Animal Husbandry Intern

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

An Animal Husbandry Intern (AHI) will train to manage the care, feeding and maintenance of both our 110-gallon intertidal zone tank, 55-gallon subtidal zone tank, 40-gallon salt marsh tank and 30-gallon nursery tank. The various species of marine life that are in-house include marine invertebrates, brackish water invertebrates and live fish. The AHI will train to perform biweekly feedings, conduct weekly cleaning and water chemistry tests, and monthly water changes. Also, the AHI will monitor our onsite bird feeders and bird baths. Lastly, the AHI will participate in frequent trips to the collect marine organisms as needed and release invertebrates at the end of the season.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Maintain our aquarium tanks; care for and feed their inhabitants (invertebrates and fish),
  • Monitor and clean our bird feeders onsite weekly,
  • Perform necessary weekly and monthly tank maintenance including water chemistry (NH4, NO2, NO3, pH) and partial water changes,
  • Track tank inventory monthly,
  • Record weekly statistics in the animal care journal and take regular measurements, photos and videos for the animal collection,
  • Assist Joppa Flats staff with field gear equipment maintenance as needed. 


At Mass Audubon, our highest priority is finding the best candidate for the job. Research has shown that people of color and women are less likely to apply for jobs if they don't believe they meet every one of the qualifications described in a job description. We encourage you to apply, even if you don't believe you meet every one of our described qualifications or you have a less traditional background. We are looking for applicants with the following qualifications:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age or 16 years with 2 years of experience at Mass Audubon,
  • 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,
  • Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills,
  • Can work independently or as part of a team,

Compensation & Benefits

This is an unpaid internship.

Additional Information

This internship is for the Fall Term:  September - December 2022 

Commitment: 12 weeks for 4-6 hours per week 

Schedule: Flexible and some weekend work may apply. 

Other Requirements:

Employees must successfully complete a CORI and SORI Background Check and a Motor Vehicle Record (if applicable) is required.

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. This should also include a booster shot if it has been 5 months since you were initially vaccinated.

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

Please email your cover letter and resume to:

Lisa Hutchings, Education Coordinator
Job# 3834