The Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association (MMA) is offering three internships at its Aquarium during the 2013 summer. Interns are immersed in all aspects of operating a high energy and very popular public aquarium and its marine science programs. The internship gives interns important experience leading and designing programs for visitors of all ages, caring for marine fish, crustaceans and mollusks, and collecting species through snorkeling, wading, and diving.
The ideal candidates have interest and experience with marine biology and environmental education. These internships offer an absolutely unique work opportunity for students interested in aquariums and marine science education.
Nantucket Island is a resort community that swells to 60,000 people in the summer. There are 50 miles of beaches and over half the land area is conservation land. The mission of the MMA is to inspire people to experience Nantucket’s land, sea and sky. Programs and facilities focus on environmental education, ecological research, astronomy, and historic preservation. The Aquarium is the most visited of all the facilities.
Responsibilities and Tasks
- Available to work a flexible schedule: hours of operation are from 8:30 AM to 5 PM Monday – Saturday; many weeks are 6 day work weeks.
- Feed and care for display animals (up to 90 species of fish, mollusks, and crustaceans).
- Teach visitors about marine ecosystems in an engaging manner during beach field trips and aquarium tours.
- Co-lead marine ecology field trips and beach combing field trips several times per week.
- Travel around the island to collect species for display.
- Experience other aspects of the MMA (astronomy, research, Nantucket history) and special events.
Key Requirements and Qualifications
- Educational background in marine biology or related field with at least two (2) years of college experience.
- Enthusiasm for teaching science.
- Interest and experience in marine biology and outdoor education.
- Experience working and interacting with the public, both adults and children.
- Comfortable speaking to groups of people, willingness to learn outdoor education skills.
- Self-motivated with the ability to work independently and with a team.
- Familiarity with New England marine ecosystems.
- Ability to plan ahead, organize and prioritize with an attention to detail.
- Clear communicator both verbally and written.
- Teamwork and community leadership.
- Comfortable working in waders and capable of lifting up to 40 pounds.
Internship compensation is $2,700.00 for undergraduates or recent graduates and $3,060.00 for graduate students, position includes housing. This program is scheduled from 29 May to 31 August 2013. There is a required orientation and training from 31 May to 8 June 2013. Possible internship extension is possible through 7 Sept 2013.
To apply, please download the application and return it along with a your resume, a detailed letter of interest and college transcripts to Andrew Mckenna-Foster, Director of Natural Science, Maria Mitchell Association, 4 Vestal Street, Nantucket, MA 02554 no later than 15 February 2013. Materials or inquiries may be sent by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax to 508-228-1031. For questions, call 508-228-9198.
The Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/V/D.