Education Department at Florida Oceanographic Society (FOS)

Education Department Internship

Hands-on marine science outreach education at a public nature center located in Stuart, Florida

Position Description:

The Education Department at Florida Oceanographic Society (FOS) is currently accepting applications for a college- level internship program during the spring and summer of 2021. The Education Intern will work as part of FOS’s Education team to carry out daily educational programming for visitors to the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center. This position involves considerable public speaking. The Education Intern will conduct informal educational lessons at our invertebrate touch tank and ray touch tank on a daily basis. Qualified applicants may also be asked to conduct formal educational presentations in front of large audiences. The Education Intern may occasionally assist with field trips, summer camps, sea turtle walks, and other educational activities at the Coastal Center. This unpaid internship requires a minimum commitment of at least two months and 18 hours per week, including weekend shifts. A small stipend may be available to assist exceptionally qualified candidates with living expenses. We are happy to work with the successful applicant to structure an internship program that will satisfy specific academic requirements, if necessary.


Florida Oceanographic Society is an environmentally focused nonprofit organization founded in 1964. Our mission is to inspire environmental stewardship of Florida’s coastal ecosystems through education, research, and advocacy. We operate the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center, a 57-acre educational nature center located on South Hutchinson Island in Stuart, Florida. The Coastal Center provides an interactive educational experience for guests of all ages, and includes a 10,000 gallon stingray touch tank, a marine invertebrate touch tank, a mile-long nature trail, and a 750,000

gallon outdoor gamefish aquarium that is home to hundreds of native marine fishes and four permanently disabled non- releasable sea turtles. Our Education Department offers hands-on environmental learning experiences for children and adults at the Coastal Center. We also run a wide variety of outreach programs, including nighttime sea turtle nesting walks, morning beach walks, youth fishing clinics, summer camps, in-school programming, and a community lecture series. Visit for more information.


 Florida Oceanographic Society’s response to COVID-19:

The safety of our staff members, interns, volunteers, and guests is our top priority. Florida Oceanographic Society has implemented a number of safety policies, including capacity limitations at specific exhibits and physical barriers to create separation between guests and staff/interns. Interns will be required to wear a facial covering at all times. Please contact Dr. Zack Jud, Director of Education and Exhibits, at [email protected] if you have specific questions about COVID-19 as it relates to intern responsibilities.


Position Responsibilities:

  1. Lead informal educational programs around the Coastal Center
  2. Supervise guest-animal interactions at the ray and invertebrate touch tanks
  3. Lead daily public educational programs in front of audiences of up to 50+ guests
  4. Assist staff with the delivery of field trip and virtual field trip lessons
  5. Occasionally assist with seining activities in the Indian River Lagoon and other local bodies of water
  6. Occasionally assist with educational outreach programs throughout the community
  7. Occasionally assist with marine science summer camp sessions under supervision of Camp Director
  8. Occasionally assist with educational nighttime sea turtle nesting walks
  9. Assist with Education Department special events and activities
  10. Maintain a professional relationship with guests, staff, and volunteers




  1. College degree in progress (or completed within the last 12 months) in biology, marine biology, ecology, conservation, environmental science, or science education


  1. Minimum of 2 months of previous science teaching experience in a formal (classroom) or informal (zoo, aquarium, nature center) setting preferred
  2. Exceptionally strong and dynamic public speaker
  3. Comfortable teaching adults and children of all ages
  4. Comfortable interacting with the public on a daily basis
  5. Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  6. Previous experience working with children
  7. Able to work outdoors in Florida’s unpredictable weather, stand for up to 3 hours, and lift 50 pounds
  8. Strong customer service skills and a professional attitude
  9. Ability to work weekends and occasional evenings
  10. Self-motivated, able to work independently or as part of a team
  11. Charismatic, enthusiastic, energetic, upbeat, and pleasant personality
  12. Hard working, dedicated, prompt and timely
  13. Interest in building a career in the natural sciences or science education
  14. Ability to carefully follow instructions, make decisions, and react effectively under pressure
  15. Strong desire for personal growth and increased knowledge
  16. Strong computer skills, including an advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office
  17. Artistic or graphic design background and a working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and Microsoft Publisher desirable


Department Supervisor:

Director of Education and Exhibits


To Apply:

Please send a detailed letter of interest (explaining how your interests and career goals mesh with the mission of Florida Oceanographic Society, and how an internship here would benefit you from an academic or career development perspective), a resume/CV, and contact information for three professional or academic references to Dr. Zack Jud, Director of Education and Exhibits, at [email protected]