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Dress ClubWant to help share the wonder?

Do you love to work in the outdoors?

Does a new discovery make your heart skip a beat?

Do you love working with new people everyday?

Are you a brilliant problem solver that can't wait for the next new challenge?

Be a part of our team! Intern and volunteers needed to share the wonders of Kachemak Bay with visitors from around the world. The application period for  for spring and summer positions is closed. 

HIGHSCHOOL INTERNSHIPS- Application Packet

This year we are seeking four energetic and responsible teens to act as guides, greeters, and program support for our summer programs. These internship positions will give you quality work experience and training in the field of ecotourism and environmental education. HS Interns will also have the chance to act as teen counselors during our summer camps! The perfect candidates will enjoy interacting with the public (in person and through that marvelous invention of the internet!), spending time outdoors, and helping to make the most of visitors' experiences with CACS. Apply by downloading the application packet here and returning it by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or deliver it to our office during business hours.

Program Benefits

· Getting to spend the summer learning and working outdoors

· Working closely with a naturalist mentor

· Leading and instructing others as a wilderness camp counselor

· Participating in interpretation and naturalist training

· Housing and meals (if needed) with a host family in or near the community of Homer, AK

Program Requirements

· Have completed your sophomore, junior or senior year of High School this spring

· Be able to commit to at least 20 hours of work per week

· Complete one natural history, research, or education project

· Attend job training sessions and mentor meetings

· Be able to commit to the entire 9 week session-- June 1st, 2014- August 1, 2014

Volunteering Opportunities

Thanks for your interest in volunteering for CACS. Our volunteers are the heart of our organization. No matter what your interests and abilities are, we need you! Contact Melanie Dufour at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information about being a CACS volunteer.

VOLUNTEER BENEFITS:
After 30 hours – a 20% discount on promotional items sold in the office
After 50 hours – 3 vouchers for free Peterson Bay natural history tours (excluding boat transportation). Two days advance notice required.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE IN:

Fundraising * Public Relations * Education * Membership * Volunteer
Facilities Maintenance * Newsletter * Wynn Nature Center

The application period for spring and summer full-time positions is now closed for 2014.  Keep us in mind for 2015, though - see below for more details about exciting opportunities with the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies.

New successful CACS staff will:

  • Be able to work as an individual and as a team player
  • Be flexible, patient and adapt to changing situations
  • Gain personal satisfaction through spending time in the outdoors and sharing the natural world with others
  • Have strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Be successful working with little direct supervision
  • Have a background in marine sciences, oceanography, forest ecology, education or a related field
  • Be in good physical condition
  • Have basic CPR and First Aid Certification

To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references. Email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Please specify your preferred position in the email subject line. Dial (907)235-6668 if you wish to fax your application. Applications must be received by January 6th, 2014. Housing can be provided in or around the community of Homer.

Environmental Educators

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATOR- Peterson Bay Field Station. March 31-May 31.Jess with kids

Teach forest and intertidal ecology to all ages on the pristine beaches of Kachemak Bay! Lead educator positions available based at the semi-remote Peterson Bay Coastal Science Field Station across Kachemak Bay and at Kasitsna Bay Laboratory across from Homer, Alaska. Residential instructor/group leaders needed for Alaska Coastal Ecology field trips and Homer based activities for school groups, grades 4-12. Duties include instruction, leading beach and forest hikes, assisting with training and coaching of interns and performing routine maintenance at the Field Station facility. Educational programs are well-developed and supported but provide opportunities for creativity and flexibility. Field sites feature rocky intertidal areas of outstanding diversity, a coastal forest trail system, and salt and freshwater wetlands. Position requires knowledge of basic intertidal, marine, and forest ecology; experience instructing and organizing school groups or children, good physical condition, and ability to live and work in a residential situation with school groups and other staff. Alaska or similar experience and experience with stocking and maintaining salt water aquaria preferred. $1,200-1,500/mo. DOE + housing.

Environmental Educator Job Description (April-May)

  • Team lead 2-4 day coastal ecology programs for school groups (3rd-12th grade and college students) at remote locations across Kachemak Bay by:

  • Facilitating group transitions from Homer Harbor to program location and back

  • Orienting groups to the Peterson Bay Field Station or Kasitsna Bay Laboratory

  • Leading coastal ecology environmental education activities such as tide pooling, forest ecology hikes, plankton tow and microscope lab, and water quality monitoring

  • Modeling positive interactions with the natural world, practicing good environmental stewardship, and leading marine stewardship activities for the group

  • Assist teachers in the facilitation of evening activities such as campfires, games, and beach walks

  • Developing and ensuring a safe, fun, and positive learning environment for students

  • Setting behavior guidelines for the group and maintaining discipline as necessary

  • Administer basic first aid and comfort homesick students

  • Lead CACS day programs as needed

  • Lead Creatures of the Dock, Beluga Wetlands, and Onboard Oceanography programs

  • Work cooperatively with CACS staff and volunteers

  • Maintain CACS facilities and program supplies

  • Perform routine facility and trail maintenance at the Peterson Bay Field Station. This may include snow removal, troubleshooting water system problems, and maintenance of composting toilets.

