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Summer Diver Program Assistant - Fishes, Aquatic Reptiles and Aquatic Invertebrates

Organization: Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center (AZA Member)
Location: Virginia Beach, VA, United States
Job or Internship: Internship

Duties: Assist in the coordination of the daily dive program in Fishes, Aquatic Reptiles, and Aquatic Invertebrate section of the Exhibits Department. Responsibilities include but are not limited to, assisting in maintenance of Aquarium SCUBA equipment, filling SCUBA tanks, monitoring volunteer divers during programs, participating in daily dive programs as needed, assisting in other in-water dive duties as needed and additional duties as assigned.

Qualifications: Current student or candidate with previous college level course work in biology, marine science, education (informal science education), or related field. Applicant should have a strong career interest in fish-invertebrate husbandry, marine science, public aquarium management, SCUBA diving technology, etc. Field and laboratory research experiences a plus. SCUBA certification open water level with at least 10 open water dives (non-certification dives) logged required.

Requirements: Intern must supply own SCUBA mask, maintain a daily journal and attend regular meetings with the Curator. At the conclusion the intern is required to research, develop and deliver a PowerPoint presentation on a topic related to his or her experience. A minimum of 4 days a week; 8 hours/day is required. This may include weekends and holidays. Priority will be given to applicants that can complete their internship between May 15 and September 10; for a minimum of 10 weeks.

To apply, forward your application to Shawn Reid Volunteer Resources Office Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center 717 General Booth Boulevard Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451. Include a cover letter detailing your expectations and how you plan to use your experience to assist your career and/or academic goals; a resume and an official copy of your college/university transcript and two letters of recommendation. One of the letters must be from your academic advisor detailing the school’s internship requirements. Perspective candidates will be contacted by phone or email to schedule an interview with the coordinating staff member.

Telephone: 757.385.0274 - Fax: 757.437.6055