The Trustees of Reservation

About the Organization:

Founded in 1891, The Trustees of Reservations preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts and work to protect special places across the state. We have helped protect more than 50,000 acres, including 25,000+ acres on more than 100 reservations that are all open to the public. We are a nonprofit conservation organization funded and supported entirely by our visitors, supporters, volunteers, and more than 40,000 members.

Position Description:

The Trustees of Reservations is looking for an individual interested in assisting with assessing the impacts from sea-level rise and associated storm surge for its 28 coastal properties. The intern will assist stewardship staff with mapping each property using existing online mapping tools.  The intern will also develop a set of criteria with Trustees staff for evaluating impacts to produce a report identifying the type and level of threat at each property.  The work does not require field visits but may if documentation is necessary (e.g., photos of vulnerable resources such as causeways and priority habitats). Work space will be available at our Doyle Reservation where our planning staff, including GIS, is located. The intern will also meet with the Ecology Program Director weekly either in person or by phone.

Internship Description:

  • Produce scenario maps for each property using the following mapping tools:

  • Develop assessment criteria with Trustees staff and apply to each property to identify specific natural and cultural resources at risk including important infrastructure for public access
  • Produce report/matrix describing the suite of impacts and risks for each property and prioritize
  • Present results to the Program Leadership Team


 Intern should have the following skills”

  • Familiarity with GIS mapping
  • The ability to self motivate and work without direct supervision
  • Excellent time management skills
  • A strong interest in environmental science, conservation, and planning.

Time Commitment:

 Ideally candidates will work approximately 20-40hr/wk. This is an unpaid internship. If candidates are looking to complete school internships or community service hours, The Trustees staff will support associated requirements. Housing is not available.

 To Apply:

Please email a cover letter and resume to:

Russ Hopping

Ecology Program Director

[email protected]

In your cover letter please include; the reasons you are looking to intern with The Trustees, your available start date, hours you are able to work, and a brief summary of your interests in climate change, GIS technology or the subject area. When sending files electronically, ensure that your first and last name are in the file name.