Education Volunteer

Location: Newburyport, MA
Sanctuary: Joppa Flats

Do you love the outdoors and sharing nature with children? Become an Education Volunteer at Joppa Flats! Throughout the school year, Joppa Flats staff and volunteers offer a wide range of coastal ecology and birding programs for children on-site at Joppa Flats, at schools, and in various local habitats on Plum Island and the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. Watch this YouTube Video to see what it’s like being an Educational Volunteer.

  • Attend Education Volunteer training classes (fall, winter, spring)
  • Shadow and assist Teacher Naturalists and Program Leaders with a variety of programs
  • Develop skills to lead or assist with groups of 10-20 students from area schools
  • Increase student awareness of the natural world through on-location hands-on activities
  • Assist staff and leaders in preparation and organization of materials
  • Help spread the Mass Audubon mission to increase awareness and inspire stewardship
  • Participate in planning and/or development meetings as desired


At least two half days a month during the school year (September-June) 


  • Minimum of 18 years of age
  • Some teaching experience Basic natural history science background; local natural history of Plum Island a plus
  • Interest in natural history, environmental education
  • Enthusiastic, friendly, creative, flexible, responsible, and punctual
  • Attendance at all Education Volunteer training classes
  • Successful interview and background check

Compensation and Benefits

Education Volunteers receive coastal New England habitat training, develop an outdoor education teaching techniques, work with experienced educators, and become part of a dedicated and knowledgeable team.

Lisa Hutchings, Teacher Naturalist
(978) 462-9998

Joppa Flats Education Center
1 Plum Island Turnpike
Newburyport, MA 01950

Job# 2072

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

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