Marine Education Fellowship
The Georgia Sea Grant Marine Education Fellowship is designed for recent college graduates who would like teaching experience in marine science and coastal ecology.
Georgia Sea Grant offers year-long internships for recent college graduates in marine education. Fellows train and work for 50 weeks at the Marine Education Center and Aquarium on Skidaway Island, near Savannah, Georgia. Marine education fellowships are offered to recent college graduates with a B.S. or B.A in Biology and coursework in marine science. The program serves as a bridge experience between college and professional positions and is designed for individuals who would like to gain teaching experience in environmental education. Fellows live on site in UGA housing.
The Marine Education Center and Aquarium is a unique facility on the Georgia coast. The Center, part of Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant, provides hands-on, feet in marine science and coastal ecology programs for student grades Pre K-college and the general public. The Center is located on UGA’s 700-acre Skidaway Marine Science Campus with Marine Extension’s Shellfish Research Laboratory and the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography. NOAA’s Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary and Georgia Southern University Applied Coastal Research Laboratory operate facilities on campus as well.
Marine education fellows train with senior staff for two months in a variety of marine science topics and then begin teaching field, lab, and discussion classes. Outdoor classrooms include salt marsh and maritime forest, sandy beach, developed and wild barrier islands and trips aboard research vessels on coastal waters.
Additional responsibilities include animal husbandry, aquarium exhibit maintenance and visitor services. Fellows typically work Monday – Friday teaching classes and assisting staff in other areas of operation where necessary. They are also required to work 1-2 Saturdays a month. Fellows are tasked with organizing and leading the youth ocean conservation summit. The fellowship also includes teaching eight weeks of summer marine science camp for ages 6-14. The UGA Aquarium does not house marine mammals or conduct marine mammal research. SCUBA, snorkeling, or kayak classes are not offered.
The Marine Education Center and Aquarium provides year-round residential and day programs. Student groups (grades 5-college) make arrangements for half, full, or multi-day experiences at the Marine Education Center and Aquarium’s facilities.
Two-hour day programs provide hands on lessons for children in pre-kindergarten to 4th grade. The facility also offers outreach to schools and provides public programming on site and at coastal festivals. Summer months are filled with marine science camps for ages 4-15 and teacher/graduate workshops.
The Marine Education Center and Aquarium facility that fellows will teach at is rather unique. Although the outdoor classroom is the most important teaching space, the main building houses a public aquarium containing indigenous fish, invertebrate and reptile species, teaching laboratories, multipurpose classrooms, an auditorium and flow-through touch tank rooms.
The small public aquarium is used daily as a teaching classroom, but does not house marine mammals or marine mammal research activities. Although fellows will spend a great deal of teaching time on the water, the Marine Education Center and Aquarium does not SCUBA or snorkel.
The rest of the Marine Education Center and Aquarium facilities include nature trails and observation platforms, docks and vessels (a 43-foot trawler and skiffs), an 88 bed dormitory, and a full service cafeteria.
Other institutions sharing the campus include the University of Georgia’s Shellfish Research Laboratory, the University of Georgia’s Marine Science Library, Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary, and the Georgia Southern University Applied Coastal Research Laboratory.
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Applicants must meet the following qualifications:
- B.S. or B.A degree in biology from an accredited college or university, awarded since May 2016. Degree must be awarded before fellowship begins. Applicants with graduate courses or previous multiple internships are not eligible for this program.
- Completion of marine science courses (i.e., biology, marine biology, marine science, ecology, invertebrate zoology and ichthyology).
- Previous experience teaching or working with children/students.
- Physical ability to carry out internship duties including teaching outdoors during hot summers and cold winters and lifting objects up to 50 pounds.
- U.S. citizenship or U.S. work visa. If selected, University of Georgia will provide intent to employ documents for visa application. Background checks are required for UGA employment.
- Fluency in English – bilingual applicants (English/Spanish) are encouraged to apply.
The application period for the Marine Education Fellowship has closed.
A complete application includes:
- A one page cover letter (addressed to Intern selection Committee, 12 point font, 1 inch margins) briefly describing your past interest as it relates to the fellowship qualifications and your future goals.
- A full résumé describing your academic background and work experience. Include contact information for three professional references. Be sure to include email addresses and an alternate phone number.
- An official transcript of your college/university work, including courses in progress (if applicable). If your college or university is not in the U.S., an explanation of the grading system must be included. Any material not in English must include a translation.
- Three (3) letters of recommendation from the individuals listed in your résumé.
Selected applicants will be contacted to arrange an interview.