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INTERNSHIP: Assistant Aquarist/Educator

Job Title: Assistant Aquarist/Educator Internship
Department: Education
Start-End Date: Beginning of September – End of May
Hours: 10-20 hrs/week (flexible)
Closing Date: Open Until Filled

GENERAL PURPOSE

This position will assist in maintaining and enhancing all aquaria and exhibits. In addition, this position will assist in the delivery f marine science education programs in classroom an outdoor settings. The ability to multi-task is essential and excellent independent work skills are required. This position must demonstrate the ability to interact professionally with the public, boar of directors, MDC staff, and volunteers. The individual must be a good team player as well as establish working partnerships inside and outside the organization.

RESPONSIBILITIES & TASKS

Assistant Aquarist duties include monitoring and maintaining all of the equipment that is associated with the live animal exhibits. This equipment includes pumps, filters, and other equipment that is critical to animal health. Related maintenance includes cleaning filters, doing water changes, and adding chemicals to improve the quality of the saltwater. This position assists with caring fo theh fish and invertebrates living in the many exhibits. This includes feeding the animals and maintaining their habitat by cleaning it and keeping it as natural as possible.

Assistant Educator duties include working with K-12 students to deliver marine science based, hands-on, feet-wet programs in a safe environment while encouraging active learning by students. The assistant educator will have a working knowledge of the Indian River Lagoon ecosystem and the flora and fauna within. The assistant educator will teach in a variety of settings including outdoors and classrooms.

QUALIFICATIONS

Education/Training:
An undergraduate student currently enrolled in an accredited marine science program or related field. Experience in K-12 education in either a classroom or an informal environmental education setting in desirable. Computer literate in Microsoft Office.

Licensure/Certification:
CPR and First Aid certification preferred. A prerequisite to employment will be a criminal background check per the Volusia County Cchool Board Jessica Lunsford Act.

Other:
The successful candidate will have excellent writing and communication skills, a positive attitude, enjoyment of the outdoors, and an ability to communicate environmental education principles to children. This individual must also have sufficient mobility and strangth to move about the faciilty, assist children and to move education equipment (lift at least 50 pounds). The individual must also be able to work in adverse conditions that include rain, heat, insetcts, etc.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

You must submit the following documents to be considered for the position:

1. Cover letter describing your personal and academic goals for this internship.
2. Resume
3. Internship Application
4. College/university transcript (unofficial is acceptable)
5. References (minimum of two)

All documents must be submitted to Logan Rohrbach, Education Specialist/Aquarist at the Marine Discovery Center at logan@marinediscoverycenter.org.

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