2024 Jug Bay Summer Internships

Internship Experience and Expectations 

This 12-week, 32-hour/week internship will focus on enhancing Jug Bay’s educational programs by creating new programs/materials/curriculum to enhance our experiential outdoor education programs and assisting with and providing leadership to the summer camps provided at Jug Bay. The intern will also work with staff to enhance the participation of volunteer naturalist educators throughout the year.

Outcomes of the internship may include:

  • Create new environmental education curriculum materials and programs to support Sanctuary public education programs, field trips, and/or camps that extend public and student learning and appreciation of nature. Staff will work with the intern to identify projects that meet the needs of the Sanctuary and the interests or skills of the applicant.
  • Gain firsthand experience in managing and leading summer camp activities for school-age children. Six-week-long summer camps are expected to be held this summer.
  • Work with staff to enhance volunteer participation in Jug Bay field trips and other environmental education experiences.
  • Other projects may be developed based on the intern’s interests and Sanctuary needs.
  • Give a presentation to Jug Bay staff and others about your summer project at Jug Bay’s Annual Volunteer Picnic in August.
  • Write an article for Jug Bay’s newsletter, “Marsh Notes,” or our website summarizing research findings.


  • Internships are open to people who are capable of working independently with mentor guidance as well as in a team with patience and flexibility.
  • Interns should be self-motivated, have good communication and writing skills, and be comfortable in a leadership position with adults and children.
  • Applicants must have the ability to exercise patience, flexibility, courtesy, and tact when working with campers, parents, volunteers, and fellow employees.
  • The successful applicant will have a demonstrated interest and passion for environmental education and the natural world.
  • An educational background in environmental education, biology, environmental science, or related field is preferred.
  • Must be able to help launch and paddle canoes, walk several miles, perform light manual labor, and camp out.
  • Current First Aid and CPR certification and Canoe Safety certification are preferred. A love for the natural world is a must!

Application Requirements

Qualified applicants should submit the following:

  • A letter of interest detailing the applicant’s current skill set that would meet the internship requirement and an explanation of how the internship could help the applicant meet his/her personal and professional goals;
  • One-page resume;
  • Copies of unofficial transcripts;
  • Two letters of recommendation.

Financial Support

The Friends of Jug Bay will provide a stipend totaling $4,000; two equal installments of $1,500 will be given during the first two months of the internship. The final payment of $1000 is made upon receipt of the final report. Interns should expect to work approximately 12 weeks during the summer (June through August).


Transportation: Applicant must provide his/her own transportation.


For more information contact:

Elizabeth Sieglinger at rpsieg21@aacounty.org