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Jim Hill Diversity Fellowship for Education (Guest Engagement)

Posted: February 1, 2024 Expired: February 29, 2024
Tennessee Aquarium
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Tennessee Aquarium

Jim Hill Diversity Fellowship for Education (Guest Engagement)

Tennessee Aquarium | Jim Hill Diversity Fellowship: Education - Guest Engagement

The Jim Hill Diversity Fellowship program honors the contributions of one of the Tennessee Aquarium's pioneering leaders, who advocated for diversity in all areas of the Aquarium's work.

The Jim Hill Diversity Fellowship is an 11-week, work-based learning opportunity at the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, Tennessee. It aims to help address the demographic disparities within conservation science careers by providing experience and equitable access to populations that have been historically underrepresented in these fields. This experience will help guide and empower conservation-minded students to develop solutions to complex conservation challenges in our communities and gain valuable hands-on work experience.

The Tennessee Aquarium's history of providing students the opportunity to work and study alongside its staff has shown that such professional experience reveals new career options for students from all walks of life. Selected Fellows will be paid a $14.00 hourly wage along with campus housing and parking. The Fellowship period is May 13 to July 26, 2024, and fellows must be available for the full 11 weeks.

Jim Hill Education Fellows will work closely with the Aquarium's award-winning team of professional educators. Education Fellows should have a passion for engaging people in learning about science, animals, conservation, and the environment. Fellows will primarily focus on helping to facilitate interpretive experiences for Aquarium guests through exhibit interpretation, cart programming, facilitating activities for conservation awareness days, and assisting in tours. Each fellow will have an opportunity to work with people of all ages, reflect on how to engage different audiences through public learning experiences and learn how to evaluate these experiences within the Aquarium. Fellows will also have an opportunity to do a special project and present this project to Aquarium staff and relevant parties.

Key Responsibilities:
•Able to work indoors and outdoors in heat and humidity to take part in guest engagement programs for several weeks during the summer.
•Creatively engage guests of all ages in science, the environment, and conservation using a positive, professional, and inviting manner.
•Willing to interact with and learn about education animals, including reptiles, amphibians, insects, and others, and how to present conservation messages about them.
•Interest in learning more about surveys and other ways of evaluating programs and carrying out those evaluation methods.

Key Requirements:
•Currently enrolled, college student with a science or education major
•Able to commit to the full internship of 11 weeks (May 13-July 26)
•Show a high interest in science, education, and conservation.
•Able to lift and carry 50 pounds on occasion.
•Responsible for own transportation from campus housing to the work location

Seasonal, hourly; 36-40 hours/week from May 13 through July 26 (must be available for all 11 weeks); weekend and holiday work may be required; Fellowship includes University of Tennessee at Chattanooga campus housing & campus parking; paid parking near the Aquarium during work hours.

All submissions must be received by Friday, March 15, 2024, at 5:00 PM (EST).


The Tennessee Aquarium is an equal opportunity employer committed to promoting an inclusive environment

that values and supports diversity and equality among staff, volunteers and all of its audiences.

For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.



Experience Required



14.00 / hour

How to Apply

For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.

Tennessee Aquarium
Chattanooga, TN

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