Join our Team

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 isea@schoolship.org.

 

Shipboard Science Educator Intern

Shipboard Science Educator Intern

The shipboard science educator delivers education programming on shore and aboard the schooner Inland Seas, under the leadership of the Education Specialist. Programs are based out of Suttons Bay and various 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:

Educator

  • 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.

Skills/Prerequisites:

  • 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

Details:

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

For full consideration apply by February 1, 2017
Apply by email with resume and letter of interest:
Jeanie Williams, Lead Scientist and Education Specialist
jwilliams@schoolship.org

Mate

Inland Seas  Mate

Inland Seas Education Association is looking for someone with a positive attitude to fill the position of Mate for the 2017 season aboard the schooner Inland Seas. The schooner Inland Seas provides one-half to five day science programs in northern Lake Michigan.

Requirements:
Applicants must have interest in Great Lakes ecology, enjoy teaching and be capable of interacting positively with people of all ages. Applicants must hold a valid drivers license and CPR and First Aid certificates. Minimum educational requirement is a high school diploma. Experience aboard traditionally rigged, commercial sailing vessels is required. A sail endorsed 100 GRT Great Lakes Masters license is preferred. Depending upon experience and boat handling skills, applicant may be considered for Relief Captain.
The Mate may live aboard the vessel.

Responsibilities:
Responsibilities include leading and assisting in vessel operations such as maintenance, sail handling and safety operations. The Mate must also assist the Captain in training others in vessel operations, seamanship and safety procedures. The Mate will be required to participate in teaching students and volunteers during certain programs.

About Us:
Inland Seas is a 77′ schooner operating in northern Lake Michigan used for collecting research data and teaching Great Lakes topics to students of all ages. It is the mission of Inland Seas Education Association to enhance public understanding and stewardship of the Great Lakes through hands-on shipboard and onshore educational programs for children and adults. To find out more, visit www.schoolship.org.

To apply please e-mail Captain Benjamin J. Hale at bheal@schoolship.org with resume and 3 references.

Cook

Cook

Inland Seas Education Association is looking for someone with a positive attitude to fill the position of Cook for the 2017 season aboard the schooner Inland Seas. The cook is required to manage the galley and plan and prepare healthy meals for 5–45 people. The cook is responsible for the cleanliness of the galley and shipboard sanitation, and also assists with deck duties as needed. This is a full-time seasonal position, June1 through September 2, 2017 (12 weeks). The position pays $100/day and the cook may live aboard the vessel if desired. This position may be job-shared by two or more people.

Primary Responsibilities:

Cook

  • Plan, shop for, and prepare healthy meals for 5-45 people
  • Coordinate meal times with ship schedule and serve meals on time
  • Ensure food prepared to government and ISEA standards
  • Maintains sanitation to government and ISEA standards
  • Ensures special diet requirements can be accommodated on board as necessary (with prior arrangement)
  • Be budget-conscious

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.
  • Assume deck duties while the ship is operating as needed

Requirements:

  • One year of food preparation experience for groups.
  • Travel (on the schooner) 1–10 days at a time
  • Work weekends and evenings as needed
  • Work in turbulent waters and challenging weather conditions
  • Pass Criminal Background Check and DOT pre-employment drug test
  • Lift equipment of 40 lbs. and haul lines

Skills:

  • Work well with youth, adults, and as a team with professional staff
  • Communicate effectively
  • Be organized
  • Knowledge of the Great Lakes (preferred)
  • Boating/sailing experience (preferred)

To apply, please email your resume to bhale@schoolship.org. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our office at (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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