Jobs and Internships

Jobs

Job Title: Director of Finance

Department: Administration

Salary Type: Full-Time

Start Date: Mid-Late May 2017

Job Summary: 

The Director of Finance provides leadership to Great Lakes Aquarium’s day-to-day finance operations; oversees an annual operating budget of $2.5+ million; manages all finance and accounting reporting activities; is responsible for the preparation and presentation of financial reports to the Great Lakes Aquarium management team and Board of Directors; and, provides leadership to the human resources requirements of the organization. The Director of Finance is a key member of the Aquarium’s management team, supporting the Aquarium’s non-profit mission, “to inspire people to explore their connection to Lake Superior and waters of the world’. The Director of Finance reports directly to the Executive Director.

A successful candidate will have strong interpersonal skills with the capability to easily communicate budget, finance, human resource, and related administrative issues in a clear and concise way to the Great Lakes Aquarium management team, Board of Directors and other stakeholders.

Read the full position description and application details here. 

Job Title: Guest Services Representative

Department: Guest Services

Salary Type: Full-Time (Memorial Day-Labor Day); Part-Time (September-May)

Start Date: May 1, 2017

Job Summary: 

The Guest Services Representative is part of our dynamic customer service team. These team members are responsible for day to day duties related to ticketing and admission, gift shop sales and stocking, and parking lot management. Staff work collaboratively and individually to assist visitors with: purchasing tickets, navigating the parking lot (sales, safety, traffic direction and tracking available spaces), general questions, and gift shop purchases. Duties also include pricing and organizing merchandise as well as light cleaning at ticketing desk, in lobby and in gift shop.

GLA Guest Services Representative Position Description April 2017

Apply on-line here.

Job Title: Husbandry Assistant

Department: Husbandry

Salary Type: Full-Time Temporary

Start Date: June 15, 2017

Job Summary: 

This position is responsible for assisting husbandry with the daily care of Great Lakes Aquarium’s diverse collection of aquatic animals.

Read the full husbandry position description and application details here.

Job Title: Educator

Department: Education

Salary Type: Full-Time Temporary

Start Date: May 1, 2017 – August 31, 2017

Job Summary: 

The Educator will collaborate with colleagues on planning and leading the Aquarium’s programs for children ages 6-14. These programs take place every other week throughout the summer. Duties include assisting with class development, set-up and the facilitation of play, guided discovery, animal care, active games, art, and science exploration related to regional wildlife and environmental topics.

School year instruction includes teaching one-hour natural history and science classes of 10-30 visiting school aged children. Classes take place on-site at the Aquarium and as outreach in the community. Animal handling, familiarity with science methods and positive classroom management skills are essential.

This individual will also join our education team as an Exhibit Interpreter to deliver public and youth programming on-site. Programming ranges from roving interpretation, 20 minute informational sessions, and hour-long classes. This position requires handling and feeding of live animals including reptiles, fish, insects and birds. Understanding of or the willingness to learn about Great Lakes issues, cultural and natural history is essential.

Read the full educator position description and application details here.

Internships

Great Lakes Aquarium offers internships in Education and Animal Care.

Please note that these positions are unpaid internships meant to develop skills and provide real hands-on experience in their respective fields. All internships involve direct collaboration with Aquarium staff and their professional duties. Some provide more room for customization to interns’ interest than others. All internships have been designed to provide benefit to  both the intern and to our organization.

Education Internships

Whirligigs Internship

SEEKING APPLICANTS FOR SUMMER 2017.

The Whirligigs Internship strengthens pre-service educators’ abilities in working with children aged 3-5. Interns work closely with aquarium staff to assist in providing environment-based play opportunities for young children. Early childhood programs are offered Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays throughout the summer.

To Apply: Fill out the general Volunteer Application Form and send to Emily Bowen at ebowen@glaquarium.org.

Exhibit Interpretation

NOT CURRENTLY SEEKING APPLICANTS.

