Buffalo Niagara RIVERKEEPER is a community-based organization dedicated to protecting the quality and quantity of water, while connecting people to water.  We do this by cleaning up pollution from our waterways, restoring fish and wildlife habitat, and enhancing public access through greenways that expand parks and open space.  Our teams that support RIVERKEEPER’s initiatives, projects, and programs include: professional staff, volunteers, and dedicated interns.  If you believe in our mission and want to apply your skills while gaining valuable experience, please consider applying to be an intern for Buffalo Niagara RIVERKEEPER!


Note: All internships are voluntary. Interns may choose to complete an internship for college credit, if their educational institution allows.



The administrative team is always on the lookout for help keeping the ship afloat! If you would like to gain experience working in a professional office setting and learn what it takes to keep a non-profit ticking, consider applying for an administrative internship. Administrative interns assist with filing, office upkeep, handling general inquiries, and have the opportunity to develop and pursue projects of their choice.

Desired Skills: Organization, Multitasking, Time management, and open communication are required. Microsoft Excel and Word experience a plus.

Availability: Flexible from Mondays through Friday during normal office hours, 9AM-4PM.

Open Positions: 1

River Tours

Riverkeeper provides kayak and bike tours to the public from June through August in an effort to connect the community to our water. These tours are led by certified instructors and safety guides, and require additional assistance in organizing, loading and unloading equipment, assisting to the needs of tour participants, and creating educational materials. When time allows, interns may be asked to assist with our Riverwatch Water Quality Monitoring Citizen Science Program.

Desired Skills: Have reliable transportation, ability to lift 50 lbs., good communication skills, and some experience in bicycle riding and kayaking. Must have a bicycle or be willing to rent/borrow one for bike tours. Experience or interest in water quality monitoring and equipment calibration a plus.

Availability: Must be available 2 days a week at minimum. Bike Tours are on Wednesday evenings. Kayak tours are on most Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings.

Open Positions: 2

Environmental Justice Outreach

The Environmental Justice Outreach intern will accompany and assist a Riverkeeper staff member in the field while conducting outreach to anglers and community members regarding fish consumption health concerns.

Desired Skills: Ability to walk continuously for up to 3 hours outdoors; ability and desire to interact with a diverse variety of people; personal concern for public health, public access and environmental justice issues; professional demeanor; reliable transportation.

Availability:  Must be available weekday evenings and weekend mornings, reliability is a must.

Open Positions:  2



Questions? Contact Monica Lippens, Administrative Assistant, at mlippens@bnriverkeeper.org or 716-852-7483 ext 10.