Mapping trade routes and ports on the Hudson River to assist Sail Freight

Regardless of how sustainably a product is produced, we are almost completely dependent on fossil fuels for shipping. In order to create a resilient regional economy we need local renewably powered shipping options. The Hudson River is the original super-highway of this region and can provide practical carbon neutral shipping.

Apollonia, a 65 ft Schooner, completed her maiden season last year using wind to deliver over 65,000 lbs of freight and cargo throughout the Hudson Valley. This was just the first step in our work to establish working trade routes along the Hudson River connecting local producers, consumers- all the while bringing focus to the Hudson River and activity to waterfronts. There are many challenges to this work and understanding the ports along the Hudson River is key to making this work. To assist these efforts, we are looking for an intern to help develop a database and map to support trade, commerce and public activity at waterfronts along the Hudson River. This work was started though CEL last year and you will have the opportunity to build upon this existing work. The primary task is gathering and inputting basic docking infrastructure, water depth, ownership, but you will also be encouraged to go beyond docking infrastructure to include information such as: local markets, producers, public spaces for events and potential retail partners. Our scope is the Hudson River from NYC to the first lock in Troy.

Desired Skills: Interest in Sustainability and the Hudson River, Proficient in Map Reading / Creation, Basic GIS skills, Friendly personality and willingness to make phone calls and gather information, and ideally some boating experience.

For more information contact Sam Merrett (