Each year, we offer paid internship positions at the Nature Center for students who want environmental education experiences and an increased connection with nature. The interns provide hands-on experiences for children of all ages to explore the natural world They assist in all aspects of Nature Center programming and daily operations for the summer season.

Interns report to the Nature Center Intern Advisor. The program is fully funded by The Friends of Sherwood Island State Park and includes a total of 13-16 six-hour days.

Activities and responsibilities typically include
  • Welcome visitors to the Nature Center and initiate nature-related activities.
  • Staff and maintain the aquatic tanks. Care for live animals residing in the Nature Center.
  • Assist with programming such as Horseshoe Crab tagging, nature walks, and seining.
  • Assist with monitoring the Purple Martin nesting gourds and other Citizen Science projects.
  • Develop and care for interpretive exhibits and other equipment inside and outside the Nature Center.
  • Assist with Disc Golf loan program for the 5-hole beginner friendly Nature Center loop.
  • Set up & assist visitors with nature-related arts & crafts activities.
  • Water the Pollinator garden as needed.

2024 Internship Program Application

Applications for summer 2024 have closed. Apply by March 30, 2025 for next summer’s program.

To learn more about the program, download these PDFs:

2024 Nature Center Weekdays Internship
2024 Nature Center Weekends Internship

To apply for our Summer Internship Program:

Complete the online form