Coastal Education 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

The Coastal Education Intern (CEI) will work with the Education Coordinator to primarily assist field teachers with schools participating in a field trip on Plum Island or a program in the classroom. Themes include coastal ecology, bird banding and salt marshes. Additionally, the CEI will help with program preparation, curriculum development and creating organizational systems for equipment and program materials. 

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Train to assist staff with public programs about local ecology to school groups, families, teens, and homeschoolers,
  • Assist to create organizational systems for materials, field gear and supplies,
  • Create interpretative signage about the benefits of smart environmental practices like partial mowing, composting, and creating brush piles,
  • Design simple displays to educate the public about climate change, microplastics, coastal erosion, and sea level rise.


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,
  • Experience interacting with people of all ages, interests, and backgrounds,
  • Possess strong public speaking skills,
  • Experience developing lesson plans and/or activities for children,
  • Demonstrate creativity, reliability, flexibility, and enthusiasm, and strong oral and written communication skills,
  • Experience with outdoor activities such as birding and tide pooling,
  • Valid driver’s license preferred.

Compensation & Benefits

This is an unpaid internship.

Additional Information

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

Commitment: 12 weeks for approximately 10-12 hours per week

Schedule: Flexible Tuesday through Friday. Some Saturdays may be required. 

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# 3835