Museum of Science Internships

Museum of Science Charles River Environmental Science Interpretation Intern

Museum of Science, Boston

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PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

This internship is a collaboration between the Museum of Science (MOS) Interpretation Department and the Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA). This collaboration will provide an intern with an opportunity to participate in active field work while also learning strategies for engaging the public in conversation about and exploration of the science of watershed restoration. Interpretation Department programs at the Museum of Science offer hands-on, inquiry-based learning experiences for visitors throughout the Museum. Our goal is to guide visitors in investigations that get them excited about science and engineering and encourage them to develop the skills of scientific inquiry and engineering design. The Exhibit Hall Interpretation program in particular provides physical science and technology investigations at the Investigation Station in Investigate! and natural history and ecology investigations at the Field Station in the Yawkey Gallery on the Charles. One of the country's oldest watershed organizations, Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA) was formed in 1965 in response to public concern about the declining condition of the Charles. Since its earliest days of advocacy, CRWA has figured prominently in major clean-up and watershed protection efforts, working with government officials and citizen groups from 35 Massachusetts watershed towns from Hopkinton to Boston. CRWA's mission is to use science, advocacy, and the law to protect, preserve and enhance the Charles River and its watershed. For more information about CRWA, please visit www.crwa.org.


POSITION SUMMARY:

The intern will split time between the MOS and CRWA. While at CRWA, intern responsibilities may include water quality monitoring, benthic macroinvertebrate sampling, invasive plant removal, equipment preparation, data compilation and analysis, mapping using ArcGIS, administrative tasks, science and/or internet research, environmental advocacy, and other related work. During the summer season, interns work in the field regularly and are required to provide their own transportation to and from monitoring locations and laboratories which are not accessible by public transportation. Tasks that do not require the intern to provide his or her own transportation may be arranged for outstanding candidates. While at the Museum of Science, the intern will work with Interpretation staff and volunteers to provide Interpretation programming in the Exhibit Halls. Primary responsibilities will include engaging visitors in hands-on investigations and assisting Museum staff with training and support for volunteers. The intern will also work with Interpretation staff to develop or enhance activities related to the Charles River ecosystem to ensure that activities are informed by current scientific work in the field. The intern may also have the opportunity to learn activities in other Interpretation Department programs or assist with programs throughout the Museum.


RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Guide visitors in investigation activities that get them excited about science and technology and encourage them to use skills of science inquiry, engineering design, and mathematics; learn a variety of activities, including at least one activity for the Investigation Station and one for the Field Station
  • Assist CRWA staff and interns with ongoing projects, including water quality monitoring, benthic macroinvertebrate sampling, tree surveys, invasive plant removal, equipment preparation, data compilation and analysis, mapping using ArcGIS, and outreach activities.
  • Assist MOS Interpretation staff with volunteer training and support.
  • Work with Interpretation and CRWA staff to develop, refurbish, or enhance Interpretation activities related to the Charles River Ecosystem so that activities accurately represent scientific work in the field.


BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Interest in informal science education - Undergraduate student, graduate student, or career changer with a background in environmental science preferred.
  • Candidates who demonstrate a strong personal interest in environmental science will also be considered. 
  • Excellent verbal and nonverbal communication skills 
  • Willingness to work with a variety of age groups, including school groups and families 
  • Willingness to work outdoors, regardless of the weather conditions.
  • The intern must be comfortable operating a small motorized boat with a fellow intern; training will be provided.


SPECIAL SKILLS:

  • High level of initiative and self-direction 
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team 
  • Ability to provide their own transportation to and from monitoring sites that are not accessible by public transportation preferred; however, tasks that do not require the intern to provide his or her own transportation may be arranged for outstanding candidates.
  • Good problem-solving skills


LENGTH OF INTERNSHIP:

Fall 2018


WORK SCHEDULE:

28-35 hours/week


STARTING SALARY:

Unpaid and/or for course credit


BENEFITS:

Intern benefits include free parking in the Museum garage, close proximity to the Green Line, free admission, discounts in the Museum store and café and much more!


The Museum of Science is fully committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and to attracting, retaining, developing and promoting the most qualified employees without regard to their race, gender, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, citizenship status, veteran status, or any other characteristic prohibited by federal, state or local law. We are dedicated to providing a work environment free from discrimination and harassment, and where employees are treated with respect and dignity.


No phone inquiries, please. Qualified applicants will be contacted within two to four weeks of initial application.

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