Family & Youth Education Intern – Joppa Flats
Location: Newburyport, MA
Sanctuary: Joppa Flats
The Family & Youth Education Interns (FYI) will spend the early part of their internship assisting with the implementation of school programs and field trips offered onsite at the Joppa Flats Education Center and offsite on the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge and Plum Island. Themes may include coastal ecology, marine biology, environmental awareness and stewardship, bird banding and migration, and invasive species. Field trips may include sandy beaches, rocky shores, tide pools, salt marshes, rivers, and ponds.
After the school year ends, the FYIs will begin preparing for our daily drop-in visitor program for young children, Meet Beach Creatures (MBC), which will be offered Thursday through Sunday beginning late June through mid-August.
Design themed art projects, demonstrations, and self-guided activities for visitors, as well as visitor experience materials (posters, flyers, activity kits, handouts, and signage). Daily themes may include insects, fish, ocean animals, pond life, polar wildlife, ecosystems, and local conservation efforts
Assist with school, youth and family programs including backyard study, birding trips, coastal trips, salt marsh walks, ponding, boat cruises, and drop-in weekend programs and public events
Provide and develop interpretation of touch tank and pond tank to visitors
Maintain our 110- and 50- gallon cold marine aquarium tanks; care for and feed their inhabitants (coastal invertebrates and fish); perform necessary tank maintenance
Maintain necessary housing, care, and feeding for temporary seasonal “guests” (tadpoles, insects, etc.) and provide interpretation for visitors
Lead bi-monthly collecting trips to release tank organisms and collect new ones (often starting at 8 am)
Bring live animals, teaching displays and interactives into the community for public events and festivals. Some evenings and weekends
At least 18 years of age
Experience interacting with people of all ages, interests, and backgrounds
Demonstrates creativity, reliability, flexibility, and enthusiasm, and strong oral and written communication skills
Local knowledge of New England coastal ecology and rocky shore species a plus but not required
Experience with outdoor activities such as birding and tide pooling
Experience with tank maintenance, animal care, and feeding (salt water preferred)
Must pass a background records check (CORI, SORI and driver’s)
Valid driver’s license
First aid & CPR certified. Courses can be scheduled if necessary. Registration and fee required
Compensation and Benefits
This is an unpaid internship.
The term for this unpaid internship is mid-May through late-August. Extensions may be possible. Joppa Flats is seeking four interns for this position.
How to Apply
Please email your cover letter and resume to:
No phone calls please.
Lisa Hutchings – School & Youth Education Coordinator and Teacher Naturalist