Summer Camp Intern


Summer Camp 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 Education Department is recruiting five enthusiastic, dedicated, and responsible Summer Camp Counselor Interns with an interest in working with children and in pursuing education as a career for the Summer Session (June-August). The Summer Camp Counselor Intern will work under the supervision of Robert Ramos, Education Coordinator, and will work at the Heal the Bay Aquarium in Santa Monica for approximately 30-35 hours each week, for 8 weeks. The intern is expected to start the third week of June 2020 as well as provide their own transportation to and from the Aquarium.  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. Interns will also have opportunities for professional development throughout this program. 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.

Expectations & Responsibilities

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 the 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:

  • Learn, shadow, and teach activities for Aquarium Science Camp with the Education Manager and Education Coordinators.
  • Assist with organization and set up of aquarium and materials for camp programs.
  • Lead a smaller group of up to 6 campers (a “pod”) for each camp session.
  • Attend to the supervision and safety of campers.
  • Maintain a professional and enthusiastic attitude when representing Heal the Bay in public settings, meetings, events, and training, and with children, parents, volunteers, and staff.
  • Attending training sessions is required.
  • Participate in Education Team debrief and professional development.


  • All Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Experience working with children.
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt to changing environments.
  • Well organized and careful attention to detail.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Self-starter, with the ability to work independently, as well as with a team.
  • Ability to pass a Live Scan background check.
  • Bilingual is a plus, especially in Spanish.
  • First aid and CPR certified is a plus.


Unpaid. School credit available at participation schools/colleges. Approximately 30-35 hours each week, for 8 weeks

How to Apply

Please submit cover letter and resume to Robert Ramos, Education Coordinator. Please put “Summer Camp Intern” in the subject line.


May 15, 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.