Water Quality Advocacy Intern

The Watershed Center

Traverse City , Michigan


Water Quality Advocacy Intern; part-time; approximately 20 hours per week; unpaid summer internship with flexible start date (April/May)


The Water Quality Advocacy Intern will support a range of activities furthering The Watershed Center’s mission to advocate for clean water in Grand Traverse Bay and act to protect and preserve its watershed. S/he is responsible for supporting the Grand Traverse BAYKEEPER® advocacy program, which includes developing educational messaging, cultivating citizen advocates, evaluating previous advocacy efforts, assessing water quality threats, and prioritizing advocacy efforts.  Top issue advocacy priorities include on-site stormwater management, natural shoreline and wetland protection, invasive species prevention and control, and preserving riparian vegetation. This position requires a strong interest in water quality protection, public policy, and grassroots environmental advocacy.


  • Reports to: Grand Traverse BAYKEEPER®
  • Supervises: none
  • Works with: Executive Director, Program Director, Director of Community Engagement, Legal Counsel
  • External stakeholders: local government officials, citizen advocates, volunteers, general public


  • Support evaluation of previous advocacy efforts by maintaining an internal database to achieve a more effective and efficient advocacy program.
  • Update and expand our internal database tracking local ordinances, policies, and plans that impact water quality.
  • Develop system to track zoning ordinance and master plan revision cycles in priority areas.
  • Assist in developing model language for stormwater, riparian buffer, and shoreline overlay ordinances and master plans.
  • Evaluate pending Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and United States Army Corp of Engineer permit applications for water quality concerns.
  • Assist in identifying and cultivating citizen water quality advocates.
  • Provide staff with support in research and analysis of various water quality topics, organizations, and key players in the environmental advocacy field.
  • Help with other tasks, including water quality monitoring, patrolling for local water quality threats, volunteer coordination, data entry, and watershed education, as needed.


  • Demonstrated commitment to The Watershed Center’s mission
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent prioritization and multi-tasking abilities
  • Extremely detail-oriented with strong organization and research skills
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team
  • Interest in, and familiarity with, environmental policy (especially water quality policy) and local government processes
  • Strong computer skills (familiar with Word, Excel, Internet, and databases)
  • Ability to work scheduled hours Monday through Friday between 9am and 5pm


Please email application (available at www.gtbay.org), resume, and cover letter stating your suitability for this position to Grand Traverse BAYKEEPER® Heather Smith at hsmith@gtbay.org. Application materials must be received no later than 5:00pm EST by Friday, March 2, 2018.

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