Aquarium Public Programs Intern


Aquarium Public Programs Intern

About the Organization

Heal the Bay is an environmental nonprofit group dedicated to making California coastal waters safe and healthy for people and marine life. We achieve our mission by using science, advocacy, community outreach, and public education to create positive change in our environment.

About the Internship

Heal the Bay Aquarium’s Public Programs Department is recruiting for two enthusiastic, motivated, and responsible Public Programs Interns with an interest in pursuing a career in environmental education or advocacy, event planning, or general work with the public for the Summer 1 Session (May-August). The Public Programs Intern will work under the supervision of our Public Programs Manager 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 third week of May 2020 as well as provide their own transportation to and from the Aquarium.  

This is an excellent opportunity to learn about running a public facility, event planning, public environmental education and to gain experience working for a reputable nonprofit that has been established on the Westside for over 30 years. As Heal the Bay’s marine education facility, the Heal the Bay Aquarium strives to teach visitors about the importance of environmental stewardship and marine conservation. 

Expectations & Responsibilities

  • Assist the Public Programs staff with daily operations of public hours at the Aquarium including, but not limited to special events, theme weekends, and birthday parties. 
  • Assist with the organization and creation of materials for Public Programs exhibits and Shark Week in August. 
  • Teach public education programs and give animal presentations during public hours with Public Programs Associates. 
  • Research curriculum activities and aid in the development of marine biology and environmental education curriculum for the public. 
  • Participate in Public Programs Team debrief and professional development. 
  • Maintain a professional and enthusiastic attitude when representing Heal the Bay in public settings, meetings, events, training, and with visitors, volunteers and staff. 
  • Develop an independent project and present results at the end of the internship. 

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

  • Willingness to 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. 


  • Must be currently enrolled at college or university; recent graduates are welcome to apply. 
  • Must be currently enrolled in a degree program of Marine Science, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Communications 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. 
  • Bilingual is a plus, preferably in Spanish. 


Unpaid. School credit available at participating schools/colleges. 

Hours: approximately 8-16 hours each week.

How to Apply

Please submit cover letter and resume to Colleen Sullivan, Public Programs Manager. Please put “Public Programs Internship” in the subject line.


April 24, 2020

Heal the Bay is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for internship opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.