Animal Husbandry Intern - Joppa Flats

Location: Newburyport, MA
Sanctuary: Joppa Flats

Spring 2020 Term (Mid-May through late August): This team of 4-5 Animal Husbandry Interns (AHIs)will train to manage the care, feeding and maintenance of various species of marine life that are in-house including marine invertebrates and estuarine invertebrates and live fish. AHIs will be responsible for a 110-gallon tide pool touch tank, 50 gallon nursery tank, 30 gallon freshwater pond tank, and various insect cages. AHIs will be responsible for leading collecting trips on the beaches every 2-3 weeks during the term. In addition, the interns train with the Joppa Flats Biosurvey Naturalist on our plant and insect species inventory project will learn how to further develop our online insect guide and create seasonal training aids and activity sheets for visitors. 


  • Maintain our 110- and 50- gallon cold marine aquarium tanks; care for and feed their inhabitants (coastal invertebrates and fish)
  • Perform necessary weekly and monthly tank maintenance including water chemistry (NH4, NO2, NO3, pH) and partial water changes
  • Lead collecting trips to the beach and track tank inventory bi-monthly
  • Manage the daily care and feeding of various insect cages with caterpillars, praying mantis and other temporary visitors
  • Record weekly statistics in the animal care journal and take regular measurements, photos and videos for the animal collection
  • Work side by side with our master gardeners and biosurvey naturalist to learn about the care of our butterfly gardens, pollinators, and bird feeders 
  • Create monthly visual aids for visitors to use to observe seasonal trends in plants and wildlife on the property
  • Assist Joppa Flats staff with field gear repairs and equipment maintenance as needed. 


  • At least 18 years of age or 16 years with 1 year of experience at Joppa Flats
  • Massachusetts driving license preferred
  • Experience with tank maintenance, animal care, and feeding (salt water preferred)
  • Local knowledge of New England coastal ecology and rocky shore species a plus but not required
  • Knowledge of botany or experience gardening a plus
  • Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills
  • Can work independently or as part of a team
  • Must pass a background records check (CORI, SORI and driver's) 

Compensation and Benefits

This is an unpaid internship.

Additional Comments

  • Dates of Employment: late May - late August 2020
  • Commitment 12-15 weeks for a minimum of 20 hours per week
  • Some evenings and weekends required. 

How to Apply

Please email your cover letter and resume to: 

Lisa Hutchings - School & Family Education Coordinator
Job# 3208

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