We are looking for dynamic college students and college graduates with some basic knowledge of marine science, biology, or environmental studies to work with our education staff.


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Career Staff Position

Associate Director of Community Engagement, Full-time, Job ID 45589

What role does a science museum play in responding to the impacts of climate change in a coastal community?

Help us answer that question as Seymour Center’s first Associate Director of Community Engagement. 

You will find and share the science behind the coastal and marine issues most relevant to this community. You will amplify the boots-on-the-ground climate solutions happening throughout the community and inspire visitors to take the next step in their personal conservation journeys. You will do this by activating the Seymour Center with vibrant, participatory, action-oriented event and exhibit experiences. 

Initial Review Date: 11/28/2022

Apply today

Please visit the UCSC employment webpage to apply

UC Santa Cruz Student Jobs

Open until filled: Venue Coordinator Handshake job #6682346

Our Facility Rentals department is looking for UC Santa Cruz students to join our events team! This is a paid position. Learn the inner workings of events and venue rental coordination while working at one of the most beautiful locations in Santa Cruz. The Seymour Center is host to many weddings, meetings, and celebrations—help make it all happen while gaining valuable experience in coordination and marketing. Work-study status is required. Visit Handshake to apply.


Gain valuable experience by interning with Seymour Center. 

School Programs Teaching & Project Interns

College students or college graduates can become part of our outstanding team of School Programs Instructors who teach engaging, hands-on, marine science activities to visiting school groups in our seawater and teaching labs. Learn to lead engaging tours to Long Marine Lab’s blue and gray whale skeletons, marine mammal research overlook, invertebrate touch pools, and more. Gain valuable knowledge and experience as a science educator through teaching a wide range of marine science concepts to students ranging in age from kindergarten to community college.


Teaching & Project Interns must commit to being available at least one regularly scheduled morning per week (Tuesday-Friday) for two or more quarters. In addition to teaching and preparation time at home, interns are expected to schedule at least two additional hours per week to assist with administrative work, projects, and other public programming needs.

School Programs Volunteer training is required. Training dates are listed in the FAQ sheet.

The number of Teaching & Project Intern opportunities is limited due to scheduling constraints. Preference will be given to interns who commit to three quarters.


The number of hours required depends on whether you choose to intern for class credit or solely for the experience. Interning for experience offers more flexibility and no requirement for additional written work or a faculty sponsor. The minimum commitment is typically one 3-hour shift each week during the school year.

After volunteering at least one quarter in good standing, UCSC students can earn class credit via the Environmental Studies Internship Program. If interested in obtaining credit, interns must work a specific number of hours and complete additional written work that is evaluated by a faculty sponsor.

  • 2 units of credit: 60 hours/quarter completed over 2-3 consecutive quarters
  • 5 units of credit: 120 hours completed over 2-3 consecutive quarters

Students attending colleges other than UCSC should inquire with their school’s career center or academic department for guidance on how to obtain credit for Seymour Center internships.

Visitor Programs Interns

College students or college graduates work with the Visitor Programs staff and volunteers to engage and educate the public about ocean science and coastal climate-smart actions that make a difference. Interns may assist with daily and administrative tasks, educational program materials development, exhibit hall maintenance, outreach events, and other projects.

Interns assist with interpreting research exhibits, seawater touch tank, and aquarium displays to visitors. Interns also help with the basic support and background research that is essential to program operation. Requirements for this position include: being responsible and reliable, having excellent customer service skills and organization, and expressing enthusiasm for learning marine science and interpretation.
Interns work roughly 150 hours per quarter for a 5-unit internship (approx. 12-15 hours per week) or about 80 hours per quarter for a 2-unit internship (approx. 6-8 hours per week). A minimum of two 3-hour shifts per week is required with additional time spent for prep, set-up/clean-up, research, meetings, etc.