[MARMAM] Alaska SeaLife Center Winter fellowship opportunities

Volunteer Coordinator volunteercoordinator at alaskasealife.org
Tue Oct 3 15:40:23 PDT 2017


The Alaska SeaLife Center is now recruiting for Winter Fellowship
positions!

*Fellowship positions include: **Aquarium, Avian, Vet Lab, Research and
Outreach, Marketing and Communications, Development, and
Education/Interpretation.*

*Aquarium Husbandry*

*Position requirements: 30 hours per week in husbandry/10 hours per week
supporting front of house operation of ticketing and interpretation*

The Aquarium Husbandry Fellowship participant will be introduced to basic
animal care and husbandry techniques by assisting aquarium staff in daily
care and maintenance of the Center’s fish and invertebrate collection, and
life support systems. Our goal is to build on the individual’s current
education and background with new practical knowledge and skills which may
prove useful in a career in aquatic animal care. Under guidance of Aquarium
staff, the Fellow will be trained in and expected to perform the following
duties:



· Care for Alaska fishes, invertebrates and algae in exhibit settings and
holding tanks.

· Recognize animal diet needs and assist with daily diet preparations and
feeding marine organisms.

· Assist Aquarium staff with routine cleaning of exhibits and visitor
areas, food prep room, and service areas.

· Assist Aquarium staff in development and installation of new aquatic
displays.

· Monitor water system conditions using standard water quality measuring
instruments and techniques.

· Assist the Aquarium staff with specimen collections in the field and
assist with field monitoring for invasive species.

· Learn to recognize Alaska marine algae and animal species and their
natural history. Deliver such information to visitors in our galleries and
behind the scenes. Also, train for and deliver short animal care and animal
encounter programs to small groups.

· Maintain current and accurate records on animal health and behavior.

· Assist at the ticketing counter or with Interpretation as assigned





*Avian Husbandry*

*Position requirements: 30 hours per week in husbandry/10 hours per week
supporting front of house operation of ticketing and interpretation.*

Avian Fellow will be tasked with basic seabird care and husbandry
techniques. Fellow will assist in the daily care and maintenance of the
Center’s Alaskan seabird collection and exhibit. This position also
participates in daily educational talks and/or tours. Under guidance of
Avian staff, the Fellow will be trained and expected to perform the
following duties:

· Perform daily animal diet preparations and routine cleaning of seabird
exhibits and work areas.

· Record daily observations and note the health and condition of the
exhibit birds.

· Work in an outdoor exhibit with moderate to strenuous physical activity,
lifting up to 50lbs.

· Lead daily Keeper chats and tours.

· Maintain computer records and data.

· Assist in habitat maintenance and breeding season preparations.

· Assist the avian staff in current research projects and data collection.

· Assist in avian training program

· Assist at the ticketing counter or with Interpretation as assigned



*Veterinary Laboratory Fellow*

*Position requirements: 30 hours per week in husbandry/10 hours per week
supporting front of house operation of ticketing and interpretation.*

Fellow will learn about the diagnostics and instruments commonly used in a
veterinary laboratory specializing in Alaskan marine mammals, birds and
fish. Fellow will be exposed to the methods used to maintain a clean and
efficient laboratory. Skills and procedures learned will include: blood
analysis, urine and fecal analysis, fecal coliform water quality analysis,
sample collection during animal exams or necropsy, and maintaining
veterinary records and sample inventory. Under guidance of Laboratory
staff, the Fellow will be trained and expected to perform the following
duties:

   - Assist with set up and processing routine blood samples. Work with
   laboratory technicians to perform plasma/serum separations, prepare blood
   slides, and assist with performing serum chemistries and cell counts using
   an automated analyzer.
   - Assist with maintaining laboratory and veterinary clinic cleanliness
   and routine maintenance of equipment.
   - Assist with weekly water quality testing.
   - Assist with maintaining sample inventory
   - Assist with shipping samples to outside researchers
   - Assist with maintaining medical and laboratory records and logs.
   - Assist with organizing and inventorying consumable supplies for the
   laboratories.
   - Assist with other duties relating to the Center’s goals and mission
   statement as required.

Applicants should be agile with a good sense of balance in order to
maneuver around the exhibits and holding areas. Applicants must be
comfortable working with database computer programs and sensitive
equipment. Must be willing to work with frozen samples and in walk-in
freezers and able to lift 50 pounds. Job duties will vary from day to
day. *Although
tasks will be in direct support of animal welfare, there is very little
direct contact with animals in this position.*



*Research and Outreach Fellow*

The successful candidate will join the Horning Lab
<http://www.alaskasealife.org/meet_our_scientists/77> in the Science
Department. This research group currently focuses on topics including
Steller sea lion reproduction and survival, movement ecology, and telemetry
tag development. This spring, the lab will also be starting a new
collaborative project
<http://www.alaskasealife.org/science_blog_post_detail/29> aimed at
understanding the elusive and enigmatic Pacific Sleeper Shark.

Fellow(s) for this project will work with the research team to develop
outreach and communication materials for various research programs.
Primarily, we are interested in developing a story map
<https://storymaps.arcgis.com/en/> (a combination of GIS data, narrative
text, images, and multimedia to convey a story) and a new project website.
These products will be used to communicate the importance of our research,
and to engage and inspire the public. *The focus of the fellows’ time on
either the story map or the website project will depend on their own
interests and skills.*

During their fellowship, applicants will learn about various telemetry
devices used to study the survival of animals at sea, animal movement, and
behaviour and have the opportunity to network with shark and marine mammal
biologists. She/he will gain experience using various web and software
platforms to enhance effective science communication. The fellow(s) will
develop creativity, organization, communication, and data management skills.

