Environmental Education Instructors

DEADLINE: February 15 – open until filled

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We are seeking 15 high-energy, motivated individuals to design and lead science-based classes for children ages 3.5 – 16 years.  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 in the Natural History Museum developing skills in exhibit interpretation and animal care
  • Have the opportunity to attend all MMA educational opportunities free-of-charge including open nights at the observatory, science lecture series, historical walks, and night hikes.
  • Build a resource binder of your lessons and activities to take with you at the end of the summer
  • Enjoy group activities for interns including cookouts, a night of ice skating, and a behind-the-scenes tour of a local farm
  • 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, live animal programs, 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
  • Spend at least one week in the Natural Science Museum caring for the animals, interpreting exhibits, leading pop-up science activities, and developing educational materials
  • 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, enthusiastic, willing to work long hours, 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 25 – August 29
  • Have a current driver’s license


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Option 1: May 25 – August 15 – $4200/summer
Option 2: May 25 – August 21 – $4200/summer plus $500 for additional week
Option 3: May 25 – August 28 – $4200/summer plus $1100 for extra two weeks

All options include 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

New online application coming soon
Deadline:  February 15, 2020 but will close if 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!