Mass Audubon’s Berkshire Wildlife Sanctuaries encompass nearly 3000 acres of ecologically diverse conservation land. Wildlife and plant conservation interns work as part of a dynamic team of staff and interns who support conservation efforts on several wildlife sanctuaries. Interns contribute to projects in their focus area as well teaming up on projects that cross disciplines with our education and property stewardship programs.
· Install and monitor nesting boxes for native birds and survey/track native wildlife including amphibians and reptiles;
· Monitor and control invasive plant species to support native biodiversity and tend native plants/pollinators garden;
· Maintain careful records and prepare summary reports for all projects;
· Assist with environmental education programs for adults and families;
· Position may also include office work, greeting visitors, and other duties as required;
· To some extent the position can be customized based upon the interests/skills of the intern and may include a variety of duties in the areas of environmental education and visitor services, wildlife and plant conservation, or land management and stewardship;
· Minimum hours:
o Summer: 35-40 hours per week over an 8-12 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 a 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;
· 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: This is an unpaid educational internship. Opportunities may be available to receive school credit or work-study. Housing is NOT provided.
Additional Information: 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.
How to Apply:
Please submit via Handshake:
1) Letter of interest
3) Contact info (phone & email) for 3 professional and/or academic references.
**Flexible start date.
Temporary / Seasonal
Dale Abrams c/o Audubon
Education / Teaching / Training, Environmental / Sustainability Mgmt, Lab Work/Science, Research, Other
Biologists, Foresters and Conservation Scientists, Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists, Teachers and Instructors, All Other
Mass Audubon protects 36,500 acres of land throughout Massachusetts, saving birds and other wildlife, and making nature accessible to all. As Massachusetts’ largest nature conservation nonprofit, we welcome more than a half million visitors a year to our wildlife sanctuaries and 20 nature centers. From inspiring hilltop views to breathtaking coastal landscapes, serene woods, and working farms, we believe in protecting our state’s natural treasures for wildlife and for all people–a vision shared in 1896 by our founders, two extraordinary Boston women. Today, Mass Audubon is a nationally recognized environmental education leader, offering thousands of camp, school, and adult programs that get over 225,000 kids and adults outdoors every year. With more than 125,000 members and supporters, we advocate on Beacon Hill and beyond, and conduct conservation research to preserve the natural heritage of our beautiful state for today’s and future generations. We welcome you to explore a nearby sanctuary, find inspiration, and get involved.