Volunteering and Internships
Get involved by volunteering your time and energy at Tanglewood Nature Center! We have a variety of options for volunteers, whether you want to run the gift shop, spruce up our gardens, help our staff with mailings, join a committee to steer our organization in the right direction (they are actually really fun!), maintain the trails, teach children about the importance of the outdoors, or care for our animals.
Our volunteer process is:
  1. Submit your volunteering application via email or by mailing a paper copy to Bridget, our Community Relations Manager.
  2. We do a Sex Offender Registry Search on every prospective volunteer to keep our museum visitors safe. This can take between 5-10 business days. Once we receive the results, our volunteer coordinator will review your application to see what your schedule is like, what your interests and skills are, and what you want to get out of volunteering here.
  3. Bridget will get in contact with you to schedule an orientation and get you trained and ready to volunteer!
We can occasionally schedule group volunteering sessions for outdoor work like trail and garden maintenance, or for indoor work like our major fundraising events and for mailings. Please contact Bridget to discuss what your group would like to do!
A few notes on animal care volunteering: feeding, cleaning, and socializing with our animals is a very popular volunteer task. Animal care positions may not be available for several months - we tend to have positions open seasonally, as college semesters end or as high school students go back to school in the fall. If this is something you are passionate about, please feel welcome to check back in at another point in the year to see if spaces are available. Animal care volunteering does have some limitations based on species - only dedicated, conscientious, long-term and Curator-approved volunteers will get to work with the birds of prey, for instance.
Internship applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Please email your application and a cover letter to our Community Relations Manager at volunteer.tanglewood@gmail.com.
Tanglewood offers students the opportunity to work alongside our staff in three positions: animal care and museum curator, environmental education, and non-profit management. Regretfully, we cannot pay interns at this time. In most cases, students are eligible to receive academic credit with their colleges or universities upon completion of the program, in accordance with the guidelines set by their institutions.
Environmental Education internship:
Candidate should be an undergraduate working towards a degree in environmental studies or science, ecology, biology, education, or another closely related field. Experience or interest in education, and strong verbal communication skills preferred. Position involves assisting with or conducting educational workshops and programs, guided tours, and hikes.  
Non-Profit Management internship:
Candidate should be an undergraduate with an interest in nonprofit management. Candidate must have excellent communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills. Proficiency with Windows, Word, Adobe, html preferred. This position involves assisting our staff with marketing, fundraising and event planning, participating in membership and other committees as applicable, operating the gift shop and aiding visitors.
Animal Care and Museum Curator internship:
Candidate should be an undergraduate with experience in handling and caring for mammals, reptiles, and/or amphibians. A background in environmental science or studies, ecology, biology, or another loosely related field is preferred. Candidate must be self-directed and highly motivated. This position has duties including cleaning, maintaining and designing museum exhibits, feeding and healthcare for animals, and handling/socializing animals.
Please email Bridget, our Community Relations Manager, if you have any questions about volunteering or internships at Tanglewood.



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