Salem Maritime and Saugus Iron Works National Historic Sites - Salem, MA

Preschool Education/Interpretation Intern


From June through October 2017, Saugus Iron Works and Salem Maritime National Historic Sites piloted “Preschoolers in the Parks,” offering a dozen new preschool education programs free to the public. A total of 1,100 children and their caregivers attended, however the attendance at the programs did not reflect the rich diversity of the communities of Salem and Saugus.

In 2018, the program will be expanded and planning is already underway. The goal of the intern's project will be to develop and offer at least one bilingual (English and Spanish) preschool program based on natural and/or historic resources at the parks to take place during the 2018 Latino Conservation Week. With this goal in mind, the intern will explore and network in the Latino community including caregiving and educational institutions to research and learn the role and importance of bilingual programming and ways our preschool programming can address the unique needs of bilingual children. Additionally, the intern will participate in the planning, preparation, promotion, and delivery of the 2018 preschool program series with park staff and promote a new bilingual program to the local Latino community.


  • Working toward a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in the field of education, museum education, or a related field, and have coursework, experience, or interest in education and interpretation.
  • Experience and interest specifically in early childhood education are preferred, but not required.
  • The intern should be bilingual (English and Spanish), have strong oral and written communication skills
  • Enjoy or have interest in working with the public, specifically children and families in outdoor and museum settings.

About the work environment:

  • The work will take place in an office setting, in historic buildings, and in the outdoors.
  • In the summer, our park typically hires 8-12 seasonal park rangers, 40 youth program employees, and regularly hosts more than one summer intern

About Salem Maritime and Saugus Iron Works National Historic Sites: 

In the 1600's, on the banks of the Saugus River, something extraordinary happened.  Explore the place where European iron makers brought their special skills to a young Massachusetts colony. This nine-acre National Park includes working water wheels, forges, mills, a historic 17th century home, and a lush river basin.

Salem Maritime and Saugus Iron Works historic sites are located about 40 minutes apart in an urban environment with many amenities within walking and biking distance. Public transportation to Boston and points north is also readily available. Salem has a prominent Latino community and neighborhood (The Point) and Saugus is located next to Lynn, a city with a large Latino population.