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Naturalist presenting live animal program with Sharp-shinned Hawk to visitors.

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.

Careers

Animal Care Associate

Employment Classification: Full-time, year-round, non-exempt
Immediate Supervisor: Animal Care Director
Hourly Rate: $15/hour

Purpose: The Animal Care Associate (ACA) is an important member of the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center (SLNSC) animal care staff. The ACA assists in performing work necessary to provide daily animal care and maintenance of the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center animal enclosures, and ensures appropriate animal welfare. The Animal Care Associate works in cooperation with all SLNSC staff to achieve and maintain established facility and operational standards, as well as AZA accreditation standards. This position also contributes to positive guest experiences and performs other duties as required.

Essential Functions: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Cleans animal exhibits and holding areas; raking, sweeping, hosing, scrubbing, and disinfecting.
  • Prepares and provides food and water to exhibit animals per established protocols.
  • Presents food and water using species-appropriate methods.
  • Observation of animals for detection of illness and/or injury with report to Animal Care Director.
  • Provides periodic treatment and administration of medications under direction of Animal Care Director and Veterinarian.
  • Able to operate and maintain animal life support systems and animal facilities.
  • Participates in the Science Center enrichment and training program.
  • Maintains written and digital documentation of animal observations and work performed as needed.
  • Provides opportunities for animals to exhibit species-appropriate behavior through the use of exhibit furnishings and enrichment techniques.
  • Engages with guests both informally and through formal presentations.
  • Maintains all equipment and supplies in good working order.
  • Regularly obtains weights of animals.
  • Operates vehicles to transport supplies, equipment, and animals within SLNSC and between other facilities.
  • Participates in maintenance, operations, and education functions of SLNSC as necessary.
  • Proficiency in the use and operation of power tools, and hand tools in order to make repairs and/or improvements while ensuring safety of coworkers, general public and animals.
  • Assists with special projects and helps other SLNSC employees as needed.
  • Actively contributes to positive guest experiences.
  • Maintains a clean, orderly working environment.
  • Participate in the capture and restraint of animals as instructed.
  • Perform basic triage and rehabilitation of native wildlife.
  • Willingness to participate in training for weapons handling.

Education and Qualifications:

  • High school diploma, is preferred.
  • High School Equivalency Testing (HiSET) certificate, or a GED is also acceptable.
  • Bachelor of Science degree in a biological science, or related field, is preferred.
  • Current progress towards obtaining a degree will be considered.
  • Significant, documented, professional animal care experience is preferred.

Specific Requirements:

  • Valid driver’s license is required.
  • Proof of current rabies vaccination, or willingness to be vaccinated, at SLNSC expense.
  • First aid/CPR certification, or willingness to obtain, at SLNSC expense.
  • Formal on-the-job training is required and will be conducted by the Animal Care Director.
  • Participation in SLNSC’s Respiratory Protection Program and be fit tested for a respirator.
  • Anything on the face (e.g. facial hair, piercings) that may interfere with the mask-to-face seal must be removed during the initial fit testing and twice a year when it will be required to wear the mask.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to learn and demonstrate knowledge of Science Center policies, standards, operations, cleaning, and maintenance techniques.
  • Ability to endure high-stress situations when feeding, transferring, or restraining animals.
  • Ability to adapt to a rapidly changing, dynamic work environment.
  • Ability to professionally and effectively communicate with others through written correspondence.
  • Ability to troubleshoot, analyze situations, and make sound business decisions.
  • Ability to make independent decisions and manage time effectively.
  • Ability to work a highly flexible schedule; weekend, evening, holiday, and irregular hours required.
  • Ability to handle confidential information.
  • Ability to understand and follow all safety regulations.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to arrive to work on time and maintain a positive attendance record.
  • Ability to professionally and appropriately interact and communicate with others, both in person and through phone, email, and written correspondence.
  • Ability to serve in every respect and at all times as a goodwill ambassador for SLNSC in contact with visitors and the general public. Ability to deal tactfully and politely with guest questions and misbehavior.
  • Excellent communication skills to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, volunteers, partners, and/or the public.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to negotiate a confined workspace while working with one or more coworkers.
  • Ability to handle and restrain a variety of animals.
  • Ability to properly lift and carry items up to 50 pounds.
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time, to sit as needed, and to move intermittently throughout the workday.
  • Ability to work both indoors and outdoors, with exposure to extreme temperatures and inclement weather conditions; the environment may include wet, icy, or muddy conditions.
  • This position may include exposure to hazardous materials, fumes/odors, dirt, and dust.
  • This position may include exposure to potentially dangerous animals.
  • This position may include exposure to potentially venomous animals.
  • This position may include exposure to zoonotic diseases.
  • This position may include exposure to noxious native plants (e.g., poison ivy).
  • This position may include exposure to native biting insects and arthropods (e.g., flies, mosquitoes, spiders, ticks, bees, wasps, etc.).

