Want 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
· 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
· 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
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE IN:
Fundraising * Public Relations * Education * Membership * Volunteer
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:
To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references. Email to
. 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 EDUCATOR- Peterson Bay Field Station. March 31-May 31.
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)
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.
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.
CACS Yurt Naturalists
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.
NATURALIST - Wynn 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.
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.
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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