Environmental Education Instructors

DEADLINE: February 15 – open until filled

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We are seeking high-energy, motivated individuals to design and lead science-based classes for children ages 3.5 – 16 years. We welcome diverse experience and are committed to our policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity to all qualified applicants. To learn more about the sessions we offer, please visit the Discovery Programs page.

Benefits to Interns

Through this internship, Environmental Education Instructors will:


  • Receive two full weeks of training before programs begin
  • Become skilled in writing and implementing science, environmental education, and outdoor focused lesson plans
  • Develop and improve collaboration skills through group planning and co-teaching
  • Learn about Nantucket’s diverse ecosystems including globally rare sandplain grasslands and coastal heathlands
  • Spend a week rotating out of the camp program to support and learn about MMA’s other educational programs
  • Have the opportunity to attend all MMA educational opportunities free-of-charge
  • Build a resource binder of your lessons and activities to take with you at the end of the summer
  • Experience summer life on one of the most beautiful islands in the US including kayaking, hiking, snorkeling, and biking
  • Develop friendships that will last a lifetime.

Responsibilities and Tasks

  • Work with a co-teacher and Education staff to plan and write unique lessons for children ages 3.5 – 16 years each week
  • Design and make any needed educational props to go along with your lessons
  • Lead campers in nature hikes, wetland studies, survival skill instruction, bird watching, orienteering, community service projects, art projects, insect collecting, kayaking excursions, snorkeling exploration, and much more
  • Maintain all educational supplies and equipment by washing and putting away after use
  • Attend all required meetings including end of the summer cleaning (last Saturday) to facilitate this we ask interns to keep their weekday schedule open from 8am-6pm
  • Help in the office to prepare for the next week
  • Additional responsibilities may include helping in the main office, leading public or private programs such as birthday parties or snorkeling excursions, and assisting with other facets of the Association’s day-to-day operations.

Key Requirements and Qualifications

Successful Candidates are:

  • At least 19 years old
  • Excited to share their passion for science and nature with children through creative lesson plans
  • Confident in leading groups of children in the outdoors, including beach and water environments, in a fun and safe way
  • Comfortable working independently, initiating activities, coordinating with co-teachers, and maintaining a positive attitude in challenging situations
  • Certified in CPR, First Aid, and Lifeguarding or are willing to become certified prior to camp (we are able to reimburse a portion of the certification cost)
  • We find that interns who get the most out of this experience are flexible, passionate, willing to work hard, and able to live and work well with others.

Preference will be given to applicants that:

  • Are at least 21 years of age
  • Have completed or are currently enrolled in environmental education, natural sciences, or education courses
  • Have naturalist skills and/or experience as an environmental educator
  • Have experience working with children of multiple ages
  • Are able to commit for the entire summer: May 31 – August 28
  • Have a current driver’s license


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Timeframe 1: May 31 – August 21 – $4200/summer
Timeframe 2: May 31 – August 28 – $4200/summer plus $600 for the additional week

Both timeframes include the option for dorm style housing for $100/wk. Housing is located within walking distance to the town center and is a short bike ride to beautiful beaches, bike and hiking trails, museums, and other great locations. If you live on campus, you will be expected to attend all dorm cleaning days as part of your housing agreement.

Application Process

Apply Here: https://science.mariamitchell.org/application.php
Deadline:  February 15, 2021 but will close if positions are filled before then

Contact: Molly Zegans, Education Coordinator
Phone: (508) 228-9198 ext.109
Fax: (508) 228-1031


Learn more about our exciting internship opportunities!