The Dauphin Island Sea Lab has an opening for a full-time intern in marine science education.  Details are below or can be found here.


Do you love sharing your knowledge of the ocean with others? The Discovery Hall Programs (DHP) of the Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL) has a paid internship position available in marine science environmental education.   DISL is the marine research and education facility for the state of Alabama. The Discovery Hall Programs, one of the largest marine education programs on the Gulf coast, is well established and has reached students of all ages through education and outreach programs for over forty years. This is an amazing opportunity for anyone wanting to further his or her experience in marine science and environmental education.  To learn more about Discovery Hall Programs’ activities, please visit the website.


  • You will be part of an experienced, collaborative team that develops and teaches hands-on informal marine education programs to K-12 students, teachers and the general public.
  • You will take the ocean into classrooms throughout the state of Alabama and the Southeast with our traveling BayMobile outreach program communicating coastal connections for students with limited exposure to the ocean.
  • You will teach on an island campus with renowned scientists, increasing your knowledge of marine science and incorporating their research findings into lessons and programs.
  • You will develop and sharpen pedagogical skills in informal settings, which include the classroom, field, lab, as well as distance learning and public outreach.


   Applicants should

  • have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in marine or environmental science, biology or secondary science education.
  • have some formal or informal teaching exposure. Strong candidates are those who have demonstrated knowledge in marine science and successful experience working with students.
  • be reliable, dynamic, creative, innovative, enthusiastic, team-oriented, positive-thinking, flexible, a self-starter and willing to get wet and muddy.
  • enjoy working with people, and able to work with a variety of audiences, abilities, backgrounds, ages, and all types of learners.
  • have excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication, as well as technology and organizational skills.
  • have sufficient physical strength and agility to lead boat and field-based activities, lift and carry up to 30 pounds, as well as the ability to swim and work outside year-round in Alabama weather (hot, cold, humid, windy, very sunny).
  • be a US citizen and have or be able to obtain a valid AL driver’s license, Class B CDL, first aid, and CPR certification.
  • be able to work some nights, weekends and holidays. Occasional overnight travel is also required.


  • Expect 40 hours a week of wonderful opportunities!
  • We are looking for candidates who can start soon and work through the calendar year.
  • Housing is not provided.
  • The Intern reports to the Chair of DHP, but works with all DHP staff members as well as our summer counselor staff.
  • We are requesting a minimum commitment of 9 mths.
  • Salary is commensurate with experience.
  • DISL is an EOE/AA/M/F/D employer. A background check and pre-employment drug test will be required. Participation in DISL’s ongoing drug-testing program is required.


Please submit the following materials to the address below (either electronically or via

regular mail).  The search committee will begin reviewing applications August 17.  We anticipate having this position in place by Sept. 18.

  • A cover letter, addressing your professional goals, your interest in and the strengths you bring to the position
  • Your current Curriculum Vitae (or Resumé) including 3 references with contact information
  • An official undergraduate (and graduate if applicable) transcript
  • 2 letters of recommendation (submitted directly from the recommender)

Search Committee – DHP Fulltime Internship

c/o Ms. Sara Johnson
Administrative Assistant
Dauphin Island Sea Lab
101 Bienville Blvd
Dauphin Island, AL 36528
251-861-2141 x7515 {O}; 251-861-7421 {F}

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