Operations Program Intern

Mote’s Marine Science Education & Outreach Center Operations Program Intern will have the unique opportunity to become immersed in a multitude of the daily operational elements of a nonprofit, AZA-accredited facility. This role will learn crucial professional skills in four operational domains including guest services, informal education, community outreach, and aquatic animal husbandry. 


About the Internship

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Greet all guests with a smile and friendly demeanor

Provide information on Mote’s research and public outreach programs

Professionally answer guest inquiries and effectively address requests or complaints

Communicate effectively with staff, managers, and volunteers

Assist in the daily husbandry of animals including:

 preparation of diets and feeding, observation and recording of daily/medical care, maintenance of animal exhibits/behind the scenes space, testing water quality parameters, and accurate record keeping

NOTE: this program deals with invertebrates and small teleosts. This is NOT marine mammals or sea turtles

Maintenance of retail spaces and operating a POS system for merchandise sales

Performing opening and closing procedures as directed


Applicant Requirements:

Must have related coursework or a recent degree in biology, marine science, tourism, or any other category related to the role

Must have effective communication and organizational skills

Genuinely enjoy working with the public

Must be able to lift 50lbs 

Must be able to able to walk, stand, bend, or crouch for extended periods of time

Capable of working around bleach or other sanitizing chemicals

Tolerance working with wet hands, feet, and clothes regularly


Schedule and Commitment:

The Education Outreach Center Operations Program is a 10 week, 40 hours/week commitment. 

Typical days are from 9:15am-6:15pm, with a daily schedule of Tuesday-Saturday

The Center on the pier is open 365 days a year, including weekends and holidays. Additional hours may be required on occasion.