The Exhibit Interpretation internship encourages the development of public speaking skills, live animal handling and roving interpretation for all ages. Interns will work with aquarium staff to present interpretive programs on the exhibit floor and answer visitor questions. Interns are also required to develop and pilot a new or variation of an existing program. Timing and hours are flexible.

There are currently no exhibit interpretation internship positions available. If you are interested in getting involved in other ways, inquire about our exhibit interpretation volunteer positions.

Animal Care Internships

 

CURRENTLY SEEKING APPLICANTS FOR Summer 2017

Animal Care/Diver Internship

3-4 days per week, 7:30am-12pm, set schedule

Great Lakes Aquarium’s Husbandry Dive Internship program is designed as a volunteer career learning experience for those with a strong desire to dive as a profession.  Interns will gain firsthand experience in diving, dive equipment care, dive operations, as well as animal care. Animal care includes:  food preparation, exhibit maintenance & cleaning, water quality, animal health and record keeping. Applicants must be 18 years or older with a valid open water dive certification as well as have at least 10 open water dives, 3 of those being in cold water.

TO APPLY: Please send a resume and cover letter along with a completed application to Laura Jorissen, Great Lakes Aquarium, 353 Harbor Drive, Duluth, MN 55802 or ljorissen@glaquarium.org. You may also contact Laura with questions at 218-740-3474 ext. 1050.

Husbandry Dive Internship Application

Water Quality Internship

3-4 days per week, 2-4 hours per day (in the range of 10am – 3pm)
Great Lakes Aquarium’s Water Quality Internship program is designed as a volunteer career learning experience. Interns will gain firsthand experience in freshwater and saltwater aquaria water quality parameters and data entry. Interns will complete all water quality testing and paperwork designated to them, leaving records of water quality tests for years to come. Interns will also gain experience entering data into tables and graphs as well as interpreting the information collected.
The principal responsibilities of the water quality intern are to master a basic understanding of the animals on exhibit, understand protocols taken to adjust water quality parameters, and perform and complete designated tests on all the tanks at the Aquarium. The Aquarium will try to accommodate school requirements for those who can earn class credit through internships. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. This is an unpaid position; no housing is provided.

TO APPLY: Please send a resume and cover letter along with a completed application to Laura Jorissen, Great Lakes Aquarium, 353 Harbor Drive, Duluth, MN 55802 or ljorissen@glaquarium.org. You may also contact Laura with questions at 218-740-3474 ext. 1050.

Water Quality Internship Application

 

Animal Care Internship (FULL)

3-4 days per week, 7:30- 11:00 am, set schedule

Great Lakes Aquarium’s Husbandry Internship program is designed as a volunteer career learning experience for those with a strong desire to move into the aquarium or zoo field as a career path. Interns will gain firsthand experience in aquarium husbandry, food preparation, enrichment, exhibit maintenance, water quality, animal handling and health, and record keeping. If this internship is for college credit, there will be a project culminating in a permanent fixture at the Great Lakes Aquarium. We will try to accommodate school requirements for those who can earn class credit for internships. Applicant must be at least 18 years of age or older. This is an unpaid position and there is no housing provided.

Requests for internship positions are evaluated on experience (professional and/or volunteer), academic achievement, interview success, willingness, and ability to make a commitment to the program and positions available. By successfully completing this internship, students demonstrate responsibility, reliability, and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

TO APPLY: Applications for the animal care internship are currently closed. Please check back in the fall or explore other internship opportunities above.

Job Shadows

We offer job shadow opportunities in animal care for middle and high school students on a case-by-case basis from September through May. This one-day experience (8-11 am) offers a glimpse into what goes on behind the scenes at Great Lakes Aquarium. Contact Laura Jorissen at (218) 740-2050 or ljorissen@glaquarium.org for available times and opportunities. Please allow at least one week in advance to arrange this experience.