HVA 2022 River Information & Outreach (RIO) Internship

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Deadline to Apply:

Tuesday, May 31, 2022, 5:00pm


Cornwall Bridge, CT
United States

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Position Description

The work is almost entirely field based, as the RIO Stewards travel among priority river access sites, with approximately 10% office work (data entry and cleaning). RIO Stewards will be based out of the HVA office in Cornwall Bridge, Connecticut.

Each weekend, RIO Stewards will travel as a team, visiting river recreation areas along Route 7 (New Milford to Salisbury, Connecticut, see map). While at the sites, Stewards engage with site visitors, answer questions, and promote sustainable site use and Leave No Trace practices. Stewards also collect data (e.g., car counts), which will help us better understand how sites are being used.

Additional tasks will include litter clean-up, invasive plant removal and identification, and helping with community engagement events. There may also be opportunities to work with community partners to develop more effective outreach materials and strategies, and also to conduct environmental fieldwork, based on the interest of the applicant.


This position would be a great fit for someone interested in outdoor recreation, park management, and/or the human dimensions of natural resource management. Candidates should be passionate about conservation and able to succeed as part of a two-person team. In addition, the ideal candidate will possess:

  • Strong interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to approach and engage with strangers;
  • Familiarity with recreation management and/or previous experience related to high visitor density in natural areas;
  • Ability to represent HVA in a professional manner;
  • Ability to work weekends
  • Spanish and/or Portuguese fluency is a plus

Requirements: Daily access to a reliable personal vehicle is a requirement of the position (HVA does not have a field vehicle, so all field work will be done in personal cars with mileage reimbursements.)

Compensation: The intern will be compensated at a rate of $15/hour, for the course of the internship. Work-related travel using personal vehicles will be compensated based on mileage. Housing is not provided, but HVA will assist successful applicants in finding lodging near the HVA office, if necessary.

How to Apply:

Application Procedure: Submit the following materials via email to Lindsay Larson at LKEENERECK.HVA@GMAIL.COM (as a single PDF, titled “[YourLastName]_RIOSteward”):

Deadline: Applications will be reviewed and positions filled on a rolling basis, so we encourage interested individuals to apply early. We intend to fill all positions by May 31st, at the latest.

Questions and applications should be directed to:

Lindsay Larson, HVA Connecticut Watershed Manager