Pacific Science Center

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Internship Opportunities with Pacific Science Center

To apply, email cover letter and resume to with the appropriate intern position title in the subject line.

Lake Washington Watershed Internship Program (LWWIP) Stream Monitoring Coordinator Intern (18+, unpaid)
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 Lake Washington Watershed Program, run jointly by Pacific Science Center and Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, has assisted teens in becoming informed environmental stewards of their local community through hands-on learning, restoration, stream monitoring and outreach. The intern will help Pacific Science Center and its partners (UW Bothell and the City of Bellevue) to serve the community in the North Shore School District and will be integral in helping Pacific Science Center and its partners in connecting Bothell area teens to their environment, teaching them basic data collection skills and stream monitoring techniques, contribute to a long term dataset and determine the most relevant data to collect and share. The successful applicant will help high school aged interns determine the best, most efficient, developmentally and fiscally appropriate way to assess the long term health of the wetland. This internship is located at UW Bothell. This intern’s primary responsibility will be planning and coordinating our monthly stream monitoring. A successful undergraduate student applicant will conduct research to determine locations and variables that high school volunteers can monitor in a long term study of UW Bothell wetlands in order to determine overall ecosystem health. We are seeking an undergraduate student who has a background or interest in environmental science and working with high school aged youth. Experience in environmental field work is required. Ideally, this research question would evolve into a multiyear project. Minimum 3-month commitment required. Schedule is Thursdays, 4-7 p.m., 2 Saturdays per month, 8:30 a.m-4:30 p.m., and flexible time for research.

Tinker Tank Maker in Residence (unpaid, 16+)
The Maker in Residence volunteer position at Pacific Science Center’s Tinker Tank is a unique, open-ended role for people with a wide variety of interests including engineering, hardware development, education, and the “Maker Movement”. Akin to an Artist in Residency program, the Maker in Residence position provides space and materials to support individuals looking to develop, expand, and share their skills in science, technology, engineering, design, and tinkering. It is also intended to demonstrate to visitors and volunteers vast possibilities within engineering and the Maker Movement and inspire folks to participate. The Maker in Residence builds, demonstrates, and engages visitors in small-scale prototyping, designing, fabricating, and all forms of making and tinkering. Ideal candidates are able to select, create, and discuss new or existing projects with the public, are very comfortable facilitating exploration with people of all ages and backgrounds, and are flexible with frequent adjustments in setting and surroundings as Tinker Tank is a very dynamic physical space. We are looking for someone who can become a recurring and expected presence in our space, and will therefore give preference to someone who can commit to volunteering a four-hour shift every week for the duration of the position, January – March 2018 (extension possible).