Mass Audubon South Coast Sanctuaries
1280 Horseneck Road
The Wildlife Intern will work closely with Sanctuary staff and volunteers on several ecological projects in Dartmouth, MA and nearby locations. The 695 acre Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary encompasses a barrier beach, a large coastal salt pond, fields, and forested uplands at a rural location in southeastern Massachusetts. The internship will consist largely of ornithological and related field work and data management with opportunities for participation in education and outreach projects.
Responsibilities include conducting breeding bird counts, surveying nesting sites for breeding coastal waterbirds, assisting with the osprey management program, monitoring Eastern bluebird and tree swallow nest boxes, and barn swallow nest sites, entering field data, assisting with public programs, and preparing and delivering hands-on environmental education at public events (including weekends). As a member of a team, some office support, custodial, and animal care tasks will be shared. Students seeking an opportunity to develop an independent project are encouraged to apply.
Qualifications: Individuals with a background in wildlife biology, ornithology, botany, environmental studies, or related field preferred. Applicants must be in good physical condition and communicate well with others. Requirements include strong interpersonal skills; flexibility; self-motivation; and ability to move materials and equipment weighing up to 50 pounds, walk long distances over rough terrain, and spend long days in the field regardless of weather conditions. Intern should be comfortable working independently as well as part of the Sanctuary team. The internship start/end dates are flexible beginning in May/June and running steadily into August; commitment of approximately 3-5 days/week including weekends is required. This position is open from May until the end of August. Please attach your resume and list contact information for 3 references with your application.