Summer Camp Internship

About the Organization

The 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. 

Internship Overview

Heal the Bay Aquarium is looking for enthusiastic, motivated, dedicated, and responsible interns who love to work with children, and are interested in pursuing education as a career. If you love to spend time on the beach, work with animals, and are seeking experience in child science education, this is the opportunity for you! This internship is also an excellent opportunity to learn more about marine science and environmental education, and to gain experience working for an environmental nonprofit.  

Summer Camp Interns will have exposure to the process of organizing, planning, and teaching the Aquarium Science Camp programs. They will assist staff with hands-on activities, classroom management, and beach exploration. In so doing, they will be helping children gain a greater awareness of the importance of keeping the ocean clean, safe, and healthy for animals and people. Interns will also receive professional development in student-centered pedagogy, outdoor environmental teaching, and become familiar with NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards). 

Intern Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Assist the Education Coordinators and other staff members with daily operations of Aquarium Science Camp 
  • Help organize materials for the camp programs 
  • Learn and teach activities for lesson topics with the Education Coordinators 
  • Attend to the supervision and safety of campers 
  • Maintain a professional and positive manner with children, parents, volunteers, and staff  
  • Perform appropriate duties as assigned by management 

Our Camp Interns must:

  • Be excited to work with kids  
  • Be able to share their passion for the ocean  
  • Love to spend time outside on the beach 
  • Be at least 18 years old 
  • Be organized and have careful attention to detail 
  • Be able to work independently and with a team 
  • Be able to pass a federal Live Scan background check 

Working on the beach can be challenging. There are required physical expectations that an intern must possess including:

  • Ability to walk in the sand  
  • Openness to occasionally getting wet   
  • Willingness to interact and touch marine animals 
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 30lbs  
  • Ability to push and pull up to 30lbs  
  • Ability to spend 2+ hours outside in different types of weather 

While you are with us, you will gain: 

  • Classroom management skills 
  • Public speaking experience 
  • Interpretation skills and techniques  
  • Outdoor education techniques 
  • Environmental education content knowledge 
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) knowledge 
  • Hands-on science activity practice 
  • Letter of recommendation  
  • Professional skills and industry knowledge/experience 

This is a paid ($15/hour) internship that requires a time commitment of about 30 hours per week. The internship start date is June 20, 2022 and the end date is August 9, 2022.  

Please email a resume and cover letter to: 

Robert Ramos, Senior Education Coordinator 

ATTN: Summer Camp Intern Application 

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 without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status and we strongly encourage applications from individuals that reflect the diversity of Los Angeles County. 

Heal the Bay complies with AB 1008, the Fair Chance Act, during the onboarding process. Once a conditional internship offer has been made the candidate will be asked to complete a Live Scan criminal background check. A thorough assessment of conviction history will be considered including: the nature and gravity of the criminal history, the time that has passed since the conviction, and the nature of the job the candidate is seeking. 

Heal the Bay requires all interns to obtain and maintain up-to-date COVID-19 vaccinations. Heal the Bay believes this is an important measure to protect the health and safety of employees, volunteers, family members and those who visit the workplace from COVID-19 infection. Interns must show proof of vaccination (vaccination card or website).