[MARMAM] Marine Education Internship

Lea Paddock lpaddock at meriresearch.org
Wed Jan 24 08:40:50 PST 2007

MERI Announces Marine Education Internships – Summer 2007

The Marine Environmental Research Institute (MERI), located in Blue Hill,
Maine, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to scientific research and
education on the impacts of pollution on marine life, and to protecting the
health and biodiversity of the marine environment for future generations. We
are currently recruiting to fill three Marine Education Internships for the
2007 Summer.  These are full-time positions requiring a commitment of 11
weeks (June 18th – September 1st).  Current work includes community-based
marine education programs, water quality monitoring, and field research on
the effects of pollution on marine mammals. MERI's education programs focus
on marine life along the rocky Maine coast and promoting environmental
awareness and stewardship.

Education internships are offered on a competitive basis to qualified
undergraduate level college students. MERI Education Internships offer young
adults an invaluable exposure to the ocean environment, intensive training
and mentoring in their fields, and encouragement to reach their potential as
marine educators who will become leaders for future generations.

This internship is an excellent opportunity for an individual working toward
a career in marine science education or environmental education to gain
practical experience in the field.   The ideal candidate will possess a
personal interest in the marine environment and a commitment to the mission
of the organization.

Primary Job Responsibility:

This position will involve working closely with senior Education Staff in
key components of the MERI education program, including leading boat and
island ecology trips for children and adults, planning and implementing
educational science materials for adult and child community programs, and
assisting with the day-to-day operation of the MERI Center for Marine

Job Description: 

*	Assist with the implementation of educational programming, including
educational Boat Cruises, MERI's Summer Day Camp, Ocean Story Hour, Ocean
Video Night, and Ocean Aquarium Room programs 
*	Interpret exhibits in the Ocean Aquarium Room to visiting groups and
the general public
*	Assist with day-to-day operation of the MERI Center for Marine
Studies, including staffing the reception desk and the Ocean Room, and
attending some weekend and evening programs and special events 
*	Help maintain Ocean Room aquaria and touch tank, including
collection of species for exhibit in the tanks 
*	Work with Education Department staff and volunteers to reorganize
and catalogue the Sea Lending Library 
*	Compile background information, assist with production of Fact
Sheets, Teaching Kits and informational materials as assigned and for an
individual project subject area 
*	Articulate and promote the MERI mission to the public 
*	Stocking and maintaining educational program materials 
*	Setting up and cleaning areas required for educational programs
*	Perform other duties relating to the organization's goals and
mission as required 

Reports to: Education Program Coordinator and Education Director 


Applicants should be working towards or possess a BA or BS degree
(Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors are encouraged to apply) in environmental
education, marine sciences, biology, environmental sciences or a similar
major.  Applicants should demonstrate enthusiasm for teaching
science-related topics and preferably have experience teaching science to
groups of students, ages 2-18.  Applicants should be able to work well
independently and as part of a team.  Good public speaking and writing
skills are required.   Applicants must be flexible, able to adapt to a
changing work environment, and at times, be available to work evenings,
weekends, and holidays. 

Knowledge of computer software including Microsoft Word, Power Point, Excel
required.  Must possess a valid drivers license, a good driving record, and
ability to drive or learn to drive a manual transmission.   Knowledge of
First Aid, CPR, and water safety is a plus. 

Time Requirements: June 18 - September 2 (11 weeks); Full-time (min. 40

Housing in Blue Hill and a stipend are available.  A common house is used,
where interns live together and are responsible for cooking and cleaning
duties.  Rooms may be shared with one other person.  Interns are responsible
for all travel expenses and food.   

Until filled

To Apply:
If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit by email
a letter of interest with your updated résumé and contact information for 3
references to: 

MERI Search Committee/Summer 2007 Education Internship
 <mailto:education at meriresearch.org> education at meriresearch.org  

Marine Environmental Research Institute (MERI)
PO Box 1652, 55 Main Street
Blue Hill, ME 04616
Tel: (207) 374-2135 Fax: (207) 374-2931
Website:  <http://www.meriresearch.org> www.meriresearch.org

MERI is an Equal Opportunity Employer




Lea Paddock

Education Coordinator

Marine Environmental Research Institute

55 Main Street 

PO Box 1652

Blue Hill, ME 04614

Tel: 207-374-2135

Fax: 207-374-2931

lpaddock at meriresearch.org


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