Hudson River Survey Interns (PO-00735052)

The Student Conservation Association (SCA) will conduct visitor use studies through surveys and other data collection efforts on the Hudson River. The focus of the study is to better understand how visitors are using the sites for fishing and the overall frequency of fishing related activities. These findings will help to better steward the Hudson River and its overall ecosystem.

Intern Team Members will work in pairs, traveling between a “Loop” of sites on both the New York and New Jersey shoreline. Between 5-6 sites are included in each “ Loop”.  Interns will survey 1 “ Loop” per day in an 8 hour period. 

Compensation: $25.00/Hour
Travel will be Reimbursed.  

Schedule: 32 Hours per week.  8 hours per day.  4 Days per week. 
Every weekend for 4 consecutive weeks. Both Saturday and Sunday

Training: Mandatory in-person Training on March 10th

Program Dates:

  • Pilot Phase:March 18- April 14 
  • Extended Program: April 15-November 15

Start and End Times: Range from 8:30am to 7:00pm
The schedule itself is highly irregular by design in an effort to capture a broad sense of visitor use.
Start and end times will vary per day.  Days of the week will also vary.  Saturdays and Sundays will remain constant.  However, days worked Monday through Friday will rotate each week.

For example: Week 1

  • Saturday: 8:30am-4:30pm
  • Sunday: 11:00am-7:00pm
  • Monday: 8:30am-4:30pm
  • Wednesday: 11:00am-7:00pm

Week 2:

  • Saturday: 11:00am-7:00pm
  • Sunday: 8:30am-4:30pm
  • Tuesday: 11:00am-7:00pm
  • Thursday: 8:30am-4:30pm


  • New Jersey: sites span from Hazard’s Point to Liberty Point State Park.
  • New York: sites span from Fort Washington to Battery Park.
  • Metrocards will be provided to travel to sites.  Metrocards can be used to travel to NJ. 
  • NJ Side Travel: will utilize rideshare services to travel between sites. *Interns will need to pay up front costs associated with rideshares and submit for reimbursement. 
  • NY Side Travel: Bicycling is the selected transportation method between sites.  Bicycles, locks and helmets will be provided for the duration of the program.  * Must be proficient, safe and confident in Bicycling.  

Interns will engage the public that are actively fishing on the river during the time of their visit. Anglers on the Hudson River are a diverse group of people, so preference will be given to candidates with foreign language capabilities in the following languages:

  • Spanish
  • Mandarin (or Cantonese)
  • Haitian Creole
  • Russian
  • Polish

Interns will have a set of survey questions to use as a guide while engaging with visitors/anglers. They will then log their data and survey results. They will also be responsible for counting the number of anglers at a given site and compiling their findings on a weekly basis.
*Interested candidates should indicate their availability to serve an extended position.

Position ID: PO-00735052

Expected Dates: March 10, 2023 - April 12, 2023

Training Provided: Training will be provided to understand the complexity of the schedule, "Loop" sites, and Data Collection. As well as best practices in Visitor Engagement, Risk Management and Data Processing.

Main Area of Focus: Visitor Services and Site Operations

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Not Eligible

Driving Logistics: Bicycle provided by partner

Housing or Stipend Provided?
D. No housing is available

Indoor/Outdoor: Outside

US Citizenship: Yes

Student Conservation Association