Water Resources Intern

Prior Lake – Spring Lake Watershed District
Internships - Paid
Prior Lake, MN

POSITION TITLE: Water Resources Intern  (2 positions available)

SALARY: $11 per hour

HOURS: 30-40 hours per week

TERM: Summer position, flexible start and end date

400 hours total commitment

LOCATION: Prior Lake – Spring Lake Watershed District, 4646 Dakota Street SE, Prior Lake, MN 55372

DEADLINE: Applications received by March 10, 2019 will be given priority.

Rolling applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

TO APPLY: Submit cover letter and resume directly to Kathryn Keller-Miller at kkeller-miller@plslwd.org with the position title in the email subject line.



The Water Resources Intern will monitor the District’s conservation easements; support the District’s education and outreach efforts to the public; complete water quality monitoring and project maintenance activities; and assist with erosion and sediment control site inspections.

In addition, the intern will have the option of pursuing a special project of their choice that matches their interests and benefits the District’s programs. The Water Resources Intern will also perform some other tasks as necessary.


  • Monitor conservation easements (50%)
    • Send out pre- and post-inspection letters and outreach materials to landowners.
    • Perform conservation easement site inspections.
    • Complete monitoring reports, including photos and maps.
    • Install signs to mark easement boundaries.
    • Prepare baseline documentation reports.
  • Education & outreach activities (20%)

Activities may include one or more of the following:

  • Complete website updates, including interactive GIS mapping application.
  • Update District social media accounts (Facebook and Twitter).
  • Create Esri Story Maps for District projects & programs.
  • Develop newsletters, fact sheets, articles etc.
  • Assist in planning and implementing open houses and other public events.
  • Design outdoor educational signage as needed.
  • Create a display for and staff booths at local events.
  • Identify and photograph native plants throughout the season.
  • Create a video to highlight District projects & programs.
  • Water Quality Monitoring & Project Assistance (15%)
    • Assist with BioBase vegetation mapping on lakes and wetlands.
    • Assist with tracking, tagging & other carp management activities.
    • Collect water samples for lake water quality testing as needed.
    • Assist with stream flow measurements.
    • Complete project maintenance activities as necessary:
      • Maintaining iron-enhanced sand filters
      • Seeding and weeding restoration areas
      • Removing debris from outlets and culverts to maintain free-flow conditions
    • Take rain gauge and lake level readings.
    • Assist with data entry, as needed.
  • Assist with erosion and sediment control inspections (10%)
    • Perform field inspections with staff to ensure compliance with District and MPCA regulations regarding erosion and sediment control.
    • Help complete inspections forms, including photos and maps.
  • Other duties (5%)
    • Maintain electronic and physical files for the office.
    • Additional administrative and/or field duties as assigned.
  • Special project can be included if required for college credit.


  • Minimum of one year of college, with preference to students working towards degrees in environmental science, water resources, biology or related degree (other majors will be considered); or related experience.
  • A valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Ability to orient yourself & accurately identify your location in the field on an aerial map.
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 30 pounds.
  • Comfortable working outdoors in variable weather conditions.


  • Familiarity with GPS and GIS technologies.
  • Ability to identify native and invasive plant species.
  • Experience with water quality monitoring techniques.
  • Experience editing Wordpress based websites.
  • Experience creating effective content to reach a targeted social media audience.
  • Familiarity with video editing.


Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume by Sunday, March 10th, 2019 for priority consideration to the address above or via email: kkeller-miller@plslwd.org. Applications sent by email should contain the position title in the subject line. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. 


Contact Kathryn Keller-Miller with any questions: kkeller-miller@plslwd.org or 952-440-0069.