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Dive Safety Internship

The Aquarium of the Pacific has Dive Safety internship opportunities year round. These interns will be trained to provide daily support to the staff and volunteer divers above and below the water. Through hands-on training our interns will become competent in the care and maintenance of our dive equipment and learn to supervise and plan safe under water tasks to assist the Dive Safety Officers run daily dive operations. Dive Safety internships are non-paid positions.

Commitment/Requirements

  • Minimum time commitment of 16 hours a week over a 15 week period (or a minimum of 240 hours)
  • Must complete Aquarium 101 training
  • Must complete a background check
  • Must have a current CPR/AED/BFA certification (oxygen provider certification preferred as well)
  • Must have a current AAUS diving medical or be able to get one
  • Interest in pursuing a career in dive safety within marine science fields
  • Must be currently enrolled or recently graduated from a higher education facility

Responsibilities/Duties include:

  • Learn exhibit and scientific diving procedures
  • Learn to provide divers with required training
  • Learn how to maintain HIPA and training files
  • Learn basic boating operations
  • Learn the care and maintenance of aquarium dive equipment

Qualifications, Skills and Knowledge

  • Broad knowledge of safe diving practices, diving physics and physiology
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks
  • A minimum of a Rescue Diver certification from an internationally-recognized scuba certifying agency(AAUS Scientific Diver, Dive Master, or Instructor preferred)
  • Excellent watermanship skills
  • Must be able to pass an basic open water confined-water checkout
  • Must be able to swim a distance of 440 yards in 12 minutes or less
  • Must be able to carry 50 lbs on stairs, ladders and catwalks

Selection

All qualified applicants will be contacted by email to schedule a phone interview with our Dive Safety Officer. Candidates will be competitively selected on the basis of knowledge, abilities, experience, attitude, reliability and punctuality.

The purpose of the Service Excellence Internship is to gain working experience at one of Los Angeles County’s largest educational and entertainment venues. Service Excellence Interns will develop important job skills such as: time management, leadership, and interview and job preparation skills. Interns will also gain hands on customer service related experience working on the floor and coordinating special projects throughout the Aquarium’s daily operations. The Service Excellence Internship is geared towards high school students ages 16-18. This internship is only available once per year in the fall. The session requires 80 hours of service delivered in 8 hour shifts, once per week for 10 weeks.

A successful intern will gain the experience and attain the skills to qualify for an entry level position in a variety of industries that value hard work and exceptional customer service. Additionally, all interns will receive regular formal and informal feedback about their progress throughout the program by their Internship Coordinator.

Program Overview

Students will learn such skills and qualities as becoming outgoing, service-oriented, patient, friendly, and comfortable in crowds. Service Excellence Interns at the Aquarium of the Pacific are in many ways the “face” of our Aquarium. Our Service Excellence Interns will be the first to greet our guests (up to 10,000 a day), and the last to say good-bye as our guests depart. The Service Excellence Interns will leave the program with a very strong aptitude for working with people and understand the importance of delivering quality customer service.

Students will also participate in lectured workshops to further enhance their learning. The workshops include topics such as: successful interviewing, resume and cover letter development, public speaking, and professionalism. These workshops will include the use of both group and individual projects that are meant to further enhance lecture topics.

Service Excellence Interns’ Responsibilities Include:

  • Delivering high quality, guest friendly service
  • Meeting and greeting the public
  • Learning and exercising selling techniques
  • Active participation in lectured workshops
  • Completing all take home assignments
  • Completing end of work day journal entries
  • Exercising active listening skills and positive body language through smiling, sustaining eye contact, keeping good posture, and speaking clearly.
  • Working well within a group setting

Timeline:

  • Application Deadline: September 10th, 2014
  • Interviews during the week of September 15th, 2014
  • Program Start: First weekend in October, 2014
  • Program End: Mid December, 2014

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The purpose of the enrichment internship is to give students practical experience in animal enrichment and animal observations. Enrichment interns will learn the importance of enrichment in a captive environment and proper techniques used to created different enrichment items for a variety of species.

The person in this position is to assist the husbandry department in creating enrichment items for the bird, program animal, and marine mammal collections. Interns will not only make a variety of enrichment items, they will also be responsible for observing the animals with these items daily and recording the animal’s behavior and interest level.

Qualifications

Experience: Knowledge of animal husbandry and an understanding of animal enrichment preferred but not required.

Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:

  • Ability to research protocols and conduct experiments.
  • Broad knowledge of ecological and biological principles.
  • Interns must be willing to work hard and make animal observations for long periods of time.
  • Interns should be creative and comfortable speaking to guests by answering questions about the animal collection they will be observing.
  • Willingness to work hard and get dirty.
  • Strong communication skills to transmit information to staff, visitors and program participants in a clear and thorough manner.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks.
  • Interest in pursuing a career in animal care or research.
  • Desire to instill a sense of wonder, respect and stewardship for the Pacific Ocean and its inhabitants.

