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1 AmeriCorps Program at the Alaska SeaLife Center The Alaska SeaLife Center, a non-profit organization in Seward, Alaska, is now hosting AmeriCorps service positions. We now offer service positions in four departments: Conservation, Avian Husbandry, Mammal Husbandry and Education. Join our exciting program today! Highlights of the program (Conservation Position): Eleven month program; Full time positions (40 hours a week) 1,720 service hours Health insurance provided Education award granted upon successful completion Service to the surrounding communities Involvement in public education and conservation efforts Working on real-life research projects through the Conservation department Gain experience in a real-world setting while making career connections. Highlights of the program (Husbandry Positions): Eleven month program; Full time positions (40 hours a week) 1,720 service hours Health insurance provided Education award granted upon successful completion Service to the surrounding communities Involvement in public education and conservation efforts Working on real-life research projects through the husbandry departments Help with rehabilitation of animals Gain experience in a real-world setting while making career connections. Highlights of the program (Education Positions): Six month program; Full time positions (40 hours a week) 910 service hours Education award granted upon successful completion Service to the surrounding communities Involvement in public education of conservation to various school and community groups Gain experience in a real-world setting while making career connections. Dates Mid October Mid September Mid October Mid September Mid October Mid September Late January Late July Department Conservation Avian Husbandry Mammal Husbandry Education Application deadline: September 12, 2011 (11 month positions) and November 1, 2011 (6 month positions). For more information on these opportunities contact: ASLC x6307

2 Inspiring Education Through Service AMERICORPS ELEVEN MONTH SERVICE OPPORTUNITY Avian Corps Member Dates of Service: October 14, 2011 September 14, 2012 ASLC s Mission is: The Alaska SeaLife Center is dedicated to generating and sharing scientific knowledge that promotes understanding and stewardship of Alaska s marine ecosystems. Program Summary AmeriCorps Members are placed at the Alaska SeaLife Center for a term of National Service to support our programs that improve environmental awareness, education and recruit volunteers to expand positive impact of volunteerism in the community. Members serve up to 11 months, earn a monthly living allowance, an Education Award upon completion of service and gain valuable leadership skills. Host Background: The Alaska SeaLife Center is Alaska s only public aquarium and ocean wildlife rescue center celebrating ten years on the shores of Resurrection Bay. Visitors to this window on the sea have close encounters with puffins, octopus, sea lions and other sealife while peeking over the shoulders of ocean scientists studying Alaska s rich seas and diverse sealife. Service Description: The Avian Corps Member serving with the Avian department will support the ASLC by serving alongside the Husbandry staff. The Avian Corps Member will make daily observations and notes of the health and condition of the exhibit and research animals. Other service projects may include participating in animal diet preparations, routine cleanings and water quality testing of both the exhibit and research birds housed at the ASLC. The Avian Corps Member will provide daily educational seminars and will create educational programs or props. They will create materials related to these presentations, including posters, PowerPoint presentations and pamphlets that foster environmental education and awareness. They will also organize and lead Avian Encounters, which are unique opportunities for the Avian Corps Member to educate others about the life history of the animals in a fun and exciting setting. They will use their knowledge of the animals to make a personal and positive connection with individuals from all walks of life. The Avian Corps Member s service will benefit research directly related to Alaska's threatened or endangered species. The Avian Corps Member will also assist the Avian staff in current research projects and data collection associated with those projects, while maintaining written and computer records. The Avian Corps Member will spend time with the animals learning their behaviors in order to develop a positive relationship throughout their service. As part of our team, the Avian Corps Member will also help with improvements to habitats and bird enrichment programs and will learn and assist in training and preparing birds for the Encounter programs. Participation with other ASLC conservation efforts, i.e. recycling team, will be highly encouraged. In addition, the Avian Corps Member will be required to choose an individual community service project within the town of Seward for weekly community service. Strong emphasis will be given to projects that are education based and/or serve a strong community need. All Members will also be required to participate in a group community service project once a month within the town of Seward or the surrounding area. The ASLC will help all Members fulfill these and other AmeriCorps requirements. This is a full time service position starting 10/14/2011 and ending 9/14/2012.

3 Member Duties: Participate in daily educational seminars, including the creation of educational programs, props or tools. Recruit volunteers to expand positive impact of volunteerism in the community. Participate in individual and group community service projects. Assist staff in current research projects and data collection. Assist in husbandry projects such as; water quality testing, improving bird habitats, creating educational enrichment programs and diet preparations for exhibit and research birds. Assist with daily observations of exhibit and research birds and bird training. Performs other duties relating to the Alaska SeaLife Center s goals and mission as required. Service Areas: Seward, Alaska Schedule: 8AM-5PM, Tuesday Saturday, including weekends and holidays Requirements: The Member must be a team player who has some college, although college graduates are preferred. Must be at least 21 years of age to apply. Applicants should have an interest and/or background in Education, as well as a strong interest and/or background in community service. Must have good oral and written skills, follow written and oral instructions and be able to lift 50 pounds. Must be able to pass a national sex offender check and state and federal criminal history checks. Preferred Qualifications: Computer and public speaking skills are strongly encouraged. Interest or experience providing educational programs. Strong interest or experience with birds, husbandry techniques or research preferred. Applicants with previous animal training experience, especially with birds, preferred although not required. Applicants should be committed to the goals and missions of the Alaska SeaLife Center and AmeriCorps. Program Benefits: A monthly living allowance of approximately $1,000. An Education Award up to $5,550. Health Insurance (for those serving 9-11 months). Child Care Assistance (if eligible). Occupational Accident Insurance. Student Loan Forbearance (if eligible). Service Location, Housing & Transportation: This position is located in Seward, Alaska. Housing is not provided. Start of Term: Members are required to arrive in Seward, October 14, 2011 for a 3 day orientation/training. End of Term: A Graduation Ceremony will be held September 14, 2012 in Seward. Transportation: Travel to Program: Members are required to pay their own travel costs to Seward for the term of service. Travel Home: Members are required to pay their own travel costs to get home at the end of their term. Contact ASLC x6895

