Apply now for: Spring 2014, Summer 2014
Time commitment: 3 or 4 Days Per Week (9:00am - 5:00pm)
The Visitor Education intern interacts with visitors to the Aquarium to provide informational and entertaining content regarding exhibits, conservation, and the work of the Aquarium in presenting, promoting, and protecting the world of water.
Responsibilites: Interns help to develop programs and presentations that focus on specific topics or exhibits. Primary responsibilities include giving formal and informal presentations on various topics to groups ranging in size from 2-300 and providing educational interpretation to Aquarium visitors; opportunities to work with a wide range of ages from young children to adults; supervising and training volunteers including teen interns while evaluating programs and performance; creative projects such as creating volunteer updates, program development, interpretive plans for exhibits, informational graphics and/or preparing biofacts for the use of interpretation; assisting with special thematic programming (including wearing mascot costumes).
There are also occassional opportunities to interact with other aquarium departments including marine mammals, the Animal Medical Center, Giant Ocean Tank, Family Programs, etc.
All interns will be given training in interpretation, public speaking, marine life, and the handling of live animals. Attendance at Aquarium Guide Training is requested.
Qualifications: Coursework in education, human development, drama, or biology. Interest in learning about all aspects of marine life and the oceans is a must. Must have strong interpersonal and communication skills and be capable of both working individually and in a team. Must be willing to interact with large numbers of Aquarium visitors of various ages and willing to handle animals and train others to handle animals. A sense of curiousity and a desire to share with others is a must.