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.


NBS Summer Camp

Staff Photo 2017

Staff Photo 2017

Seining at Third Beach

Seining at Third Beach

circling up on the game field

circling up on the game field

Teacher/Naturalists

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!


Third Beach Summer Naturalist

The Third Beach Summer Naturalist develops and facilitates marine and coastal educational programs for the summer camp program at NBS. Programs include but are not limited to; seining, beach, dune and marsh exploration, and dissections. Additionally this position is responsible for the upkeep of the coastal education center’s aquariums.  Please call us to find out more!

Assistant Naturalists in Training

Know a high schooler looking to get valuable job experience?

ANTs assist Teacher Naturalists by reinforcing rules, themes, and concepts and help with daily camp duties.

Most ANTs gain between 70-105 community service hours.
Applicants must be entering 9-12th grade.


Internships

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.

Feeding Boxer the box turtle

Feeding Boxer the box turtle

food prep

food prep

Good Gardens

Good Gardens

Animal Care Internship

As a volunteer with the NBS education team, you will be responsible for assisting with the routine care and feeding of approximately 16 non-releasable education animals. Animals include mammals, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. We are seeking interns that are able to work independently, are self-motivated, and that share a passion for the environment and conservation of our natural resources.

The Animal Care Intern responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting with all areas of animal husbandry, including diet preparation and feeding, behavioral observation, laundry, mopping, and other miscellaneous projects as needed.

  • Cleaning and maintaining tanks, filters, terrariums, and other enclosures.

  • Cleaning and maintaining equipment, prep areas, and other animal care spaces.

  • Following all animal care protocols and procedures as set forth by the Director of Education.

Read the full job description and learn how to apply below:

For more information, please contact:
Mark Pagliarini at mpagliarini@normanbirdsanctuary.org or (401) 846-2577 Ext. 34


Other Educational Internship Opportunities Include:

  • 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:
Rachel Holbert at rholbert@normanbirdsanctuary.org or (401) 846-2577 Ext. 33