Employment Opportunities

Working at the Oregon Coast Aquarium

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Set on the edge of the picturesque Yaquina Bay, the Oregon Coast Aquarium provides a variety of employment opportunities for people of all backgrounds and skill sets. From customer service to educational outreach to animal husbandry, the field of marine conservation is both exciting and essential. We exist to impart the public with knowledge and experiences to value healthy oceans and act responsibly and respectfully toward this end. And we have an unwavering commitment to the best care of the animals we are entrusted to. Every position is important at the Aquarium. Key values for our staff to embrace and be successful are teamwork, open and clear communication with each other, and outstanding customer service for the public that visits us. We encourage creativity and innovation. We welcome you to contact us about employment opportunities!

Employment Benefits

The Aquarium offers competitive pay, an excellent benefits package and the chance to work in a beautiful natural setting surrounded by dedicated and caring coworkers. The Aquarium offers equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age (where the individual is 18 years or older), marital status, family relationship, disability, veteran, or any other protected status.

How to Apply for a Position

Job positions that are currently open will be listed below. Each position may have slightly different requirements for the applicant, so we encourage you to review the job description carefully before submitting any materials.

Current Open Positions

Admissions Associates

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is seeking qualified applicants for seasonal positions as Admissions Associates to provide high-quality customer service in a fast-paced, high traffic tourist environment. Minimum 1-year cashier experience required. MS Windows computer experience and basic bookkeeping skills preferred.

Shifts include weekends and holidays, $9.25 an hour with no benefits. Email cover letter and resume by February 20 to contact@aquarium.org or mail to the Oregon Coast Aquarium, Admissions, 2820 SE Ferry Slip Road, Newport, OR 97365.   No phone calls please.

Public Relations Coordinator

OREGON COAST AQUARIUM, INC.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

POSITION TITLE:                 Public Relations Coordinator

REPORTS TO:                          Director of Marketing

OREGON COAST AQUARIUM POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is seeking a Public Relations Coordinator. The Public Relations Coordinator works with the marketing team to actively convey the Aquarium’s message to the general public through multiple media channels.

The Public Relations Coordinator is responsible for all media relations and authoring all owned media. Projects include press releases, blog posts, social media posts, website content, the media kit, annual report, monthly e-newsletter and production of the organization’s bi-annual member magazine. The incumbent must be efficient, motivated, have strong oral and written skills and have the ability to interact professionally with the media, general public and Aquarium staff.

The Public Relations Coordinator will also create and manage media events, organize and contribute to the Aquarium’s photo library, manage online event calendar listings, and participate in strategic brainstorming and administrative tasks.

 

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY

This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

Required Degree and Experience:

KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (Minimum levels)

Graduation from a four-year college or university with a degree in communications, journalism, public relations or a closely related field. Prior relevant experience with a nonprofit organization is desirable.

Minimum of three years of progressively responsible experience in public relations. Any acceptable equivalent combination of education and experience which demonstrates the background necessary to perform the functions of the position may substitute for the above. Must be able to maintain a flexible schedule and work weekends, nights, and/or holidays. The incumbent must be able to gain and hold a valid Oregon driver’s license.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Incumbent must be proficient in use of personal computer.
  • Strong abilities working with Microsoft Office software.
  • Experience working with the Adobe Creative Suite including: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, Adobe InDesign, and Adobe Lightroom.
  • Experience working with WordPress website management.
  • Basic photography principles.
  • On camera experience preferred.

Ability to

  • Organize work, manage time, prioritize tasks, and follow both written and oral direction.
  • Respond to and communicate effectively with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Communicate ideas and concepts, both orally and in writing.
  • Work under limited supervision and as a member of a team.

Position Benefits:

This is a full-time permanent position. Benefits include health/dental insurance, retirement match and paid vacation/sick/personal time.

Resume Submissions:

Submit your resume, three references and cover letter by February 22, 2016 to

Lance Beck, Director of Marketing

Oregon Coast Aquarium

2820 SE Ferry Slip Road

Newport, OR 97365

Or marketing@aquarium.org

Please no phone calls.

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School Liaison

OREGON COAST AQUARIUM POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is seeking a School Liaison. The School Liaison works with the Director of Education and the education team to create a vision for Aquarium K-12 programming that aligns with the new Aquarium strategic plan.

The School Liaison will manage the development, implementation, and evaluation of the Aquarium’s Ocean Literacy project. Responsibilities include establishing, maintaining and facilitating partnerships with informal education organizations and school districts; assessing and addressing teacher and student academic needs; conducting teacher workshops; aligning marine science activities with state/district standards; and disseminating programs/materials to school districts. The incumbent provides support to teachers and administrators in Lincoln County and works with other teachers and school administrators across Oregon.

