The shipboard science educator intern delivers education programming on shore and aboard our traditionally rigged schooners for people of all ages. The intern helps develop ISEA programming, completes tasks that support the education activities of ISEA, and participates in ship operations as needed. Programs are primarily based out of Suttons Bay and Traverse City, MI. For the 2019 season, summer programs will be offered at various ports across Lakes Michigan, Huron, and Erie which will require overnight stays on board.
• Aboard the ship and on shore, present educational units to student, family, and community groups that emphasize hands-on involvement and relate to Great Lakes topics.
• Contribute to the development of ISEA education programming by creating programs for summer groups and enhancing existing programming.
• Provide support to education programming, possibly including but not limited to: care of animals in the education center, maintenance of exhibits, management of science equipment and materials, and analysis and maintenance of the science database. Interns are encouraged to take on tasks that will help them reach their education and employment goals.
• Direct passengers in safe behavior aboard the ship.
• Understand and comply with the ship’s rules, policies, and Standing Orders.
• Assist with cleaning, maintenance, and repairs as needed.
• Participate in staff meetings.
• Assist with other activities related to ISEA’s educational mission.
May – August, flexible start and end dates. The ideal candidate would begin early May to teach on the ship for our spring programming, and continue through the summer season.
A stipend is available. ISEA can also support students with earning internship college credit through their university.
On-site, shared housing can be arranged for non-local candidates and include dormitory-style and/or ship-based lodging.
• Enthusiastic about teaching and learning
• Ability to work well with youth and adults
• Willingness to learn and teach new subject material
• Knowledge of Great Lakes science and environmental issues
• Excellent interpersonal communication skills—written and verbal
• Strong team player
• Ability to work weekends and evenings as needed
• Experience with or knowledge of ship operations (optional)