on the basis of gender, disability, race, age, national origin, color, creed, sexual orientation, sex (including marital and parental status), gender identity and expression, religion, economic status, ethnic identity, veteran’s status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

COVID-19 Related Details

This is a Central Ohio based position working out of ODNR’s Columbus office and out in the field. However, during the COVID-19 pandemic, staff are largely working remotely or in the field and will be expected to resume in-person meetings and travel when it is safe to do so.

How to Apply

Send your resume to with “Scenic Rivers Intern” in the subject line. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and are due by April 1.