Intern- Point Defiance Zoo

Hourly: $0.00

The Rocky Shores/Tundra internship program at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium is designed to provide participants with practical, hands-on learning opportunities and knowledge in the field of animal husbandry. In return, the intern makes a significant contribution to the daily operation of the Rocky Shores/Tundra exhibit area.

The Rocky Shores/Tundra exhibit area has a diverse collection of marine mammal, seabird and tundra species with specific husbandry and dietary concerns.

The internship is designed to provide instruction in the following areas:

1.  Animal Husbandry
• Cleaning and general maintenance of exhibits and holding areas
• Animal observations and record keeping

2.  Nutrition and Diets
• Diet preparation
• Nutritional values of various species of fish and invertebrate species
• Appropriate vitamin supplementation

3.  Environmental Enrichment
• Implementation and analysis
• Design/construct new enrichment

4.  Public Presentation/Interpretation
• Presentation messaging
• Post-presentation Q & A

5.  Animal Species
• Natural history
• Behavior
• Scientific names

6.  Animal Training and Husbandry
• Operant conditioning/positive reinforcement
• Schedules of reinforcement
• Secondary reinforcers
• Benefits of training

7.  Water Quality and Filtration
• Ozone and the filtration processes
• Water quality parameters and monitoring

Application Due January 6, 2017
Questions: Contact Cathleen McConnell at  


Assistant Professor in Environmental Education (WWU)

9-month tenure track position in environmental education (EE) undergraduate and M.Ed. programs at Huxley College of the environment, Western Washington University. The position includes teaching, scholarship, outreach and service, student advisement and program development in the EE programs.

Deadline to apply: Nov 12, 2016

9-month tenure track position in environmental education (EE) undergraduate and M.Ed. programs at Huxley College of the environment, Western Washington University. The position includes teaching, scholarship, outreach and service, student advisement and program development in the EE programs.  A doctorate in Education, Interpretation, Communication or related field with an emphasis on environment or sustainability is required, as are experience working working with communities that are historically marginalized or underrepresented in the field of environmental education, experience as an educator in a variety of settings, experience preparing future educators, experience in delivering innovative, student-centered, place-based, experiential curricula in partnership with community partners, a strong commitment to effective teaching and learning in undergraduate education, and a record of high quality scholarship which may include applied or engaged forms.  Preferred qualification include a range of possible strengths including work in interpretation settings, curriculum/evaluation experience, humanities or arts perspectives, ecological science approaches, natural / cultural history, backcountry leadership, and / or experience with urban youth and communities. See full description at link regarding How to Apply.

How to Apply:

All applications must be submitted online via Western's Electronic Application System for Employment at (link is external).

Student Conservation Association- AK

The Student Conservation Association seeks a qualified applicant who will work as part of a regional team and assist the Regional Program Manager in the oversight of the Alaska sub-region by managing a portfolio defined by both geography and program type. In addition the Program Manager will supervise Program Coordinators


  • Responsibility for high quality delivery of programming in their portfolio in accordance with SCA’s safety standards
  • Communicates key organizational information with coordinators and seasonal staff
  • Participates in and supports local and regional events as needed
  • Assists RPM in the monitoring of compliance with AmeriCorps regulations and identity requirements in the field and seeks opportunities to enhance awareness
  • Cultivates leads for new and expanded program opportunities consistent with their portfolio
  • Guides recruiting, application and selection process for members of regional program teams
  • Supports Program Quality team with the implementation of leader and member trainings and work skills; instructs when requested
  • Manages field level resources in a manner that is consistent with SCA’s mission and risk management standards
  • Manages assigned Coordinators and seasonal staff, as required, in the implementation of regional projects
  • Roves program in the field and completes appropriate documentation
  • Serves as Duty Officer and/or Program Responder and participates in incident response, as needed


  • Work in collaboration with regional team members to create and support a culture of continuous improvement, collaboration, teamwork and empowerment.
  • Ensures that Coordinators and seasonal staff support leaders and members in the achievement of high satisfaction levels from agency partners for the completion of project outcomes
  • Provides support, resources, and feedback necessary for Coordinators to successfully complete their assigned duties
  • Interviews and selects leaders as directed by National Operations
  • Manages program-specific expenses to budget
  • Maintains accurate, up-to-date opportunity and project data and communications in MySCA
  • Ensures that all program activities follow SCA standard operating procedures as outlined in program handbooks
  • Completes project level reporting in accordance with reporting standards as directed by Program Quality
  • Ensure that each member within the program works within a safe environment, understands and adheres to SCA policy and procedure, and is being provided an opportunity for a positive member experience
  • Maintain current knowledge of all SCA programs
  • Foster an environment that promotes teamwork between SCA members, staff and site partners
  • Represent a positive and professional image of SCA
  • Understand and follow all policies and procedures as outlined in the SCA Employee Handbook, the Field Operation Standards, and the Emergency Response System handbook
  • Understand and model SCA’s Innovation Engineering (IE) Culture
  • Understand and abide by policies and guidelines in SCA’s Staff Handbook

How to Apply:

In order to apply, please see the official job posting to create an account on the SCA's website. 

Educator/ Deck Hand

Join Sound Experience as an Educator/Deckhand for the chance to teach about the marine environment aboard a unique educational platform—the historic schooner Adventuress, a National Historic Landmark that hosts a welcoming community of crew, volunteers, staff, students, teachers, and lifelong learners dedicated to preserving Puget Sound.

Internships and Staff Positions available for Spring and/or Fall Season

Spring Sailing Season 1 -  March 2017-July 4, 2017

Fall Sailing Season 2- July 6, 2017-October 2017

To Apply or for more information, go to Sound Experience