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Meet Beach Creatures Summer Intern

The Meet Beach Creatures Interns (MBCI) will spend the early part of their internship assisting with the implementation of 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.
For the duration of the summer, the focus will transition to the development, planning and implementation of our drop-in visitor program, Meet Beach Creatures which offers our visitors indoor time at our 110-gallon tide pool touch tank and our traveling touch tank program, Coastal Discoveries which allows us to bring our live animals to both Salisbury Beach State Reservation and the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. Interns work in a team to create daily themes with complementary science table-top activities, take-home art projects, and family friendly presentations. The team will train a group of teen volunteers to assist them with public interpretation, proper handling of live marine life, and coach these teens to act professional and engage with visitors of all ages and interests.
Duration of internship: May – August 2019
Responsibilities for May through late June:
Assist naturalists with school and family field trips on Plum Island at the sandy beach, rocky shore, bird banding station, salt marsh and maritime forest
Preparation, planning and assisting naturalists with in-school programs, afterschool programs and homeschool programs for preschool through grade 5
Responsibilities for late June through late August:
Develop a monthly ecology-based theme for self-guided activities and table-top displays in our Education Center for visitors of all ages
Manage the daily operations of our drop-in summer program for visitors
Supervise teen volunteers with interpretation and animal handling
Interpret our temporary wildlife tanks and insect cages for the visitors
At least 18 years of age
Experience with people of all ages, interests, and backgrounds
Demonstrates creativity, reliability, flexibility, and enthusiasm
Possesses strong communication skills; both written and oral
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. Applicants may request assistance with local housing and will be selected based on need.
Additional Comments
Commitment 12-15 weeks. 20 hours per week minimum, and some weekends are required.
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 email your cover letter and resume to:
No phone calls please
Lisa Hutchings, School & Youth Education Coordinator and Teacher Naturalist
Job# 3088

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