  • Maintain the health and upkeep of salt-water aquariums and intertidal animals

  • Keep CACS education kits in order and well-supplied

 

ONBOARD OCEANOGRAPHY COORDINATOR/EDUCATOR- March 31-May 31

Coordinate and lead spring Onboard Oceanography programs on beautiful Kachemak Bay! As OBO Coordinator you will help develop new oceanographic sampling activities for K-12 students to help answer questions about issue facing our oceans today. Coordinator duties include training and scheduling community volunteer educators, purchasing and managing OBO supplies, and leading these 5 hour science-based excursions onboard the M/V Discovery. Job duties also include instructing other CACS programs for K-12 students as necessary including Beluga Wetlands, Creatures of the Dock, and Alaska Coastal Ecology Programs. Experience in oceanography and marine science preferred. $1500-$1800/month BOE.

  • Develop Onboard Oceanography curriculum using existing Onboard Oceanography curriculum guide, update lessons and provide outlines to meet the needs of small and large K-12 groups aboard a marine vessel in Kachemak Bay. Curriculum components will include water quality monitoring, tides and currents, climate change, aquaculture, plankton surveys, and crab collection

  • Coordinate and lead spring Onboard Oceanography programs on Kachemak Bay

  • Schedule and lead pre- and post-program classroom visits to local schools

  • Train and schedule community volunteer educators

  • Purchase and manage OBO supplies

  • Conduct participant evaluations of programs and synthesize feedback

  • Provide written and verbal reflection about the Onboard Oceanography program at the conclusion of spring

  • Revise Onboard Oceanography curriculum and outlines in light of feedback and reflection

  • Collaborate with Peterson Bay Field Station Coordinator to adapt curriculum to fit the needs of summer groups, including those from out of state and adults

  • Instruct other CACS programs for K-12 students as necessary including Beluga Wetlands, Creatures of the Dock, and Alaska Coastal Ecology Programs.


YOUTH PROGRAM COORDINATOR- June 1- September 1

Love working in the outdoors with kids? Enthusiastic and caring individual with ability to work well with children ages 6-12 is needed to coordinate week long day camps at the Wynn Nature Center and CACS Yurt. Ideal candidates will have past experience working in day camp programs and a general background in education & natural sciences. Coordinator is responsible for developing and leading daily outdoor adventures, lessons, games, and crafts and needs to be 21 or over with a valid driver's license to transport campers in a 12 passenger van. Upbeat, responsible, patient and flexible a must! $1200-$1500/month BOE.

  • Plan and implement weekly natural history based summer program for children 6-12 utilizing the Wynn Nature Center, CACS Learning Yurt, and other Homer sites

  • Programming should include: time spent playing outdoors, crafts, and natural history themes

  • Develop and ensure a safe, fun, and positive learning environment for campers

  • Set behavior guidelines for the group and maintaining discipline as necessary

  • Communicate openly and frequently with parents, especially in regards to participant needs (i.e. bringing a snack), behavioral challenges & successes, and special program events

  • Provide written and verbal feedback on the day camp programs and specific activities to the Program Coordinator

  • Administer basic first aid and manage emotional well being and outbursts of participants

  • Transport campers from CACS Headquarters to activity sites (Must be 21+ with a valid driver's license and comfortable driving a 12 passenger van)

  • Work cooperatively with and supervise CACS interns and volunteers

  • Coordinate activities and material use with other CACS staff

  • Help promote the day camp and CACS through blogging and social media

Naturalists

NATURALIST- CACS Yurt on the Spit. June 1-September 1. Seeking enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and flexible individuals to work at our yurt at the Homer Harbor. Naturalists lead Creatures of the Dock Tours for diverse groups, help orient visitors to Homer to programs available with CACS, assist in educational programs for children, and share their amazing experiences with the world through blogging and with their killer social media skills. Assist in booking Peterson Bay Field Station hiking and kayak tours and help with training and coaching of interns and volunteers. Requires relevant knowledge base in intertidal and marine ecology, and experience as an instructor or interpreter. A background in sales a plus. $1,200-$1,500/month.

CACS Yurt Naturalists

  • Make the CACS Yurt available for visitors 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. daily.

