Jobs & Internships


Program Description

Interns and volunteers will assist with our Citizen Science Water Quality Testing Program in Fall 2019. Middle School students visit the Gowanus Canal to conduct water quality testing, learn about the Gowanus Canal, why it’s so polluted and what they can do to make a healthier ecosystem. Individuals may apply for an internship or volunteer position for this program.

Intern or Volunteer Role

  • Work with the GCC education team as a teaching assistant for schools that visit to conduct water quality testing
  • Learn science and methods of water quality testing and about NYC waterway health
  • Option to participate in planning and reflection meetings with education team
  • Learn best practices for teaching informal education
  • Option to attend GCC Volunteer Committee meetings (one Wednesday evening per month)
  • Opportunity for involvement in other GCC programs and events as desired

Experience / Qualifications

  • Some experience teaching students in informal, outdoor settings preferred but not required (enthusiasm to learn and interest is more important)
  • Background or some education and demonstrated interest in Environmental Science and urban ecology helpful but not required
  • Enjoys working outside, sometimes in less than ideal weather conditions
  • Dependable, responsible, and a clear and consistent communicator


  • Must be available Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am-12pm  September 24 – December 3, 2019. 
  • It is preferred but not required that volunteers and interns make a seasonal commitment to the program.
  • A training will be scheduled in late September
  • 3-6 hours/week depending on intern or volunteer availability.


This is an unpaid internship or volunteer opportunity. GCC will work with academic institutions as needed for internship or volunteer credit.

How to Apply

  • Submit your resume and a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications and whether you are applying to be a volunteer or intern to
  • Include information in your application about your week day schedule and availability
  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  Early applications are encouraged.

Gowanus Canal Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer.