Jobs and Internships

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Jobs

JOB TITLE:                     VOLUNTEER and EVENTS COORDINATOR

DEPARTMENT:                 Education

SALARY TYPE:                   Full-Time (40 hours); Hourly

START DATE:                     September 2017

POSITION SUMMARY: The Volunteer and Events Coordinator manages all aspects of the Aquarium’s volunteer program. The person in this position also coordinates Aquarium branded events on and off-site (e.g. Scarium at the Aquarium). The person in this role also collaborates with the education team to plan, support and host facility rentals for meetings and large events.

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JOB TITLE:                    TOUCH TANK INTERPRETER

DEPARTMENT:                 Education

SALARY TYPE:                   Part-Time (10-20 hours/week); Hourly

START DATE:                     September 2017

POSITION SUMMARY: This position is an interpretation position within the Aquarium’s Education Department. The primary duties include communicating with Aquarium visitors safe ways to touch fish in the Unsalted Seas touch tank and providing interpretation related to the exhibit. This position requires the employee to provide natural history, animals, and the Aquarium in the Unsalted Seas exhibit and at the information desk located on the second floor. The interpretive touch tank attendant will communicate with staff and visitors using both a radio and wireless microphone.

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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

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: Please contact Mandi Wojciehowski, Early Childhood Coordinator at mwojciehowski@glaquarium.org or 218-740-2070.

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 FALL 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 interim intern coordinator Natalie Riemer, Great Lakes Aquarium, 353 Harbor Drive, Duluth, MN 55802 or nriemer@glaquarium.org. Please direct questions to 218-740-2009.

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 interim intern coordinator Natalie Riemer, Great Lakes Aquarium, 353 Harbor Drive, Duluth, MN 55802 or nriemer@glaquarium.org. Please direct questions to 218-740-2009.

Water Quality Internship Application

Animal Care Internship

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: Please send a resume and cover letter along with a completed application to interim intern coordinator Natalie Riemer, Great Lakes Aquarium, 353 Harbor Drive, Duluth, MN 55802 or nriemer@glaquarium.org. Please direct questions to 218-740-2009.

Animal Care Intern Application

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 interim intern coordinator Natalie Riemer at (218) 740-2009 or nriemer@glaquarium.org for available times and opportunities. Please allow at least one week in advance to arrange this experience.