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Mass Audubon Coastal Resilience Internship

Mass Audubon’s Coastal Resilience Pro­gram is look­ing for stu­dents to assist with coastal resilien­cy projects for the sum­mer of 2022! Are you look­ing for a stim­u­lat­ing and reward­ing oppor­tu­ni­ty where you can gain hands-on expe­ri­ence in the envi­ron­men­tal field to help build your resume? Then this is the place for you! Have fun explor­ing our Mass­a­chu­setts wildlife sanc­tu­ar­ies and the diver­si­ty of life with­in coastal envi­ron­ments.

The Coastal Resilience Intern­ship Pro­gram aims to pro­vide appro­pri­ate and valu­able edu­ca­tion­al expe­ri­ences for high school and under­grad­u­ate stu­dents through par­tic­i­pa­tion in coastal restora­tion research and resilien­cy projects. The Pro­gram will offer hands-on research expe­ri­ence and pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment oppor­tu­ni­ties that will ben­e­fit high school stu­dents as they pre­pare for col­lege and under­grad­u­ate stu­dents as they ven­ture into pro­fes­sion­al careers.

The Intern­ship Pro­gram aims to broad­en par­tic­i­pa­tion in envi­ron­men­tal fields and attract indi­vid­u­als that have been his­tor­i­cal­ly under­rep­re­sent­ed in this career path. The Coastal Resilience Intern­ship Pro­gram is par­tic­u­lar­ly inter­est­ed in increas­ing the num­ber of women, peo­ple of col­or, and per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties in the envi­ron­men­tal field. We strong­ly encour­age stu­dents who are mem­bers of these groups to apply.

Job Descrip­tion
• Work on an array of coastal resilience efforts, pri­mar­i­ly in salt marsh habi­tat.
• Learn and per­form tech­niques for col­lect­ing data need­ed to man­age coastal habi­tats to build resilience.
• Help with efforts under way to improve resilience of coastal habi­tats, includ­ing inva­sive plant con­trol and restora­tion projects.
• Par­tic­i­pate in pub­lic out­reach on coastal resilience efforts.

Qual­i­fi­ca­tions
• Appli­cants must be a junior or senior in high school or an under­grad­u­ate stu­dent upon time of appli­ca­tion sub­mis­sion;
• Strong desire to work in the out­doors, often in phys­i­cal­ly demand­ing set­tings and in semi-rough ter­rain;
• Self-moti­vat­ed and able to work both coop­er­a­tive­ly and inde­pen­dent­ly;
• Abil­i­ty to inter­act with project part­ners and the pub­lic in a pro­fes­sion­al man­ner;
• Excel­lent skills in oral and writ­ten com­mu­ni­ca­tion;
• Demon­strate, reli­a­bil­i­ty, flex­i­bil­i­ty, and enthu­si­asm;
• Must pass a back­ground records check (CORI and SORI).

Loca­tions
Jop­pa Flats Edu­ca­tion Cen­ter- New­bury­port, MA
Long Pas­ture Wildlife Sanc­tu­ary- Barn­sta­ble, MA
Allens Pond Wildlife Sanc­tu­ary- Dart­mouth, MA

There will be one high school and one under­grad­u­ate stu­dent placed at each loca­tion. The intern­ship will con­sist of both remote and in-per­son activ­i­ties.

Com­pen­sa­tion and Ben­e­fits
Rate of Pay: Start­ing at $15.00/hr.
Hous­ing can be made avail­able (depend­ing on sanc­tu­ary place­ment) for stu­dents 18 years or old­er. Trav­el stipend will be pro­vid­ed for all par­tic­i­pants.

Addi­tion­al Com­ments
Sched­ule: Intern­ship is for 8 weeks from June 27th- August 19th, 2022 and will not exceed 20/hrs per week (flex­i­ble start date depend­ing on school sum­mer sched­ule). There will be pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment oppor­tu­ni­ties every oth­er Fri­day such as resume/ cov­er let­ter work­shops, sci­ence pre­sen­ta­tion train­ings, and pro­fes­sion­al net­work­ing events.

How to Apply
Please send appli­ca­tion (PDF form) and one let­ter of rec­om­men­da­tion sub­mit­ted by some­one (not a rel­a­tive) who can speak to applicant’s aca­d­e­m­ic poten­tial to Danielle Per­ry – Coastal Resilience Pro­gram Direc­tor – dperry@massaudubon.org by Jan­u­ary 10, 2022.

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