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Our success as an organization depends on the strength of our small team of staff and volunteers. We work closely with our employees to build an innovative, creative, and rewarding work environment. Be part of our hardworking team dedicated to protecting the Great Lakes through education by inspiring curiosity, stewardship, and passion. To apply for any open position, or to find out more information, please email


Shipboard Science Educator Intern

Shipboard Science Educator Intern

The shipboard science educator intern delivers education programming on shore and aboard our traditionally rigged schooners for people of all ages. Programs are based out of Suttons Bay and ports throughout the Northern Michigan region. Overnight stays on board may be required. The intern helps develop ISEA programming, completes tasks that support the education activities of ISEA, and participates in ship operations as needed.

Primary Activities:


  • Aboard the ship and on shore, present educational units to student, family, and community groups that emphasize hands-on involvement and relate to Great Lakes topics.
  • Contribute to the development of ISEA education programming by creating programs for summer groups and enhancing existing programming.
  • Provide support to education programming, possibly including but not limited to: care of animals in the education center, maintenance of exhibits, management of science equipment and materials, and analysis and maintenance of the science database. Interns are encouraged to take on tasks that will help them reach their education and employment goals.

Ship Operations

  • Direct passengers in safe behavior aboard the ship.
  • Understand and comply with the ship’s rules, policies, and Standing Orders.
  • Assist with cleaning, maintenance, and repairs as needed.

Secondary Responsibilities

  • Participate in staff meetings.
  • Assist with other activities related to ISEA’s educational mission.


  • Enthusiastic about teaching and learning
  • Ability to work well with youth and adults
  • Willingness to learn and teach new subject material
  • Knowledge of Great Lakes science and environmental issues
  • Experience with or knowledge of ship operations (optional)
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills—written and verbal
  • Strong team player
  • Ability to work weekends and evenings as needed


The ideal candidate would begin early May to teach on the ship for our spring programming and continue through the summer season. A stipend is available. ISEA can support students with earning college credit through their university.

For full consideration apply by February 1, 2018
Apply by email with resume and letter of interest:
Jeanie Williams, Lead Scientist and Education Specialist

Marketing and Communications Intern

Marketing and Communications Intern

This individual works under the leadership of the Marketing/Fund Development Coordinator. The goal of this position is to offer a learning experience for a college student enrolled in a degree program that will involve them in a wide range of activities involved with marketing a small nonprofit organization. A stipend is available. ISEA can support students with earning college credit through their university.

Activities include:

Marketing and Communications

  • Assist with marketing efforts—long- and short-term
  • Develop/revise and implement off-site port marketing
  • Plan and implement public sail promotion including on-ship activities
  • Distribute and summarize after sail surveys
  • Create and submit press releases
  • Develop various posters/flyers and other print material
  • Collect pictures, videos, comments, and stories of program participants while under sail
  • Contribute to and co-maintain ISEA social media accounts
  • Distribute rack cards
  • Additional marketing related activities as needed

Nonprofit Administration

  • Answer phones
  • Assist with record-keeping systems
  • Work with the public in the Education Center as needed
  • Database record keeping and cleanup projects as needed
  • Communication/Recruitment of schools for sailing season
  • Assist with retail tasks such as ordering, stocking, inventory, sales, and balancing
  • Meet weekly with supervisor and communicate regularly throughout the week

Fund Development

  • Assist development department with mailings
  • Assist at donor, membership, and public events
  • Plan and implement membership sails/events
  • Develop and distribute marketing materials for fund development


  • Excellent communication skills—written and verbal
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Experience working with computers and software
  • Willingness to learn new software and programs as needed
  • Ability to work well with youth and adults
  • Strong team player
  • Knowledge of Great Lakes-related science and environmental issues (preferred)
  • Ability to work occasional weekends and evenings as needed

Accepting applications until March 2, 2018, or until the position is filled.  Apply by email with resume and letter of interest: Lisa Sitkins, Marketing and Fund Development Coordinator | | (231) 271-3077

AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer

AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer

The AmeriCorp VISTA position is a year-round full-time position paid through AmeriCorp. Individuals will provide capacity building and sustainability support for ISEA. This is an office position located at the ISEA Office in Suttons Bay, MI. Applicants must apply through the United Way.


Aside from the positions listed above, ISEA also has year-round volunteer opportunities and unpaid internships. For more information on volunteering, click here.

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