Employment, Internships, and Volunteering at Glen Echo Park Aquarium

We love volunteers and welcome interns too!  On occasion, we hire part time and full time staff to work at the aquarium as educators, aquarium care specialists, and as outreach instructors.  Here are current offerings:

Volunteer

Volunteers (or Docents) help out at the aquarium by talking with visitors about the various exhibits we have!  Two hour, Four hour and Five hour positions are always open and we train you on how to help guests learn about the life of the rivers and bay.  SSL hours are available and work schedules are flexible.  Some of our past volunteers are gone on to work at the aquarium!

Summer Internship

We offer  College Internships and High School for those pursuing Marine Science or Education.  You will learn the ins and outs of aquatic life, research, and education.  Interns are given a project to work on as well as a variety of skills they are tasked with learning by the end of their internship. Email info@gepaquarium if interested.

Employment

2019 Summer Aquarium Educator

Start/End Date: June 3 – August 23, 2019

Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM (some weekends off)

Pay: $12-15/hour depending on experience

Description:

Provide high quality Aquarium programming to families, adults, and children at Glen Echo Park Aquarium.  Aquarium Educators assist the public in learning about both freshwater and brackish water animals on exhibit, including our Chesapeake Bay touch tank. Educators at the Aquarium must possess poise and great customer service to visitors at all times and be comfortable engaging new visitors to learn about our exhibits and the importance of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Must demonstrate the ability to interact professionally and exercise careful oversight of volunteers and to work with aquarium staff, and the general public.  Also must be comfortable preparing raw squid and fish to be fed to Aquarium animals and diligence in keeping the Exhibit Hall clean and tidy, including fronts of Aquarium tanks. This position requires excellent independent work skills and the ability to multitask during busy public hours.

The successful candidate will have a positive attitude, a love for aquatic animals, and an ability to communicate environmental education principles to the public.

Responsibilities:

Under supervision of the current Aquarium Staff and a Seasonal Aquarium Manager, the Summer Aquarium Educator will:

  • Ensure that visitors, happiness, and safety is top priority at all times.
  • Assist with the touch tank, feeding demonstrations, educational aquatic animal talks.
  • Provide an understanding of marine and environmental topics such as discussion with guests of current watershed concerns regarding our native aquatic animals such as Diamond Back Terrapins, health of the Blue Crabs and Oyster populations, nutrient pollution concerns, and other topics of interest with our public regarding the current health of the Chesapeake Bay.
  • Assist in the supervision of all volunteers.
  • Help with set up and closing procedures at the Aquarium, including cleaning bathroom, vacuuming, and sweeping patio.
  • Keep Aquarium neat and organized and monitor craft table, discovery table with microscopes, and touch table displays.
  • Clean and maintain grounds and facilities as needed.

Required Education/Certification:

An Undergraduate student currently enrolled in a environmental education program, marine science program, or a related field.  Will consider hiring of Junior/Senior in HS that have taken Biology, Environmental Science, Oceanography, or have strong interest in Marine/Environmental Science. Experience in pre-K – 6th grade education in either a classroom or informal education (such as camps) setting is desirable.

Application requirements:

  1. Cover letter describing your personal, professional, and academic experience.
  2. Resume
  3. References (minimum of 2)

All documents must be submitted to Aquarium Director, Andrew Wilson at Andrew@gepaquarium.org.

 

2019 Summer Camp Assistant Director

Start/End Date: June 3 – August 23, 2019
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Description:
To assist in the delivery of aquatic science programs at Glen Echo Park Aquarium summer camps for ages 4 to 12 at Glen Echo Park Aquarium. The Assistant Director will utilize the classroom, the Aquarium, and the outdoor environment including our local creek and children’s garden, to assist in teaching summer camp programs. The Summer Camp Assistant Director must demonstrate the ability to interact professionally and exercise careful oversight of all campers, volunteers, parents, and to work with aquarium staff, and the general public. This position requires excellent independent work skills and the ability to multitask. The Camp Assistant Director must be comfortable leading camp if Camp Director is absent or temporarily unavailable.
The successful candidate will have a positive attitude, a love for the outdoors, and an ability to communicate environmental education principles to children. This person must also have sufficient mobility and strength to move about the Park and Aquarium, our outdoor environment, assist children outdoors on rugged terrain, and to move education equipment. The individual must also be able to work in adverse conditions that include: heat, rain, insects, etc.

Responsibilities:
Under supervision of the Program Specialist and Education Staff, the Summer Camp Assistant Director will:
• Ensure that health, happiness, and safety of campers is top priority at all times.
• Assist with games, arts and crafts, and outdoor activities as assigned.
• Provide an understanding of marine and environmental topics.
• Assist in the supervision of all campers.
• Help with set up and breakdown of all camp activities.
• Keep summer camp supplies organized and inventoried daily for camp.
• Be prepared to get muddy and wet in the field.
• Clean and maintain grounds and facilities as needed.