The School Liaison works closely with the Education Coordinator and the Education Specialists to create and evaluate materials for the Aquarium’s on-site and off-site programming including lesson plans/curriculum, learning experiences, and support materials.

Required Degree and Experience:

Graduation from a four-year college or university with a degree in education, educational leadership, curriculum and instruction, or a closely related field. A Master’s degree is preferred. A minimum of three years experience in a position related to K-12 education or curriculum development at an informal education organization. Any acceptable equivalent combination of education and experience that demonstrates the background necessary to perform the functions of the position may substitute for the above.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of

  • Best-practice teaching methods for formal and informal settings with both students and teachers.
  • Extensive knowledge of educational program development
  • Academic standards, multiple learning styles, natural history interpretation or other relevant area, and other techniques relevant to formal and non-formal learning environments
  • Educational planning and program evaluation processes
  • Group dynamics and group problem-solving techniques, such as leading meetings, gaining support while dealing with complex subjects, resolving conflicts and reaching consensus

Ability to

  • Effectively organize work, manage time, prioritize tasks, and follow both written and oral direction
  • Be responsive to and communicate effectively with internal and external stakeholders served or impacted by programs
  • Effectively communicate ideas and program concepts, both orally and in writing
  • Use computers and standard, commonly accepted computer programs (MS Office products) is required,
  • Work under limited supervision and as a member of a team.

Must be able to maintain a flexible schedule and work weekends, nights, and/or holidays.

The incumbent must be able to gain and hold a valid Oregon driver’s license.

Position Benefits:

This is a full-time permanent position. Benefits include health/dental insurance, retirement match and paid vacation/sick/personal time.

Resume Submissions:

Submit your resume, three references and cover letter by February 19th, 2016 to

Kerry Carlin Morgan, Director of Education

Oregon Coast Aquarium

2820 SE Ferry Slip Road

Newport, OR 97365

or school.liaison@aquarium.org

Current Open Internship Positions

Aviculture Department Unpaid Intern

Internship Position Description

Position: Aviculture Department UNPAID Intern

Reports to: Departmental Internship Coordinator

Position Summary: This internship is an educational opportunity designed to introduce basic animal care, training and husbandry skills for those with interest in pursuing a future career in aviculture or zoo keeping. The candidate is responsible for assisting in the daily care and maintenance of sea birds, turkey vultures, rehab birds, pelicans, and their environments.

Internship Dates:         March 28th, 2016 to June 18th, 2016

Cover letter and Resume due by January 31st, 2016

Position open until filled or until due date.

Position Requirements:

  • Must be able to understand, communicate, and follow written and oral instruction
  • Must be agile with a good sense of balance in order to maneuver around the exhibits and lift 50 pounds
  • Must be physically able to perform laborious tasks in extreme weather conditions
  • Must be able to work weekends and holidays and some evenings if necessary
  • Must be able to adapt to an ever changing work environment
  • Must have completed at least 2 years of college or be a recent college graduate in the field of science, psychology or other related animal field within the last 2 years
  • Must be able to exercise care and judgment when working with animals and in exhibits
  • Public speaking skills are required utilizing a microphone

Position Description:

  • Perform daily animal diet preparations, routine cleaning of animal exhibits, kitchen and freezer areas, and administer daily enrichment
  • Responsible for learning basic operant conditioning techniques with the possibility of application
  • Responsible for progressing through a fast-paced training program. Progress will be done at the intern’s initiative through hands on learning, observation, and completion of tasks assigned by staff
  • Complete all reading assignments and undertakes specific intern projects
  • Assist in training and husbandry sessions with turkey vultures and sea birds when directed
  • Assist in bird rehabilitation as needed
  • Accurately interpret information to the public in both formal presentations as well as informally one on one
  • Accurately maintain all written computer records and daily observations of animals
  • Professional presentation on intern project approved by staff
  • Perform other duties relating to the Aquarium’s goals and mission statement as required

Other Requirements: Responsible for own transportation and housing (unpaid position)

Send cover letter and resume to:

Oregon Coast Aquarium

Attn: Bird Department / Lissy Moore

2820 SE. Ferry Slip Road

Newport, Oregon 97365

Or (preferably) E-mail:

Birds@aquarium.org

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Fish and Invertebrate Unpaid Intern

Internship Job Description

Position: Fish and Invertebrate Department UNPAID Intern

Reports to: Departmental Internship Coordinator

Position Summary: This position is an educational opportunity designed to introduce basic animal care, training and husbandry skills for those with interest in pursuing a future career in aquatic species husbandry utilizing current industry methods. The candidate is responsible for assisting in the daily care and maintenance of tropical, temperate, marine and freshwater fishes and invertebrates.