Requirements:

  • Completion of 240 hrs over a 15 week time period.
  • Must complete general orientation class.
  • Must attend continuing education session when applicable.
  • Junior, Senior, or Graduate standing at accredited university or college.
  • Interest in pursuing a career in the animal care of research field.
  • Completion of project or research paper during internship period.

Tasks:

  • Complete a series of readings. These readings will include but are not limited to: volunteer handbook and training manual, enrichment articles, and fact sheets on each animal the enrichment is being made for.
  • Learn and understand the basics of enrichment. Research how you can apply it to the animal collection at the Aquarium of the Pacific.
  • After doing this research, create an enrichment item for various animal species.
  • Observe animals with each enrichment item and record behavior and interest level.
  • Create a spreadsheet or records based on findings.
  • Interns will be expected to learn the basic understanding of enrichment and research how it can be applied to the Aquarium of the Pacific’s animal collection.
  • Complete a project or research paper during internship period.
  • Written research paper or complete a project by the end of the internship.

Supervision:

Enrichment Interns are supervised by paid mammal and bird staff members. However, as interns become fully trained they are expected to work independently.

Supporting Policies:

Interns are expected to follow the provisions of the volunteer handbook, the policies of the Husbandry Department, and other aquarium policies and procedures.

Working Conditions:

Interns are expected to work in a variety of conditions. Many tasks may be physically demanding and performed in hot environments. They may also be working with various power tools, etc.

Candidates will be competitively chosen on the basis of knowledge, abilities, and experience.

Provide administrative support for the Aquarium’s development department to maximize effective cultivation, stewardship, and revenue generating activities.

Tasks:

  • Maintain directory for Trustees of the Pacific.
  • Create and maintain accurate tracking system for Aquarium exhibit sponsorships and other donor recognition opportunities.
  • Assist with assembly and dissemination of development materials, packets, or special mailings.
  • Provide assistance at development events.
  • Assist development staff members with special projects as needed.

Time Commitment:

  • Development interns are asked to commit to a minimum of two months. Shift days, time, and length are variable and can be arranged with a supervisor.

Skill Requirements:

  • Strong computer skills; working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Able to maintain strict confidentially regarding member information
  • Excellent communication and writing skills.
  • Able to work independently and to complete projects with a commitment to excellence.
  • Strong organization skills and attention to detail.

Training:

  • Any necessary training or instruction will be provided development staff.

Supervision:

  • Development Interns are supervised by the Major Gifts Coordinator.

Working Conditions:

Development Interns will assist with a variety of administrative functions within the department. This will include work in both the Aquarium’s administrative offices—located at 320 Golden Shore—and the Aquarium’s main campus. Though most time will be spent within an office setting, some projects will also require walking or standing for extended periods of time and lifting/carrying objects weighing up to 30 lbs.

Benefits:

Recognition for hours of service: complimentary tickets awarded quarterly at a rate of 2 for each active intern and an additional 2 tickets for every 50 hours of service; discounts at Pacific Collections and Café Scuba; discounted tickets and memberships, free parking; all other benefits described in Volunteer Handbook.

The IT Intern is responsible for information technologies needs of the Aquarium. In addition to the required experience, the successful candidate will have outstanding interpersonal skills, and be able to function successfully when given independent assignments, and collaboratively in a team environment.

Tasks

  • Support our customer’s IT issues, helpdesk and installation support
  • Audit our current systems and help in the documentation of the enterprise.
  • Assist in maintaining, troubleshooting and repair of equipment throughout the facility
  • Setup and operation support Aquarium events
  • Provide support for all other IT related needs of the Aquarium as needed

Time Commitment

Minimum of 3 months, 16 hours a week completed in 2-3 days. Flexible schedules.

Skill Requirements

  • Beginning to intermediate level experience in desktop systems… experience preferred.
  • Proficient in Macintosh environments.
  • Understand the basics of network systems
  • Familiarity of IT cables, connectors, and equipment
  • Excellent time management skills required
  • Must be successful at multi-tasking
  • Exercise strong collaboration in a team environment
  • Current study or past experience in Information Technologies.

Training

  • New interns participate in a one-day training, Aquarium 101, plus additional departmental on-the-job training.

Supervision

  • Under supervision of the IT trainer.

Working Conditions

  • Ability to walk or stand for long periods of time.
  • Able to lift up to 25 lbs.
  • Ability to work extended shifts on occasion.
  • Ability to work inside or outside, in varying weather conditions.
  • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an individual encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the casual office environment, close quarters with many disturbances, multiple office locations.

