Western Region Water Quality Intern

Internship Overview:
MountainTrue’s Western Regional Office is located in Murphy, NC and covers seven counties in southwestern North Carolina and two counties in north Georgia. This paid internship is within the Clean Water program and is part-time for a total of 150 hours. The intern must live within 50 miles of Murphy, NC, as the majority of the work will be within that radius. However, the work schedule within the week is somewhat flexible.

Position Description:
The intern will help organize a new volunteer microplastics sampling program in the Western Region. This will involve recruiting, training, and coordinating volunteers for the program; establishing locations for samples to be dropped off; picking up samples from each location on a regular schedule; and communicating with volunteers. The intern will also analyze the microplastics samples and assist with publicizing the results to the community(ies).

A second major focus of the internship is to assist with distribution of supplies and recertification workshops for the long-established volunteer water quality monitoring program in the Hiwassee River watershed (Cherokee & Clay counties in NC and Towns & Union counties in GA). And assist with planning a summertime social event for all water program volunteers.

Other responsibilities may include helping with the Swim Guide E.coli monitoring program, the Forest Roads Sedimentation Survey, and/or educational events related to water quality in rivers, lakes and streams.


  • Must have completed your junior year of high school (at minimum).
  • Must have independent, reliable transportation, valid driver’s license and be willing/able to travel alone within a 50-mile radius of Murphy
  • Must be committed to completing the whole internship (150 hours)
  • Should be considering a career in one of the fields listed on our scholarship webpage

Desired skills:

  • Organized, with a high level of attention to detail
  • Experience working with volunteers, or as a volunteer
  • Ideally some background in water quality monitoring, but not required

Start date: 
Late May
End date: Dependent on the start date and number of hours worked per week.

Work schedule: Intern can either work 15 hours/week for 10 weeks or ~19 hours/week for 8 weeks. Tuesday-Thursday are the preferred days of the work week, but the intern will often be working independently and some (microplastics sample analysis) could be done on weekends or at night.

Location: The intern must live within a 50-mile radius of Murphy, NC. Although we hope to establish the microplastics program over a broader area, much of the work will be in Cherokee & Clay counties, NC and Towns & Union counties in north Georgia.

Compensation: The WRO intern will receive a taxable stipend of $1,500 and mileage will be reimbursed at $0.47 per mile.

Including a resume is optional. Apply through this form.