Bioreserve Project Summer Associate

  • Huron River Watershed Council
  • Ann Arbor, MI 48104
  • Mar 27, 2017
Flexible - Several Options Communication/Public Outreach GIS Natural Resources Water Quality Watershed/Stormwater

Job Description

Position Overview

The Bioreserve Project Summer Associate will assist project director in organizing field assessments of natural areas throughout the Huron watershed (parts of 7 counties in Southeast Michigan), as part of HRWC’s Bioreserve Project. Duties will include:

  • Contacting property owners to obtain permission for volunteer team to assess their property
  • Organizing over 100 volunteers into teams of 3 – 4 to perform assessments of natural areas throughout the spring and summer.
  • Accompanying teams when needed as a team member and/or “plant ID expert.” Each assessment takes about 3 – 4 hours.
  • Creating packets for volunteer teams including assessment forms, GIS maps, instructions, directions, etc.
  • Creating GIS maps for each assessment showing preliminary ecosystem boundaries and suggested route through site
  • Inputting data into ACCESS database and creating reports on each assessment using an ACCESS macro that incorporates data and GIS maps


Must have ability to work independently, a car, excellent interpersonal skills (both email and phone), and have working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs (including ACCESS) and ArcGIS, as well as ability to identify most woody plants, forbs, and grasses of Michigan.


Hours: 20 – 40 hours/week
We are looking for a commitment through the 2017 growing season.


The associate will have the following opportunities:
– networking with and access to professionals
– technical learning in GIS, volunteer management, database management, ecology, plant identification

Job Level

Intern (Paid)


Nonprofit- NGO


Contingent on funding, $2,500 – $8,000