An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Current Internship Position (Unpaid)

The Reserve strives to provide interns with a wide variety of experiences that can benefit them in pursuing future employment or education. We provide a dynamic atmosphere interacting with staff and visiting scientists located at a historic estate overlooking Waquoit Bay.

WBNERR seeks a research intern with at least two years in undergraduate biology, chemistry, or environmental science. The candidate should be willing and able to help with field and laboratory work.

The summer projects include, but are not limited to: 1) analyzing local water samples in the lab; 2) calibrating water quality and meteorological equipment for field data collection; 3) monitoring salt marsh elevation, plant communities, and crab populations at our NERRS Sentinel Site to track climate change impacts; and 4) managing biomonitoring datasets and conducting preliminary analyses (as needed).

Laboratory Duties and Tasks (training provided as needed):

  • Filter water samples.
  • Process turbidity/water clarity samples.
  • Acid-wash dishware.
  • Calibrate handheld field equipment.

Field/Data Duties and Tasks:

  • Assist with crab and macroalgae surveys (training provided).
  • Identify salt marsh plants and collect basic stem height and density measurements (training provided).
  • Help maintain and download data logger instruments in the field (training provided).
  • Conduct elevation surveys with digital level (training provided).
  • Handle Trimble GPS unit (training provided).
  • Lift heavy (30-50 lbs) field equipment.
  • Assist with boat handling.
  • Enter data in spreadsheets and run preliminary analyses (as needed).

Preferred qualifications: Undergraduate coursework in biological, environmental, or marine science (with lab component); experience with Microsoft Office software; previous fieldwork experience (in salt marsh habitat desired but not required); boat experience highly desirable (must be comfortable on boats); ability to work independently (with oversight) and as part of a team; a strong desire to work outside in sometimes adverse weather conditions.

Desired timeframe: 12 weeks June through August, with extensions on either end possible (part-time). Preferred hours are 9am-5pm, 2-3 days per week.

To apply: Please e-mail resume and cover letter to Ms. Jordan Mora, Waquoit Bay NERR Research Associate, at jordan.mora@state.ma.us. For questions, call (508) 457-0495 x 128.

Current Seasonal Employment Opportunites

The Department of Conservation & Recreation is seeking applications for a seasonal a Park Interpreter, Island Manager, Park Supervisor at South Cape Beach and Park Ranger at the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (WBNERR).

Park Interpreters perform interpretive, educational and administrative tasks in the delivery of visitor services and resource interpretation. Provides visitor information and orientation; staffing the Visitor Center; researching, developing and presenting interpretive programs that reflect the natural and cultural stories of the park; outreach to the local community and park users; assisting with special events and programs independently or in partnership with other public or private organizations; delivering a robust calendar of events that includes regularly scheduled programs; incorporating the reserve’s research into the programming. (Park housing not available)

Seasonal Ranger Position South Cape Beach State Park
Park Rangers normally work a forty-hour week (which includes nights, weekends, and holidays).  Uniforms and training are provided; park housing is not.
Successful candidates must attend the Seasonal Ranger Academy.
Conducts patrols, either in a vehicle, on a bicycle or on foot, effectively utilizing techniques and available resources, to enforce applicable laws and regulations, provide visitor services, assess facility resources, assist visitors with first aid, and other public services as required.

Forest and Park Supervisor Positions

South Cape Beach State Park
Supervises and performs work relative to the seasonal operation, administration and maintenance of the assigned facility including such activities as grounds maintenance, building and equipment maintenance and repair and recreational programming.
Supervises assigned staff performing visitor recreation and/or education services, facility maintenance and resource protection programs. Specific responsibilities relative to staff management include: work assignment and scheduling; work performance review and evaluation; and staff development and training.

Maintains, communicates and enforces professional standards for the quality of visitor services, staff appearance, facility maintenance, public safety and resource protection.

Washburn Island – Island Manager
Supervises the maintenance and operation of Washburn, including campsites, bathroom facilities, trails, and day use areas owned and operated by the Department of Conservation and Recreation. In addition to general maintenance duties, position is responsible for inspecting the condition of the parks recreational areas and facilities; patrolling recreational areas and facilities; permitting the use of recreational facilities, park areas, etc.; organizing and implementing recreational, educational and cultural programs. Incumbent will also be responsible for the maintenance and safe operation of various motorized and non motorized boats to support the island operations, transport materials and staff or volunteers. Reside overnight on Washburn Island for the five (5) day work shift.

Please use the same link for both positions, but please indicate on your application which position you are interested in. Thank you.


These position were posted online on the Mass Careers website on February 23, 2018. This requisition will remain open until filled; however, first consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days. https://www.mass.gov/find-your-future-commonwealth-job

Applications shall be accepted until all positions are filled.

To view additional employment opportunities within the Commonwealth, including permanent, long-term seasonal or seasonal positions with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation please visit Commonwealth of Massachusetts Employment Opportunities.