Job Opportunities With the Leelanau Conservancy

2017 Leelanau County Water Quality Program Internship


The Leelanau Conservancy in partnership with the Freshwater Ecology program at Western Michigan University and the Lime Lake Association, Little Traverse Lake Property Owners Association and Cedar Lake Association is offering a 6 month internship on three lakes in Leelanau County, MI (Lime Lake, Little Traverse Lake and Cedar Lake). We are looking for a total of 6 interns. Teams of 2 interns will be matched up on each of the three lakes.  The main goal of the internship is to work with the Lake Associations for each of the respective lakes the interns are matched up with to conduct water sampling and/or other surveys relating to water quality and overall lake health and monitoring. There will also be an outreach and education component to be determined by coordinating with the Lake Associations and their needs.

The Leelanau Conservancy conducts a long term water quality monitoring program on each of the 7 major lakes and their tributaries. Interns will also be asked to summarize this data for the lake they are matched up with for the Lake Association for 2017 along with any other data they collect during their internship.

Ideally the internship will be from May-October with flexibility. The goal would be to work approximately 10 hours/week including field and office work. A $500 stipend per team ($250 per student) is being offered to help with travel expenses.

Preferred Qualifications

Ideally this internship would host Northwestern Michigan College or Western Michigan University students enrolled in the Freshwater Science and Sustainability program or a similar program needing college credit of internship experience for graduation, however all are encouraged to apply.

Contact Information

To learn more about this internship opportunity or to submit a resume, contact Yarrow Brown


Phone: 231-256-9665 ext. 14.


The internship will technically be through the lake associations but the Leelanau Conservancy is helping to facilitate the program.

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