Jobs & Internships

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INTERNSHIP: Assistant Aquarist/Educator (Fall/Spring)

Job Title:  Assistant Aquarist/Educator Internship
Department:  Education
Start-End Date:  End of August – End of May
Hours:  10-20 hours per week (flexible schedule)
Closing Date:  July 31, 2018

GENERAL PURPOSE

This position will assist in maintaining and enhancing all aquaria and exhibits.  In addition, this position will assist in the delivery of marine science education programs in classroom and 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, board 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.

POSITION 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 for the 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 a related field.  Experience in K-12 education in either a classroom or an informal environmental education setting is desirable.  Computer literate in Microsoft Office.

Licensure/Certification:

CPR and First Aid certification preferred.  A pre-requisite to employment will be a criminal background check per the Volusia County School 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 strength to move about the facility, assist children and to move educational equipment (lift at least 50 pounds).  The individual must also be able to work in adverse conditions that include rain, heat, insects, etc.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

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

  • Cover letter describing your personal and academic goals for this internship
  • Resume
  • College/university transcript (unofficial is acceptable)
  • References (minimum of two)
  • MDC Internship Application

All documents must be submitted to Logan Rohrbach, Education Specialist/Aquarist at the Marine Discovery Center at [email protected]  Application closing date will be at 5 p.m., on July 31, 2018.

INTERNSHIP: Environmental Interpretation (Fall)

Job Title:  Environmental Interpreter Internship
Department:  Boat /Kayak
Start-End Date:  End of August-Beginning of December (can be flexible).
Hours:  15-30 hrs per week
Closing Date:  When position is filled

GENERAL PURPOSE

This position will assist in the delivery of a variety of interpretive boat, kayak, and indoor exhibit-based programs.  This position must demonstrate the ability to interact professionally with the public, board 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.

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES & TASKS

Interpretive Intern duties include working with guests of all ages in a safe environment while offering enjoyable, memorable and informative interpretive programming.  The Interpreter Intern will have a working knowledge of the Indian River Lagoon ecosystem and the flora and fauna within.  The interpreter will work in a variety of outdoor settings on boats (pontoon and kayaks) and hikes.

QUALIFICATIONS

Education/Training:

An undergraduate student currently enrolled in an accredited environmental science program, marine science program, or a related field.  Experience in education in either a classroom or an informal environmental education setting is desirable.  Boat and kayak experience helpful but not required.

Licensure/Certification:

CPR and First Aid certification preferred.  A pre-requisite will be criminal background check per the Volusia County School Board Jessica Lunsford Act.   May be required to complete crew training and enroll in a random drug testing consortium.

Other:

The successful candidate will have excellent communication skills, a positive attitude, enjoyment of the outdoors, and an ability to communicate environmental education principles to a diverse audience, while maintaining a professional attitude and appearance. This individual must also have sufficient mobility and strength to move about the facility, on and off boats, assist guests and to move equipment (lift at least 50 pounds).  The individual must also be able to work in adverse conditions that include rain, heat, insects, etc.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

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

  • Cover letter describing your personal and academic goals for this internship
  • Resume
  • College/university transcript (unofficial is acceptable)
  • References (minimum of two)
  • MDC Internship Application

All documents must be submitted to Charity Jackson, Naturalist / Mate at the Marine Discovery Center at [email protected]  Application closing date will be when position is filled.

INTERNSHIP: Horseshoe Crab Researcher (Spring)

Job Title:  Horseshoe Crab Researcher Internship
Department:  Conservation Science
Start-End Date:  January – May
Hours:  Flexible
Closing Date:  When position is filled

GENERAL PURPOSE

This position will assist with horseshoe crab nesting surveys in New Smyrna Beach from January to May. Interns will assist staff and volunteers with the collection of data including but not limited to: biometrics, nesting behavior, weather information, and physical tagging. Interns will be responsible for quality controlling and uploading datasheets to the shared data collection sites via SharePoint and/or Excel. In addition, interns will be required to give a 30-minute presentation to the general public during the May public lecture.

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES & TASKS

Intern duties include surveying sites in New Smyrna Beach for horseshoe crab activity during new and full moons from 7am-11pm. Intern will conduct both visual and tagging surveys independently or with volunteer assistance. Intern will input data sheets into Excel and will quality control data. Intern will present during May public lecture; presentation will include an overview of horseshoe crabs and their importance as well as an overview of the year’s data. 50% of internship hours will be focused on surveys and 50% will be focused on data entry and presentation prep.

QUALIFICATIONS

Education/Training:

An undergraduate student currently enrolled in an accredited environmental science program, marine science program, or a related field.  Previous field work experience preferred but not required. Proficiency in Microsoft Office is necessary.

Licensure/Certification:

A pre-requisite will be criminal background check per the Volusia County School Board Jessica Lunsford Act.

Other:

The successful candidate will have excellent communication skills, a positive attitude, and enjoyment of the outdoors while maintaining a professional attitude and appearance.  The individual should be comfortable working independently on a rotating schedule and have excellent time management skills. The individual needs to have his or her own transportation.  The individual must be able to work in adverse conditions that could include rain, heat/cold, insects, etc.  This position is an unpaid internship and student is responsible for finding housing accommodations.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

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

  • Cover letter describing your personal and academic goals for this internship
  • Resume
  • College/university transcript (unofficial is acceptable)
  • References (minimum of two)
  • MDC Internship Application

All documents must be submitted to Jessy Wayles, Conservation Science Coordinator at the Marine Discovery Center at [email protected]  Application closing date will be when position is filled.

JOBS: None currently available

We currently do not have any job openings. Please check back as we will update our site when and if we do.

Our current intern, Jenna Palmisano, is from Stetson University
and works at MDC as a docent and aquarist in addition to helping with education.

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