Animal Husbandry Intern
Location: Newburyport, MA
Sanctuary: Joppa Flats
An Animal Husbandry Intern (AHI) will train to manage the care, feeding and maintenance of both our 110-gallon intertidal zone tank, 55-gallon subtidal zone tank, 40-gallon salt marsh tank and 30-gallon nursery tank. The various species of marine life that are in-house include marine invertebrates, brackish water invertebrates and live fish. The AHI will train to perform biweekly feedings, conduct weekly cleaning and water chemistry tests, and monthly water changes. Also, the AHI will monitor our onsite bird feeders and bird baths. Lastly, the AHI will participate in frequent trips to the collect marine organisms as needed and release invertebrates at the end of the season.
Maintain our aquarium tanks; care for and feed their inhabitants (invertebrates and fish),
Monitor and clean our bird feeders onsite weekly,
Perform necessary weekly and monthly tank maintenance including water chemistry (NH4, NO2, NO3, pH) and partial water changes,
Track tank inventory monthly,
Record weekly statistics in the animal care journal and take regular measurements, photos and videos for the animal collection,
Assist Joppa Flats staff with field gear equipment maintenance as needed.
Must be at least 18 years of age or 16 years with 2 years of experience at Mass Audubon,
Massachusetts driving license preferred,
Experience with tank maintenance, animal care, and feeding (salt water preferred),
Local knowledge of New England coastal ecology and rocky shore species a plus but not required,
Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills,
Can work independently or as part of a team,
Must pass a background records check (CORI, SORI and driver’s).
Compensation and Benefits
This is an unpaid internship.
This internship is for the Fall Term: September – December 2022
Commitment: 12 weeks for 4-6 hours per week
Schedule: Flexible and some weekend work may apply.
Mass Audubon embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. We are dedicated to forming a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.
How to Apply
Please email your cover letter and resume to:
Lisa Hutchings, Education Coordinator
No phone calls please.
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.