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2022 Block Island Maritime Institute (BIMI) Internships

Do you love being in and on the water? Do you have the desire to share that love with others? The Block Island Maritime Institute endeavors to inspire our visitors to learn to love Block Island through engagement  in marine science and maritime activities. To do so, we need people that have experience and education in marine biology, oceanography and other related degrees to engage with the public and assist with aquarium maintenance.

Intern Applications for Summer 2022 are now open and will be accepted until January 23, 2022 .

Volunteer opportunities for Summer 2022 are also  available. Opportunities include volunteering with educational programs or assisting with the aquarium or if you prefer to be out on the water, we have room for a few more people to help stock our tanks and would love to talk to you if you fish and/or have a live well on your boat.  If interested, please contact us at info@blockislandmaritime.org

2022 Block Island Maritime Institute (BIMI) Internship

Part-time Marine Science and Maritime Activities Educator

Position Announcement

June 19, 2022 – September 3, 2022 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Greeting visitors in the BIMI Center. Providing a welcoming environment for all visitors including adults and children.
  • Educating visitors about BIMI; Block Island; local flora and fauna, sustainable marine systems; and various other marine science and maritime topics as related to designated programs and displays.
  • Providing support to visitors at our aquarium exhibits. Providing education about the species on display.
  • Actively and independently researching local ecology and other relevant topics.
  • Leading marine educational programs including outdoor field trips. Occasional evening programs as assigned.
  • Creating media content.
  • Supervising volunteers working at the aquarium or participating in other activities
  • Documenting daily activities, observations, and research.
  • Under direction of the aquarist, providing minor maintenance of the aquarium touch tanks and Institute facilities, which may include painting, updating information and displays.
  • Distributing posters, brochures, and other program information electronically and at locations around the Island.
  • Sales of merchandise and programs. Encouraging donations.
  • Assisting with visiting school groups and clubs as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Other

Individual research or similar projects that integrate with BIMI’s mission may be conducted. All projects will need to be approved prior to the start of employment. 

Specific Qualifications

  • Working knowledge of marine science, ecology, or marine environmental education, B.S. in marine science preferred.
  • Must be comfortable working outdoors for extended periods of time.
  • Effective communication skills – must have the ability to clearly communicate with supervisors, coworkers, and visitors of all ages.
  • Ability to interact appropriately with children, adults, and peers. Experience working with children in an educational or recreational setting preferred.
  • Must be familiar with various social media formats and be able to post on BIMI’s behalf.
  • Must be able to work effectively in a team structure.
  • Must be able to provide a criminal background check completed by the local police.
  • First Aid and CPR completed prior to employment. BIMI will reimburse this if hired.
  • Lifeguard certification preferred.
  • SCUBA preferred.

Compensation

  • $15.00 per hour.
  • The internship averages 20 hours per week from about June 19th to about September 3rd.

Other

  • Programs run 7 days per week, normally between 7 am and 5 pm with occasional evenings.
  • Begin and End dates may be flexible to accommodate school schedule.
  • Transportation, such as bringing your own bicycle, is recommended.

 How to Apply

  • Full application packet must be submitted via e-mail to bimi02807@gmail.com by January 23, 2022. For more information, email or call Valerie Preler, Director at 401-500-3501. Packet must include:
  • Current Resume including any specialized certifications and/or skills including full name, mail address, e-mail address, and phone number where you can be reached.
  • College Transcripts
  • Cover Letter (in 500 words or less) detailing your career goals; what you hope to gain from an internship; and what sets you apart from other candidates.
  • 2 Reference Letters from a non-family member sent to bimi02807@gmail.com by January 23rd.

2022 Block Island Maritime Institute (BIMI) Internship

Full-time Marine Science and Maritime Activities Educator

Position Announcement

Approximately June 19, 2022 – September 3, 2022

 Primary Responsibilities

  • Providing a welcoming environment for visitors, both adults and children.
  • Engaging with visitors at our aquarium exhibits, providing education about the species on display. Further educating visitors about BIMI; Block Island; its local flora and fauna, sustainable marine systems; and various other marine science and maritime activities.
  • Actively encouraging guests to visit the aquariums and participate in programs, providing ongoing education as to opportunities that are available.
  • Participating in the creation of media content on at least a weekly basis for the duration of the internship.
  • Assist and oversee volunteers participating in educational programs.
  • Documenting daily activities, observations, and research.
  • Under direction of the aquarist, providing minor maintenance of the aquarium tanks and Institute facilities.
  • Distributing posters, brochures, and other program information electronically and at locations around the Island.
  • Participating in other island activities and coordinating with staff from other environmental education and community support programs on the island.
  • Assisting with visiting school groups and clubs as needed.
  • Sales of merchandise and programs. Encouraging donations.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Specific Qualifications

  • Working knowledge of marine science, ecology, or marine environmental education, preferably with a Bachelor of Science degree.
  • Experience working with children in an educational or recreational setting.
  • HIGHLY motivated and self-driven – must be an independent thinker and accomplish tasks independently.
  • Effective communication skills – must have the ability to clearly communicate with supervisors, coworkers, and visitors of all ages.
  • Ability to interact appropriately with children, adults, and peers.
  • Must be familiar with various social media formats and be able to post on BIMI’s behalf.
  • Must be able to work effectively in a team structure. BIMI staff live and work on the same premises requiring that interns be able to communicate effectively with the BIMI team, seeking out support from co-workers and/or the Director when needed.
  • Must be able to provide evidence of a criminal background check completed by the local police.
  • Must be able to complete First Aid and CPR training prior to employment. BIMI will reimburse this expense.
  • Lifeguard experience preferred.
  • Diving and snorkeling experience preferred.

