Coastal Resilience Intern

Location: Newburyport, MA; Barnstable, MA; Dartmouth, MA
Sanctuary: Joppa Flats , Long Pasture , Allens Pond

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

Mass Audubon's Coastal Resilience Program is looking for students to assist with coastal resiliency projects for the summer of 2022!  Are you looking for a stimulating and rewarding opportunity where you can gain hands-on experience in the environmental field to help build your resume? Then this is the place for you! Have fun exploring our Massachusetts wildlife sanctuaries and the diversity of life within coastal environments.

The Coastal Resilience Internship Program aims to provide appropriate and valuable educational experiences for high school and undergraduate students through participation in coastal restoration research and resiliency projects.  The Program will offer hands-on research experience and professional development opportunities that will benefit high school students as they prepare for college and undergraduate students as they venture into professional careers.

The Internship Program aims to broaden participation in environmental fields and attract individuals that have been historically underrepresented in this career path.  The Coastal Resilience Internship Program is particularly interested in increasing the number of women, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities in the environmental field.  We strongly encourage students who are members of these groups to apply.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Work on an array of coastal resilience efforts, primarily in salt marsh habitat.
  • Learn and perform techniques for collecting data needed to manager coastal habitats to build resilience.
  • Help with efforts under way to improve resilience of coastal habitats, including invasive plan control and restoration projects.
  • Participate in public outreach on coastal resilience efforts.


  • Applicants must be a junior or senior in high school or an undergraduate student upon time of application submission,
  • Strong desire to work in the outdoors, often in physically demanding settings and in semi-rough terrain,
  • Self-motivated and able to work both cooperatively and independently,
  • Ability to interact with project partners and the public in a professional manner, 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills,
  • Demonstrate reliability, flexibility and enthusiasm.

Compensation & Benefits

Rate of Pay:  $15.00 per hour.

Housing can be made available (depending on sanctuary placement) for students 18 years or older.

Travel stipend will be provided for all participants.

Additional Information

There will be one high school and one undergraduate student at each location.  The internship will consist of both remote and in-person activities.

Schedule:  Internship is 20 hours per week for 8 weeks from June 27, 2022 through August 19, 2022 (start date is flexible depending on end of school schedule).  There will be professional development opportunities every other Friday such as resume / cover letter workshops, science presentation trainings and professional networking events.

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.

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 send application (Microsoft Word form) and one letter of recommendation, submitted by someone (not a relative) who can speak to applicant's academic potential by January 10, 2022 to:

Danielle Perry, Coastal Resilience Program Director
Job# 3519