Summer Internship Opportunity: Ecosystems

Stroud Water Research Center

The Ecosystems Group at Stroud Water Research Center is seeking a current or recently graduated science major to serve as laboratory and field assistant in a variety of projects, including but not limited to agricultural impacts on stream water quality, nitrogen removal processes in pre-colonial milldams, and monitoring fish populations and stream habitat quality.

Stroud Water Research Center is internationally recognized for its pioneering research on streams and rivers. Research teams with expertise in chemistry, microbial ecology, invertebrate biology, watershed ecology, and ecosystem modeling study the physical, chemical, and biological processes of streams and rivers, the ecology of individual organisms, and the relationship between streams and their watersheds.

Application period: January 1 through March 15, 2021, or until the position is filled. Review of applications will begin upon receipt of material.

Start date: May/June 2021.

Location: Stroud Water Research Center, Avondale, Pennsylvania. This is a rural location, and housing for interns is very limited or not available. Reliable personal transportation is essential as the Stroud Center is not near a public transportation system.

Salary: Approximately $4,200 based on experience and time.


The student will work with and receive guidance from the Stroud Center’s technical staff on:

  • Soil, water, and gas collection and analysis (nitrogen soil extraction, reagent preparation for water chemistry analysis, analysis of gas samples, etc.).
  • Maintenance and preliminary analyses of sensor data (turbidity, dissolved oxygen, chlorophyll, etc.).
  • Field measurement of stream discharge using ADCP instruments.
  • Monitoring fish populations using electro-fishing techniques.
  • Routine laboratory tasks (wash glassware, sample collection preparation, etc.).

Selection Criteria

Priority will be given based on background, experience, interests, and academic performance in biological/environmental sciences. Familiarity with analytical chemistry, freshwater ecology, or taxonomy of freshwater fish is considered a plus but is not required. Applicants should be able to make approximately a 10-week commitment. Application for academic credit at the student’s home institution is encouraged.

How to Apply

Apply here.