Compensation

  • $15.00 per hour.
  • The internship will average 35 hours per week at regular pay from about June 19th to about September 3rd.
  • Overtime pay begins at 40 hours. Unscheduled overtime may be needed.

Other

  • Interns are supervised directly by the Director with oversight in specific duties by the Aquarist and/or Public Outreach Coordinator.
  • Housing may be provided, typically shared with other interns. Given the needs of running an aquarium and a non-traditional schedule of employment, BIMI is dependent upon its employees to be flexible. BIMI provides housing including utilities only for employees that can provide that flexibility. If the BIMI employee chooses to work for another entity or commit themselves to any project that disallows flexibility in the employee’s schedule, the employee will have to pay their fair share of rent and utilities for the apartment.
  • A rent credit may be available if housing is not needed.
  • Transportation, such as bringing your own bicycle, is recommended.

 How to Apply

  • Full application packet must be submitted via e-mail to bimi02807@gmail.com by January 23, 2022. For more information, email or call Valerie Preler, Director at 401-500-3501. Packet must include:
  • Current Resume including any specialized certifications and/or skills including full name, mail address, e-mail address, and phone number where you can be reached.
  • College Transcripts
  • Cover Letter (in 500 words or less) detailing your career goals; what you hope to gain from an internship; and what sets you apart from other candidates.
  • 2 Reference Letters from a non-family member sent to bimi02807@gmail.com by January 23, 2022.

Position: Educator and Public Outreach Coordinator

Dates: June 12– September 9, 2022 full-time on-site; Remote work part-time January to June 2022

Reports to: Director

 Summer Responsibilities

  • Providing a welcoming environment for visitors, both adults and children.
  • Engaging with visitors at our aquarium exhibits, providing education about the species on display. Further educating visitors about Block Island; its local flora and fauna, sustainable marine systems; and various other marine science and maritime
  • Actively encouraging guests to visit the aquariums and participate in programs, providing ongoing education as to opportunities that are available.
  • With oversight from the director, maintaining an online media presence including assistance with website updates and maintenance.
  • Responsible for the A/V of live Tuesday Talks; editing and publishing of weekly lectures; and possible broadcasting of the Tuesday Night Talk series.
  • Actively and independently researching local ecology and other relevant topics.
  • Publishing of weekly email updates of ongoing programs
  • Assisting with creating and ensuring the distribution of posters, brochures, and other program information electronically and at locations around the Island.
  • Leading marine educational programs; creating virtual programs and conducting Harbor Tours as assigned.
  • Supervising volunteers participating in educational programs or media distribution.
  • Documenting daily activities, observations, and research, if applicable.
  • Under direction of the aquarist, providing minor maintenance of the aquarium touch tanks and Institute facilities, which may include painting, updating information and displays.
  • Assisting with visiting school groups and clubs as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Part-time Off-season Responsibilities

  • Work with director to update current website (training with Director and/or consultant)
  • Create and implement a plan for advertising and education through media including such venues as Facebook, Tik Tok, Instagram, local news publications, and etc.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Specific Qualifications

  • Working knowledge of marine science, ecology, or marine environmental education, preferably with a Bachelor’s degree in a marine related science, education, or science communication discipline.
  • Ability to effectively use social media and web platforms to create a robust and positive presence for BIMI.
  • Experience working with children in an educational or recreational setting.
  • HIGHLY motivated and self-driven – must be an independent thinker and accomplish tasks independently.
  • Effective communication skills – must have the ability to clearly communicate with supervisors, coworkers, and visitors of all ages.
  • Ability to interact appropriately with children, adults, and peers.
  • Must be familiar with various social media formats and be able to post on BIMI’s behalf.
  • Must be able to work effectively in a team structure. BIMI staff live and work on the same premises requiring that interns be able to communicate effectively with the BIMI team, seeking out support from co-workers and/or the Director when needed.
  • Must be able to provide a criminal background check completed by the local police.
  • Must be able to complete First Aid and CPR training prior to employment. BIMI will reimburse this expense.

Compensation

  • Starting at $15.00 per hour.
  • Approximately 20 hours per month from January through May.
  • Schedule will be 5 days weekly and will include normal hours between 7 and 5 as well as Tuesday evenings. Unscheduled overtime may be needed.
  • Full time employment to from approximately June 12th through September 9th.
  • Overtime pay begins at 40 hours.
  • Housing with utilities to be provided, typically shared with other interns. A rent credit may be available if housing is not needed.

 Other:

  • Transportation, such as bringing your own bicycle, is recommended.
  • BIMI is dependent upon its employees to be flexible. If the BIMI employee chooses to work for another entity or commit themselves to any project that disallows flexibility in the employee’s schedule, the employee must pay their fair share of rent and utilities for the apartment.

How to Apply

  • Full application packet must be submitted via e-mail to bimi02807@gmail.com by January 23, 2022 or until filled. For more information, email or call Valerie Preler, Director at 401-500-3501. Packet must include:
  • Current Resume including any specialized certifications and/or skills including full name, mail address, e-mail address, and phone number where you can be reached.
  • College Transcripts
  • Cover Letter (in 500 words or less) detailing your career goals; what you hope to gain from an internship; and what sets you apart from other candidates.
  • 2 Reference Letters from a non-family member sent to bimi02807@gmail.com by January 23, 2022.