Aquarium Education Intern – Spring 2020

Heal the Bay Aquarium’s Education Department is recruiting for two enthusiastic, motivated, dedicated, and responsible Education Interns with an interest in working with children and in pursuing education as a career for the Spring 2 Session (February – May). The Education Intern will work under the supervision of our Education Coordinator and will work at the Heal the Bay Aquarium in Santa Monica for approximately 8-16 hours each week. The intern is expected to start the first week of February 2020 as well as provide their own transportation to and from the office. This is an unpaid internship, but please contact your college or university about qualifying for college credit or scholarship opportunities. 

This is an excellent opportunity to learn about marine science, environmental education based on Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and to gain experience working for a reputable non-profit that has been established on the Westside for over 30 years. Heal the Bay Aquarium offers school groups, families and visitors a unique view into the ocean world right outside its doors. The Aquarium is home to hundreds of organisms, native to the Santa Monica Bay. As Heal the Bay’s marine education facility, the aquarium strives to teach visitors about the importance of environmental stewardship and marine conservation. 

There are required physical expectations that an individual must possess in order to successfully perform essential internship responsibilities, including: 

  • Ability to walk on the beach and sand. 
  • Willingness to be in water and occasionally get wet.  
  • Willingness to interact and touch marine animals. 
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 50lbs. 
  • Ability to push and pull up to 50lbs. 
  • Ability to spend 2-4 hours outside and willingness to do so under harsh weather conditions, if necessary.

Primary Responsibilities: 

  • Assist the Education Department staff with daily operations of the school programs including, set-up, takedown, and overall field trip support. 
  • Assist with Spring Camp operations and supervision (only applicable during April 6-10). 
  • Assist with organization of materials for school programs. 
  • Learn and shadow activities for Aquarium Science Field Trips with the Education Coordinators. 
  • Teach activities for Aquarium Science Field Trips with the Education Coordinators. 
  • Research curriculum activities, and aid in the development of marine biology and environmental education curriculum. 
  • Attend to the supervision and safety of students, teachers, chaperones, and volunteers.  
  • Participate in Education Team debrief and professional development. 
  • Maintain a professional and enthusiastic attitude when representing Heal the Bay in public settings, meetings, events, and trainings and with children, parents, volunteers and staff. 
  • Develop an independent project and present results at the end of the internship. 


  • Recently graduated or currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at a college or university. 
  • In a degree program of Marine Science, Earth Science, Environmental Science, or a related field. 
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt to changing environments 
  • Exemplary verbal and written communication skills. 
  • Well organized and careful attention to detail. 
  • Ability to work well both independently and as a team.  
  • Ability to pass a Live Scan background check. 
  • Experience working with children preferred.  
  • Bilingual is a plus, especially in Spanish. 

Compensation: Unpaid. School credit available at participating schools/colleges.

How to Apply: Applicants must send a resume and cover letter to Robert Ramos, Education Coordinator, by January 24, 2020 for application to be considered.  

Heal the Bay is an equal opportunity employer and actively recruits to promote diversity in our workforce. Candidates of color are strongly encouraged to apply.