To Apply: Please apply by remitting a current resume and letter of interest to HR/Finance Manager, Bonnie Baker at .

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 one Animal Care Internship, two Education Program Internships, one Nature Day Camp Internship, one Marketing Internship, and one Volunteer Program Internship each summer.

Animal Care Intern

The Animal Care internship is an opportunity to learn and grow while gaining experience in native wild animal husbandry. The Animal Care Intern assists staff with all aspects of caring for the Science Center’s animal ambassadors. The Animal Care Intern also gains experience with interpretation by presenting Up Close to Animals programs about native New Hampshire wildlife.

    Internship Experiences
  • Animal observations and record keeping
  • Animal handling, capture and restraint
  • Proper diet preparation and distribution
  • General husbandry of animal and keeper areas
  • Proper Association of Zoos and Aquariums protocols, policies, and procedures
  • Animal training and enrichment
  • Basic avian wildlife rehabilitation
  • Training in environmental education and interpretation techniques
  • Opportunity to receive First Aid/CPR certification
  • Present Up Close to Animals – short, live animal presentations in trailside amphitheater
  • Assisting with special events, and additional duties as assigned
  • Complete a final project in animal training or enrichment under the guidance of animal care staff
    Requirements
  • College junior/senior status or graduate student with a major in biology, zoology, natural sciences, or related field
  • Enthusiasm, motivation, strong time management, and a desire to work with people and animals
  • Ability to effectively communicate with staff and volunteers
  • Appropriate footwear is required (e.g., work boots, hiking shoes) and outerwear is required for all weather conditions (e.g., cold, rain, wind)
  • Must be able to lift and carry 50 pounds
  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time
  • Available from late May to mid to late August. First three weeks are training in education/interpretation and animal handling with a Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. schedule. The remainder of the summer is a Friday-Tuesday 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. schedule.
    Benefits
  • Stipend of $250/week
  • Onsite, shared housing in rustic cottage

To Apply: Email cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Animal Care Director Lauren Moulis at . Cover letter should address your interest in applying for this position, your career goals, and how you anticipate this position will contribute to your professional development.

Education Program Intern

The Education Program internship is an opportunity to learn and grow while gaining experience in environmental education. Education Program Interns assist with presenting live animal programs to the public and teaching nature day camps.

    Internship Experiences
  • Receive training in interpretation and environmental education techniques
  • Learn to handle live, native animal ambassadors
  • Receive First Aid/CPR training and certification
  • Assist with Guided Discoveries, week-long nature day camps for children ages 4 to 12, by planning and leading hands-on experiences that help children discover and connect with New Hampshire’s natural world
  • Present Up Close to Animals – short live animal programs at outdoor trailside amphitheater
  • Assist with presenting live animal outreach programs offsite at a variety venues including campgrounds, libraries, summer camps, and environmental organizations
  • Interact with visitors and provide an educational presence on the exhibit trail with a live animal or biofacts (e.g., pelts, feathers, skulls)
  • Assist with special events and additional duties as assigned
  • Complete one or more projects supporting Education Program goals

Qualifications

  • College junior/senior status or graduate student with a major in the natural sciences, environmental education or related field
  • Experience working with children in educational and/or recreational settings preferred
  • Enthusiasm, motivation, and a desire to work with children, adults and animals
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Appropriate footwear is required (e.g., hiking shoes) and outerwear for all weather conditions (e.g., heat, cold, rain, wind)
  • Must be able to lift and carry 50 pounds
  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time
  • Available from late May to mid to late August, and able to work a flexible schedule including nights and weekends. First three weeks are training in education/interpretation and animal handling with a Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. schedule. Schedule will vary the remainder of the summer.

Benefits:

  • Weekly stipend $250/week
  • Onsite, shared housing in a rustic intern cottage

To Apply: Email cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Naturalist Jeremy Phillips at . Cover letter should address your interest in applying for this position, your career goals, and how you anticipate this position will contribute to your professional development.

