Coastal Education Intern - Joppa Flats

Location: Newburyport, MA
Sanctuary: Joppa Flats

The Coastal Education Interns (CEIs) will train with staff to learn about the ecology, human history and conservation projects that are happening locally along the Merrimack River, beachfront and estuary. Themes may include coastal ecology, marine biology, environmental awareness and stewardship, bird banding and migration, and invasive species. Training locations outdoors may include sandy beaches, rocky shores, tide pools, salt marshes, rivers, and ponds.


  • Lead our summer public program with our 110-gallon tide pool touch tank in the Education Center
  • Lead our traveling tide pool touch tank program to local beaches 
  • Interns will act as mentors for the teen naturalists that assist with these programs. 
  • Present live marine life and welcome beachgoers to learn more about local marine life, micro- plastics, coastal erosion, shorebird protection, and climate change. 
  • Interpret our wildlife tanks and insect cages for the visitors


  • At least 18 years of age or 16 years with 2 years' experience with Mass Audubon
  • Experience interacting with people of all ages, interests, and backgrounds
  • Possess strong public speaking skills 
  • Experience developing lesson plans and/or activities for children
  • Demonstrates creativity, reliability, flexibility, and enthusiasm, and strong oral and written communication skills
  • Local knowledge of New England coastal ecology and rocky shore species a plus but not required
  • Experience with outdoor activities such as birding and tide pooling
  • Valid driver’s license preferred
  • Must pass a background records check (CORI, SORI and driver's)

Compensation and Benefits

This is an unpaid internship

Additional Comments

Summer Term: Late May through late August

Commitment: 14 weeks for approximately 20 hours per week

Schedule: Flexible Tuesday through Friday. Some evenings and weekends may be required. 

How to Apply

No phone calls please.

Please email your cover letter and resume to: 

Lisa Hutchings, Family & Early Education Coordinator
Job# 3352

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.