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Rain Garden Field Technician

Hosting Organization 

Durham Soil and Water Conservation District

Internship Cycle

Spring 2021

Focus Area

Watershed Conservation


3-5 hours/week

Projected Start Date

March 15, 2021

Mode of Internship


Application Status


Application Deadline

3/9/21, 4:59 AM

Position Overview

Seeking assistance with drainage infiltration tests for rain gardens. Would coordinate with DSWCD staff and participating homeowners to verify the date(s) for the drainage tests and exact location. At each rain garden site, two drainage holes would be dug 12” deep in the approximate rain garden location. Fill with water, and monitor every 24 hours for 3 days or until dry. Take photos during each visit. Share results with DSWCD staff. Buddy system for interns required.

About Project

The North Carolina Department of Environment & Natural Resources (NC DENR), Division of Water Quality, has identified non-point source pollution as the primary source of degradation of freshwater rivers and streams in NC. One of the most widespread sources of non-point source pollution is an urban runoff. Excess nitrogen and phosphorus from improper fertilizer use can cause algal blooms which result in fish kills. Sediment- the number one pollutant in North Carolina waters- degrades aquatic habitat, fills our drinking water reservoirs, and can reduce outdoor recreational opportunities such as fishing, boating, and swimming. The Community Conservation Assistance Program (CCAP) program is designed to help urban and suburban landowners voluntarily reduce their non-point source pollution through the installation of stormwater control measures such as rain gardens, cisterns, streambank stabilization, and more.

Eligibility & Requirements

Interns must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Must be 17 years old or older OR enrolled in a 2-year or 4-year college/university.

  • Have an interests in the work of the DSWCD

  • Based in North Carolina 

Interns will need access to:

  • Computer

  • Internet

  • Reliable transportation

COVID Considerations

This internship project will be a hybrid internship, with a large field component. When conducting rain garden surveys, interns will work with one other intern. While in the field, interns must wear PPE and maintain social distancing. Interns will be responsible for checking-in with district staff at the beginning and end of a field day.



Location of Internship

Durham, NC, USA

Published Date

February 22, 2021

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