The Trustees of Reservations

200 High St.
Boston, MA 02110


Date Posted:
March 08, 2021




Seasonal CSEP Environmental Training Internship - Martha's Vineyard


The Opportunity:

The Trustees of Reservations is seeking applicants to participate in the Environmental Training Summer Internship through the Claire Saltonstall Education Program. The Environmental Training Program offers in-depth learning and leadership opportunities for high school students interested in outdoor environmental work. This Environmental Training Internship requires 100 hours of attendance throughout the summer months (July-August). The goal of this program is to provide students with the opportunity to better understand the options available to them in the fields of environmental science as they begin to investigate or even pursue their career goals and aspirations through undergraduate degrees.

Candidates will be chosen to work alongside Trustees staff and will gain practical experience with:

Environmental Education: Opportunity to get involved with an outdoor education program, providing a chance to instruct on environmental issues and topics to a wide variety of audiences.

Stewardship Management: Opportunity to better understand the background involved with keeping conservation properties safe and open to the public.

Shorebird Management: By working with The Trustees’ ecologist and shorebird technicians, interns will have the chance to experience the protocols within the management of rare species.

Horticulture: Interns will work with our Mytoi horticulturist and staff to experience the daily maintenance and history of a Japanese-inspired garden.

Public Interpretation: Interns will work alongside the Engagement Manager and tour staff to understand the interpretation of Trustees properties for the public.

Sustainable Agriculture: There may be the opportunity to learn about sustainable agriculture within a teaching farm.

The internship will involve work on Trustees properties on Martha’s Vineyard, which include: Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge, Wasque Reservation, Long Point Wildlife Refuge, Menemsha Hills Reservation, Mytoi Garden, Norton Point Beach, The Brickyard Reservation, and possibly The FARM Institute.

Interns will be expected to work and/or attend programs for a total of 100 hours and will be required to work outdoors and in all weather conditions.

In This Role You Will:

Under the supervision of the Islands Education Manager, interns will:

  • Attend Environmental Training Program Orientation

  • Work a minimum of 100 hours throughout July & August; flexible scheduling allowed (interns will work with the Islands Education Manager to plan a schedule to meet this target).

  • Be able to find transportation to a designated meeting site.

  • Complete a cumulative project based on the internship experience by the end of 100 hours and present this project to the public.

  • Complete an end-of-internship evaluation and be available to provide feedback for the organization in future years.

  • Willingly assist with hands-on tasks that include education and presentation to the public, participation in water activities, raking and property clean-up, trail maintenance and brush clearing, and be willing to travel by over-sand vehicles, kayak, utility vehicle, or by foot.

  • Assist in outreach activities such as delivering presentations to community groups and staffing informational tables at public events.

  • Maintain all Trustees safety procedures and follow official rules and regulations of each property.


A successful applicant must:

  • Be in grades 9-12, or recent a high school graduate.

  • Have a strong interest in outdoor environmental careers.

  • Demonstrate maturity, dependability, leadership potential, and the ability to work independently and as part of a team.

  • Have good interpersonal and oral communication skills.

  • Be willing to work outdoors, in many situations.


  • Residents of Martha’s Vineyard are highly encouraged to apply.

  • Bilingual skills (English/Portuguese) are a plus!

  • A satisfactory criminal background check is required.

  • Interns under the age of 18 will need to secure a work permit.

Compensation & Benefits:

This is a stipend-based internship that requires 100% participation for completion. The internship requires 100 hours of work (July & August).This program is designed to allow flexibility in scheduling. Interns may choose to work one day/week or multiple days/week to meet the required 100 hours.

How to Apply:

Please submit a cover letter and resume including contact information for two professional, personal or academic references through The Trustees website. Review of applications will begin in April and continue until positions are filled.

About The Trustees

The Trustees is one of Massachusetts’ largest non-profits and the nation’s first conservation and preservation organization. Today, the places we care about are going fast, and the forces undermining them, including climate change, are moving faster. Our passion is to protect and share with everyone the irreplaceable natural and cultural treasures under our care. We are funded and supported entirely by our visitors, supporters, volunteers, and more than 60,000 member households.

The Trustees has been featured in the Top 100 Women-Led Organizations in Massachusetts for six consecutive years.

In addition to being an Equal Opportunity Employer, The Trustees aims to create a thriving, inclusive workplace that values each member of its team. We aspire to reflect and effectively serve the residents and communities of Massachusetts who are at the core of our mission.

The Trustees is a signer of the Boston Women’s Workforce Council and a Member of the Boston College Center for Work and Family.

We kindly request that you do not call to inquire about the status of your application. Those candidates chosen for interviews will be contacted.

How To Apply:
Please apply online via The Trustees website linked here.
Apply by:
April 30, 2021
$0 - $6,000
About this Organization:
The Trustees of Reservations is one of Massachusetts’ largest non-profits and the nation’s first conservation and preservation organization. We preserve and protect places of natural, scenic and historic beauty and hold these “reservations” in “trust” for public use and enjoyment. Our passion is to improve the quality of life in the Commonwealth, using our properties and their many programs as a powerful and compelling platform to engage more residents and visitors in our mission-driven work. We believe in protecting the irreplaceable forever, for everyone.  Today, we care for 117 special reservations -- from beaches to farms, gardens and historic sites – within minutes of every resident. Funded and supported entirely by our nearly 2 million visitors and supporters, and more than 60,000 member households, we invite you to find your place.