All exhibit and hiking trails are CLOSED for the season.
Naturalist presenting live animal program with Sharp-shinned Hawk to visitors.

Careers and Internships

Join our dedicated team of professionals who work closely together to achieve our important mission to advance understanding of ecology by exploring New Hampshire’s natural world and our vision of being the premier environmental site in the region.

Careers

Program Registrar

Employment Classification: Part-time
Immediate Supervisor: Education Director
Hourly Rate: $17/hour

Purpose: The Program Registrar is an important member of the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center (SLNSC) Education staff. The Program Registrar role is a year-round role with a flexible schedule structure in accordance with seasonal business needs. This non-teaching role reports to the Education Director. In this specialized role, the Program Registrar is responsible for professional and prompt interactions with teachers and clients to support and finalize their program selections, provide program expectations, and maintain communications. The Program Registrar plays the critical role of shaping the educational experience of all of our program participants by providing exceptional customer service grounded in a thorough knowledge of our education program offerings.

Essential Functions: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

  • Manage all of the registration duties for all on-site and off-site education program reservations including school programs, outreach programs, summer day camps, birthday parties, homeschool groups, non-school youth groups, and group trail visits.
  • Handle all telephone and email inquiries regarding program reservations. Serve as primary contact for teachers and organizations for program planning, including suggesting appropriate programs and school-visit schedules.
  • Manage the greeting and checking-in of the school groups upon arrival to facilitate program payment and guide groups to program and lunch locations if applicable.
  • Ensure school reservations are followed up with a confirmation, detailed pre-trip material, and followed up with post-trip material, and a teacher evaluation survey.
  • Produce daily and weekly forms associated with school reservations, and prepare group invoices.
  • Communicate with the Educator Director on education staff availability for providing programs.
  • Communicate details for out-of-state programs to Animal Care Director for import permit applications.
  • Answer participant inquiries, issue invoices, process payments, and follow up on unpaid invoices.
  • Manage registrations and waitlists for summer day camps. Help to ensure that registration, health forms, and other paperwork are complete and received in timely fashion. Assist with summer day camp drop-off and pick-up.

Education and Qualifications:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Must be able to successfully pass a background check to interact with children.
  • High school diploma or equivalency is required.
  • Associate or Bachelor’s Degree is preferred.
  • Current progress towards obtaining a degree or continuing education is appreciable.
  • Significant, documented, professional experience is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Valid driver’s license is required.
  • Proof of current rabies vaccination, or willingness to be vaccinated, at SLNSC expense.
  • First aid/CPR certification, or willingness to obtain, at SLNSC expense.
  • Formal on-the-job training is required and will be conducted by the Animal Care Director.
  • Participation in SLNSC’s Respiratory Protection Program and be fit tested for a respirator.
  • Anything on the face (e.g. facial hair, piercings) that may interfere with the mask-to-face seal must be removed during the initial fit testing and twice a year when it will be required to wear the mask.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Strongly detail-oriented.
  • Excellent computer skills are necessary for this role and a strong proficiency in managing multiple computer programs, databases, schedules, and calendars.
  • Must be comfortable interacting with and speaking with the public.
  • Must be able to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment.
  • Capable of multi-tasking and working independently with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to take initiative and prioritize tasks.
  • Excellent time-management.
  • Excellent people skills and enthusiasm for a team working environment.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office 365 and the ability to manage specialized databases as required.
  • A demonstrated ability to work well with other staff, volunteers, and community representatives as well as independently when necessary.
  • CPR/First Aid Certification or willingness to get the certification.
  • Capable of thinking quickly and reacting accordingly.
  • Ability to relate to a diverse range of people and exercise cultural competence and inclusion.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

  • Must be able to stand for extended periods.
  • Must be able to lift 25 pounds without assistance.
  • Must be able to verbally communicate with staff, individuals on the phone, and visitors.
  • Must be able to use office equipment; computers, telephone, multi-function copy/scan/print machines.
  • Must be able to tolerate working in a variety of environmental conditions and climates.
  • Must be able to remain patient in perceived times of crisis or actual crisis.

To Apply: To be considered for this role, applicants must provide a current resume with a cover letter of interest via email. Applicants must also complete a Squam Lakes Natural Science Center employment application, which will be provided upon receipt of the resume and cover letter. Applicants may apply to HR/Finance Manager, Bonnie Baker at .