Benefits

  • Recognition for hours of service: complimentary tickets awarded quarterly at a rate of 2 for each active volunteer and an additional 2 tickets for every 50 hours of service; discounts at Pacific Collections and Café Scuba; discounted tickets and memberships, free parking; all other benefits described in Volunteer Handbook.

The Aquarium of the Pacific’s Special Projects team is offering an internship during spring 2013 for undergraduate or graduate student interested in gaining practical experience in analyzing an organization’s environmental footprint and then creating plans to reduce impacts, including public outreach. This internship will present students with the opportunity to work on sustainability plans, participating in a variety of activities that support both the organization and their own individual development in the sustainability profession.

Duties

  • Register our greenhouse gas emissions in The Climate Registry System

Research

  • Evaluating greenhouse gas emissions and advising on programs to reduce them.
  • Using tools such as Terrapass’ Business Carbon Balance program, assess the footprint of the Aquarium
  • Creating promotional materials for the Aquarium’s work in green operations for our staff, our partners, and the public

Additional “greening” project opportunities include:

  • Creating content for the Aquarium of the Pacific’s greening outreach strategy, including a web-based communications approach

Eligibility

Applicant must be at least a junior undergraduate in good academic standing or a graduate student interested in sustainability, including such areas as green buildings, environmental policy, energy conservation, and public outreach. Excellent writing and good communications skills, good design and research ability, ability to work independently, willingness to take initiative on specific projects, and attention to detail.

Time Commitment:

Applicant must commit to a minimum of 4 hours per week for a 4 month period. Hours to be determined with intern and Aquarium.

Location

Our offices are at 320 Golden Shore, Long Beach, CA 90802. Substantial on-site work is required.

Veterinary assistant interns provide assistance with maintaining the veterinary working facilities, record keeping, and observing animal treatment and procedures. This internship provides an introduction to aquarium veterinary medicine for undergraduate students or veterinary technician students.

Commitment: 24-40 hrs/week for 4 weeks minimum and 8 weeks maximum
Available dates: June –August
Application Deadline: March 31

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to;

  • Cleaning/housekeeping of animal cages and hospital areas
  • Reading appropriate assigned materials
  • Keeping a log/journal of experiences
  • Observing and learning animal restraint and treatment
  • Observing medical and surgical procedures
  • Assisting with any tasks required by the veterinarian or the veterinary technician

Qualifications;

  • Must be 18 years or older and able to lift 50 lbs.
  • Undergraduate students must have completed a minimum of 2 years of study in a life sciences or pre-veterinary curriculum with a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Veterinary technician students must have completed a minimum of one year in an accredited licensing program.
  • Desire to apply to veterinary school or to work in a zoo/aquarium for veterinary technician students

Knowledge and Skills

  • Previous volunteer or work experience with the husbandry of exotic/zoo/aquatic animals is not required but is heavily considered in the application process

Application Materials:

  • Veterinary Internship Application
  • Resume
  • Letter of Interest
  • Recommendation letter from a professor or academic advisor
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Online applications are not accepted for veterinary positions.

The Aquarium of the Pacific is offering 4 externship/preceptorship programs in the veterinary services department for 3rd and 4th year veterinary students. Each position is a minimum of 3 weeks and a maximum of 6 weeks depending on the students’ availability. Accepted students will train under the supervision of the veterinary and husbandry staff during administration of the facilities preventative animal healthcare program and any current medical cases. Students will be expected to develop and present a case report or review of an applicable topic in aquatic medicine to the aquarium staff. No stipend is provided. Housing and transportation are not provided and are the responsibility of the student.

The Aquarium of the Pacific’s animal collection of approximately 11,500 animals consists of pinnipeds, sea otters, marine birds, psittacine birds, raptors, reptiles, amphibians, marine fish, and invertebrates. The majority of cases presented are fish and birds. The veterinary staff consists of one full time veterinarian and veterinary technician.

Positions are available January - February, March - April, August - September, November - December. Applicants must indicate which time period(s) they are available, highest ranked applicants for each time period will be selected.

The Application deadline is October 31 of the academic year prior to externship. Example: October 31, 2009 is the deadline for positions May 2010–April 2011. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by November 31.

Applicants are required to submit the following:

  • Proof of enrollment in a college or school of veterinary medicine with 2 years completed with a GPA of 3.0 or higher (official transcript required)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of intent that details pertinent past experience and training in aquatic animal medicine, reason for pursuing aquatic animal training, future goals, and prioritized available time periods
  • Letter of recommendation from a professor or veterinarian supporting the students’ academic professionalism and demonstrated interest in aquatic animal medicine
  • Aquarium veterinary application

The purpose of the Volunteer Services/ Teen programs internship is to give students experience in managing teen programs and volunteer programs in a non-profit organization such as the Aquarium of the Pacific. VolunTEENS is a program geared towards high school students ages 14-16 with an interest in marine biology. Students participate in an 80 hour volunteer program for 10 weeks in the Fall and Spring, during which they will learn about the many wonders of the Pacific Ocean and create extraordinary experiences for our guests. Marine Science Academy is a program in partnership with St. Anthony’s High School. Students practice the same skills as the VolunTEEN program Monday thru Thursday.

