Science Internship


Water Quality Internship – Summer 2023

Harpeth Conservancy seeks a summer intern to work 15-20 hours/week from May to September (timing is flexible). Harpeth Conservancy is dedicated to protecting clean water and healthy ecosystems for rivers in Tennessee and the summer intern will support that mission through volunteer coordination, communications, water sample collection and coordination, data analysis, education, and other projects as needed.

About Harpeth Conservancy

Founded in 1999, the Harpeth Conservancy mission is to restore and protect clean water and healthy ecosystems for rivers in Tennessee by employing scientific expertise and collaborative relationships to develop, promote and support broad community stewardship and action. 


  • Coordinate and schedule volunteer samplers
  • Organize data and analyze water quality models
  • Perform basic laboratory tasks
  • Assist with website management
  • Create educational content for public outreach
  • Assist with outreach and education opportunities and events as needed.

Desired Skills, Experience, and Qualifications

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Willing to work indoors and outdoors
  • Graphic design/website experience would be a plus
  • Coding experience in R or other statistics software would be a plus
  • Available Tuesdays and preferably at least one other day during the week, as well as one or two weekends
  • Experience working with data and statistics software
  • Experience coordinating volunteer efforts
  • Must be reliable, responsible, and flexible
  • Access to a car to travel to various sites in the greater Nashville area
  • Ability to participate within a multi-disciplinary team as well as act independently as needed
  • Interest in biology, wildlife, or environmental topics and issues is a plus

Internship Benefits

  • Experience in water quality monitoring, environmental education, and volunteer management
  • Event planning, website design and content production, research skills
  • Office and nonprofit work environment experience

Please send cover letter and resume to Ryan Jackwood at with the subject line “Summer Water Quality Internship”