Careers and Internships
Join our dedicated team of professionals who work closely together to achieve our important mission to advance understanding of ecology by exploring New Hampshire’s natural world and our vision of being the premier environmental site in the region.
Interns gain practical learning experience and knowledge, work with professionals, and achieve personal growth toward educational and professional career goals. The Science Center offers three Program Internships and one Marketing Internship each summer.
A summer internship at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is an opportunity to learn and grow while experiencing many facets of this nationally-accredited nature center. Interns assist with various projects, programs, and special events. During June, interns observe and assist with school field trip programs. In July and August interns divide their time among three basic areas:
- Animal Care/Volunteer Docents – Interns gain experience caring for the animal collection under the guidance of staff Animal Caretakers. Interns also interact with and assist volunteer docents with live animals and education props on a daily basis.
- Guided Discoveries – Guided Discoveries are week-long, full and half day educational programs for children ages 4 to 13 years old. Each intern will spend three weeks working with and helping plan Guided Discoveries under the guidance of educators.
- Outreach/Projects – Interns assist naturalists with scheduled off-site outreach programs. Interns also gain hands-on experience helping to maintain exhibits and trails and choose assignments to complete from a project list.
Interns present “Up Close to Animals” presentations. These brief talks provide the general public an intimate experience with a live animal and a chance to ask questions. Interns act as “rovers” with live animals or education props on the exhibit trail, providing informal education to visitors. Interns assist with various special events as needed.
Qualifications: College junior status through graduate with a major in the natural sciences, education, or related field. Enthusiasm, motivation, and a desire to work with people and animals. Available from approximately June 1 through end of August. Benefits: Weekly stipend and housing in rustic cabin on site with other interns.
Send letter of interest, resume and contact information for three references
Contact: Dave Erler Naturalist / Intern Coordinator
Squam Lakes Natural Science Center
PO Box 173 Holderness NH 03245
603-968-7194 x 13
Squam Lakes Natural Science Center seeks a college student as a Marketing Intern. The Marketing Intern will gain experience working in a nationally-accredited nature center. The Marketing Intern will work with the Marketing Manager to help strategically manage the promotion and marketing efforts of Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, its environmental education programs, and mission to the general public, membership, and school groups.
Assignments may include: reviewing and editing web copy; editing and proofreading materials, including print and electronic newsletters; writing press releases; designing event flyers; updating calendar listings; creating video content; conducting visitor surveys; managing press list; analyzing online advertising strategy; assisting with special events, mailings, general office support, and business sponsor solicitations.
This internship requires strong written and oral communications skills, project management and organizational skills. The Marketing Intern must possess strong initiative and the ability to work independently. Familiarity with Windows and MS Office is required; Dreamweaver, In Design and Adobe Premier are a plus. Weekly stipend and housing in rustic cabin on site with other interns. Internships may be completed for course credits. Interns work under the supervision of professional staff and are expected to be available 20 to 40 hours a week. A flexible schedule, over the course of a semester is possible. Schedule may include occasional evening and weekend event assignments.
Send letter of interest and resume to: Amanda Gillen, Marketing and Visitor Services Manager
Volunteering at the Science Center presents opportunities to learn something new and meet interesting people while sharing your talents and skills.
Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer