Ocean Literacy Summit Coordination Intern

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 Spring 2017
Time Commitment: 2-3 Days per week through summer, flexible during fall

Position Summary:

The New England Ocean Science Education Collaborative (NEOSEC) seeks an intern to assist with the planning and implementation of the Ocean Literacy Summit, which will be held in Fall 2016. This intern's duties will be focused primarily in communications and event logistics and will report to the NEOSEC Program Manager, who works out of the New England Aquarium. The ideal candidate is a highly-motivated individual looking to expand their knowledge of science communications in a conservation setting. An example would be a student transitioning from undergraduate to graduate studies, aiming to bolster their experience and skills in this field.

Duties/Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Assist Program Manager in working with the summit planning committee
  • Work with Program Manager and the planning committee to devise and research themes, workshops and exhibits
  • Manage website information and newsletter for content and distribution
  • Assist with conference promotion
  • Create and distribute other materials as necessary
  • Performs other position related duties as assigned


  • Requires minimum of 3 years of completed undergraduate study, completion of undergraduate degree preferred
  • Experience in event planning preferred
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Passionate about marine conservation education
  • Experience with basic Microsoft Office programs, social media sites, and other marketing platforms
  • Attention to detail and logistics a must
  • Commitment: Flexible Monday through Friday schedule. Ideal candidate would commit to six months to one year, even if schedule and availability is subject to vary over that time.

Organizational Description:

The New England Aquarium's mission is to protect the blue planet through hands-on programs, live animal and interactive exhibits, public lectures and forums, and research and conservation projects.                       

Programs emphasize species, habitats and issues critical to New England. The Aquarium is also a pioneer in marine animal rescue and a leading ocean conservation organization with research scientists working around the globe.

The New England Aquarium serves as a responsive community resource that attracts and involves the broadest possible audience; seeks a culturally diverse staff and governing board that reflect our community; adheres to the highest standards of animal stewardship; and is committed to delivering the highest quality visitor experience in a welcoming and enjoyable manner that evokes wonder, curiosity, understanding, caring and action.

Department Description:

The New England Ocean Science Education Collaborative leverages and strengthens the region's extraordinary ocean science and educational assets to advance understanding of the vital connections between people and the ocean.  To support this mission, member institutions:

  Expand their collective capacity to bring ocean science to the public by working together and learning from each other.

  Create and deliver programs to diverse audiences by working in partnership with people and organizations who share our mission.

  Create and disseminate materials and programs that enable people of all ages, from diverse backgrounds and experience, to learn about the ocean.

  Model innovative and effective methods for integrating ocean sciences and scientists into education and outreach efforts.

The ocean is the defining feature of our planet. Ocean Literacy means understanding the ocean's influence on you and your influence on the ocean. This definition is the result of discussions among 100 scientists and educators in 2005, and serves as the national standard for ocean science education. Advancing ocean literacy in New England is the commitment and goal of the New England Ocean Science Education Collaborative (NEOSEC). NEOSEC member institutions recognize that there are limited opportunities for education and science practitioners and researchers to share their expertise, and in 2008 created The New England Ocean Literacy Summit to provide important opportunities for formal and informal educators, ocean scientists, and policymakers to make connections.

More than 180 people attended the most recent 4th biennial Ocean Literacy Summit at the University of Rhode Island's Narragansett Bay Campus over two days. To demonstrate the power of collaboration and communication among professionals in these sectors, all of the Summit's concurrent sessions feature scientists and educators as co-presenters. The 5th biennial Summit will be in the fall of 2016.

To Apply: 
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