Apply now for: Fall 2014
Time commitment: 3 or 4 Days Per Week (9:00am - 5:00pm)

Overview:

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. Interns provide interpretation of the different galleries in the Aquarium, connecting people to the exhibits and creating a learning environment that supports the goals of the institution.

Responsibilities:

·         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)

·         Occasional 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 curiosity and a desire to share with others is a must

Organizational Description:

The New England Aquarium’s mission is to protect the blue planet through hands-on programs, live animal and interactive exhibits, public lectures and forums, and research and conservation projects.

This mission is fulfilled through exhibits, and through education, conservation and research programs. Exhibits showcase the diversity, importance and beauty of aquatic life and habitats, and highlight critical aquatic conservation issues. Programs emphasize species, habitats and issues critical to New England. The Aquarium is also a pioneer in marine animal rescue and a leading ocean conservation organization with research scientists working around the globe.

The New England Aquarium serves as a responsive community resource that attracts and involves the broadest possible audience; seeks a culturally diverse staff and governing board that reflect our community; adheres to the highest standards of animal stewardship; and is committed to delivering the highest quality visitor experience in a welcoming and enjoyable manner that evokes wonder, curiosity, understanding, caring and action.

Departmental Description:

The Visitor Experience department is responsible for customer service, operations, and education in the main building of the Aquarium. As soon as visitors buy their tickets, it is our responsibility to make sure that their visit is fun and educational and that all of their needs are met.