Internships - Accepting Applications for Summer 2023

Interns gain practical learning experience and knowledge, work with professionals, and achieve personal growth toward educational and professional career goals. The Science Center offers one Animal Care Internship, two Education Program Internships, one Nature Day Camp Internship, one Marketing Internship, and one Volunteer Program Internship each summer.

Animal Care Intern - position filled for 2023

The Animal Care internship is an opportunity to learn and grow while gaining experience in native wild animal husbandry. The Animal Care Intern assists staff with all aspects of caring for the Science Center’s animal ambassadors. The Animal Care Intern also gains experience with interpretation by presenting Up Close to Animals programs about native New Hampshire wildlife.

    Internship Experiences
  • Animal observations and record keeping
  • Animal handling, capture and restraint
  • Proper diet preparation and distribution
  • General husbandry of animal and keeper areas
  • Proper Association of Zoos and Aquariums protocols, policies, and procedures
  • Animal training and enrichment
  • Basic avian wildlife rehabilitation
  • Training in environmental education and interpretation techniques
  • Opportunity to receive First Aid/CPR certification
  • Present Up Close to Animals – short, live animal presentations in trailside amphitheater
  • Assisting with special events, and additional duties as assigned
  • Complete a final project in animal training or enrichment under the guidance of animal care staff
    Requirements
  • College junior/senior status or graduate student with a major in biology, zoology, natural sciences, or related field
  • Enthusiasm, motivation, strong time management, and a desire to work with people and animals
  • Ability to effectively communicate with staff and volunteers
  • Appropriate footwear is required (e.g., work boots, hiking shoes) and outerwear is required for all weather conditions (e.g., cold, rain, wind)
  • Must be able to lift and carry 50 pounds
  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time
  • Available from late May to mid to late August. First three weeks are training in education/interpretation and animal handling with a Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. schedule. The remainder of the summer is a Friday-Tuesday 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. schedule.
    Benefits
  • Stipend of $350/week
  • Onsite, shared housing in rustic cottage
  • Eight-person Science Center membership with full benefits

To Apply: Email cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Animal Care Director Lauren Moulis at . Cover letter should address your interest in applying for this position, your career goals, and how you anticipate this position will contribute to your professional development.

Education Program Intern

The Education Program internship is an opportunity to learn and grow while gaining experience in environmental education. Education Program Interns assist with presenting live animal programs to the public and teaching nature day camps.

    Internship Experiences
  • Receive training in interpretation and environmental education techniques
  • Learn to handle live, native animal ambassadors
  • Opportunity to receive First Aid/CPR training and certification
  • Assist with Guided Discoveries, week-long nature day camps for children ages 4 to 12, by planning and leading hands-on experiences that help children discover and connect with New Hampshire’s natural world
  • Present Up Close to Animals – short live animal programs at outdoor trailside amphitheater
  • Assist with presenting live animal outreach programs offsite at a variety venues including campgrounds, libraries, summer camps, and environmental organizations
  • Interact with visitors and provide an educational presence on the exhibit trail with a live animal or biofacts (e.g., pelts, feathers, skulls)
  • Assist with special events and additional duties as assigned
  • Complete one or more projects supporting Education Program goals

Qualifications

  • College junior/senior status or graduate student with a major in the natural sciences, environmental education or related field
  • Experience working with children in educational and/or recreational settings preferred
  • Enthusiasm, motivation, and a desire to work with children, adults and animals
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Appropriate footwear is required (e.g., hiking shoes) and outerwear for all weather conditions (e.g., heat, cold, rain, wind)
  • Must be able to lift and carry 50 pounds
  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time
  • Available from late May to mid to late August, and able to work a flexible schedule including nights and weekends. First three weeks are training in education/interpretation and animal handling with a Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. schedule. Schedule will vary the remainder of the summer.

Benefits:

  • Weekly stipend $350/week
  • Onsite, shared housing in a rustic intern cottage
  • Eight-person Science Center membership with full benefits

To Apply: Email cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Naturalist Jeremy Phillips at . Cover letter should address your interest in applying for this position, your career goals, and how you anticipate this position will contribute to your professional development.

Nature Day Camp Intern

The Nature Day Camp Internship is an opportunity to learn and grow while gaining experience in environmental education. Guided Discoveries are weeklong nature day camps that provide children ages 4 to 12 with hands-on experiences that help them discover and connect with New Hampshire’s natural world. The Nature Day Camp Intern assists the Instructor with the planning, preparation, and instruction for these theme focused day camps. The Nature Day Camp Intern also gains experience handling and teaching about native New Hampshire wildlife.

