Ornithology Intern, Allens Pond

Location: South Dartmouth, MA
Sanctuary: Allens Pond

The Ornithology Intern will closely work (April -August) with Sanctuary staff and volunteers in Dartmouth and Westport, MA. The 695 acre Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary encompasses a barrier beach, a coastal salt pond, grasslands, shrub lands, and forested uplands at a rural location in southeastern Massachusetts. The Sanctuary team operates the South Coast Osprey Project on Allens Pond as well as nearby Westport and Slocum Rivers. The internship will consist largely of ornithological studies, data and schedule management, working as part of a team and communicating with the public.


Responsibilities include providing office and field support for the Osprey Project, collecting data on breeding status from shoreline, boat or kayak, organizing Osprey volunteers, participating in other avian surveys in grassland and shrub land habitats, surveying nesting sites for breeding coastal waterbirds, measuring water quality in Allens Pond, entering field data, participating in group work days, assisting with public programs and participating in activities related to the summer’s-end event.  Intern will be responsible for developing at least one substantial and interactive visitor display that highlights their internship. As a member of a team, some office support, custodial, and animal care tasks will be shared. Students seeking an opportunity to develop a project aligned with academic or professional goals are encouraged to apply.


  • Individuals with a background in wildlife biology, ornithology or related field preferred.
  • Applicants must have good communication skills.
  • Requirements include familiarity with boat operation, strong interpersonal skills; flexibility in schedule; self-motivation; and ability to move materials and equipment weighing up to 50 pounds, walk long distances over rough terrain, and spend long days in the field regardless of weather conditions.
  • Intern should be comfortable working independently as well as part of the Sanctuary team.

The internship start/end dates are flexible beginning in April and running steadily into August.  Intern must be available for work corresponding with high-tide cycles.  A commitment of approximately 3-5 days/week including evenings and weekends is required.  Intern must have access to reliable means of transportation to travel between field sites.

Compensation and Benefits

This is an unpaid internship. Opportunities may be available to receive school credit.  No housing provided.

How to Apply

Send cover letter, resume, and names of three references to: 

Lauren Miller-Donnelly, Property Manager

Mass Audubon South Coast Sanctuaries

1280 Horseneck Road, Westport, MA  02790

Job# 2938

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