A Little Bit About Us

Norman Bird Sanctuary in Middletown, Rhode Island welcomes 20,000 visitors each year to our 325-acre campus.  Visitors of all ages and backgrounds explore seven miles of trails and participate in hundreds of educational programs throughout the year, from school-based environmental education and field trips for thousands of children in every school district in RI; to 40+ programs for adults, children and families; to 10 camp programs for 600+ children; to a Harvest Fair that attracts 10,000+.

With a fun and extraordinarily team-oriented staff of 13, a highly engaged board of directors, and an operating budget just over $1 million, we work to fulfill the mission of our founder, Mabel Norman, who created the Norman Bird Sanctuary through her will in 1949.  Our mission is to protect and steward the diverse habitats in our care, while providing opportunities for people from all walks of life to learn from and enjoy the largest contiguous open space on Aquidneck Island.

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Now Hiring! - Per Diem Educator

Norman Bird Sanctuary is looking for a Per Diem Educator to assist with environmental education programs, including but not limited to field trips, outreach, vacation camp, and afterschool programs. The educator will prepare and clean up materials after programs, handle and care for animal ambassadors, and work as part of a small team. The per diem educator reports directly to the Director of Education for 12-24 hours per week. This position starts the week of February 11th and runs through June 7th for a total of 18 weeks.

Click here to see the full job description.

To apply, send a cover letter and resume to Rachel Holbert, Director of Education.
Email: rholbert@normanbirdsanctuary.org
By mail: Norman Bird Sanctuary - 583 Third Beach Road. Middletown, RI 02842


NBS Summer Camp


Teacher/Naturalists lead groups of 12-16 campers in grades Pre-K through 12, plan and teach a variety of hands-on nature based camp activities; oversee camper health and safety; communicate effectively with staff and parents; and supervise high school Assistant Naturalists in Training.  Please call us to find out more!

Click here to access the Teacher/Naturalist application!


Good Gardens

Good Gardens


Join our team! NBS is recruiting for interns to help us in a variety of positions. All internships are unpaid, but we will work with you to obtain academic credit from your college or university.

Educational Internship Opportunities include:

  • Animal Care (year round) download PDF description

  • The Good Gardens educational garden (spring-fall)

  • Third Beach Education Center (summer)

  • Developing Education props/materials for programs (year-round)

  • Summer Camp (summer)

For more information, please contact…

Animal Care internships:
Mark Pagliarini at mpagliarini@normanbirdsanctuary.org or (401) 846-2577 Ext. 34

Garden or Third Beach Education Center internships: 
Rachel Holbert at rholbert@normanbirdsanctuary.org or (401) 846-2577 Ext. 33