The Pennington Marine Science Center strives to educate, inspire, and help students of all ages build a foundation of conservation, stewardship, and understanding of the marine life by exposing them to the underwater habitat of Catalina.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Fall Internship Details and Availability

Fall Internship at the Pennington Marine Science Center

Title: Aquarist Intern

Company/Organization: Pennington Marine Science Center
                                                       Western Los Angeles County Council- Boy Scouts of America

Location: Camp Emerald Bay
                       Catalina Island, CA

Duration: September-November (please contact Marine Science Director for dates)

Pay Rate: Room and board provided for duration of the internship in camp style housing and dining facilities. Small travel stipend may be available. 

Description: During the fall, the Aquarist Intern assists the Marine Science Director in giving  instructional tours to guests at camp, aquarium maintenance and operations, collection of aquarium specimens, development of current and future educational programs, and all aspects of maintaining a healthy, diverse aquarium. The intern will be an integral member of the marine center staff as well as the camp staff at large. We are responsible for providing an inviting, engaging, and fun atmosphere for those who visit the marine center. 

Emerald Bay is located on the West End of Catalina Island. A far cry from the bustling tourist destination of Avalon, the West End offers staff unparalleled opportunities for diving, hiking, trail running, swimming, snorkeling, mountain biking, kayaking, camping, and many more activities that are just a plus of working on this end of the island. The nearest town is Two Harbors, with about 20 year round residents, and is a 30-minute car ride on dirt roads. Because of our isolated location applicants must consider this since it's very difficult to "run into town" for anything and while there is one general store, the emphasis must be placed on "general". Creature comforts are hard to come by, but the island's spectacular beauty and atmosphere more than make up for any lack of modern conveniences. 

Requirements: A successful applicant will possess the following:
-SCUBA certification. Must own mask, fins, and booties. All other gear is provided. 
-Strong writing skills and organization
-Basic mechanical aptitude
-Willingness to work with your hands
-Interest in marine aquaria, marine conservation, and the teaching of marine   science
-Ability to work with a variety of people in close quarters for long hours
-A sense of adventure

Contact: Esther Eder,
    Marine Science Director
                    1-310-510-1795 ext 36

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