High School Student InterpreTEENS

Application Deadline: 5 p.m. April 7, 2019


InterpreTEENS will be positioned at specific exhibits throughout Birch Aquarium engaging guests in ocean conservation conversations. InterpreTEENS will bring our exhibits to life through interactions, biofacts, and live specimens focusing on the Science, the Protection and the Fun stories! Additionally InterpreTEENS will lead formal and informal conservation-based presentations to enhance the guest experience. 


  • Greet, orient and provide information to guests
  • Facilitate guest interactions at specified exhibits
  • Lead formal and informal presentations
  • Communicate the value and importance of scientific research 
  • Increase awareness of importance and positive effects of conservation efforts
  • Instill a sense of respect and stewardship for the natural world
  • Complete a group project and present to staff and peers
  • Perform additional volunteer duties as needed


  • 16 years of age 
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Engage visitors of all ages
  • Positive attitude
  • Be punctual, reliable, professional and flexible
  • Take initiative, recognize tasks and do them
  • Be able to work as part of a team with a diverse group of interns, volunteers and staff
  • Basic knowledge of biology with an interest in marine science
  • Be able to work indoors and outdoors 

Required Training Dates

  • *Mandatory* training is June 17-21, 2019
  • Internship runs 7 days a week from June 23 - August 17, 2019
  • Participants volunteer 14 hours a week (2- four hour shifts & 1-six hour shift) for a total of 120 hours
  • Schedules vary for all (shifts are either 9-1 or 12:30-4:30)
  • All participants need to be available Thursdays from 10-4 for professional development 

Application Details

  • Applications are due Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 5 p.m. (all applications time-stamped after this time won’t be considered)
  • Interviews will occur in April
  • Applicants will receive word by early May
  • All internship positions are unpaid and there are no housing options available

If you have any questions, please call 858-534-5647 or email Lisa at
We look forward to receiving your application.

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