Nature Day Camp Intern

The Nature Day Camp Internship is an opportunity to learn and grow while gaining experience in environmental education. Guided Discoveries are weeklong nature day camps that provide children ages 4 to 12 with hands-on experiences that help them discover and connect with New Hampshire’s natural world. The Nature Day Camp Intern assists the Instructor with the planning, preparation, and instruction for these theme focused day camps. The Nature Day Camp Intern also gains experience handling and teaching about native New Hampshire wildlife.

    Internship Experiences
  • Receive training in interpretation and environmental education techniques
  • Learn to handle live, native animal ambassadors
  • Receive First Aid/CPR training and certification
  • Co-teach eight weeks of Guided Discoveries, week-long nature day camps for children ages 4 to 12, by planning and leading hands-on experiences that help children discover and connect with New Hampshire’s natural world
  • Assist with special events and additional duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • College junior/senior status or graduate student 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
  • Enthusiasm, motivation and a desire to work with children and animals
  • Ability to effectively communicate with staff and volunteers
  • Appropriate footwear is required (e.g., closed toed shoes) and outerwear is required for all weather conditions (e.g., cold, rain, wind)
  • Must be able to lift and carry 50 pounds
  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time
  • Available from late May to mid to late August, on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. First three weeks are training in education/interpretation and animal handling. Remainder of internship is planning and teaching Guided Discoveries nature day camps.

Benefits:

  • Stipend of $250/week
  • Onsite, shared housing in rustic cottage

To Apply: Email cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Naturalist Jeremy Phillips at . Cover letter should address your interest in applying for this position, your career goals, and how you anticipate this position will contribute to your professional development.

Marketing Intern

The Marketing Intern will gain experience working in a nationally-accredited nature center. The Marketing Intern will work with the Development and Communications Director to help strategically manage the Science Center’s promotional and marketing efforts for its environmental education programs, mission to the general public, membership, and school groups.

    Internship Experiences
  • Video creation and editing for social media channels
  • Press release, blog, and other publicity related writing
  • Analysis of online pay-per-click advertising
  • Photography of all aspects of the Science Center
  • Surveying trail and lake cruise visitors including weekly scheduled time on the live animal exhibit trail
  • Opportunity to receive First Aid/CPR certification
  • Editing and proofreading materials
  • Designing event flyers
  • Updating calendar of event listings
  • Managing press lists
  • Assisting with special events

Qualifications:

  • College junior or senior status
  • Strong time management skills and ability to work independently
  • Strong written and oral communications
  • Ability to manage multiple projects on deadlines
  • Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite products is a plus
  • Available from late May to mid to late-August, approximately 40 hours per week. Schedule may include occasional evening and weekend event assignments.

Benefits:

  • Weekly stipend $250/week
  • Onsite, shared housing in a rustic intern cottage

To Apply: Email cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Development and Communications Director Amanda Gillen at . Cover letter should address your interest in applying for this position, your career goals, and how you anticipate this position will contribute to your professional development.

Volunteer Program Intern

The Volunteer Program Internship is an opportunity to learn and grow while gaining experience in volunteer administration, public speaking, and live animal handling. Over 300 volunteers contribute more than 9,000 hours each year supporting all aspects of Science Center operations from education to animal care to facilities to events. The Volunteer Program Intern assists the Volunteer Manager with overall support and administration of the volunteer program.

    Internship Experiences
  • Plan and lead volunteer training sessions
  • Serve as mentor for new volunteers
  • Help manage volunteer schedule and communicate with volunteers on schedule updates
  • Lead group volunteer events
  • Assist docents with handling live animals
  • Receive training in interpretation and environmental education
  • Present Up Close to Animals – short, live animal programs at outdoor trailside amphitheater
  • Receive first aid/CPR training and certification
  • Opportunities to assist with special volunteer projects, such as evening bat counts
  • Complete independent projects
  • Assist with some raptor care tasks
  • Assist with education outreach programs

Qualifications:

  • College junior/senior status with an interest in the natural sciences, human resources, nonprofit management, or volunteer administration
  • Experience as a volunteer, in volunteer administration, or human resources preferred
  • Enthusiasm, motivation, and a desire to work with animals and people of all ages
  • Available from late May to mid- to late-August. First three weeks are training in education/interpretation and animal handling with a Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. schedule. The schedule the remainder of the summer will be Thursday-Monday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with some evenings for trainings and special events.

Benefits:

  • Weekly stipend $250/week
  • Onsite, shared housing in a rustic intern cottage

To Apply: Email cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Volunteer Manager Carol Raymond at . Cover letter should address your interest in applying for this position, your career goals, and how you anticipate this position will contribute to your professional development.

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 and is committed to creating a diverse work environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, veteran status or sexual orientation.

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