  • Lead daily 1-2 hour Creature of the Dock tours investigating the intertidal invertebrates that live in the Homer Harbor

  • Promote CACS tours and facilities to visitors

  • Help visitors book tours to the Peterson Bay Field Station and kayaking tours

  • Create and maintain interpretive displays

  • Assist with set-up, stocking and maintenance of intertidal life in saltwater aquarium

  • Supervise and act as a role model for CACS High School Interns

  • Work cooperatively with CACS volunteers

  • Sell promotional and gift items

  • Assist with the SPIT kids program when needed


NATURALIST - Peterson Bay Field Station. June 1-September 1. Seeking enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and flexible individuals to live and work at our remote Peterson Bay Field Station across Kachemak Bay from Homer. Naturalists lead interpretive hikes and activities for diverse groups, develop and co-lead educational programs for children, and share their amazing experiences with the world through blogging and with their killer social media skills. Assist with training and coaching of interns and volunteers and with routine maintenance of facilities and trails. Requires relevant knowledge base in forest ecology and in intertidal and marine ecology, and experience as an instructor or interpreter. $1,200-$1,500/month.

  • Conduct interpretive hikes through the coastal forest and intertidal zone

  • Conduct interpretive presentations of marine life in live tanks and aquaria

  • Lead educational activities for youth groups in intertidal ecology, oceanography, forest ecology, and Alaska Native cultures

  • Assist with set-up, stocking and maintenance of intertidal life in outdoor live tanks and aquaria

  • Assist with visitor, gear, food, and bedding transportation between the Homer harbor and the Peterson Bay Field Station Dock

  • Perform routine trail work, maintenance, and cleaning, including running the water system and maintenance of the composting toilet system

  • Ensure CACS safety standards are maintained

  • Sell promotional and gift items

  • Conduct participant evaluations of programs

  • Provide orientation for yurt stay visitors and overnight groups

  • Be available "on-call" in evenings to assist yurt stay visitors as needed

  • Facilitate evening activities such as campfires, games, and beach walks for overnight groups

  • Develop and ensure a safe, fun, and positive learning environment for youth groups

  • Set behavior guidelines for youth groups and maintain discipline as necessary

  • Administer basic first aid and comfort homesick participants

  • (Naturalists only) Assist in mentoring of CACS Naturalist Interns, including shadowing programs and providing constructive criticism

  • (Naturalists only) Plan and lead CACS camps for youth and families, including development and implementation of programming, arrangement of guest speakers, confirmation of transportation, meal planning and preparation, chaperoning of participants, organization and preparation of supplies, and submitting written feedback on the camp

  • (Interns only) Assist with week long summer camps as required

  • (Interns only) Participate in and complete a research or environmental education project

NATURALIST - WStaff at Wynnynn Nature Center. June 1-September 1. Seeking enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and flexible individuals to share the nature of the Wynn Nature Center on the ridge above Homer, AK, with students and visitors from around the world. Naturalists lead interpretive hikes and activities for diverse groups and develop and co-lead educational programs for children. Design and develop educational displays, lead interpretive programs, and share new discoveries through blogging and social media. Naturalists assist with training and coaching of interns and volunteers and with routine maintenance of facilities and trails. Requires relevant knowledge base in botany and forest ecology and experience as an instructor or interpreter. $1,200-$1,500/month.

  • Keep the Wynn Nature Center open daily for visitors from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

  • Lead daily 1-2 hour natural history tours at the Wynn Nature Center showcasing local flora and fauna

  • Lead and design 2 hour weekly children's natural history programming to take place at the WNC

  • Develop and ensure a safe, fun, and positive learning environment for youth groups and children's programs

  • Greet visitors, orient them to the center and grounds, collect trail use fees, and sell promotional items

  • Perform routine facility cleaning and trail maintenance and maintain CACS educational supplies and kits

  • Lead programs with special groups and weekly community programs

  • Develop in cabin natural history interpretive displays

  • Drive the CACS 12 passenger van when needed to transport program participants

  • Participate in citizen science monitoring projects

  • Help maintain and promote the Wynn People's Garden

  • (Naturalists Only)Plan and team lead one CACS week long summer camp. This includes development and implementation of programming, arrangement of guest speakers, confirmation of transportation, meal planning and preparation, chaperoning of participants, organization and preparation of supplies, and submitting written feedback on the camp

  • (Naturalists Only) Mentor interns, including shadowing programs and providing constructive criticism

  • (Naturalists Only) Work with and train CACS high school interns and volunteers

  • (Interns Only) Participate in and complete a research or environmental education project

Marine Mammal Camp 2011 -for webInternships

NATURALIST INTERN - Wynn Nature Center. June 1-September 1.

One position. Gain skills and experience needed to lead Wynn natural history hikes and tours and participate in a research or environmental education project. Energetic, creative individuals needed with academic background in botany and forest ecology with field courses preferred; some experience with teaching or interpretation a plus. $1200-1500/month BOE + on-site housing.

NATURALIST INTERN - Peterson Bay Field Station. June 1-September 1.