A successful intern will gain experience necessary for supervising a volunteer teen program including training, scheduling, daily activities and weekly educational updates. In addition, interns will learn the basic functions of a volunteer program – from recruiting to training, organization, and recognition.

Commitment: Summer Only. Minimum of 11 weeks for 15 – 20/ week.

Qualifications

  • Some experience working with high school students is preferred but not required.
  • Flexible, quick on their feet and able to work with numerous other departments.
  • Ability to solve conflicts quickly and calmly

Requirements:

  • College student or recent graduate interested in a career in biology, volunteer services, teaching, or human resources
  • Pursuing a degree in: Leisure and Recreation or Biology (all fields are welcome).
  • Computer skills: Microsoft Excel.

The Aquarium of the Pacific has internship opportunities with our program animal collection, for the summer term, starting in May and ending in August, 2014. Interns will learn the daily care of our program animals, including different species of mammals, reptiles, birds, and arachnids. Through individual, hands-on training, interns will learn how to be responsible for daily food preparation and feeding, cleaning of exhibits and behind-the-scenes areas, and animal observation and record keeping. They will also learn how to handle the animals during public presentations, will learn valuable public-speaking skills during those presentations, and may assist in veterinary procedures for the animals.

These are non-paid positions.

Our program animal collection includes 3 species of snakes, 5 species of reptiles, 3 species of arachnids, and 4 species of birds, with the plan to add mammals to the collection in the next several months. We participate in a formal animal presentation and several informal “meet and greets” on a daily basis. There also may be opportunities to attend off-site events with the animals during the internship.

Qualifications

Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:

  • Some background experience with reptiles, birds, and arachnids is desirable, but not required.
  • Comfortable working with the above mentioned species.
  • Comfortable speaking in front of the public.
  • Must be able to lift and carry up to 50 pounds.
  • Willingness to get wet and dirty.
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to communicate effectively with staff and visitors alike.
  • Ability to work independently after sufficient training and experience.
  • Desire to fulfill our mission statement, of instilling a sense of wonder, respect, and stewardship of the Pacific Ocean, its inhabitants, and ecosystems. Requirements:
  • Minimum time commitment of 16 hours per week over a 15 week period (or a minimum of 240 hours).
  • Must complete our general orientation session, Aquarium 101.
  • Must attend continuing education sessions when applicable.
  • Must have an interest in pursuing a career in program animal husbandry and presentation.
  • Must be currently enrolled in or recently graduated from a higher education facility.

Selection:

We will be accepting applications through the month of March only. All qualified applicants will be contacted by email to schedule a phone interview with our Program Animal internship coordinator. Candidates will be selected on the basis of knowledge, abilities, experience, attitude, reliability, punctuality, and recommendations.

To apply, submit an online application from our website.

Application deadline for summer session is March 31st.

This intern will be responsible for assisting the Boats Coordinator on photo IDing blue whales, fin whales, and humpback whales during our daily whale watching cruises, as well as interpreting data to guests at the Aquarium.

Commitment: 15-20 hours/week for 15 weeks

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to

  • Taking dorsal fin photos of animals encountered during daily cruises
  • Maintain detailed data logs of sightings and enter them into ACESS databases
  • Answer questions and interpreting for guests on board.
  • Photo processing and IDing individual whales seen during daily trips
  • Create a project to display to Aquarium guests using whale data
  • Aid with hydrophone equipment

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Must be 18 or over
  • Major/ed in biology, marine biology, or conservation a plus
  • Lift a maximum of 50 lbs

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

  • Each applicant must have a broad knowledge of ecological and biological principles, especially those relating to marine habitats,
  • Ability to spend many hours standing especially on a boat
  • Experience working with digital SLR camera’s a plus but not required
  • Experience in data entry, preferably with Microsoft Access
  • Comfortable speaking in front of large groups
  • Have excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Be able to demonstrate exceptional leadership qualities and work with a diverse group of people.

The purpose of the Mammalogist intern position is to give students practical experience in the care and maintenance of marine mammals and their environments. Mammalogist interns will learn the importance of proper husbandry techniques and the responsibilities associated with keeping marine mammals in captive environments. They will utilize basic aquarium principles.

