Bluebelt Macroinvertebrate Survey and Asset Inspection Intern (Undergraduate Level)

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The New York City Department of Environmental Protection's Bureau of Water and Sewer Operations is responsible for the operation, maintenance and protection of the City's drinking water supply and wastewater collection systems, the protection of adjacent waterways and land, and the development of the Capital Water and Sewer Design Program.  The Bureau is also responsible for the operation of the Staten Island Bluebelt Program.  The Bluebelt utilizes created wetlands to provide an ecologically sound, cost effective, and natural alternative to traditional storm sewers in Staten Island.  The undergraduate internship consists of the collection of data at approximately seventy created stormwater wetlands on Staten Island.  Information collected at each site includes the presence/absence and abundance of mosquito larvae, the presence of any other invertebrates and wildlife, and water quality parameters.  At several locations, sampling of stream macroinvertebrates will also be conducted to assess water quality. Invertebrates sampled will be collected and identified with the use of a dissecting microscope and field manuals.  In addition to aquatic data, a survey of trees and structural integrity of stone faced structures will be conducted at each site, the latter consisting of the recording of any cracks or missing stones on the facilities constructed at each site.


  • Student must currently be enrolled at a college/university at the undergraduate level majoring in and have a major in any of the following areas of study: environmental science, entomology, ecology, biology, natural resource management, green infrastructure, or a closely related field.
  • Student must have at least a 2.5GPA (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Student must have at least a junior class standing 
  • Preferred skills include GIS and Microsoft database software. 


Selection Criteria:

  • Strong writing skills; effective interpersonal skills; familiarity and/or experience with computers/software; applications; demonstrated leadership skills; self-motivation; and ability to work well with minimal supervision. 


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