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Aquatic Ecology Intern

🚀 Off-cycle Internship


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  • You must be able to lift heavy equipment, work in various weather conditions, and have some experience in environmental sampling and fish identification. Enrolled in biology or environmental science program with two years of college experience required.
  • You will assist with collecting environmental samples and maintaining monitoring equipment, gaining skills in sampling techniques and fish species identification in Chicago waterways.

Off-cycle Internship

Science, Sustainability•Chicago


  • The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago is seeking an intern in the Monitoring and Research Department. This internship is focused on water quality monitoring.


  • Minimum Qualifications and Requirements:
  • Ability to lift over 10 pounds in a long-handled fish net, and lift and carry a 3-gallon bucket of water for 30 yards.
  • Must be able to work outdoors in inclement weather and be able to work on a boat or in wadable streams.
  • Previous experience with basic environmental sampling and some fish identification is preferred, but not required.
  • Educational Requirements:
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program majoring in biology or environmental science.
  • Possess two years of college experience.
  • Completed Biology 101 and other coursework related to environmental science

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Area of Responsibilities



  • The intern will work alongside staff and assist with collecting environmental samples, including water, sediment, and fish. The intern will also assist with the preparation and maintenance of monitoring equipment including sample gear, handheld meters, and water quality sondes. The intern will gain knowledge and skills on proper sampling and processing techniques and the identification of fish species for evaluating fish populations and diversity in the Chicago area waterways. The intern will also gain knowledge on the types of equipment used for monitoring the water quality of surface waters.


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