Internship with Tampa Bay Watch’s Discovery Center
The Environmental Education Internship at Tampa Bay Watch’s Discovery Center will provide the potential intern with practical learning experience and knowledge of informal conservation and environmental education in a science center setting.
Interns will work approximately 20 hours per week and will gain experience in public programming, private programming, outreach, and overnights/birthday parties (if applicable). If the intern works over 20 hours or more a week, a parking pass will be provided. This internship will run from January-April, unless otherwise arranged by the Education Coordinator.
Intern duties and tasks may include the following:
1. Intern will perform educational animal encounters and outreach with the public while promoting environmental awareness and wildlife conservation.
2. Intern will be trained on the methods and techniques of environmental education. There will be weekly and/or monthly assignments.
3. Assist the Education Coordinator and Education Specialist in the daily and weekly set-up, clean up, and facilitation of each program.
4. Interns will be trained on general husbandry of the center’s aquariums and handling and training of all education animals, including invertebrates, reptiles, and amphibians.
5. Assist in the coordination and facilitation of special events at the Discovery Center
6. Interns may assist with our education outreach vehicle
7. Design and implement environmental projects, programs, and games using the approved curriculum.
8. Other duties as assigned.
This internship is unpaid and housing is not provided. This internship may provide college credit, with approval from the university and professor. Intern will be responsible for all transportation costs and personal health insurance. A background check, including fingerprinting will be required, at the expense of Tampa Bay Watch.
Spring Semester: January-April 2022 (Application deadline: December 3)
How to Apply
To apply please send a resume, cover letter, and a letter of recommendation via email or mail to the contact below.
Tampa Bay Watch
Attn: Sarah Rubin
100 2nd Ave North
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
1. Must be 18 years or older, reliable, and hard working
2. Eligible participants are students who are enrolled in or recently graduated an accredited college or university.
3. Have excellent communication skills and enjoy working with all ages, especially children
4. Demonstrated interest in working with children, visitors and animals
5. Must be self-motivated, energetic, creative, adaptable and have the ability to work in a team environment.
6. A driver’s license is required as is proof of health insurance
7. Must work approximately 20 hours a week
8. Must be willing to work weekends and/or evenings when needed
9. CPR certification is preferred
10. Lifeguard certification is preferred
11. Background Check, which includes fingerprinting, will be required, but paid for by the Discovery Center.
12. Must be willing and able to work with children of varying ages, as well as adults, in a professional manner.
13. Must be able to take and follow directions to maintain a safe work environment for personnel, visitors, and the animals at the center.
14. Must be able to perform physical challenges involved in the daily duties of the department including talking for long periods, walking throughout the pier, lifting/carrying equipment weighing approximately 50 lbs., sitting, kneeling, stooping, crawling, twisting, reaching above head, pulling, bending, and climbing stairs and ladders. Candidate must be able and willing to perform all above duties outdoors and in all weather conditions.