The person in this position is responsible for participation in the development and implementation of the marine mammal programs that promote the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific and its mission. Primary responsibilities of the position include but are not limited to food preparation, animal husbandry and maintenance, working marine mammals, enrichment sessions, exhibit and gallery cleaning and organization, record keeping, and occasional special projects. This person will also be responsible for the effective communication between various departments at the Aquarium of the Pacific and with other marine mammal facilities to insure successful programming.

Commitment: 350 hours for a minimum 24 hours per week distributed over at least 15 weeks

The successful candidate can expect to receive many things from their internship, including training and experience in the following:

  • Exhibit maintenance, both inside and outside of the water of the exhibit
  • Food preparation
  • Feeding and training techniques for marine mammals
  • Enrichment activities designed for marine mammals
  • Observation of animal behavior with an emphasis on normal versus problem-indicative behavior
  • Recognition and treatment of marine mammal diseases
  • Aquarium-specific materials and equipment choices and uses
  • Life-support systems design, monitoring and maintenance
  • An intuitive feel for the relative priorities of various tasks in a public aquarium environment
  • Monthly evaluations by the lead contact person at the Aquarium of the Pacific
  • The pride and reputation of having made a contribution to a world-class aquarium institution
  • References and connections to future job possibilities at other institutions if their performance warrants it.

What the Aquarium of the Pacific expects from interns:

  • The drive and ability to learn tasks quickly and well
  • To perform all of their assigned duties promptly and reliably
  • To be prompt and on time
  • To exercise care and judgment when working with exhibits and animals
  • To abide by all Aquarium of the Pacific employee guidelines and policies
  • To work hard, not mind getting dirty, and be a team player
  • The ability to meet the minimum or greater time commitments of the position

Qualifications

  • Prior experience with marine mammals is preferred but not required.

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Ability to develop research protocols and conduct experiments
  • Broad knowledge of ecological and biological principles
  • Must be able to lift and carry 50 lbs on stairs, platforms, catwalks, etc.
  • Some background knowledge of marine mammals
  • Desire to work in close proximity to marine mammals
  • Willingness to work hard and get dirty
  • Strong communication skills to transmit information to staff, visitors and program participants in a clear and thorough manner
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks
  • Desire to instill a sense of wonder, respect and stewardship for the Pacific Ocean and its inhabitants

Requirements:

  • Must complete general orientation session
  • Must attend continuing education sessions when applicable
  • Interest in pursuing a career in marine mammal science
  • Written research paper or a project completed during internship period (to be determined by student in collaboration with Mammalogist)
  • Candidates will be competitively chosen on the basis of knowledge, abilities, experience, attitude, reliability, punctuality and recommendations.

The Aquarium of the Pacific has Aquarist Internship opportunities for the Fall, Spring, and Summer terms. These interns will be trained to provide daily husbandry for a diverse collection of marine fishes and invertebrates. Through one-on-one training and hands-on exercises, our interns will become competent in the care and maintenance of each of our exhibits within their assigned gallery.

These are not paid positions.

Our animal collection is divided into 3 distinct geographical zones. We have a Tropical Pacific Gallery, Southern California Gallery and a North Pacific Gallery. In addition to this exhibitry, the Aquarium of the Pacific also has a changing exhibits gallery coupled with a major elasmobranch exhibit called Shark Lagoon. We have one internship position for each of these areas, two in our tropical area, and one for jelly culture for a total of six available positions.

Commitment/Requirements:

  • Minimum time commitment of 16 hours per week over a 15 week period. (Or a minimum of 240 hours)
  • Must complete our general orientation session, Aquarium 101.
  • Must attend continuing education sessions when applicable.
  • Interest in pursuing a career in marine science fields.
  • Must be currently enrolled or recently graduated from a higher education facility.

Responsibilities

  • Primary responsibilities for our interns will include, but are not limited to:
    • daily food preparation and feeding
    • exhibit and behind-the-scenes cleaning
    • record keeping
    • animal observation
    • guest interpretation
  • Our interns will also be able to participate in a number of “special projects” including
    • veterinary procedures
    • annual animal physicals
    • quarantine procedures
    • animal capture and transfer techniques

Qualifications, Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Broad knowledge of ecological and biological principles, especially those relating to marine habitats.
  • Must be able to lift and carry 50# on stairs, ladders and catwalks.
  • Some background knowledge of marine aquarium keeping.
  • Desire to work in close proximity to marine fish and invertebrates.
  • Willingness to get wet and dirty.
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to communicate effectively to staff and visitors alike.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks.
  • Desire to fulfill our institutional mission of instilling a sense of wonder respect and stewardship for the Pacific Ocean, its inhabitants and ecosystems.
  • SCUBA certification highly encouraged.

Selection

All qualified applicants will be contacted by email to schedule a phone interview with our Aquarist Internship Coordinator. Candidates will be competitively selected on the basis of knowledge, abilities, experience, attitude, reliability, and punctuality.