Required Education/Certification:
An Undergraduate student currently enrolled in an environmental education program, marine science program, or a related field. Experience in pre-K – 6th grade education in either a classroom or informal education setting is desirable. CPR and first aid training is a plus.

Application requirements:
1. Cover letter describing your personal and academic goals for this internship.
2. Resume
3. References (minimum of 2)

All documents must be submitted to Program Specialist, Kim Lowther – kim@gepaquarium.org

 

2019 Summer Camp Assistant

Start/End Date: June 3 – August 23, 2019
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Description:
To assist Director and Assistant Director in the delivery of aquatic science programs at Glen Echo Park Aquarium summer camps for ages 4 to 12. The Summer Camp Assistant will utilize the classroom, the Aquarium, and the outdoor environment including our local creek and children’s garden, to assist in teaching summer camp programs. The Summer Camp Assistant must demonstrate the ability to interact professionally and exercise careful oversight of all campers, volunteers, parents, and to work with aquarium staff, and the general public. This position requires excellent independent work skills and the ability to multitask.
The successful candidate will have a positive attitude, a love for the outdoors, and an ability to communicate environmental education principles to children. This person must also have sufficient mobility and strength to move about the Park and Aquarium, our outdoor environment, assist children outdoors on rugged terrain, and to move education equipment. The individual must also be able to work in adverse conditions that include: heat, rain, insects, etc.

Responsibilities:
Under supervision of the Program Specialist and Education Staff, the Summer Camp Assistant will:
• Ensure that health, happiness, and safety of campers is top priority at all times.
• Assist with games, arts and crafts, and outdoor activities as assigned.
• Provide an understanding of marine and environmental topics.
• Assist in the supervision of all campers.
• Help with set up and breakdown of all camp activities.
• Keep summer camp supplies organized and inventoried daily for camp.
• Be prepared to get muddy and wet in the field.
• Clean and maintain grounds and facilities as needed.

Required Education/Certification:
A High School or Undergraduate student , marine science program, or a related field. Experience in pre-K – 6th grade education in either a classroom or informal education setting is desirable. CPR and first aid training is a plus.

Application requirements:
1. Cover letter describing your personal and academic goals for this internship.
2. Resume
3. References (minimum of 2)

All documents must be submitted to Program Specialist, Kim Lowther – kim@gepaquarium.org

 

Outreach Education Specialist

Employment type: Full-time (Part time available) – Starts in April/May.

Description:
Education specialist that travels to offsite locations to do presentations to audiences of 15-300 students.  Outreach Education Specialists also work at Glen Echo Park Aquarium during public hours and run classes.  This position involves driving to sites to present with live sea creatures.

Provide high quality Aquarium programming to families, adults, and children at Glen Echo Park Aquarium. Assist the public in learning about both freshwater and brackish water animals on exhibit, including our Chesapeake Bay touch tank. Educators must possess great customer service to visitors at all times and be comfortable engaging new visitors to learn about our exhibits and the importance of the Chesapeake Bay. Must demonstrate the ability to interact professionally and exercise careful oversight of volunteers and to work with aquarium staff, and the general public. Also must be comfortable preparing raw squid and fish to be fed to Aquarium animals and diligence in keeping the Exhibit Hall clean and tidy, including fronts of Aquarium tanks. This position requires excellent independent work skills and the ability to multitask during busy public hours.
The successful candidate will have a positive attitude, a love for aquatic animals, and an ability to communicate environmental education principles to the public.

Education specialists will also travel to local schools and libraries on occasion to present to a variety of audiences. Instructors drive a cargo van to performances and so must have a good driving record. Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs. Must have patience, clear speaking voice, and lack of stage fright! Outreach audiences vary from preschoolers to retirement homes (majority of bookings are 3-10 year olds) and audience size varies from 20 to 300 people. Background in education and biology recommended but not required.

Responsibilities:
• Interpret at the touch tank, feeding demonstrations, educational aquatic animal talks.
• Provide an understanding of marine and environmental topics of interest with our public regarding the current health of the Chesapeake Bay.
• Assist in the supervision of all volunteers.
• Help with set up & closing procedures at the Aquarium, including cleaning, vacuuming, & sweeping patio.
• Keep Aquarium neat and organized and monitor craft table, discovery table, and touch table displays.
• Must be able to work some weekends and some evenings.

Required Education/Certification:
An Undergraduate student currently enrolled in an environmental education program, marine science program, or a related field. Will consider hiring of Junior/Senior in HS that have taken Biology, Environmental Science, Oceanography, or have strong interest in Marine/Environmental Science. Experience in pre-K – 6th grade education in either a classroom or informal education (such as camps) setting is desirable.

Application requirements:
1. Cover letter describing your personal, professional, and academic experience.
2. Resume
3. References (minimum of 2)

All documents must be submitted to Aquarium Director, Andrew Wilson at Andrew@gepaquarium.org.