The Peterson Bay Field Station naturalist intern position is available through the Alaska Conservation Foundation Ted Smith Conservation Intern program. Please apply to this position and learn more at http://alaskaconservation.org/internships/conservation-internships-2014/.

One position. Gain skills and experience needed to lead Peterson Bay natural history hikes and tours and participate in a research or environmental education project. Energetic, creative individuals needed with academic background in forest ecology and intertidal and marine ecosystems with field courses preferred; and some experience with teaching or interpretation. $1200-1500/month BOE + on-site housing.


Seasonal Staff Frequently Asked Questions

Can I apply for more than one position?

You may apply for more than one position, but please write a separate cover letter for each position detailing specific experience and skills that are relevant to each position. Familiarize yourself with our different facilities and programs to ensure that the position you apply for best matches your skills. For our filing purposes, send a separate e-mail for each position to which you are applying and indicate your "first-choice" position.

Can you hire non-US citizens?

Yes, but it is your responsibility to make sure you have all of the necessary paperwork in order. You would also have to be responsible for any additional costs associated with the interview process (if an international call is required, etc.).  Strong communication skills and fluency in English are required.

What is the best way to get to Homer?

You are responsible for your travel to and from Homer, AK. From Anchorage, the simplest way to get to Homer is to fly in a small plane. Check ERA Alaska for flight information at www.flyera.com.

Driving from Anchorage is also a very scenic option.  There is always a possibility to carpool with other educators, if one of them will be driving to Homer. Homer Stageline (http://stagelineinhomer.com/) provides twice weekly service between Anchorage and Homer beginning in May. This option takes a full day due to multiple stops.

Where will I stay?

Housing is provided in or around the community of Homer. Spring and Summer Peterson Bay staff are housed in our apartment above our main office in Homer town center on their days off. This is a three bedroom apartment with shared bathroom and kitchen/living area. You will most likely have a roommate, but you may find that you are rarely in Homer at the same time. Wynn Nature Center staff are housed in cabins within walking/biking distance of the nature center, and about a 10 minute drive to Homer. Embrace the Alaskan adventure in your one bedroom dry cabin nestled in the Lutz spruce and Barclay willow, with gorgeous views of the Grewingk glacier across Kachemak Bay. (Dry cabins have no running water and an outhouse; CACS has a car that can be used to help you haul water to your cabin.)

As an environmental educator or summer naturalist, you will be part of overnight programs at the Peterson Bay Field Station or Kasitsna Bay Laboratory. During these programs, staff have a private room (potentially shared with another staff person but separate from the group). Summer naturalists can expect to spend most nights at the Field Station, with only their time off or the occasional "office day" spent in town.  This is true even when there are not groups at the Field Station

What will my work schedule be like?

Work schedules vary tremendously based on your position and scheduled programs. The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies is open for programs 7 days a week, so while we strive for a 5 day work week, you will likely be working a nontraditional schedule. Some typical schedules are listed below.

Spring Educators:

Typically, you will work 1-3 programs (2-7 days, with 1-6 nights in the field) before returning to Homer for 1-3 days off.  You will meet the boat with your first group of the set and then return to Homer with your final group in a 'set' and spend your days off there, sleeping at the staff apartments located above the office in downtown Homer. 

Peterson Bay Naturalists:

You will typically work a five days on, two days off schedule. During your work week you will be based at our remote Peterson Bay Field Station, returning to Homer on your days off. Work days are often long as you spend your time leading tours, taking care of the field station, and assisting overnight guest. Senior naturalists will be running some of our overnight camps which will require additional supervision of youth in a multi-day overnight setting.

Wynn Nature Center Naturalists:

The Wynn Nature Center is open 7 days a week from 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. As a naturalist or naturalist intern, you will work a regular 5 day a week, 8 hour day schedule, though sometimes programs are scheduled outside of the open hours. Senior naturalists will be running some of our overnight camps which will require additional supervision of youth in a multi-day overnight setting.

Is my food provided?

Meals are provided for spring Environmental Educators during programs. You will share the kitchen when you are with the school groups, so space and time usually dictate that you eat what they do. You'll probably mostly eat kid friendly food like spaghetti, tacos/burritos, sandwiches, and chili. You are welcome to bring your own food to help add a little variety. Some staff have been able to survive primarily on leftovers from the school groups on their days off, but if you'd like to add a bit more variety, you could expect to spend $20-$40 on groceries a week or $40-$60 if you go out some for a couple days/week in town plus some snacks for across the bay. If you have special dietary restrictions you will be responsible for providing your own food.  Space for cooking and food preparation is very limited at the Field Station during programs.

During the summer, PBFS staff will be fed by some of the groups but are responsible for the bulk of their food. Wynn Nature Center staff, Day Camp and On Board Oceanograpy Coordinators, and Yurt Naturalist are responsible for their own food.

 

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