Under guidance, fellow(s) will be expected to:

   - Utilize large spatial datasets, images, media, and videos to develop
   online scientific communication materials
   - Develop narrative text that highlights research, analyses, and
   conservation messaging.
   - Incorporate information from internal and external sources
   - Work independently, but as part of the broader research team
   - At the conclusion of the fellowship, present findings to ASLC community
   - Commit to 40hrs a week/ minimum of 12 weeks
   - Assist with other duties relating to the Center’s goals and mission
   statement as required

*Position requirement*

*Education:* Minimum of B.Sc in Biological sciences (or other related
field: Marine Biology, Zoology, Fisheries, Conservation Science, etc.),
Education/Communication, or Graphic Design. Position is open to graduate
students and/or recent Masters’ degree graduates.



*Skills:* Successful candidates will be team players and effective
communicators. Due to the variety of products the fellow(s) may work on—we
are looking for candidates with any combination of: (1) experience with
geographic information systems (ESRI ArcGIS) and ability to work with
mapping programs. (2) A background in science communication (blogging,
story maps, teaching, etc.), (3) experience with operating WordPress blogs
and websites.

Applicants *do not* need to have all of these skills to be successful, but
should note how they want to develop specific skills during their training
at the ASLC.



*Marketing & Communications*

The successful candidate will spend 30 hours per week in Marketing &
Communications to learn and gain practical hands on experience. The
remaining 10 hours will be spent assisting in front of house operations
either at the ticketing counter or with our Interpretation Department.

Be part of an amazing, close-knit team of marketing and communications
professionals.

Gain hands on experience in marketing/communications and fundraising
strategies. Working directly with the department director and staff, the
Fellow will be trained and expected to perform the following types of
duties:

   - Assist the department in writing and production of publications, media
   outreach, social media, collateral, tour sales, specific sales campaigns,
   collateral distribution, and website content.
   - Assist in all facets of planning and execution of fundraising events,
   including planning, marketing, and day-of participation such as volunteer
   coordination, event set-up/take down, guest interface.
   - Assist in gathering stories, photos and other materials for
   member/donor recognition and use in ASLC publications.
   - Perform administrative tasks such as putting together marketing
   materials and/pr membership packets.
   - The Fellow will also assist sales and guest services functions,
   including ticketing, special events/facility rentals, and support with
   community interface.

*·         **The successful candidate will spend 30 hours per week in the
Education Department to learn and gain practical hands-on experience. The
remaining 10 hours will be spent assisting in front of house operations
either at the ticketing counter or with our Interpretation Department.*



*Education/Interpretation Fellow*

·         The goal of the Interpretation Department is to help our guests
make a meaningful connection to the research and resources at the Alaska
SeaLife Center, realizing the Center’s mission. Fellows will 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. Responsibilities in the Interpretation department change
daily depending on staff present and activities taking place that day.

·         The fellow will interpret live exhibits to the visiting public
and teach interactive marine science programs to groups, Nocturne “night at
the aquarium” experiences, interact with teachers and chaperones to
organize food schedules for youth groups, and monitor groups during their
self-guided tours. The fellow will work a flexible schedule to accommodate
variable hours, including early mornings, evenings and weekends as needed.
The fellow will also assist the education team on projects that may include
virtual field trip elements, inventory and supply maintenance of education.
Under the guidance of Education and Interpretation staff, the fellow will
learn and demonstrate the ability to:

·         · Interpret exhibits housing live marine mammals, birds, fish and
invertebrates.

·         · Present briefings, lectures, presentations, multi-media shows,
structured and impromptu talks, and guided tours by learning to employ
appropriate interpretive techniques and devices geared to the
characteristics and interest of particular audiences.

·         · Present one-hour lessons to classes and other visiting groups.

·         · Assist with logistical support for workshops and conferences.

·         · Make presentations using the Alaska SeaLife Center’s Education
Department’s virtual field trips, presentations, and exhibits and assist
with multimedia elements.

·         · Assist at the ticketing counter or Interpretation as assigned



*Development Fellow*

*Position requirements: 30 hours per week in development and 10 hours per
week supporting front of house operation of ticketing and interpretation*

The Development Fellow will learn about best practices for nonprofit
fundraising and building/maintaining donor relationships.  Fundraising
activities will include helping grow the ASLC memberships, identifying
target prospects for grant proposals, planning and execution of various
events, maintaining the donor data base, and helping with strategies to
retain donors.  Under guidance of development staff, the Fellow will be
trained in and expected to perform the following duties:

   - Work with the Development Manager and Coordinator to achieve the
   Center’s goals with respect to fundraising and cultivation opportunities.


   - Assist the Development Manager and Coordinator in maintaining the
   Center’s donor database, Altu; to include donations, prospective donors and
   members.


   - Assist in the planning of fundraising events, which may include
   securing event sponsorships/donation requests.


   - Assist, as needed, with our main fundraising event, the Alaska Marine
   Gala.  The fellow will become an important member of this planning team.


   - Assist with correspondence between the ASLC and donors and/or
   prospective donors


   - Assist in identifying new grant proposal prospect organizations or
   foundations.  When possible participate in proposal development.


   - Other duties as assigned by the development department.

   - Assist at the Ticketing Counter or with the Interpretation Department
   as assigned.



APPLY AT www.alaskasealife.org
DEADLINE TO SUBMIT APPLICATIONS IS 10/31/17


*Thank you, *


*Anna Pullins**Human Resources Specialist II/Volunteer Coordinator*
Alaska SeaLife Center
P.O. Box 1329 • 301 Railway Ave • Seward, AK 99664
Direct: (907)  <%28907%29%20224-6307>224-6229 <%28907%29%20224-6371>
Fax: (907) 224-6371
www.alaskasealife.org


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