Wildlife Conservation/Education Internship

Location: Lenox, MA
Sanctuary: Pleasant Valley

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 www.massaudubon.org.

About This Position

Mass Audubon’s Berkshire Wildlife Sanctuaries encompass nearly 3000 acres of ecologically diverse conservation land. The Wildlife and plant conservation intern works as part of a dynamic team of staff and interns who support conservation efforts on several wildlife sanctuaries. The intern is responsible for carrying out ecological monitoring and community science projects as well as communicating information to volunteers and visitors.


Duties & Responsibilities

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • 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;


At Mass Audubon, our highest priority is finding the best candidate for the job. Research has shown that people of color and women are less likely to apply for jobs if they don't believe they meet every one of the qualifications described in a job description. We encourage you to apply, even if you don't believe you meet every one of our described qualifications or you have a less traditional background. We are looking for applicants with the following qualifications:

Must Have’s: 

  • 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. 

Nice to Have’s: 

  • 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.

Compensation & Benefits

This position’s base salary is $15.00 per hour 

This is not a benefits eligible position.

Additional Information

Work Schedule: 

Tuesday - Saturday,

Minimum hours: 30 hours per week over a 14-week period.


Other Requirements:

Employees must successfully complete a CORI and SORI Background Check and a Motor Vehicle Record (if applicable) is required.

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. This should also include a booster shot if it has been 5 months since you were initially vaccinated.

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 submit resume, cover letter and three references by email with subject line Wildlife Conservation/Education Internship to:

Zach Adams, Teacher Naturalist II
Job# 3766