The successful candidate will spend 30 hours per week in the Education Department to learn and gain practical hands-on experience. The remaining 10 hours will be spent assisting in front of house operations either at the ticketing counter or with our Interpretation Department.
The goal of the Interpretation Department is to help our guests make a meaningful connection to the research and resources at the Alaska SeaLife Center, realizing the Center’s mission. Fellows will 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. Responsibilities in the Interpretation department change daily depending on staff present and activities taking place that day.
The fellow will interpret live exhibits to the visiting public and teach interactive marine science programs to groups, Nocturne “night at the aquarium” experiences, interact with teachers and chaperones to organize food schedules for youth groups, and monitor groups during their self-guided tours. The fellow will work a flexible schedule to accommodate variable hours, including early mornings, evenings and weekends as needed. The fellow will also assist the education team on projects that may include virtual field trip elements, inventory and supply maintenance of education. Under the guidance of Education and Interpretation staff, the fellow will learn and demonstrate the ability to:
· Interpret exhibits housing live marine mammals, birds, fish and invertebrates.
· Present briefings, lectures, presentations, multi-media shows, structured and impromptu talks, and guided tours by learning to employ appropriate interpretive techniques and devices geared to the characteristics and interest of particular audiences.
· Present one-hour lessons to classes and other visiting groups.
· Assist with logistical support for workshops and conferences.
· Make presentations using the Alaska SeaLife Center’s Education Department’s virtual field trips, presentations, and exhibits and assist with multimedia elements.
· Assist at the ticketing counter or Interpretation as assigned
Carefully review all of the requirements and instructions
Complete the application for no more than 2 positions. Be sure to provide us with the best e-mail and phone number for contacting you.
If you are applying for 2 fellowships you must complete an application for each one.
Upload the required additional information to your application
1 Letter of Reference
If application is incomplete it will not be considered.
Applicants must be college graduates or currently enrolled in an accredited college or university with a background or coursework in a related field.
Applicants must have the ability to understand and follow written and oral instruction, have excellent communication skills, and good organizational skills with attention to detail.
Applicants must possess the ability to adapt to an ever-changing work environment, and be available weekends, evenings and holidays.
Public speaking skills, a familiarity with video equipment and software, and experience with education programs are highly encouraged.
For many fellowships applicants should be agile with a good sense of balance in order to maneuver around exhibits and holding areas.
These Fellowships are unpaid.
Participation in program for 40 hours per week
Requires a minimum commitment of 10-12 weeks.
College credit can be earned but must be arranged by you and your college
Fellows responsible for meals and travel expenses
Foreign students must obtain a J-1 visa to participate