    Internship Experiences
  • Receive training in interpretation and environmental education techniques
  • Learn to handle live, native animal ambassadors
  • Receive First Aid/CPR training and certification
  • Co-teach eight weeks of Guided Discoveries, week-long nature day camps for children ages 4 to 12, by planning and leading hands-on experiences that help children discover and connect with New Hampshire’s natural world
  • Assist with special events and additional duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • College junior/senior status or graduate student with a major in the natural sciences, early childhood education, elementary education, environmental education, or related field
  • Experience working with children in educational and/or recreational settings preferred
  • Enthusiasm, motivation and a desire to work with children and animals
  • Ability to effectively communicate with staff and volunteers
  • Appropriate footwear is required (e.g., closed toed shoes) and outerwear is required for all weather conditions (e.g., cold, rain, wind)
  • Must be able to lift and carry 50 pounds
  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time
  • Available from late May to mid to late August, on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. First three weeks are training in education/interpretation and animal handling. Remainder of internship is planning and teaching Guided Discoveries nature day camps.

Benefits:

  • Stipend of $350/week
  • Onsite, shared housing in rustic cottage
  • Eight-person Science Center membership with full benefits

To Apply: Email cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Naturalist Jeremy Phillips at . Cover letter should address your interest in applying for this position, your career goals, and how you anticipate this position will contribute to your professional development.

Development and Comunications Intern

The Development and Communications Intern work with the Development and Communications team to help strategically manage the Science Center’s promotional and marketing efforts and to help steward the donor and membership base.

    Internship Experiences
  • Video creation and editing for social media channels
  • Press release, blog, and other publicity related writing
  • Photography of all aspects of the Science Center
  • Surveying trail and lake cruise visitors including weekly scheduled time on the live animal exhibit trail
  • Opportunity to receive First Aid/CPR certification
  • Editing and proofreading materials
  • Designing event flyers
  • Updating calendar of event listings
  • Managing press lists
  • Assisting with donor and membership stewardship and special events

Qualifications:

  • College junior or senior status
  • Strong time management skills and ability to work independently
  • Strong written and oral communications
  • Ability to manage multiple projects on deadlines
  • Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite products is a plus
  • Available from late May to mid to late-August, approximately 40 hours per week. Schedule may include occasional evening and weekend event assignments.

Benefits:

  • Weekly stipend $350/week
  • Onsite, shared housing in a rustic intern cottage
  • Eight-person Science Center membership with full benefits

To Apply: Email cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Development and Communications Director Amanda Gillen at . Cover letter should address your interest in applying for this position, your career goals, and how you anticipate this position will contribute to your professional development.

Volunteer Program Intern

The Volunteer Program Internship is an opportunity to learn and grow while gaining experience in volunteer administration, public speaking, and live animal handling. Over 200 volunteers contribute more than 5,000 hours each year supporting all aspects of Science Center operations from education to animal care to facilities to events. The Volunteer Program Intern assists the Volunteer Manager with overall support and administration of the volunteer program.

    Internship Experiences
  • Plan and lead volunteer training sessions
  • Serve as mentor for new volunteers
  • Help manage volunteer schedule and communicate with volunteers on schedule updates
  • Lead group volunteer events
  • Assist docents with handling live animals
  • Receive training in interpretation and environmental education
  • Present Up Close to Animals – short, live animal programs at outdoor trailside amphitheater
  • Receive first aid/CPR training and certification
  • Opportunities to assist with special volunteer projects, such as evening bat counts
  • Complete independent projects
  • Assist with some raptor care tasks
  • Assist with education outreach programs
  • Perform administrative duties

Qualifications:

  • College junior/senior status with an interest in the natural sciences, human resources, nonprofit management, or volunteer administration
  • Experience as a volunteer, in volunteer administration, or human resources preferred
  • Enthusiasm, motivation, and a desire to work with animals and people of all ages
  • Available from late May to mid- to late-August. First three weeks are training in education/interpretation and animal handling with a Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. schedule. The schedule the remainder of the summer will be Sunday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with some evenings for trainings and special events.

Benefits:

  • Weekly stipend $350/week
  • Onsite, shared housing in a rustic intern cottage

To Apply: Email cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Volunteer Manager Carol Raymond at . Cover letter should address your interest in applying for this position, your career goals, and how you anticipate this position will contribute to your professional development.

Volunteer

Volunteering at the Science Center presents opportunities to learn something new and meet interesting people while sharing your talents and skills.

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to creating a diverse work environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, veteran status or sexual orientation.

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