Animal Husbandry Intern - Joppa Flats

Location: Newburyport, MA
Sanctuary: Joppa Flats

About Mass Audubon

Mass Audubon is the largest nature-based conservation organization in New England. Founded in 1896 by two women who fought for the protection of birds, Mass Audubon carries on their legacy by focusing on the greatest challenges facing the environment today: the loss of biodiversity, inequitable access to nature, and climate change. With the help of our 140,000 members and supporters, we protect wildlife, conserve and restore resilient land, advocate for impactful environmental policies, offer nationally recognized education programs for adults and children, and provide endless opportunities to experience the outdoors at our wildlife sanctuaries. Explore, find inspiration, and take action at

About This Position

The Animal Husbandry Interns (AHIs) will train to manage the care, feeding and maintenance of all in-house marine and estuarine animals. The team will also be responsible for a 110-gallon tide pool touch tank, 50-gallon nursery tank and 10-gallon freshwater pond tanks . The team will be responsible for weekly maintenance of onsite bird feeders and bird baths. AHIs will work with staff to learn about pollinators, native wildflowers and native gardening. In addition, interns will lead bi-monthly trips to the coast and wetlands to collect wildlife or release it.  

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Train to collect live organisms from the coast, wetlands and garden and create appropriate temporary housing using tanks, insect cages and terrariums
  • Follow a daily, weekly and monthly maintenance schedule for all onsite wildlife care including feeding, cleaning, water changes, and chemistry
  • Record data, observations and daily statistics in the online Animal Care Journal
  • Submit photos and brief videos on a weekly basis to the online Animal Care Journal
  • Perform necessary weekly and monthly tank maintenance including water chemistry including    (NH4, NO2, NO3, pH) and conduct partial water changes monthly
  • Assist with the set up for live animal programs and putting them away after
  • Responsible for regular water changes, equipment maintenance and sea water replacement.


  • At least 18 years of age or 16 years with 2 ​years of experience at Mass Audubon
  • Massachusetts driving license preferred
  • Experience with live animal care (aquaria of marine or fresh water life preferred)
  • Local knowledge of New England coastal ecology and rocky shore preferred
  • Knowledge of botany or gardening a plus
  • Demonstrates strong communication skills
  • Can work independently or as part of a team
  • Experience with wildlife photography or web design a plus but not required
  • Must pass a background records check (CORI, SORI and driver's) 

Compensation & Benefits

This is an unpaid internship

Additional Information

Term: June, 2022 through August, 2022

Commitment: approximately 20 hours per week.

Days: Flexible weekdays with some weekend commitment. 

COVID-19 Considerations

Mass Audubon requires that all staff, regardless of their work location, disclose their vaccination status. Proof of vaccination status will be required immediately upon hire.

Mass Audubon's Commitment To Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Justice

Mass Audubon's mission is to "protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and for wildlife" by building a strong coalition of employees, volunteers, and community members. We recognize that the environmental movement and field of conservation have been affected by societal systems that have limited opportunity and access for many people. As a result, Mass Audubon is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and applicants. We are engaged in an ongoing process of organizational assessment and change, designed to remove barriers and create a workplace where all forms of diversity are recognized and valued.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Mass Audubon is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and applicants. Mass Audubon prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

How To Apply

No phone calls please.

Please email your cover letter and resume to: 

Lisa Hutchings, Family & Early Education Coordinator
Job# 3554