Wildlife Conservation Education Intern

Location: Lenox, MA
Sanctuary: Pleasant Valley

Mass Audubon is looking for an energetic, organized Wildlife and Plant Conservation intern to work as part of a dynamic team of staff and interns to support conservation efforts on several wildlife sanctuaries. The Conservation Intern is responsible for carrying out ecological monitoring and community science projects as well as communicating information to volunteers and visitors. The Conservation Intern has an important role as a welcoming ambassador of Mass Audubon properties, programs, and mission.


  • Install and monitor nest boxes for native birds;
  • Monitor breeding Bobolink populations;
  • Survey/track wildlife including amphibians, reptiles, and mammals;
  • Collect data for Mass Audubon’s Rare Plant Inventory;
  • Manage and organize physical and electronic data;
  • Position will include visitor engagement including  greeting, property orientation, impromptu education;
  • Assist with environmental education programs for adults and families including guided bird walks, hikes, canoe trips, etc.;
  • Monitor and control invasive plant species to support native biodiversity and tend native plants/pollinators garden;
  • Assist with land management and stewardship projects including trail maintenance/repairs, fence repairs/removal, etc.;
  • Maintain field data records and prepare summary reports/presentations for projects;
  • Minimum hours: 30 hours per week over a 14 week period.


  • Strong interest and educational background in environmental science, environmental studies, environmental education, conservation, biology, botany, wildlife, natural resources, or related field;
  • Minimum HS Diploma and 1 year of college education;
  • Energetic, organized, team-oriented, with strong communication and record keeping skills;
  • Solid interpersonal skills, flexibility, creativity, self-motivation, sense of humor, ability to manage diverse tasks, and willingness to learn;
  • Candidates should be comfortable working independently as well as part of a team;
  • Must have reliable transportation to get to work sites; mileage reimbursement provided
  • Experience field research tools/methods such as GPS, GIS, radio telemetry, etc. desired;
  • CPR/First Aid certification and proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher) desired;
  • Successful candidates must pass a background record check (CORI, SORI and driver’s record).

Compensation and Benefits

$13.50-$14.00/hour; commensurate with experience.

Opportunities may be available to receive school credit or work study.

Housing is NOT provided.

Additional Comments

Mass Audubon’s mission is to protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and for wildlife. Mass Audubon protects 36,500 acres of land throughout Massachusetts, saving birds and other wildlife, and making nature accessible to all. Berkshire Wildlife Sanctuaries include—Canoe Meadows in Pittsfield, Pleasant Valley in Lenox, Tracy Brook in Richmond, and Lime Kiln Farm in Sheffield. Combined, these offer 1,800+ acres of varied habitats and twelve miles of trails that welcome over 20,000 visitors annually for nature education and recreation including hiking and snowshoeing. Internships are based at our Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in Lenox, MA and involve travel to other sanctuaries and study sites.

This seasonal position is for the spring and summer season.


How to Apply

Please email required parts [1. letter of interest; 2. resume; and 3. contact name, phone, email for three references] to:

Zach Adams, Teacher Naturalist
Job# 3436

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.