31 Jan
Summer Internship - Interpretation / Chiswell Research
Alaska, Seward , 99664 Seward USA

Summary: The intern will split time between the interpretation team delivering informal front of house education for 20 hours a week and with the Chiswell staff for 20 hours a week. Interns will assist with the day-to-day support of animal-related research activities involving Steller sea lions. Candidates should exhibit a strong interest in field-based and animal-related research work and associated support. The intern is required to work a flexible schedule to accommodate variable hours, including early mornings, evenings and weekends as needed. Applicants should possess the ability to work for extended periods of time while staying focused on the task at hand. Under the guidance of Chiswell and Interpretation staff, the Intern will be trained and expected to perform the essential duties. Education/Training Requirements: Previous customer service job preferred. Essential Duties:

Interpret all of the Alaska SeaLife Center’s static and live animal exhibits housing marine mammals, birds, fish, and invertebrates. Help maintain the physical appearance of manned exhibits and deliver announcements over the public address system.

Present briefings, lectures, presentations, multi-media shows, structured and impromptu talks, and guided tours on all of the Alaska SeaLife Center’s static and live animal exhibits by learning to employ appropriate interpretive techniques and devices geared to the characteristics and interest of particular audiences.

Operate remotely controlled cameras from a desktop computer.

Make behavioral observations of Steller sea lions and demonstrate learned skills through video recording, data entry, and management.

Follow a regimented schedule of observations and be prompt with daily duties.

Interacting daily with interpretation, husbandry and research personnel.

Performs other duties relating to the Center’s goals and mission statement as required.

Other Skills and Abilities:

Ability to speak effectively and to be comfortable meeting new people when interfacing with existing and potential new donors. Ability to work independently with excellent organizational and time management skills. Proficient computer skills including basic Microsoft applications, specifically Excel are preferred.

Physical Requirements:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Ability to see and hear; stand and walk; stoop, kneel, and crouch; use arms and hands; handle objects, tools, and controls; and sit. Ability to lift and move 20 pounds.

Internship Dates: May 15, 2024 to August, 2024 (flexible end date)Unpaid Internship: Housing AvailablePlease submit a cover letter, resume, and letter of reference.A background check will be conducted on any potential intern.Accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums.


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