Summer naturalist internship with the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation at Sheep Hill

What could be better than spending the summer in Williamstown, enjoying the outdoors, discovering some of Williamstown’s unique natural areas and learning about land conservation and nature education?

The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation (WRLF) a land conservation trust dedicated to the preservation of the Williamstown area’s rural New England character offers a summer internship to anyone who is interested in land conservation, non-profit management, natural history, and outdoor education.

Its Sheep Hill headquarters at the Mary and Craig Center for Nature and Rural Heritage in Williamstown has been developed as a place for children and adults to explore the natural environment and connect to the agricultural past of which this former farm is a part.  An interpretive center has been developed in the largest barn with displays and information about the nature and history of Sheep Hill and Williamstown.

WRLF works with the Williams Center for Environmental Studies to fund their summer internship.  If you are offered this position, you will need to apply to CES for funding.

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 About the internship

This internship is seen as an opportunity to learn about the WRLF, its land preservation efforts, and how it works within the community.  It will also offer the opportunity to experience firsthand the issues involved in non-profit and land management. Interns work directly with the Executive Director and other staff.

The main responsibility will be to staff the Dietze Interpretive Center at Sheep Hill, greet the public, introduce them to the various activities at Sheep Hill, and provide informal natural history education through pond and meadow exploration. Knowledge of New England flora and fauna is helpful. Work days will be Tuesday through Saturday.

Other duties include:

  • assisting as needed with existing nature education programs and public events
  • design and implementation of interpretive center display information and activities for a broad audience of children, adults, and families
  • offering informal programming Saturday mornings
  • leading hikes and other outings to WRLF properties on Saturday afternoons



Leslie Reed-Evans, Executive Director

Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation

Sheep Hill

671 Cold Spring Road

Williamstown, MA 01267

413-458-2494;   [email protected];