Environmental Education Internship


Environmental Education Internship

Pacific Science Center - Seattle, Washington


Pacific Science Center is committed to driving science education forward in Washington State, and inspiring today’s youth to further their education and pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. They offer a wide variety of programs, including standards-based formal and informal science education programs and an award-winning environmental education center.

Since 1997, the LWWIP has assisted teens in becoming informed stewards of their local community through hands-on learning, restoration, stream monitoring and outreach. The program is based on a mentoring structure. The Environmental Education interns will serve as role models for high school interns who then mentor elementary school students in after-school programs.

This internship will be a partnership between the University of Washington Bothell and Pacific Science Center. Interns will mentor high school students in the Lake Washington Watershed Internship Program (LWWIP) as they study Environmental Science through hands on activities and then teach elementary students about environmental concepts.

We are seeking an intern who has a background or interest in environmental science and working with high school aged youth.  Experience in environmental field work is desired.  Experience in clean technology is a plus.  We ask that interns commit to 2 quarters at the outset with the hope that they continue on to complete 2 years with the program. 


Position Start Date: Mid-January

Schedule: Environmental Education interns must commit to one shift per week from January through June. Meetings are on Tuesdays from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, and one Saturday a month from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  Intern shift start and end times may vary. Additional hours may be available to those interested.

Job Duties:

  • Assist Youth program mentors to lead youth in conducting chemical tests, water sampling, habitat assessments and restoration
  • Model and supervise proper/safe equipment and chemical use
  • Assist Youth program mentors in teaching environmental science, ecology and chemistry concepts
  • Model environmental stewardship behaviors and inspire environmental stewardship
  • Independently lead teens in class and field activities while using effective group management skills
  • Contribute to overall classroom operational functions by greeting students, safely moving the group from place to place, and ensuring that equipment is used properly
  • Other duties as assigned


  • 18+ years old
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Provide three references (one or more being a professional reference)
  • Commit to volunteering once a week for at least 3 months on Tuesday afternoons/evenings and/or Saturday mornings/early afternoons. 

Abilities and Personal Characteristics:

  • Desire to work with and inspire teenagers from diverse backgrounds
  • Enthusiasm for science, the environment, and education
  • Excitement about going outside with youth in all kinds of weather
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and flexibility should difficult situations arise
  • Excellent oral communication skills
  • Ability to present oneself in a professional manner with regards to personal appearance and hygiene
  • Ability to work neatly, cooperatively and considerately with other people
  • Smiling team player, with a pleasant disposition and service orientation



Via HuskyJobs ID# 109639


Contact: Mercer.Slough.Teens@pacsci.org

Application Due By January 6, 2017



We are an independent, not-for-profit educational institution that inspires lifelong interest in science, math and technology by engaging diverse communities through interactive and innovative exhibits and programs in every county of Washington state and beyond.