The Virginia Aquarium's Education Division is now accepting Marsh Ambassador Intern applications for summer 2019. There are two unpaid volunteer positions available. The application deadline is March 31, 2019. Notification of acceptance will occur no later than April 22, 2019. The internship duration is between June 2019 and August 2019. Please note that all internships are non-compensatory and intern housing is not provided by the Virginia Aquarium. Interns are fully responsible for fulfilling all requirements of their home institutions to receive academic credit.
As a member of the Gallery Education team, Marsh Ambassador Interns interpret the Marsh Loop and Nature Trail to guests, conduct programs outside along the saltmarsh, assist with customer service needs and interact with guests in a positive and engaging manner.
- Assist education staff in a team environment to develop and present informal education programs in outdoor education areas.
- Provide information on saltmarsh habitats and oyster reefs to guests of all ages.
- Supervise and mentor volunteers between the ages of 13 and 18.
- Provide guests and volunteers with unique experiences that cultivate an appreciation for the natural world.
- Assist guests with customer service needs
- Complete other projects and tasks as assigned by Aquarium Education Staff.
- Must be at least 18 years old
- Must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program, or have recently graduated (within last 12 months).
- Must be comfortable working independently in an outdoor, hot and humid environment.
- Must have the ability to lift 50 pounds and be comfortable standing for long periods of time.
- Must have a knowledge of saltmarsh environments and inhabitants.
- Must be comfortable getting wet and muddy.
- Must be self-motivated, articulate, mature, reliable, and responsible. Should work well independently, as well as with a team.
- Must have the ability to maintain a high energy level in varying conditions.
- Must have good communication skills and comfortable with public speaking. The ability to speak with large groups is required.
- Must enjoy working with visitors of all ages.
- CPR/First Aid certification preferred but not required.
With the help of supervisor/mentor, intern will complete a final project based on his or her specific knowledge and area of interest.
Intern must have knowledge of salt marsh and pond ecosystems and animals.
INTERN LEARNING OBJECTIVES
The student will:
- Gain an array of new skills and experiences in informal education.
- Develop mentoring skills by working with younger volunteers.
- Broaden scientific knowledge of saltmarsh environments.
- Learn educational techniques to engage audiences of all ages.
- Expand communication and customer service skills.
- Learn to apply knowledge, skills and experience to a work environment.
Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday; 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
MINIMUM COMMITMENT REQUIRED
A minimum of 150 hours is required.
Virginia Aquarium's Gallery Program Specialist and Gallery Educators
Virginia Aquarium's Main Building and outside on the marsh Loop
If applying via email, please send application to firstname.lastname@example.org. A complete Marsh Ambassador Intern application packet must include the following components. Incomplete application packets will not be considered.
Forward your completed application packet to:
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
717 General Booth Boulevard
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451
Attn: Volunteer Resources - Intern Applicant
OR email complete application packet to email@example.com. Please put "Marsh Ambassador Intern Application Packet" in the subject line.