Published on December 14, 2021

Fall River Students Learn About Environmental Careers

Mass Audubon's Dr. Danielle Perry shares environmental career opportunities in a Fall River high school classroom
Dr. Danielle Perry

Mass Audubon Conservation Science and Education staff were invited to B.M.C. Durfee High School in Fall River, MA, to meet students in their Environmental Science classes.

The visit kicked off with information about a paid Coastal Resilience Internship opportunity with Mass Audubon for the summer of 2022.

This brand-new internship program is an effort to promote diversity in the environmental field and to encourage young students to learn more about environmental career paths. One of the internship locations is Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary in Dartmouth—just 25 minutes away from the B.M.C. Durfee High School.


We are no longer accepting applications for this Coastal Resilience Internship, but we encourage all interested high school and undergraduate students to explore our job and volunteer listings periodically. We are continually adding internships and paid positions across the state, from summer camp to ecological monitoring and more.

Different Paths to Environmental Careers

Dr. Danielle Perry shared the pathway that led to her career as the Coastal Resilience Program Director at Mass Audubon. She then gave an engaging presentation about climate change and its impact on coastal communities. Her talk concluded by explaining why collecting data in salt marshes is so important for preparing coastal communities like Fall River to be more resilient to storms and flooding caused by climate change. 

Next, teacher naturalist Julia O'Hara discussed the history of Mass Audubon, the type of work she does for Mass Audubon South East, and the path that led to her career in environmental education. Julia emphasized the wide variety of options available to students interested in environmental career paths—including volunteer and paid opportunities in land stewardship, advocacy, summer camps, and more.

The presentation concluded with education coordinator Chris Hitchener, who shared the story of his career to-date. He also spoke about specific opportunities for students within the community like the Fall River Parks & Recreation Department, Boys & Girls Club Camp Welch, and local land trust organizations. 

Just the Beginning

It was truly a great day at B.M.C. Durfee High School! At the end of Mass Audubon's visit, students were given time to ask any clarifying questions of the presenters. They also received handouts to take home so they could further explore these organizations on their own. 

We're so thankful for the time that Science and Technology Career & Technical Education teacher Tess Bradley took to organize this day for her class. We look forward to working with Tess and her students in the future.