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 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 Coastal Education Interns (CEI's) 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.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Train to lead our live animal program, Meet Beach Creatures.
  • Train to lead our traveling live animal program, Traveling Touch Tank.
  • Interpret our onsite tanks and insect cages for visitors.
  • Help develop family-based programs about birds, gardens or photography outdoors.
  • Train to be a mentor for teen naturalists who assist with programs.
  • Present information in a positive and engaging manner about climate education, sea level rise, coastal erosion and microplastics for a general audience.
  • 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 or 16 years with 2 years of 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.
  • Experience with outdoor activities such as birding, gardening or wildlife photography.

Nice to Haves:

  • Local knowledge of New England coastal ecology and rocky shore species a plus but not required.
  • Valid driver’s license preferred.

Compensation & Benefits

This is an unpaid internship.

Additional Information

This position is from June through August.

The commitment is 14 weeks for approximately 20 hours per week.

The schedule is flexible on weekdays. Some evenings and weekends may be required. 

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# 3891