The Education Technology and Media intern is responsible assisting with the technology and audio visual needs of the Aquarium’s Education department and A/V department. In addition to the required experience, the successful candidate will have outstanding interpersonal skills, and be able to function successfully when given independent assignments, and work collaboratively in a team environment.

Commitment: The minimum hour requirement is 18 hours a week with a focus on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The daily hours will depend on program bookings.

EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY AND MEDIA INTERN RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

  • Operate audio, visual and technical equipment during videoconference programs
  • Maintain and update still image and video footage database
  • Assist in editing and building new videoconferencing programs
  • Work with A/V department on an as needed basis editing, creating signage and maintaining equipment

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Working towards a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Education Technology or media related field AND/OR working toward a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in film, video production or related field
  • Interest in or experience with marine science preferred but not required
  • Experience working in Education preferred
  • Experience working with videoconferencing equipment preferred
  • Experience in broadcast productions preferred but not required

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, TRAITS FOR SUCCESS

  • Proficient in Macintosh environments
  • Beginning to intermediate level experience in non-linear video editing. Final Cut Pro experience preferred but not required
  • Extraordinary people skills
  • Extraordinary organizational skills
  • Excellent communication skills both oral and written
  • Excellent ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent ability to handle multiple assignments and changing priorities

Experience is a great teacher! Our internship program provides college-level students the opportunity to become part of an aquatic education team and learn by doing. Students will work side by side with Aquarium professionals gaining knowledge through hands-on experience.

Commitment: As an Education intern your minimum commitment would be 9 weeks, 20-40 hours/week. This opportunity is available in the summer only.

EDUCATION INTERN RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

  • Assist with summer day camp programming. This includes, but is not limited to, games, crafts and marine science related activities.
  • Interpret about the Aquarium’s animal collection at stations such as shark lagoon or ray pool.
  • Complete an intern project
  • Assist with education programming

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience working with children.
  • Basic marine science or marine biology knowledge preferred
  • Experience working in camps or other informal settings preferred
  • Working towards or recently completed Bachelor degree
  • Available during weekends at the beginning of the internship for training purposes
  • Previous customer service experience is preferred but not required

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

  • Effective communication skills
  • General PC knowledge in word, excel and power point
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Excellent organizational and planning skills

The Aquarium of the Pacific has internship opportunities in the aviculture department for the summer term, starting in May and ending in August, 2014. Interns will learn the daily care of a flock of lorikeets, including daily diet preparation and feeding, exhibit cleaning, animal observation, and record-keeping. Interns may also get the opportunity to work with our shorebird and diving bird collections. Through individual, hands-on training, interns will learn to distinguish between individual species, learn to recognize different behaviors, will assist in veterinary procedures, may assist in the care of breeding birds and their chicks, and other tasks.

These are non-paid positions.

Our lorikeet exhibit is an interactive aviary housing over 100 lorikeets. The interactive nature of the exhibit poses a unique challenge in caring for the animals. Our alcid exhibit is home to four species of diving birds that are native to the northern Pacific Ocean, and our shorebird exhibit houses several different species found in the Southern California area.

Qualifications

Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:

  • Some background experience with birds is desirable, but not required.
  • Comfortable working in an environment with a flock of birds flying in close proximity to you.
  • Must be able to lift and carry up to 50 pounds.
  • Willingness to get wet and dirty.
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to communicate effectively with staff and visitors alike.
  • Ability to work independently after sufficient training and experience.
  • Desire to fulfill our mission statement, of instilling a sense of wonder, respect, and stewardship for the Pacific Ocean, its inhabitants, and ecosystems.

Requirements:

  • Minimum time commitment of 16 hours per week over a 15 week period (or a minimum of 240 hours).
  • Must complete our general orientation session, Aquarium 101.
  • Must attend continuing education sessions when applicable.
  • Must have an interest in pursuing a career in avian husbandry.
  • Must be currently enrolled in or recently graduated from a higher education facility.

Selection:

We will be accepting applications through the month of March only. All qualified applicants will be contacted by email to schedule a phone interview with our Aviculture internship coordinator. Candidates will be selected on the basis of knowledge, abilities, experience, attitude, reliability, punctuality, and recommendations.

To apply, submit an online application from our website.

Deadline for summer session applications is March 31st.

The A/V Intern is responsible for audio and visual needs of the Aquarium. In addition to the required experience, the successful candidate will have outstanding interpersonal skills, and be able to function successfully when given independent assignments, and collaboratively in a team environment.

