Education Intern- What Lives in the Harbor

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National Aquarium

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National Aquarium is partnering with Baltimore City Public Schools to provide a meaningful watershed education experience for middle school students. In the classroom, students will complete a pre-lesson led by their teachers introducing the concept of a watershed and the different species that cold occupy the Chesapeake Bay. We are looking for volunteers to lead instruction at the National Aquarium’s waterfront campus when the middle school students come to test the water quality (i.e. dissolved oxygen, salinity, temperature, etc.) of the Inner Harbor. You may also watch a video ( of one school’s field investigation from this spring 2018. Students complete the experience by doing an action project in their school community to bring awareness to the issues surrounding the Inner Harbor and/or Chesapeake Bay.

Essential Functions:

  • Becoming familiar with the content
  • Becoming familiar with how to operate the equipment
  • Setting up and breaking down station supplies
  • Monitoring stations and supplies when students are not present
  • Escorting students to their station upon arrival to the Aquarium
  • Providing hands-on S.T.E.M. activities to middle school students to raise awareness of the challenges facing the Chesapeake Bay watershed and the proposed solutions to them
  • Implementing environmental water quality content instruction to students focused on dissolved oxygen, salinity, turbidity, temperature, pH, and plankton/algae blooms in the Inner Harbor
  • Instructing students on the use of technical water quality equipment (i.e. Secchi disk, YSI dissolved oxygen probe, LabQuest salinity probe, refractometer, mini-microscope, pH paper)
  • Overseeing groups of students and maintaining a behavioral controlled learning environment


  • Must have an interest in education
  • Must be enrolled in an accredited college, pursuing a degree in education, biology, zoology, animal behavior, ecology, environmental science, or a related field
  • Must be available on Tuesdays and/or Wednesdays from 10a - 1:30p from September - November 13, 2019.
  • Must receive credit for the internship.

Internships at the National Aquarium provide hands-on and minds-on experiences that add value to any college education. Applying classroom knowledge, interns obtain valuable job experience and establish professional contacts.

College internship positions are available year-round in many departments throughout the Aquarium. The Aquarium makes every effort to match interns to work that complements their studies, interests, and skills.

The National Aquarium is committed to diversity and invites individuals who bring a diversity of culture, experience and ideas to apply.


Recently named one of Baltimore’s Best Places to Work, the National Aquarium opened in 1981 as a nonprofit aquatic education and conservation organization, the jewel of the city’s Inner Harbor redevelopment. SmartCEO Magazine honored the National Aquarium with the Healthiest Workplace award and the Corporate Culture award in 2016. With a mission to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures, the Aquarium is consistently ranked one of the nation’s two top aquariums and has hosted over 51 million guests since opening.

Today, the National Aquarium builds on a 37-year history of local, regional and global conservation initiatives that provide real solutions for protecting marine life, ecosystems and aquatic communities. Its Animal Rescue team has rescued, rehabilitated and released hundreds of marine mammals and endangered sea turtles throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Its Animal Welfare and Science teams participate in important research efforts to confront pressing ocean conservation issues and advocate for smarter policies at local, state and federal levels. Through education, research, conservation action and advocacy, the National Aquarium is pursuing a vision to change the way humanity cares for our ocean planet.

HOW TO APPLY Interested and engaged applicants should apply through our website. Requests for reasonable accommodation can be made by e-mailing Please upload all of the requested documents. We cannot consider your application unless you upload proof that you will receive credit for the experience.

Internships are unpaid, and there is no reimbursement for transportation or housing.

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About National Aquarium


Pier 3, 501 E Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21202, US

Mission Statement

To inspire conservation of the world's aquatic treasures.




Mon Sep 30, 2019 - Wed Nov 13, 2019
10:00 AM - 01:30 PM  


501 E Pratt St.Baltimore, MD 21202



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