HooRWA Summer Intern

Hoosic River Watershed Association Summer Intern

The Hoosic River, which flows by Cole Field, runs 70 miles from Cheshire Reservoir through Massachusetts, Vermont and New York to the Hudson River. The Hoosic River Watershed Association seeks to improve the river and the lives of those who live in its 720-square-mile catchment. Our office is in the Congregational Church across from Paresky.

We are seeking an intern for research and for outdoor, hands-on activities, although HooRWA responds to events and circumstances, so that the exact agenda must wait until summer. We anticipate that the intern would assist in determining if bridges and culverts in the watershed are sized appropriately and allow for wildlife passage, however.

Potential trail projects include finishing, with our partners the Massachusetts trails program and the Student Conservation Association, a section of the Mahican Mohawk Trail that will connect Mohawk Trail State Forest with the Western Summit in Florida, Mass., running through Savoy Mountain State Forest. In addition a section from the Western summit down to Rte. 2 needs clearing. Work may continue on reopening a trail from North Pownal, Vermont, to the Taconic Crest.

To further the work of Hoosic River Revival, an effort to naturalize the flood control chutes in North Adams, an intern could gather information on property ownership, use restrictions or other lies on riversideproperties. An intern could produce other outreach materials, for children or adults, related to the project—and help organize a community garden or river festival.

We would like to have an intern lead public excursions to river sites, including to that of the removal of a dam on the North Branch. There may be an opportunity to lead volunteers in picking trash out of a section of the river.

We hope to design the internship so the intern is introduced to a range of watershed issues. At the same time, we would work with the intern to shape a summer that provided for “ownership”—that is, the possibility of finishing a project chosen by the intern. It would help if the intern had access to an automobile or a bicycle. Trail maintenance experience is of interest although not necessary; nor is unusual physical strength a requirement.

Contact: Lauren R. Stevens, [email protected]