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Interpretation / Avian Husbandry Summer Internship

Posted: January 22, 2024 Expired: February 19, 2024
Alaska SeaLife Center

Alaska SeaLife Center

The Alaska SeaLife Center generates and shares scientific knowledge to promote understanding and stewardship of Alaska's marine ecosystems.

Interpretation / Avian Husbandry Summer Internship


 The intern will split time between the interpretation team delivering informal front of house education for 20 hours a week and with the avian staff for 20 hours a week. Interns assist the avian department and acquire the first-hand knowledge needed to interpret these exhibits. The nature of this Internship gives you far more knowledge about avian husbandry and the life history of the ASLC bird species than other interpreters, the goal is to learn and share with others. The intern is required to work a flexible schedule to accommodate variable hours, including early mornings, evenings and weekends as needed. Under the guidance of Avian and Interpretation staff, the intern will be trained and expected to perform the essential duties.


Education / Experience:

Previous customer service job preferred.


Essential Duties:

  • Interpret all of the Alaska SeaLife Center’s static and live animal exhibits housing marine mammals, birds, fish, and invertebrates. Help maintain the physical appearance of manned exhibits and deliver announcements over the public address system.
  • Present briefings, lectures, presentations, multi-media shows, structured and impromptu talks, and guided tours on all of the Alaska SeaLife Center’s static and live animal exhibits by learning to employ appropriate interpretive techniques and devices geared to the characteristics and interest of particular audiences.
  • Perform general husbandry tasks such as habitat cleaning, food preparation, and care of multiple species of seabirds and waterfowl.
  • Record daily observations and note the health and condition of the resident birds – noting changes in behavior and appearance throughout the breeding season.
  • Assist in habitat maintenance and breeding season preparations.
  • Interacting daily with interpretation, husbandry and research personnel.
  • Performs other duties relating to the Center’s goals and mission statement as required.


Other Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to speak effectively and to be comfortable meeting new people when interfacing with existing and potential new donors.  Ability to work independently with excellent organizational and time management skills.  Proficient computer skills including basic Microsoft applications specifically Excel are preferred.


Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to see and hear; use arms and hands; handle objects, tools, and controls; and sit.  Ability to lift and move 50 pounds. Ability to swim.


Application Deadline:  Open Until Filled

Internship Dates: May 2024 - August 2024

Unpaid Internship: Housing Available 

A background check will be conducted on all potential candidates.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and letter of recommendation. 

Accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums


Unpaid Internship : Housing Provided

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and letter of recommendation to:

Alaska SeaLife Center
Seward, AK 99664
Phone: 9072246327


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