Youth Summer Interns

Job Description

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As a Youth Summer Intern (YSI), you will help guests of all ages explore the wonders of sharks and rays by interpreting exhibits, facilitating hands-on discovery stations and leading formal presentations throughout the aquarium.

Job Duties:

  • Greet, orient and provide information to guests            
  • Lead formal and informal presentations to the public
  • Facilitate guest interactions at hands-on discovery stations
  • Instill a sense of respect and stewardship towards sharks and rays
  • Communicate the value and importance of science research in understanding local shark populations      
  • Increase awareness of importance and positive effects of marine protected areas      
  • Complete a group project and present to staff and peers        
  • Work with a diverse group of volunteers and staff in a fun environment           
  • Perform additional volunteer duties as needed 


  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Have excellent communication skills
  • Have ability to engage visitors of all ages
  • Positive attitude desirable
  • Be punctual, reliable, professional and flexible
  • Be able to work as part of a team
  • Have basic knowledge of biology with an interest in marine science
  • Take initiative, recognize tasks and do them
  • Be able to lift 15 pounds
  • Be able to work indoors and outdoors

Benefits of Service:

  • Training in areas of marine science and interpretive skills
  • Exposure to research programs at Scripps Institution of Oceanography,  and the internal workings of an aquarium/museum
  • Workplace experience (professionalism, communication skills, accountability and collaboration)
  • Free admission to the aquarium during public hours
  • 10% discount at the aquarium Bookshop and Splash! Café
  • Field trips when available
  • Weekly professional development/continuing education opportunities

Required Training & Internship Dates:           

  • Mandatory training is from June 16-20, 2014, 1-5 p.m. most days           
  • Internship runs from June 16-August 22, 2014           
  • Schedules vary (shifts are either 9 a.m.-1 p.m. or 12:30-4:30 p.m.).
  • Participate in the July 19th shark-themed SEA Days event held at Birch Aquarium
  • All participants need to be in attendance on Wednesdays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.  

Application deadline:

Friday, April 11, 2014, at 5 p.m. Interviews will occur in May. Applicants will be notified no later than May 23, 2014.

All volunteer and internship positions are unpaid.
Attendance at a group interview is required.

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Mail Application to:
Lisa Gilfillan
Education Specialist
Birch Aquarium at Scripps
9500 Gilman Drive, Dept. 0207
La Jolla, CA 92093-0207
If you have any questions, please call 858-534-5647 or email We look forward to receiving your application.