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Time Commitment: 3 months (10 weeks)

Site Supervisor: Kathy Sheridan

Deadlines: Please see your department deadlines and make sure to contact the site supervisor before that date to schedule an interview. Limited spots available.

Internship Description:
General Duties: This is a site based marine education internship at the Back Bay Science Center (BBSC). Interns will receive training in the following subjects: identification, ecology of local bay and intertidal marine life, and basic life support system maintenance. Interns will assist BBSC staff with regular facility maintenance, preparation and clean-up for educational programs, and occasional educational interactions with teachers and students. This position requires some physical labor for setting up, putting away educational tools and props, and regular maintenance duties. BBSC runs a variety of educational programs depending on the season which means internship responsibilities will also vary. The following is a general list of duties by quarter:

List of Duties by Term:
FALL – regular facility maintenance, MLI assistance
WINTER – regular facility maintenance, MLI assistance, aid educational programs (set up, clean up, and flow)
SPRING – regular facility maintenance, MLI assistance, aid educational programs (set up, clean up, and flow)
SUMMER – regular facility maintenance, MLI and Shark Camp assistance, aid summer educational programs (oversee youth during tours, flow, interpret touch tanks)

Skills Required:  Interns should be able and willing to get wet and dirty and are encouraged to work on a project that will benefit the facility in some way. If accepted into the program, our staff will work with you to fit your interests with our needs. For outreach programs, interns should have an interest in working with children and adults (grades 4-college level) and a willingness to work with and handle marine animals. A general knowledge of Southern California marine life is preferred, but not required. Interns will be trained about the flora and fauna, activities and programs at the BBSC. Most programs require some physical labor. Must be 18 years or older.

  • Ability to lift at least 40 lbs
  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Willingness to get wet and muddy
  • Ability to work independently as well as with a team
  • Ability to take initiative and be reliable
  • Interest in working with students ranging from 4th grade to college level
  • Interest and willingness to work with and handle marine animals
  • Enthusiasm and passion for environmental conservation and preservation
  • Marine science background preferred but not required

Kathy Sheridan

Scientific Aid/ Site Supervisor
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
(949) 640-9959