The success of the Seacoast Science Center lies in the dedication and passion of its employees, interns, and volunteers. Through their efforts, the Center has become the leader in informal marine environmental science education in the region.
Current Employment Opportunities
The Seacoast Science Center is committed to creating a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. 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.
Director of Major Gifts
The Seacoast Science Center seeks a skilled major gift fundraiser to join its team. The Director of Major Gifts primary responsibility will be achieving the Seacoast Science Center’s major gift fundraising and planned giving program objectives. Reporting to the Vice President, and working in collaboration with the President and the fundraising team, the Director of Major Gifts will be responsible for identifying, cultivating, and soliciting prospective major gifts donors and planned giving donors. This involves prospect research, the development of effective solicitation strategies, and stewarding donors throughout the major giving process. The Director of Major Gifts will develop and maintain donor portfolios while helping to create and sustain a community of donors in the Center’s Annual Giving Society. This individual will work with board members and senior staff to coordinate and execute long-term fundraising initiatives.
The ideal candidate will have an undergraduate degree and at least five years of major gift/planned giving experience and preferably be familiar with marine science, education or museum related nonprofits. Highly qualified candidates will be comfortable with current nonprofit fundraising best practices and have firsthand experience with donor management applications and wealth screening software. This is a full-time, benefits-eligible position. Some travel and evening hours will be required.
Application review will begin March 1, 2018 and the position will remain open until filled.
To apply: please send resume, cover letter, writing sample, references, and salary requirements to [email protected].
Seasonal Naturalists lead interpretive ecology programs for school children (grades pre-K through 12) and groups, both onsite and offsite. Applications are accepted throughout the year. Hours are flexible and on an “as needed” basis. Applicants should possess general knowledge of the Gulf of Maine ecosystem, excellent verbal communication skills, and great enthusiasm for the marine environment. Teaching experience is preferred. Training is required and provided for successful candidates.
To apply: please send resume to: [email protected] or mail to Seacoast Science Center, 570 Ocean Blvd., Rye, NH 03870.
Our internship program plays a key role in advancing college students’ marine science, environmental education, and non-profit business studies. Interns gain professional training and experience while working side by side with our staff. Interns are expected to be highly motivated and able to work as a team member and independently. Internships are non-paid.
Internship opportunities vary in time commitment and typically run for one academic semester or during the summer months. Please be aware that summertime internship positions are in high demand; applications are accepted starting in January and confirmed in March.
Our most popular internship opportunities are described below. We invite you to contact us with your specific interests and academic requirements.
To apply for an Internship
Please email your cover letter and resume to Laura Bahl at [email protected]
Environmental Educator Internship
Environmental Educator Interns work with the Center’s education staff to deliver the Center’s programs to visitors, school children, and groups. Environmental Educator Interns work to help improve program outcomes and develop and present new programs, activities, and temporary exhibits. Interns must be interested in marine environmental education and be willing to present programs to all ages during high-volume visitation on weekdays and weekends.
Preschool Program Internship
Preschool Program Interns work with Center’s preschool education staff to develop and present programs for children, ages 18 months to 5 years. Preschool Program Interns assist with our weekday drop-in programs, as well as our Treks 4 Tots camp program. A successful Preschool Program Intern is enthusiastic, has high energy, is flexible, and has experience working with small children. Interns must be interested in environmental education and have a desire to learn its practical application with small children.
Aquarist Interns work with our Lead Aquarist and trained volunteer staff to help maintain the Center’s live animal exhibits. Duties include the daily/weekly maintenance of tanks and saltwater life support equipment, and care of animals. Aquarist Interns help plan, develop, and set up new tanks and interior substrates, help collect specimens, and help develop husbandry methods for proper care of specimens. Aquarist Interns must possess knowledge in biology, chemistry, marine science, natural resources, or zoology and have a strong interest in aquarist techniques.
Marketing Interns work with the Director of Marketing to promote the Center’s assets, programs, services and products to its audiences. Responsibilities include planning and implementing marketing campaigns, including digital, radio and print advertising, and assisting with special projects and events. The Marketing Intern must have superior communication, writing, and computer skills. Desktop publishing, social media marketing, photography and videography skills are helpful, but not required.
Exhibit Design Internship
Exhibit Design Interns work directly with Center staff to create, modify, and maintain the Center’s temporary and permanent exhibits. Interns help brainstorm, conduct supporting research, design, and contribute to the hands-on process of prototyping, building, and installing exhibits. Computer graphics, audio/video, sculpture, and construction skills helpful, but not required.
History Interns (summers only)
History Interns will work with Seacoast Science Center and Odiorne Point State Park staff to plan, deliver and organize outdoor visitor programs about the park’s local, maritime, military, and natural history. Interns will work with volunteer and education staff to: organize, train and support park history volunteers; deliver history walks; and communicate program information to state park employees. Ideal candidates will enjoy interacting with visitors, teaching, and learning with and from other history volunteers and naturalists. Interns must be willing to teach outdoors.
Volunteer Program Internship (summer only)
Volunteer Program Interns work directly with the Volunteer Coordinator, assisting with tasks that keep the program running smoothly. Volunteer Program Interns learn about non-profit operations and the critical role of volunteers, as well as assist with front-line and behind the scenes tasks. Volunteer Program Interns assist with summer concerts, events and special programs, and can choose to be involved with variety of other opportunities, melding the internship toward their interests. This is a great opportunity to work with a wide range of audiences and expand your knowledge of non-profit work. Interns must be well organized, self-starters, and comfortable working both one-on-one and as a team.