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Georgia Sea Grant Marine Education Internships

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Please mail completed application packets to:

Intern Search Committee
UGA Marine Education Center & Aquarium
30 Ocean Science Circle
Savannah, GA 31411

The deadline for applications for the 2016-2017 academic year is 4:00 p.m. EST March 20, 2016!

The University of Georgia's Marine Education Center and Aquarium offers annual post-baccalaureate internships in marine education. Interns train and work for 50 weeks at the Marine Education Center and Aquarium, near Savannah, Georgia. Four interns will be selected for the period of September 2016 to August 2017. On-site housing is required. Marine Education internship salaries are supported through Georgia Sea Grant.

This internship program has been a long-term educational commitment that has spanned for 27 years, thanks to a partnership with Georgia Sea Grant. The program began in 1987 and has grown and developed into a nationally recognized exemplary marine program.

Sea Grant Marine Education internships are designed for recent college graduates with a B.S. in Biology who would like some teaching experience in marine science and coastal ecology. The internships provide a transitional period between college and permanent professional positions or graduate work. Interns live on site for 50 weeks in studio apartments provided by the UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium. Meals are available without charge in the cafeteria whenever visiting groups are on campus.

The internship includes a variety of teaching opportunities: in the salt marsh and maritime forest, on the beaches of developed and pristine barrier islands of Tybee and Wassaw, on research vessels, and in well equipped plankton, fish, and invertebrate labs. Interns begin to teach after a 6-8 week training period. They are also responsible for maintaining touch tank animals, working in the aquarium 1-2 Saturdays a month, and assisting staff in other areas of operation where necessary. During the winter months, each intern also completes an education project.

* See instructions below for completing the application packet.

Interns teach students who visit the aquarium throughout the school year and assist in any scheduled activities.

Interns teach students who visit the aquarium throughout the school year and assist in any scheduled activities.

Interns are a vital part of MAREX's summer camp operations and are included in many of its activities during the summer months.

Interns are a vital part of MAREX's summer camp operations and are included in many of its activities during the summer months.

Intern teaches about a horseshoe crab on the vessel during a trawl trip.

Intern teaches about a horseshoe crab on the vessel during a trawl trip.

Interns teach students who visit the aquarium throughout the school year and assist in any scheduled activities.
Interns are a vital part of MAREX's summer camp operations and are included in many of its activities during the summer months.
Intern teaches about a horseshoe crab on the vessel during a trawl trip.
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Teaching Facilities

The Marine Education Center and Aquarium provides year-round residential and day programs. Student groups (grades 5-college) make arrangements for half, full, or multi-day experiences at the Marine Education Center and Aquarium's facilities.

Two-hour day programs provide hands on lessons for children in pre-kindergarten to 4th grade. The facility also offers outreach to schools and provides public programming on site and at coastal festivals. Summer months are filled with marine science camps for ages 4-15 and teacher/graduate workshops.

The Marine Education Center and Aquarium facility that interns will teach at is rather unique. Although the outdoor classroom is the most important teaching space, the main building houses a public aquarium containing indigenous fish, invertebrate and reptile species, teaching laboratories, multipurpose classrooms, an auditorium and flow-through touch tank rooms.

The small public aquarium is used daily as a teaching classroom, but does not house marine mammals or marine mammal research activities. Although interns will spend a great deal of teaching time on the water, the Marine Education Center and Aquarium does not SCUBA or snorkel.

The rest of the Marine Education Center and Aquarium facilities include nature trails and observation platforms, docks and vessels (a 43 foot trawler and skiffs), an 88 bed dormitory, and a full service cafeteria.

Other institutions sharing the campus include the University of Georgia's Shellfish Research Laboratory, the University of Georgia's Marine Science Library, Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary, and the Georgia Southern University Applied Coastal Research Laboratory.

Internship Qualifications

Please read the following information thoroughly. If you do not meet the following requirements, your application will not be considered.

Strong applicants will demonstrate to the intern selection committee that she/he has the following qualifications:

  • An undergraduate B.S. degree in biology from an accredited college or university, awarded since May 2015. Degree must be awarded before internship begins on September 1, 2016. Applicants with graduate courses or previous multiple internships are not eligible for this program.
  • Training or experience in marine science courses (i.e., biology, marine biology, marine science, ecology, invertebrate zoology, and ichthyology) is required.
  • Previous experience teaching or working with children/students is required.
  • Physical ability to carry out internship duties including teaching outdoors during hot summers and cold winters and lifting objects up to 50 pounds. 
  • Fluency in English - bilingual applicants (English/Spanish) are encouraged to apply. 
  • U.S. citizenship or U.S. work visa. If selected, MECA will provide intent to employ documents for visa application. Background checks are required for University of Georgia employment.

Completing Application Packets

A complete application packet must include (with no exceptions):

  • A ONE page cover letter (12 point font, 1 inch margins) briefly describing your past interest as it relates to the internship qualifications and your future goals.
  • A full résumé describing your academic background and work experience. Include contact information for three personal/professional references. Be sure to include email addresses and an alternate phone number where you may be reached easily. 
  • An official transcript of your college/university work, including courses in progress (if applicable). If your college or university is not in the U.S., an explanation of the grading system must be included. Any material not in English must include a translation.
  • Three letters of recommendation from the individuals listed in your résumé. Letters should either be mailed directly to the selection committee by these individuals, or if included in your application packet, placed in a sealed envelope signed by the referring individual. Emailed or faxed letters will not be accepted.

Emailed, faxed, incomplete, or late applications will not be considered.
Complete application packets must arrive by mail no later than 4:00 PM EST on March 20, 2016.

Mail complete application packets to:
Intern Search Committee
UGA Marine Education Center & Aquarium
30 Ocean Science Circle
Savannah, GA 31411

Members of the intern selection committee will contact finalists for telephone interviews. The interview process will be completed and internship positions offered by late May, 2016. Applicants not contacted for a telephone interview will be notified by email.

Contacts

Maryellen Timmons

Marine Biologist, Sea Grant Internship Director, Marine Education Center and Aquarium
Email: mare@uga.edu
Phone: 912-598-2353