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Upcoming Deadline: Marine Education Internship

Posted on February 24, 2015 by in The OFI Blog

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Marine Education Internship in Southeast Florida

Project Description
The Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit in Fort Pierce, Florida is located on the Indian River Lagoon (IRL), the most diverse estuary in the US, and less than one mile from the Atlantic Ocean. This unique educational facility provides a window into these underwater worlds, offering a variety hand-on experiences to daily visitors, as well as programming opportunities. Our focus is on displaying ecosystems (seagrass bed, mangrove forest, coral reef, etc.) and vary in size from 500 to 3000 gallons. We also have a touch tank and variety of smaller displays.

With the help of our dynamic displays we strive to provide the public with a better understanding of fragile marine ecosystems of the IRL and surround area and the impact humans are having on these fragile¬†ecosystems. 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. Learning outcomes include an understanding of various Florida marine and estuarine ecosystems, best practices in informal education settings and training in animal husbandry.

Qualifications
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.

Timetable
May 18, 2015 – August 7, 2015, full-time

Application Process
Please submit a cover letter and current resume (package limited to 3 pages) to Cristin Ryan at ryanc@si.edu no later than Friday, February 27, 2015. Please ensure that your cover letter specifies the internship for which you wish to be considered.

Award Package
$4200

Contact
Cristin Ryan
Marine Biology Educator & Volunteer Coordinator
Smithsonian Marine Station
701 Seaway Drive
Fort Pierce, FL 34949
772.456.3271