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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.

Up Close to Animals presentation.Careers

Animal Care Associate
The Animal Care Associate will maintain the highest standard of care and well-being of Squam Lakes Natural Science Center’s exhibit and program collection of native New Hampshire wildlife. This keeper position is under the direct supervision of the Animal Care Manager and serves in conjunction with a second Animal Care Associate as part of the Education Team. Formal training is required for this position, which will be conducted by the Animal Care Manager. Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and adheres to its established standards.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • prepare diet and feed animals daily
  • water animals and maintain pools daily
  • clean cages and enclosures daily
  • observe animals  to detect illness/injury and report to Animal Care Manager
  • capture and restrain animals for routine veterinary, emergency,  or husbandry procedures
  • periodically treat and administer medications under the direction of Animal Care Manager and cooperating veterinarians
  • maintain close relationships with cooperating veterinary staff
  • perform general maintenance tasks in the animal room and exhibit shift areas
  • interact with animal care volunteers
  • adhere to all policies, particularly relative to live animals
  • share coverage of weekends and holidays with other Animal Care staff
  • take sole responsibility for animal care on designated weekend/holiday shifts
  • participate in enrichment (including training) program
  • participate in wildlife rehabilitation program as needed
  • effectively communicate with other staff members
  • maintain accurate records
  • undergo weapons handling and training
  • demonstrate committed attention to detail, particularly in the area of safety and security of personnel and the live animal collection

Specific qualifications include:

  • zoology or related degree with animal care experience
  • experience with and knowledge of native New Hampshire wildlife preferred
  • ability to lift a minimum of 50 pounds
  • ability to work outside in all weather conditions

Application Closing Date: July 15, 2015; Time Frame: targeted start date of early-mid August 2015

Compensation: hourly rate commensurate with experience in the range of  $12-13/hour plus benefits package with health insurance coverage, retirement plan, and flexible spending account options; paid time off benefits including sick days, vacation, and holidays

To apply, email a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three references to:
Lauren Moulis, Animal Care Manager, lauren.moulis@nhnature.org.

Internships

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, one Marketing Internship, and one Guided Discoveries Internship each summer.

Program Intern (click for details) - position has been filled for 2015

A Science Center summer internship is an opportunity to learn and grow while experiencing many facets of the organization.  The internship is divided into four basic focus areas plus one optional that each intern will rotate through:
1.Animal Care/Docents-the animal caretakers will orient you to the care of animals; interns are responsible for contacting docents the day before they are scheduled to arrive, as well as assist them in getting props
2.Guided Discoveries- each intern will devote two weeks to working with Guided Discoveries programs which are week long, ½ day theme focused programs for ages 4-5, 6-7, 8-10 and 11-14.
3.Mini Talks/Roving-designed to be a brief presentation on a live animal at the mini-talk amphitheater; this gives the public a chance to have a close up experience with a live animal and ask questions. A rover is expected to provide informal education to visitors while walking the trail. 
4.Outreach/Projects-interns will be assigned, during this rotation, to assist naturalists with scheduled outreach programs; interns may choose a project or complete predetermined projects of use to the Science Center

Qualifications:

  • College junior/senior status with a major in the natural sciences, education or related field.
  • Candidates receiving college credit for the experience are given priority in consideration.
  • Enthusiasm, motivation and a desire to work with people and animals
  • Available from approximately June through end of August

Benefits:

  • Weekly stipend plus housing
  • Housing in rustic cabin with other summer interns

To Apply:
Send letter of interest, resume and contact information for three references
Contact:
Dave Erler
Squam Lakes Natural Science Center
PO Box 173 Holderness NH 03245
dave.erler@nhnature.org
603-968-7194 x 13

Marketing Intern (click for details) - position has been filled for 2015

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. Internships receives weekly stipend, on site housing, may be completed for course credits. Interns work under the supervision of professional staff and are expected to be available approximately 40 hours a week. A flexible schedule, over the course of a semester is possible. Schedule may include occasional evening and weekend event assignments.

Benefits:

  • Weekly stipend plus housing
  • Housing in rustic cabin with other summer interns

Send letter of interest and resume to: Amanda Gillen, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, Amanda.Gillen@nhnature.org

Guided Discoveries Intern (click for details) - position has been filled for 2015

The Science Center’s Guided Discoveries summer internship is an opportunity to learn and grow while gaining experience in environmental education at a nationally-accredited nature center. Guided Discoveries are week-long programs that provide children ages 4-12 with hands-on experiences that help them discover and connect with New Hampshire’s natural world. The Guided Discoveries Intern assists the Guided Discoveries Instructor with the planning, preparation and instruction for these theme focused programs. The Guided Discoveries Intern also gains experience handling and teaching about native New Hampshire wildlife.  

Qualifications:

  • College junior/senior status with a major in the natural sciences, early childhood education, elementary education, environmental education or related field.
  • Experience working with children in educational and/or recreational settings preferred
  • Candidates receiving college credit for the experience are given priority in consideration
  • Enthusiasm, motivation and a desire to work with children and animals
  • Available from June 15 to August 19, 2015 on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Benefits:

  • Weekly stipend $150/week plus housing
  • Housing in rustic cabin with other summer interns

To Apply:
Email (preferred) or mail letter of interest, resume and contact information for three references to:
Audrey Eisenhauer
Squam Lakes Natural Science Center
PO Box 173
Holderness NH 03245
audrey.eisenhauer@nhnature.org
603-968-7194 x 14

Volunteer

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

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