Working Apprenticeship - Estuarine Research for Students (WATERS) College Apprentice

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Compensation: $15 per hour

Working Apprenticeship Through Estuarine Research for Students (WATERS) College Apprentice (2 positions available)
Department: Natural Areas
Job Type: Internship/Apprenticeship; Part-time; Year-Round; Non-Exempt
Pay Range: $15 an hour; up to approximately 204 hours (First Year) 
Work Location: Randall’s Island Park, New York, NY 10035

Interns of the Working Apprenticeship Through Estuarine Research for Students (WATERS) program will select an estuarine topic to study. Participants will gain real-world science experience by creating a study design, collecting, and analyzing data, and sharing the results of their research. WATERS participants will work with guidance from RIPA researchers and Hudson River Estuary Program staff and network with professors and professionals in various fields of ecology to gain exposure to different STEM and STEM-adjacent career paths. Interns will also receive professional development support, including resume writing, cover letter development, and professional statements. Interns will report to the P.A.L Coordinator and Director of Environmental Programming.

This is a three-year apprenticeship, and the expectation is that apprentices will be committed for the full duration and complete all three years. Apprentices will be required to work on site during the summer with flexible remote work during the school year.
Funding for this program is provided by the New York State Environmental Protection Fund, NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program.


  • Design, conduct, analyze, and report on an estuarine-focused field experiment or study in conjunction with other apprentices
  • Coordinate with the Park-as-Lab Coordinator and Director of Environmental Programming every morning to determine daily activities
  • Other general tasks, as assigned
  • This internship description is not an exclusive or exhaustive list of all functions that an intern in this position may be asked to perform from time to time.


  • Enrolled in high school (sophomore standing or higher)
  • Strong interest in oceanography, marine biology, limnology, ecology, environmental sciences, natural resources, and/or similar fields
  • Strong interest in science, natural resources, environmental justice, and research techniques
  • Excellent organization skills and strong attention to detail
  • Motivated and punctual, able to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to collaborate and create positive working relationships
  • Willing to work in all types of weather, under strenuous conditions (rocky shorelines, hot and/or humid weather, mosquitos, bees, pollen)
  • Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination
  • Please have at least one reference available, upon request
  • Knowledge of computers basics (Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook)
  • The Randall’s Island Park Alliance, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and believes in a diverse and an inclusive work space and environment.
  • RIPA maintains confidentiality of all applications and therefore will never contact a present employer without prior consent from the applicant.

Contact Information

Randall's Island Park Alliance
Website: Apply Online