Job Opportunity – Marine Education Internship, Florida

The Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit in Fort Pierce, Florida is located on the Indian River Lagoon (IRL), the most diverse estuary in the U.S., and less than one mile from the Atlantic Ocean. This unique educational facility provides a window into these underwater worlds, offering a variety of hands-on experiences to daily visitors, as well as programming opportunities.  The responsibilities of the Education Intern are to interpret to visitors in the gallery and at the touch tank, lead educational programs for school and community groups, assist with special events, and create educational displays. The education intern may also assist aquarium husbandry staff with routine duties, such as tank monitoring, feedings and specimen collection, as needed. Additional objectives can be developed with education staff based on intern’s personal interests, strengths and/or experience.

Experience working in an informal education setting (preferred) and/or coursework in science education, a demonstrated ability in effectively communicating with others, a strong interest in marine science, and a willingness/ability to maintain a flexible schedule, including weekends and some holidays. Must be currently enrolled in college courses or a recent (within past 6 months) graduate.

Please submit a cover letter and current resume (limited to 3 pages) to Cristin Ryan no later than Thursday, December 30, 2010.

16-week, full-time (Feb – May) $6000

CONTACT Cristin Ryan, Marine Biology Educator, Smithsonian Marine Station , 01 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce, FL 34949 772.465.3271 ryanc@si.edu

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