Mass Audubon’s Berkshire Wildlife Sanctuaries seeks an energetic, organized and team-oriented Intern based at our Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in Lenox, Mass. The Intern has diverse responsibilities, including key roles interacting with the public, assisting education programs, monitoring trails, and assisting with the development and implementation of sanctuary inventory projects at our three wildlife sanctuaries in the Berkshires. The Intern plays a key role supporting other staff projects and reports to the Sanctuary Director.
Internship start and end dates are flexible, June-August. This is a 24-40 hour per week unpaid position. Housing may be available on-site for $30/week.
Education (4-12 hours/week)
• Assist with planning, set-up, and facilitation of natural history, hiking, birding and family education programs throughout the summer, including some weekend programs.
• Provide support to program leaders, including maintaining program supplies, assisting participant check-in and preparing program content
• Work with volunteers to develop and install new elements within the Nature Play Area at Pleasant Valley
• The Intern will have the opportunity to lead small group programs
For a list of programs, visit http://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/program-catalog#results:sanctuary=15 .
Outreach/Visitor Services (4-8 hrs./week)
• Develop outreach materials, including posters and bulletin board displays for Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary and Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary
• Monitor trails and interact with visitors at Pleasant Valley (Lenox), Canoe Meadows (Pittsfield) and Lime Kiln Farm (Sheffield); provide brochures, trail maps and other outreach materials to visitors
• Staff the front desk at Pleasant Valley: greet visitors, provide membership information, and answer trail and wildlife questions
• Distribute outreach posters to key locations in Berkshire County
Science/Stewardship (4-8 hrs./week)
• Assist with nestbox monitoring project, including: ensure that all nestboxes are in good repair, mapped and numbered; monitor nestboxes for bluebirds, tree swallows and house wrens; collect and report nestbox data to countywide nestbox volunteer and; assist volunteers in building, siting and monitoring their nestboxes
• Assist with the planning and planting of new native plant and pollinator garden at entrance to Pleasant Valley alongside new handicap accessible visitor entrance
• Maintain the “Fernery Path,” including keeping the path clear of debris and making sure ferns are clearly labelled; assisting with re-route of Fernery Path possible during Summer 2016
• Monitor trails and provide support to property staff with trail clearing and boardwalk maintenance
• Assess the possibility of establishing a coverboard array at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, aligned with Mass Audubon’s statewide coverboard monitoring protocol
• Assist property staff with invasive plant removal
• Assist Sanctuary Director in administrative tasks
• Organize the Berkshire Wildlife Sanctuaries’ digital photo library
• Assist with special events
• Assist Regional Scientist on special projects as needed
• Individuals with a background in wildlife biology, ornithology, botany, environmental studies, or related field preferred;
• Requirements include strong interpersonal skills, the ability to communicate well with others; flexibility; self-motivation;
• Intern should be comfortable working independently as well as part of the Sanctuary team;
• Access to reliable means of transportation to travel between field sites, desirable
• First Aid and CPR certified or willingness to become certified is required;
• Ability to manage a wide variety of tasks;
• High proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher);
• Successful candidates must pass a background record check (CORI, SORI and driver’s record).
To Apply: Please send your resume, cover letter and contact for three references to:
Becky Cushing, Sanctuary Director
Subject: Summer Intern Position