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South Carolina Aquarium

South Carolina Aquarium

Education Interpreter I (seasonal)


Join a team of passionate individuals at Charleston's No. 1 family attraction! Every South Carolina Aquarium employee plays a crucial part in helping us care for sick and injured sea turtles, provide education programming for students, continue critical conservation work and create an exceptional visitor experience.

Inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility are core values of our institution, and we are committed to fostering a workplace filled with active participation from diverse voices throughout all departments and leadership roles. We look forward to applications from all who qualify, and we encourage people of color, LGBTQIA+ individuals, veterans and those with disabilities to apply.

The South Carolina Aquarium is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). All staff and volunteers must demonstrate proof of full COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment or service.

Job Summary:

Length of Assignment: April 1 through September 5, 2023

This position is designed to be an ambassador for the Aquarium through a variety of on-site and off-site educational programs. Duties include participating in offsite outreaches, member programs, supporting daily education and interpretive programs and engaging with guests.

Essential Functions:

  • Adhere to the South Carolina Aquarium Policies
  • Provide an exceptional visitor experience for all guests
  • Engage guests through daily shows, guided tours, and gallery interpretation
  • Participate in outreach programs
  • Assist in member and community programs
  • SCA 1st Responder
  • Other duties as required

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Outstanding interpretive skills
  • Ability to work with audiences of all ages
  • Must be able to give interpretive talks to groups of 10-200 people
  • Skills needed to combine creativity, enthusiasm, and exemplary teaching methods to engage visitors in science related activities
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Must be a team player and self-motivated
  • Ability to maintain a sense of humor
  • Must be able to handle live animals
  • Professional image required
  • Must have a working knowledge of Aquarium exhibits and animals
  • Ability to work weekends and evenings

Licenses and Certifications Required:

  • Valid Driver's License
  • First Aid, CPR, and AED - Required to either possess or obtain prior to start date

Supervision of others:

  • N/A

Physical Requirements:

Often standing, carrying up to 50 lb and driving, sitting; average walking, bending, stooping, crouching, climbing ladders, kneeling, balancing, pushing and pulling, crawling, computer and phone tasks.

Working Conditions:

Normal office environment, public contact, rotating shifts, weekends and required to wear a radio; outdoor work required.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not construed to be an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by the personnel classified.

The South Carolina Aquarium is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

Experience Required

Prefer some experience in a related field with demonstrated teamwork and interpretive skills


Reciprocity Pass Program, Amazing Culture!


14.00/ Hourly

How to Apply

Passionate and Qualified candidates should apply here:

South Carolina Aquarium
100 Aquarium Wharf
Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: 8435798549
Fax: South Carolina Aquarium

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