Community Engagement Intern; part-time at $15/hour for 2 years; approximately 4 hours per week for 2 years with an additional 6 hours per week for approximately 16 weeks each spring; flexible start date (February/March); potential remote position with some in-person requirements


The Community Engagement 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 staff’s outreach activities, coordinating trash clean-up events, creating content for social media, and coordinating volunteers. This position requires a genuine enthusiasm for The Watershed Center’s mission and the ability to project that enthusiasm to others. Strong attention to detail as well as interpersonal and communication skills are essential to effectively interact with and build trust and confidence among our audiences.


  • Reports to: Executive Director
  • Supervises: none
  • Works with: Grand Traverse BAYKEEPER®, Program Director, Legal Counsel
  • External stakeholders: elected and appointed government officials, contractors, citizen advocates, donors, volunteers, public


  • Coordinate trash removal events over the course of a week at several sites along the Grand Traverse Bay shoreline and the Boardman River
  • Work with landowners to obtain necessary permission to host trash removal events
  • Coordinate local marketing and promotion for trash removal events, including press releases, social media, event calendars, and media alerts
  • Recruit, track, and coordinate volunteers for trash removal events
  • Inventory, order, provide, and maintain necessary equipment for trash removal events
  • Create original content for TWC’s social media channels, website, newsletters, and print materials
  • Assist with other essential tasks as needed, including water quality monitoring, data entry, advocacy tracking, and watershed education.


Success is measured by the degree to which:

  • Required work is completed on time and budget goals are met
  • Written communication is clear, concise, professional, and free from error
  • Reported level of satisfaction from stakeholders and public averages good or better
  • Supporters, volunteers, staff, and Board are satisfied with work products


  • Experience in copywriting, editing, and proofreading preferred
  • Experience with graphic design and production of marketing materials preferred
  • Experience creating story maps and proficiency using ArcGIS preferred
  • Interest in and familiarity with environmental policy (especially water quality policy) and local government processes preferred
  • Extremely detail-oriented with strong organization and research skills
  • Excellent prioritization and multi-tasking abilities
  • Exceptional time management skills and ability to meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Exhibit professionalism with superior social and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong computer skills (familiar with Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite, Word-Press, Salesforce)
  • Strong experience utilizing social media
  • Able to work flexible hours


Please email resume and cover letter stating your suitability for this position to Christine Crissman at ccrissman@gtbay.org. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the position is filled.

The Watershed Center is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate in employment, promotions, or compensation based on sex, age, race, religion, color, national origin, marital or veteran status, or disability.
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