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 160,000 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 that are essential to programming. 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 salinity, NH4, NO2, NO3, and pH and conduct partial water changes monthly.
  • Assist with the set up and return for live animals required for programs.
  • Responsible for regular water changes, equipment maintenance and sea water replacement.
  • Respect diversity and inclusion efforts to promote awareness.


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 Haves:

  • At least 18 years of age.
  • Demonstrates strong communication skills.
  • Can work independently or as part of a team.

Nice to Haves:

  • 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.
  • Experience with wildlife photography or web design a plus but not required.

Compensation & Benefits

This is an unpaid internship.

Additional Information

This position is from May through August.

The commitment is approximately 20 hours per week.

The schedule is flexible weekdays with some weekend commitment. 

Other Requirements:

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

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, Lead Education Coordinator
Job# 3892