Careers & Internships

The success of the Seacoast Science Center lies in the dedication and passion of its employees, interns, and volunteers. Through their efforts, SSC has become a leader in informal marine environmental science education in the region.

Employment Opportunities

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.

Visitor Programs Naturalist

The Visitor Programs Naturalist is responsible for the delivery of SSC’s public programs and for providing consistently high quality customer service to visitors of all ages. In this public-facing role, the Visitor Programs Naturalist must provide a professional and enthusiastic first impression. The Visitor Programs Naturalist must be able to teach engaging, accurate marine/coastal science programs that are hands-on, interactive, personalized and fun. In addition to delivering public programs, the Visitor Programs Naturalist responsibilities include operating a point of sale system and accurately handling transactions in a fast-paced setting. Being an engaged member of our cohesive team of naturalists and volunteers that delivers an excellent visitor experience is key to success in this position.

View the detailed Visitor Programs Naturalist Job Description.

TO APPLY: Please send cover letter and resume to careers@sscnh.org with VISITOR PROGRAMS NATURALIST in the subject line. No paper applications will be accepted.

Vacation Camp Counselor

Monday-Friday, 8:30am-3pm, February 20-24 and February 27-March 3, 2023

Camp Counselors prepare lesson plans and lead activities, games, and crafts for SSC’s Environmental Day Camp program for children, age 4 through grade 5. Experiential lessons take place in the diverse habitats of Odiorne Point State Park and are reinforced utilizing SSC’s interactive and live-animal exhibits. Camp Counselors must have taken college-level environmental and/or education coursework 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. Camp Counselors must follow and help enforce all health and safety guidelines.

TO APPLY: Please send cover letter and resume to careers@sscnh.org with CAMP COUNSELOR in the subject line.

Summer Camp Counselor

Monday-Friday, 8am-3pm, June 7-August 25, 2023

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. 

TO APPLY: Please send cover letter and resume to careers@sscnh.org with CAMP in the subject line.

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 careers@sscnh.org with NATURALIST in the subject line.

Seasonal Event Staff

No openings until Spring 2023

Seasonal Event Staff work to ensure the success of weddings and corporate events as the onsite staff member to answer questions and serve as the point person for site-specific logistics during an event. Applications are accepted throughout the year. Hours are flexible, on an “as needed” basis, and include late nights. Applicants should possess excellent communication and customer service skills, have enthusiasm for Seacoast Science Center and its conservation mission, and have an interest in making every event special. Previous event experience is preferred. Training is provided for successful candidates. All Seasonal Event Staff must follow and help enforce all general and COVID-19 Safety Protocols.

TO APPLY: Please send cover letter and resume to careers@sscnh.org with EVENTS in the subject line.

Internship Opportunities

Internships are only available to college-age students and older. 

A Seacoast Science Center internship is a meaningful, hands-on, practical work experience that can play a key role in advancing a students’ understanding of a career in the marine science, environmental education, and non-profit and museum fields. This professional learning experience is a unique opportunity for career exploration, professional development, and application of new skills and knowledge. Interns are expected to be highly motivated and able to work as a team member and independently. 

Internship opportunities vary in time commitment, focus and expectation, 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, 2023. The paid internship application deadline is March 1, 2023.

Paid and Unpaid Internship opportunities are detailed below. We invite you to contact us with your specific interests and academic requirements.

Naturalist Internships — Paid, Summers-only

Community (Citizen) Science Engagement Intern (paid)

All visitor engagement interns deliver SSC and Odiorne Point State Park programs to visitors, school children, and groups. Interns will work to help improve program outcomes, develop and deliver programs, facilitate activities, interpret exhibits and support the overall visitor experience. 

Community Science (CoSci) Interns will help to maximize the quality of the visitor experience through the thoughtful development and delivery of outdoor education programs focused on engaging visitors and students in community (citizen) science data collection. The Center participates in several community science research projects and is eager to formalize its efforts to engage visitors and the public in them through provision of hands-on, outdoor field programming. Interns will create and deliver fun and engaging programs to excite and inspire participation, orient participants to relevant field skills, and guide them down into the field for data collection. Interns will work with education staff and independently on lesson creation and delivery, data collection, data management, and communication of data. 

Key Information:

  • Biweekly pay will be $14/hour for undergraduate students, $15/ hour for graduates/degree holders
  • Holiday pay rate* is provided, time plus one half of hours worked
  • Minimum of 3 days (20 hours) per week required
  • Must be able to work at least 1 weekend day per week (Saturday or Sunday)
  • Mid-May to mid-August

*Based on SSC’s holiday calendar

If you are applying for this position, there are three required short essay questions that must be answered and returned with your application by the March 1, 2022 deadline in order to be considered.

Please see application details below.

Education Outreach Intern (paid)

All visitor engagement interns deliver SSC and Odiorne Point State Park programs to visitors, school children, and groups. Interns will work to help improve program outcomes, develop and deliver programs, facilitate activities, interpret exhibits and support the overall visitor experience. 

Education Outreach Interns will support the Education Department’s mission to bring high-quality educational programming to the greater Seacoast community by assisting with the development and presentation of offsite educational programming and community engagement. Under the supervision of the Lead Naturalist, the Outreach Intern will gain experience presenting to diverse audiences and venues, including schools, libraries, community and senior centers, community fairs/events, etc. Interns will be responsible for maintaining educational materials, as well as transporting and attending to the welfare of living intertidal animals during programs (valid driver’s license required). Interns will also provide support for tabling events and onsite programming as required.

Key Information:

  • Biweekly pay will be $14/hour for undergraduate students, $15/ hour for graduates/degree holders
  • Holiday pay rate* is provided, time plus one half of hours worked
  • Minimum of 3 days (20 hours) per week required
  • Must be able to work at least 1 weekend day per week (Saturday or Sunday)
  • Mid-May to mid-August

*Based on SSC’s holiday calendar

If you are applying for this position, there are three required short essay questions that must be answered and returned with your application by the March 1, 2022 deadline in order to be considered.

Please see application details below.

Naturalist Internships — Unpaid

Visitor Engagement Internship (unpaid)

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 (unpaid)

Preschool Program Interns work with SSC’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 and 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 the desire to learn its practical application with small children.

Aquarist Internship (unpaid)

No openings until Spring 2023

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 the 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 (unpaid)

Marketing Interns work with the Chief Communications Officer and Communications Coordinator to advance SSC’s mission and strengthen its brand through the promotion of its exhibitions, programs, and events. Responsibilities include market research; planning and implementing marketing campaigns, including digital, radio, and print advertising; drafting blog and social media posts; and assisting with special projects and events. The Marketing Intern will gain an understanding of all SSC operations and its non-profit business practices. Must have superior communication, writing, and computer skills. Social media marketing, photography and videography skills are helpful.

Volunteer Program Internship, summers only (unpaid)

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 a 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.

History Internship, summers only (unpaid)

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.

To apply for an internship

Please send a cover letter and resume to careers@sscnh.org with the POSITION TITLE in the subject line. Your cover letter should indicate which position you are interested in and why you would be a good fit.

Delayed opening today.

Seacoast Science Center will open at 11am today due to inclement weather.