Current Job & Internship Opportunities

Position title: Aquarium and Interpretation Manager

NLRB Classification: Overtime Exempt
SSSC Status: Regular, Fulltime
Supervised by: Executive Director
Compensation: Salaried

Leave as provided in Employee Handbook
Includes mandatory fringe benefits only

Place of Work: 834 Lincoln St., Sitka Alaska

The Molly O Ahlgren Aquarium is a small but high profile saltwater aquarium used as an educational tool at the Sitka Sound Science Center.

This position oversees the aquarium, supervises and trains interpretative staff and volunteers, and works to fully utilize the facility as an educational tool. This position is the public “face” of the aquarium and tourism at SSSC; overseeing tours, volunteer engagement, and training/scheduling tour guides. The position also promotes use of the aquarium for educational, community and private events. This position will work with SSSC education team and the research department to assure the aquarium is utilized as a scientifically-authentic resource for visitors and community members.

Duties include but are not limited to:
1. Develop and execute aquarium training programs for student volunteers and docents
2. Provide educational opportunities in the aquarium
3. Supervise seasonal workers and volunteers; coordinate summer work and tour schedules
4. Schedule shifts at front desk of aquarium; provide front desk service as needed
5. Provide frequent updates to the SSSC website and social media to keep the public and students informed of what is going on in the aquarium.
6. Engage the public through aquarium-related activities.
7. Promote the aquarium/organization to visitor industry, including marketing and social media
8. Ensure aquarium maintenance, permitting and collections are carried out
9. Plan and execute new exhibits
10. Other duties as assigned.

A strong scientific background is necessary for this position. A 4-year degree or related in biology, natural sciences, marine science or related fields is required. At least 5 years of appropriate work experience may be considered as a substitute. Must be able to work with and instruct people from a variety of abilities and backgrounds. Strong communication skills including public speaking and teaching abilities are necessary for this position. Previous supervisory experience preferred.

To apply for this position, please send cover letter, resume, and three (3) references to Education Director, Janet Clarke at information@sitkascience.org.

Position title: Summer Interpreter

Position Duration:  May – September (exact dates will be determined by cruise ship calendar); 5 days/week, 8 hours/day

Pay:  $9.75 – 12.00/hour DOE, no overtime allowed, unless approved in advance by supervisor

Supervisor:  Aquarium Manager

Background:   The summer season is the Sitka Sound Science Center’s busiest time of the year, with thousands of people visiting the Science Center between May and September.  The Molly O. Ahlgren Aquarium and Sheldon Jackson Hatchery are the stage that we use to share our research and education efforts.  Summer staff are invaluable additions to the SSSC team; working to build on Sitka’s legacy and potential as an education and scientific community.

Purpose:  The purpose of this position is to welcome and educate visitors of the Sitka Sound Science Center, to participate in routine aquarium and facility maintenance, to aid operations related to the research and education mission of the SSSC.

Position Description:  This is a position where you work with a variety of people at the Science Center to gain exposure to different aspects of our organization.  Duties vary from day to day based on visitor and program needs.  Regular duties will include; leading aquarium and hatchery tours, answering visitor’s questions, managing the entrance desk, and assisting with facility maintenance (feeding fish, cleaning classrooms, aquariums, etc.). Occasional duties will likely include collecting specimens, web updates, citizen science data collection, summer camp assistance, and specific projects to be assigned based on individual scientific interest.  Other duties may also be assigned as needed.


  • Punctuality – Check in and out on time.
  • Appropriate dress (warm clothes, rubber boots, clothing without holes, etc).
  • Taking initiative – Whether it’s developing knowledge of the marine and freshwater biology surrounding Sitka to better inform SSSC visitors or taking on projects to improve the visitor experience
  • Responsible management of cash and credit card transactions
  • Work well with others in a team
  • Be a positive representative of the SSSC

To Apply:  Send resume, cover letter, and three (3) references to Janet Clarke, SSSC Education Director at information@sitkascience.org.  In your cover letter please address why you will be a valuable addition to our SSSC team, any related experience that you have, and how this position will help you fulfill your career and/or education goals.

We are currently accepting applications for our Fish Technician internship and our Science Communication/ Education internship. You can find more details on these two opportunities below.

SSSC (SJ Hatchery) Fish Technician Paid Internship

Applications are being accepted until April 20, 2017

Start Date: Late May, 2017/ End Date: Flexible

Payment is approximately 12.50 an hour and is  a full time position

Housing will be provided through this organization and airfare to and from Sitka will be provided by SSSC. 

As an intern at the SJ (Sheldon Jackson) hatchery, you will be an valuable addition to our SSSC team. During work hours here you will be helping out with basic fish culture tasks, learning about southeast Alaska’s fisheries and helping to educate visitors and peers that visit us at the Science Center.  Your time in Sitka will be split between SJ hatchery and NSRAA (Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association) a local private non-profit organization that is owned by commercial fishermen (nsraa.org) and while there, you will gain hands on experience doing a variety of tasks involved with salmon aquaculture which may include chinook cost recovery, Freshwater fish culture and maintenance related tasks.

You will be supervised by Hatchery Managers and Fish Culturists from both organizations.

Intern Requirements:

-Currently studying or completed Bachelor or Associate degree in Marine Biology, Fisheries, or any other degree related to these

-Willing to work independently

-Experience in fish hatchery maintenance

-A love of the outdoors

How to Apply:

Please submit your resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information (including email addresses) for at least two references (via email) to our Aquaculture Director, Angie Bowers at abowers@sitkascience.org

SSSC Science Communication and Education Internship

Applications are being accepted until April 1, 2017

Start Date: May 1, 2017/ End Date: September 30, 2017

Weekly working hours are flexible

This unpaid internship focuses on two aspects of informal science education: out of classroom learning and science journalism. Note that beginning and ending dates for internship are flexible.

Education: Under the guidance of Janet Clarke, the Education Director at SSSC, the intern will assist with the summer science camps and will work with a team of science educators to deliver high quality programs across a breadth of scientific disciplines. Part of this experience includes building new and supporting current partnerships with community organizations. The intern will also plan and implement their own educational program with SSSC and/or community partner like the Sitka Fine Arts Camp, The Sitka National Historical Park, the Sitka Tribe of Alaska, local schools, etc.

Communication: Under the guidance of Executive Director Lisa Busch, the intern will also gain experience with science communication. The intern will work on radio and print science stories for the local public radio station and daily newspaper. The intern will select story ideas and work with an experienced science journalist as well as journalists from the local media to produce stories that are of interest to people living in coastal communities. Through this internship, the intern will become familiar with and gain experience in all facets of the Science Center: the aquarium, hatchery, research program, and educational programs. The intern will work with Janet and Lisa in the spring to come up with projects that address the specific goals and interests of the intern within the realm of informal science education. The intern will also get to live and experience the beautiful and many-faceted community of Sitka, Alaska and explore the surrounding area.

Intern Responsibilities:

-Assist with our Education department in developing and facilitating our summer science camp programs

-Will work with a team of science educators to deliver high quality programs across a breadth of scientific disciplines

-Plan and implement their own educational program with SSSC and/or community partner

-Will work on radio and print science stories for the local public radio station and daily newspaper

Intern Requirements:

-Completed Bachelors degree in any field of science or education

-Interest in science communication and education

-Some teaching background preferred

-A love of the outdoors

How to Apply:

Please email your resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information (including email addresses) for at least two references  to Matthew Barr at vista@sitkascience.org

For more information, please call (907)747-8878