Careers and Internships

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.

 

Chief Advancement Officer

The Chief Advancement Officer position has been created as part of a recently adopted strategic plan that focuses on preparing to undertake a major gifts campaign and to enhance core development capabilities. The CEO will report to and work closely with the Chief Executive Officer. The CAO will serve as a senior member of the leadership team charged with philanthropy, with emphasis on building donor pipelines and relationships with major donors, including portfolios of individual and corporate donors. The position’s primary work is to identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit and close gifts and steward institutional commitments ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 and above. This CAO will also drive the growth of an annual giving donor base, serving as a visible frontline fundraiser, along with the CEO. 

To Apply: for a detailed position description including required qualifications and to apply, click here. Please do not contact Seacoast Science Center regarding this position. 

 

Director of Visitor Experience

The Director of Visitor Experience is responsible for front-of-house museum operations. General responsibilities include oversight of guest services, visitor program coordination, facility maintenance, retail operations, and facility rentals. Reporting to the Chief Program Officer and working as part of SSC’s collaborative management team, the Director of Visitor Experience must ensure the institution maintains operating excellence, integrity, and creativity in all aspects of our visitor’s experience. An ideal candidate will have at least five years of relevant museum experience, demonstrates management expertise in customer service, and ideally, is familiar with marine science and environmental education. This is a full time, benefits eligible position with an annual salary in the range of $42,500 to $50,000. Some travel, weekend, and evening hours may be required.

Please review the detailed job description, which includes required qualifications. Application review will begin April 1, 2021 and the position will remain open until filled. 

To Apply: Please send a resume and letter of interest to [email protected] to begin your application. No paper applications will be accepted. As a measure to minimize internal hiring biases, all candidates should be prepared to respond in writing to a short series of questions intended to give them the opportunity to map their skills onto SSC’s vision for its Director of Visitor Experience. SSC will use these responses as the initial filter for all applicants. Failure to submit a response to the short answer questions will result in a candidate being removed from further consideration. 

 

Seasonal Naturalist

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. All Seasonal Naturalists must follow and help enforce all general and  COVID-19 Safety Protocol.

To Apply: Please send cover letter and resume to Henry Burke at [email protected].

 

Vacation Camp Counselor

Monday-Friday, April 19–23 and 26–30, 2021, 8am-3pm

Camp Counselors prepare lesson plans and lead activities, games, and crafts for the Center’s Environmental Day Camp for children, grades K-5. Experiential lessons take place in the diverse habitats of Odiorne Point State Park and are reinforced utilizing the Center’s interactive exhibits. Camp Counselors must have taken college-level environmental and/or education course work and have a strong interest in coastal ecology. Experience teaching outdoors with children ages 5-12 preferred. Familiarity with marine and coastal ecosystems is helpful. Camp Counselors must follow and help enforce all COVID-19 Safety Protocol.

To Apply: Please send cover letter and resume to Henry Burke at [email protected].

 

Camp Care Educator

Fridays, 8am-3pm

Camp Care Educators prepare lesson plans and lead activities, games, and crafts for the Center’s Camp Care Program for children, grades K-5. Lessons incorporate the Center’s interactive exhibits and trails and habitats of Odiorne Point State Park. Camp Care Educators must have taken college-level environmental and/or education course work and have a strong interest in coastal ecology. Experience teaching outdoors with children ages 6-12 preferred. Familiarity with marine and coastal ecosystems is helpful.  Camp Care Educators must follow and help enforce all COVID-19 Safety Protocol.

To Apply: Please send cover letter and resume to Henry Burke at [email protected].
 
 

Summer Camp Counselor

Monday-Friday, 8am-3pm, June 9August 27, 2021

Camp Counselors prepare lesson plans and lead activities, games and crafts for the Center’s Seaside Safari Environmental Day Camp for children, grades K-5. Lessons incorporate the Center’s interactive exhibits and the trails and habitats of Odiorne Point State Park. Camp Counselors must have college-level environmental and/or education course work and a strong interest in coastal ecology. Experience teaching outdoors with children ages 5-12 preferred. Familiarity with marine and coastal ecosystems, initiative, strength of character and a good sense of humor helpful. Camp Counselors must follow and help enforce all COVID-19 Safety Protocol as established for summer 2021.

To Apply: Please send cover letter and resume to Henry Burke at [email protected].

 

Summer Camp EMT/Nurse

Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm, June 9August 27, 2021

The Summer Camp EMT/Nurse (EMT) is responsible for daily health care and safety needs of entire program, campers and camp staff, including dispensing medications and responding to first aid emergencies camp-wide. The EMT checks, evaluates, organizes, and files camper health forms; alerts all camp staff of potential health risks, including but not limited to allergies, diabetes, heat stroke, illnesses, and special needs. The EMT also takes a lead role in communicating with parents and the Camp Director regarding camper health and safety concerns, maintains health and insurance incident records, establishes a basic first aid/health care station, manages first aid equipment and supplies. The EMT must follow and help enforce all general and COVID-19 Safety Protocol as established for summer 2021.

Qualifications: Applicants must be a New Hampshire State certified RN, LPN, MD, Physician’s Assistant, ARNP or EMT equivalent. Current CPR and First Aid certifications and valid driver’s license required. CPR/First Aid Instructor certification preferred. A sense of humor, experience working with school aged children and familiarity with outdoor education and day camp settings important.

Physical Requirements: Must possess the ability to provide care in the outdoors, including on the rocky shore and other potentially rough habitats. Must be able to climb rocks, stairs, and occasionally lift moderately heavy objects.

Salary: $16/hr.

To Apply: Please send cover letter and resume to Henry Burke at [email protected].

 

 

Internships (non-paid)

 

Due to COVID-19 and our inability to hold group programs and events, our internship opportunities are limited at this time. We look forward to when we can engage more interns again. Please subscribe to receive e-news and stay up-to-date with our virtual offerings and watch for news in our Blue Notes newsletter.

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.

 

SSC Visitor Engagement Internship

Visitor Engagement Interns work with the education, engagement and visitor services staff to deliver Center programs, and Odiorne Point State Park programs to visitors, school children, and groups. Interns will gain experience in the tools, techniques and types of engagements that typify education in an informal learning environment. 

Education staff will work with incoming interns to develop goals, outcomes and a work plan that meets the needs and requirements of both SSC and the intern. All Visitor Engagement Interns work to help improve program outcomes, develop and deliver programs, facilitate activities, interpret exhibits and support the overall visitor experience. Maximizing the quality of the visitor experience is a multi-faceted endeavor that includes responsive customer service, facilitation of inquiry based learning, delivery of quality mission-based programs, and ensuring upkeep and safety of exhibits, learning tools and resources. Interns must be interested in marine environmental education and be willing to present programs indoors and outdoors 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 Internship

Please note: positions are available for spring and fall 2021; summer 2021 is full.

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.

 

History Internship (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.