Natural Science Museum Internships

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The MMA is offering two museum internships through its Natural Science Museum during the 2015 summer. The interns will gain valuable experience operating a small science museum, caring for biological collections, collecting data and organizing logistics for several research projects, assisting with educational programming, and learning about the plants, animals, birds and geology of Nantucket Island. These positions are fully immersed in the study of natural science and environmental education.

The ideal candidates have interest or experience with entomology, ornithology, or botany and experience with biological specimens is a plus but not required. This internship is a unique work opportunity for students who are looking for experience with museum collections, biological field research and environmental education.

Nantucket Island is a resort community that swells to 60,000 people in the summer. There are 50 miles of beaches and over half the land area is conservation land. The mission of the MMA is to help people experience Nantucket’s land, sea and sky. Programs and facilities focus on environmental education, ecological research, astronomy, and historic preservation.


Responsibilities and Tasks

  • Available to work a flexible schedule: hours of operation are from 8:30 AM to 5 PM Monday – Saturday with evening and Sunday commitments as assigned. Research projects can require very early hours some days.
  • Actively participate in the daily operations at the Natural Science Museum for at least 20 hours each week, including animal care, leading guided tours of the facility, public programs, exhibit preparation, maintenance of the facilities and grounds, and gift shop sales.
  • Carry out field work for or work on the following research projects: on-going American burying beetle reintroduction, snake biodiversity, invertebrate biodiversity, and plant specimen preparation.
  • Prepare scientific specimens and assist in the management of the biological collections.
  • Assist with insect walks, nature walks, and bird walks offered by the MMA for children and adults.
  • Engage in MMA activities, field trips, and programs, including staffing special summer events.

Key Requirements and Qualifications

  • Educational background in biology/ecology or related field with at least two (2) years of college experience.
  • Willingness to learn new skills.
  • Interest and experience in field research, working in museums and with museum collections, and in the preparation of scientific specimens.
  • Experience working with and interacting with the public, both adults and children.
  • Comfortable with non-venomous live reptiles, amphibians, and insects.


  • Self-motivated with the ability to work independently and with a team.
  • Able to work in a flexible and dynamic work environment.
  • Ability to plan ahead, organize and prioritize with an attention to detail.
  • Clear communicator both verbally and written.
  • Teamwork and community leadership.


Internship compensation is $3,000.00 and the position includes housing. This program is scheduled from 30 May to 29 August 2015. There is a required orientation and training from 1 June to 7 June 2015. Possible internship extension is possible through 6 Sept 2014. Interns are responsible for becoming CPR and First Aid trained but the MMA will reimburse the cost of the training course.

Application Process

Now Accepting Applications for 2015
Please return the application along with a your resume, a detailed letter of interest and college transcripts to Andrew Mckenna-Foster, Director of Natural Science, Maria Mitchell Association, 4 Vestal Street, Nantucket, MA 02554 no later than 15 February 2015. Materials or inquiries may be sent by e-mail to or by fax to 508-228-1031. For questions, call 508- 228-9198.

The Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/V/D.

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