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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Employment at Norman Bird Sanctuary - Now Hiring!

Welcome Center Receptionist (Saturdays)

About the Job
You’ll independently staff the Welcome Center on Saturdays, year-round, at an environmental education center and 325-acre wildlife refuge. This position serves as the face of the organization, welcoming and supporting visitors through a diverse array of interactions with Norman Bird Sanctuary.  You’ll also perform a mix of administrative functions to support the overall administrative function of the organization, as well as the Development, Education, and Properties teams.

Specific duties include: greeting and orienting visitors on the trails and property resources; promoting public educational programs, camps, and self-guided youth activities; supporting the public with information requests; managing program and event registrations; processing financial transactions and managing the data integrity of electronic Point of Sale and fundraising database systems; managing retail operations for the Barn Owl Shop gift shop; and managing the membership giving program, communications, and database.

About You
You are friendly, welcoming, and enjoy engaging community members of all ages and backgrounds.  You’re comfortable working as a ‘staff of one’ on Saturdays.

You are detail oriented, have experience working in an office environment, and excel at customer service.  You have the communications skills to promote educational programs, events, and membership to walk-in visitors. And the confidence and diplomacy to communicate the rules of behavior that protect the sensitive wildlife habitats in our care.

Ideally you have experience with technology tools—customer databases and Point of Sale systems—to track and report on financial transactions and constituent activities.  You have strong Microsoft Office skills and are comfortable creating mailing lists and reports in Excel and preparing customized business letters and other communications in Word.  And you share our passion for conservation, environmental education, and access to nature.

Position Details
This position reports to the Office Manager.  This is an at-will, part-time, hourly position, for 8 hours/day on Saturdays, at $11-$12/hour.  Possible additional hours by mutual agreement.  Includes three paid personal days/year.

See full position description at: Saturday Receptionist Job Description

To Apply
E-mail resume and cover letter, indicating the title of the position you are applying for, and where you heard about it, to phoran@normanbirdsanctuary.org



Working at NBS Summer Camp – Teacher and Naturalists and ANTS

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!

Assistant Naturalists in Training (ANTs) assist teacher/naturalists with weekly camp activities. Participants must be entering grades 9-12, and be available for a minimum of two weeks of camp. If you are a high school student looking to spend part of your summer hiking the trails, and helping kids learn about nature the ANT program is perfect for you!

Click here to access the ANT 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