Internship Dates:         March 28th, 2016 to June 18th, 2016

Cover letter and Resume due by January 31st, 2016

Position open until filled or until due date.

Position Requirements:

  • Must be able to understand, communicate, and follow written and oral instruction
  • Must be agile with a good sense of balance in order to maneuver around the exhibits and lift 50 pounds
  • Must be physically able to perform laborious tasks in extreme weather conditions
  • Must be able to work weekends and holidays and some evenings if necessary
  • Must be able to adapt to an ever changing work environment
  • Must have completed at least 2 years of college or be a recent college graduate in the field of biology, fish and wildlife science, or other related animal field within the last 2 years
  • Must be able to exercise care and judgment when working with animals and in exhibits
  • Public speaking skills are required in small groups and with the public

Position Description:

  • Performs daily animal diet preparations, routine cleaning of animal exhibits, kitchen and freezer areas
  • Responsible for learning basic husbandry techniques and applying them to animal/exhibit care
  • Responsible for progressing through a fast-paced training program. Progress will be done at the intern’s initiative through hands on learning, observation, and completion of tasks assigned by staff
  • Complete all reading assignments and undertake specific educational intern projects
  • Assist with weekly water quality testing and possible medication administration
  • Assist in unloading periodic deliveries of frozen food and maintaining food preparation areas to USDA standards
  • Assist in feeding and husbandry sessions with aquarists when directed
  • Accurately maintains all written computer records and daily observations of animals
  • Professional presentation on intern project approved by staff
  • Performs other duties relating to the Aquarium’s goals and mission statement as required

Other Requirements: Responsible for own transportation and housing (unpaid position)

Send cover letter and resume to:

Oregon Coast Aquarium

Attn: Fish and Invertebrate Department / Sage Butts

2820 SE. Ferry Slip Road

Newport, Oregon 97365

Or (preferably) E-mail:

Sage.butts@aquarium.org

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Marine Mammal Department UNPAID Intern

Internship Job Description

Position: Marine Mammal Department UNPAID Intern

Reports to: Departmental Internship Coordinator

Job Summary: This position is an educational opportunity designed to introduce basic animal care, training and husbandry skills for those with interest in pursuing a future career in marine mammal training or zoo keeping utilizing operant conditioning. The candidate is responsible for assisting in the daily care and maintenance of sea lions, seals, and sea otters and their environments.

Internship Dates: March 28th, 2016 to June 18th, 2016

Cover letter and Resume due by January 31st, 2016

Position open until filled or until due date.

Position Requirements:

  • Must be able to understand, communicate, and follow written and oral instruction.
  • Must be agile with a good sense of balance in order to maneuver around the exhibits and lift 60 pounds.
  • Must be physically able to perform laborious tasks in extreme weather conditions.
  • Must be able to work weekends and holidays and some evenings if necessary.
  • Must be able to adapt to an ever changing work environment.
  • Must have completed at least 2 years of college or be a recent college graduate in the field of science, psychology or other related animal field within the last 2 years.
  • Must be able to exercise care and judgment when working with animals and in exhibits.
  • Public speaking skills are required utilizing a microphone.

Position Description:

  • Performs daily animal diet preparations, routine cleaning of animal exhibits, kitchen and freezer areas, and administer daily enrichment
  • Responsible for learning basic operant conditioning techniques with the possibility of application.
  • Responsible for progressing through a multi-step training program. Progress will be done at the intern’s initiative through hands on learning, observation, completion of multiple worksheets, quizzes, and exams dependent on levels
  • Complete all reading assignments and undertakes specific intern projects
  • Assist with pool cleans and maintenance as well as weekly water quality testing
  • Assist in unloading periodic deliveries of frozen food and maintaining freezer to USDA standards
  • Assist in training and husbandry sessions with marine mammals when directed
  • Accurately maintains all written computer records and daily observations of animals
  • Professional presentation on intern project approved by staff
  • Performs other duties relating to the Aquarium’s goals and mission statement as required

Other Requirements: Responsible for own transportation and housing (unpaid position)

Send cover letter and resume to:

Oregon Coast Aquarium

Attn: Marine Mammal Department / Brittany Blades

2820 SE. Ferry Slip Road

Newport, Oregon 97365

Or (preferably) E-mail:

brittany.blades@aquarium.org

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is an Equal Opportunity Employer