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.

Summer Camp Counselor

OPENINGS: Monday-Friday, August 24-28, 2020, 8:00am – 3:00pm

Camp Counselors work with our Treks 4 Tots and Seaside Safari camp children, ages 4 through grade 5. A successful Camp Counselor is enthusiastic, has high energy, is flexible, and has experience working with children. Counselors must be interested in environmental education and have a desire to learn its practical application with small children. Training provided. 

To Apply: Please send cover letter and resume to Henry Burke, Seacoast Science Center, 570 Ocean Blvd., Rye, NH 03870 or email [email protected].

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.

To Apply: Please send cover letter and resume to Henry Burke, Seacoast Science Center, 570 Ocean Blvd., Rye, NH 03870 or email [email protected].


Due to COVID-19, its potential impact on the safety of interns, and our inability to hold group programs and events, we are unfortunately unable to accept new interns at this time. We look forward to when we can offer internship opportunities 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.

Internships (non-paid)

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.


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 Internship

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 Internship

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. Social media marketing, photography and videography skills are helpful, but not required.


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.


Events Internship (summers only)

The Events Intern works with the Center’s Volunteer Coordinator, Director of Mission, and Events Coordinator to develop, plan and implement high quality, mission-driven events. The Events Intern will assist with SSC’s signature summer event, the Music by the Sea Concert Series, and attend planning meetings, help with pre-event and day-of logistics, and assist with volunteer training and management pertaining to the event. The Events Intern will work with SSC staff to develop a mutual interest/need Legacy Project. 


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.



THIS COPY IS HIDDEN Vacation Camp Counselor

Monday-Friday, April: 20-24 & April 27-May 1, 8:00 am-3:00 pm

Camp Counselors prepare lesson plans and lead activities, games, and crafts for the Center’s Environmental Day Camp for children, grades Pre-K-5. Lessons incorporate the Center’s interactive exhibits and trails and habitats of Odiorne Point State Park. 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 4-12 preferred. Familiarity with marine and coastal ecosystems is helpful. 

To Apply: Please send cover letter and resume to Henry Burke, Seacoast Science Center, 570 Ocean Blvd., Rye, NH 03870 or email [email protected].


THIS COPY IS HIDDEN Web-based Intranet Project Internship. The Seacoast Science Center is looking for an intern to a develop an intranet website intended to be a resource for its staff and Board of Directors. The intern will work within Google Sites to develop a wire-frame and page template, populate it with pertinent files from the Center’s Google environment, assign users appropriate authorizations, and publish the site such that its contents are a readily available resource on matters of organizational history, finances, human resources, and planning. The intern may work remotely or on site. We anticipate that the project will take between 20 and 40 hours to complete. SSC senior staff will provide ongoing support and guidance for the project; some on site meetings will be required.