Commitment: 3 months 18 hours

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Videography and photography of Aquarium events and presentations
  • Editing and assemble footage from our stock library for exhibit, media, web, and education programs
  • Assist in maintaining, troubleshooting and repair of equipment throughout the facility
  • Setup and operation of live audio equipment for Aquarium events
  • Provide support for all other audio and video related needs of the Aquarium as needed

KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS

  • Beginning to intermediate level experience in non-linear video editing. Final Cut Pro experience preferred.
  • Proficient in Macintosh environments
  • Familiarity of A/V cables, connectors, and equipment
  • Operational experience of PA systems, microphones, still & video cameras, video projectors, and video playback devices
  • Excellent time management skills required
  • Must be successful at multi-tasking
  • Exercise strong collaboration in a team environment

QUALIFICATIONS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

  • Current study in film/video production or related media field

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

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

  • Ability to walk or stand for long periods of time
  • Able to lift up to 25 lbs
  • Ability to work extended shifts on occasion
  • Ability to work inside or outside, in varying weather conditions

The Aquarium of the Pacific offers several opportunities for students that are enrolled in high school or are exiting middle school. All of our programs allow students to volunteer and earn service hours, gain experience, and meet new friends.

VolunTEENS
Youth between the ages of 14 and 16 are eligible to participate in a highly structured eighty-hour program. Those who are selected after a competitive application process receive special instruction on many aspects of marine life and the Pacific Ocean; in turn, they share this information with guests at interactive stations in each gallery.

Service Learning Volunteers
High school students who are simply interested in earning service hours for school credit.

Senior Projects
We are no longer accepting requests for the 2013-2014 school year.
Seniors in high school can complete their fieldwork at the Aquarium and have the help of a mentor to complete their project required for graduation.

Adult Volunteer Programs
Eligibility for our adult volunteer programs starts at age 16. If you are interested in gaining the highest level of training and volunteer commitment, this program is for you! Visit our adult volunteer page for more information and descriptions of the positions available.

At this time we are no longer accepting applications for this position. If you are interested in volunteering at the Aquarium. Please take a look at our other volunteer opportunities to get involved.

Volunteers age 16 and older are found in nearly every corner of the Aquarium! They exhibit all forms of abilities, backgrounds, skills, genders, ethnicities, and ages; but all are committed to accomplishing the mission of the Aquarium.

Our volunteers work in Husbandry as aquarists, mammalogists, aviculturists, horticulturists, and more. They serve in Guest Services with our many events and daily operations. Volunteers are engaging and teaching our guests about the Pacific Ocean in the Education department. There are volunteer positions in Special Events, Life Support, Development, Marketing, Diving, Facilities, Media Relations–the list goes on and on.

Each department has different requirements and different needs throughout the year. Thus we are not interviewing for every department year-round.

To see a brief description of the departments that are currently in need of volunteers and the requirements for volunteering within them, please click the link below. Then return to this page to fill out an application for the position you are most interested in! Be sure to prepare your cover letter and resume to include in the application!

Current Volunteering Opportunities

Applications are currently being accepted for the volunteer positions listed below. Click on the links to complete your online application. Interviews will be conducted throughout the fall.

If you are interested in other volunteer opportunities at the Aquarium, please check back again in the future. Available positions will be posted on this page.

Thank you so much for your interest in our volunteer program!

Internships
Internships at the Aquarium of the Pacific are structured for college students and recent graduates who are interested in playing a direct role in ensuring our oceans are vital and healthy for generations to come. Our internships are typically offered in the fall, spring and summer and we accept applications year round. All applicants should be organized, self motivated, and have excellent people skills. All internship positions are on a voluntary basis only; we do not offer paid intern positions. Housing and transportation are the responsibility of the candidate.

Once accepted, new interns participate in a one-day training, Aquarium 101, plus additional departmental on-the-job training.

Applicants must:

  • Be a college student or recent graduate, Husbandry applicants must be 18 or over
  • Submit an internship application, resume, cover letter
  • Interview with Aquarium Staff*
  • Pass a background check

*Only those applicants who are selected for an interview will be notified of their application status. Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted during the month following the application deadline. (For example, if the deadline is March 31, contact will occur in April.)

Spring term:
Application Deadline: November 30
Proposed Intern period: January-April

Summer term:
Application Deadline: March 31
Proposed Intern period: May-August

Fall term:
Application Deadline: July 31
Proposed Intern period: September-December

Positions Available:

Carefully review all of the internship requirements and instructions for each position that you are applying for before you submit your application.

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Ready to jump in?

We thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer at the Aquarium of the Pacific. You are taking the first steps in an exciting journey that will not only help us, but will be a very fulfilling experience for you as well.

As part of our ongoing environmental commitment to be “GREEN,” we strongly prefer that you submit your application electronically by clicking here.

If you would like to download and print the Volunteer Application, please click here.

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Our Family Volunteers are fantastic sets of parents and children, volunteering side-by-side in our Education department. Together, they are engaging and interacting with the Aquarium’s guests, teaching them about the Pacific Ocean, its inhabitants, and ecosystems.

This program is designed for up to two children (ages nine to fifteen) to volunteer side-by-side with their parent(s) or legal guardian, once-a-week.

Children ages sixteen and older are considered individual volunteers and can apply through our Adult Volunteer program.

At this time, our program does NOT allow family members who are not legal guardians (siblings, aunts, uncles, grandparents) to join the Family Volunteer program with nieces, nephews, grandchildren, etc.

Family Volunteers have a unique opportunity to engage guests of all ages and share their enthusiasm for the Pacific Ocean. It can be very inspiring for guests seeing family members working so closely together and sharing their passion. We often have new volunteers join who say it was meeting our dedicated Family Volunteers that inspired their decision to help out.

Currently the Family Volunteer program is at capacity. Please check back again in November when we may be opening up additional opportunities for this position. Thank you so much for your interest in our volunteer program!

Dive Into Volunteering at the Aquarium of the Pacific

If you love the Pacific Ocean, if you are passionate about marine animals, if you are driven to give back to your community, why not consider becoming a volunteer at the Aquarium of the Pacific?

As a non-profit organization, the Aquarium of the Pacific relies heavily on our volunteer staff. In fact, we simply could not provide all of the programming, services, and experiences that we offer without the help of a dedicated and active volunteer staff.

Volunteering is FUN! Volunteering is EXCITING! Volunteering can be LIFE CHANGING!

The Aquarium of the Pacific’s volunteer staff is one of the most enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and friendly groups of people anywhere. To ensure this high level of quality, all volunteer applicants must complete a volunteer application, submit to a background check, pass an interview process, and complete an orientation and training program.

There are TONS of perks for our volunteers, too! Not only do you get to help the Aquarium of the Pacific fulfill its mission of instilling a sense of wonder, respect, and stewardship for the Pacific Ocean, its inhabitants, and ecosystems, but also:

    • You get to partake in our all staff parties and events
    • You will receive discounts on gift store, food, membership, and ticket purchases
    • You are awarded complimentary tickets every quarter
    • And you get to be a part of a WORLD CLASS AQUARIUM!

We have several different volunteer opportunities available:

Already a Volunteer

Testimonial

Joan and Ken Katz
We have been volunteering for many years at many places so we are experts. We really love the Aquarium, the paid staff, trainers and fellow volunteers; here everybody is in a good mood and rewards you with a great smile when you meet. Trained to give our guests the best experience possible, we can tell you fascinating facts about almost every creature on exhibit here and many others as well. A day volunteering is so much fun. They say volunteers live longer… we hope it’s true so we can keep volunteering at the Aquarium of the Pacific for a long, long time.

Joan & Ken Katz Exhibit Interpreters since May 2000

A special opportunity for high school students between the ages of 14-16 to get their hands wet and earn hours.

Our special youth program is offered three times a year. Youth between the ages of 14 and 16 are eligible to participate in a highly structured 80-hour program. Those who are selected after a competitive application process receive special instruction on many aspects of marine life and the Pacific Ocean; in turn, they share this information with guests at interactive stations in each gallery. These hours do qualify for service learning, but the student gets so much more!

Fall and spring session VolunTEENS are on-site for 8 hours each weekend for ten weekends. Our summer session for VolunTEENS is two days a week for five hours each day for eight weeks. The program includes on-going training on the Aquarium, its animals and habitats, and on development of exhibit interpretation skills.

What do VolunTEENS do?

VolunTEENS are trained to interpret to our guests about the Aquarium, its inhabitants and ecosystem. Participants will receive special instruction on many aspects of marine life and the Pacific Ocean; in turn, they share this information with guests at interactive stations in each gallery. At the end of their volunteer commitment, each student will have gained the necessary skills for interpretation, public speaking, and literary research. These skills will allow them to instill a sense of wonder, respect, and stewardship for the Pacific Ocean, its inhabitant, and ecosystems. They will have also gained the level of skill to become an exhibit interpreter in our education department. At the end of the programs duration, VolunTEENS will produce a final presentation that exhibits what they have gained from this program. VolunTEENS does not offer animal care or animal training opportunities.

Requirements:

  • Have at least a 2.5 GPA
  • Be between the ages of 14 to 16
  • Complete an application
  • Submit a typed essay on why you should be selected for this program
  • Submit two letters of recommendations
  • Participate in an interview process
  • If accepted, complete the required training

If you are interested fill out the VolunTEEN Application request form to get started.

Spring 2014 Session

  • Applications Deadline: January 31
  • Program Start Date*: March 1

Summer 2014 Session

  • Applications Deadline: April 25
  • Program Start Date*: June 23

Fall 2014 Session

  • Applications Deadline: September 26
  • Program Start Date*: November 8

*Program start dates are subject to change

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