4 Inspiring Education Through Service AMERICORPS ELEVEN MONTH SERVICE OPPORTUNITY Mammal Corps Member Dates of Service: October 14, 2011 September 14, 2012 ASLC s Mission is: The Alaska SeaLife Center is dedicated to generating and sharing scientific knowledge that promotes understanding and stewardship of Alaska s marine ecosystems. Program Summary AmeriCorps Members are placed at the Alaska SeaLife Center for a term of National Service to support our programs that improve environmental awareness, education and recruit volunteers to expand positive impact of volunteerism in the community. Members serve up to 11 months, earn a monthly living allowance, an Education Award upon completion of service and gain valuable leadership skills. Host Background: The Alaska SeaLife Center is Alaska s only public aquarium and ocean wildlife rescue center celebrating ten years on the shores of Resurrection Bay. Visitors to this window on the sea have close encounters with puffins, octopus, sea lions and other sealife while peeking over the shoulders of ocean scientists studying Alaska s rich seas and diverse sealife. Service Description: The Mammal Corps Member serving with the Mammal department will support the ASLC by serving alongside the Husbandry staff. The Mammal Corps Member will participate in daily observations and notes of the health and condition of the exhibit and research animals. Other service projects may include participating in animal diet preparations, routine cleanings and implementing operant conditioning techniques with the resident mammal collection housed at the ASLC. The Mammal Corps Member will provide daily educational seminars and will create educational programs or props. They will create materials related to these presentations, including posters, PowerPoint presentations and pamphlets that foster environmental education and awareness. They will also organize and lead Mammal Encounters, which are unique opportunities for the Mammal Corps Member to educate others about the life history of the animals in a fun and exciting setting. They will use their knowledge of the animals to make a personal and positive connection with individuals from all walks of life. The Mammal Corps Member will also assist the mammal staff in current research projects and data collection associated with those projects, while maintaining written and computer records. As part of our team, the Mammal Corps Member will also help with improvements to habitats and mammal enrichment programs and will learn and assist in training and preparing mammals for the Encounter programs. Participation with other ASLC conservation efforts, i.e. recycling team, will be highly encouraged. In addition, the Mammal Corps Member will be required to choose an individual community service project within the town of Seward for weekly community service. Strong emphasis will be given to projects that are education based and/or serve a strong community need. All Members will also be required to participate in a group community service project once a month within the town of Seward or the surrounding area. The ASLC will help all Members fulfill these and other AmeriCorps requirements. This is a full time service position starting 10/14/2011 and ending 9/14/2012.

5 Member Duties: Participate in daily educational seminars, including the creation of educational programs, props or tools. Recruit volunteers to expand positive impact of volunteerism in the community. Participate in individual and group community service projects. Assist staff in current research projects and data collection. Assist in husbandry projects such as fecal collection, water quality testing, improving mammal habitats, creating educational enrichment programs and diet preparations for ASLC mammal collection. Assist with daily observations and training sessions of exhibit and research mammals with Mammal staff. Performs other duties relating to the Alaska SeaLife Center s goals and mission statement as required. Service Areas: Seward, Alaska Schedule: 8AM-5PM, Tuesday Saturday, including weekends and holidays Requirements: The Member must be a team player who has some college, although college graduates are preferred. Must be at least 21 years of age to apply. Applicants should have an interest and/or background in Education, as well as a strong interest and/or background in community service. Must have good oral and written skills, follow written and oral instructions and be able to lift 50 pounds. Must be able to pass a national sex offender check and state and federal criminal history checks. Preferred Qualifications: Computer and public speaking skills are strongly encouraged. Strong interest and/or experience in marine mammal husbandry techniques, research, mammal conservation and education. Applicants with previous marine animal training and education experience preferred although not required. Applicants should be committed to the goals and missions of the Alaska SeaLife Center and AmeriCorps. Program Benefits: A monthly living allowance of approximately $1,000. An Education Award up to $5,550. Health Insurance (for those serving 9-11 months). Child Care Assistance (if eligible). Occupational Accident Insurance. Student Loan Forbearance (if eligible). Service Location, Housing & Transportation: This position is located in Seward, Alaska Housing is not provided Start of Term: Members are required to arrive in Seward, October 14, 2011 for a 3 day orientation/training. End of Term: A Graduation Ceremony will be held September 14, 2012 in Seward. Transportation: Travel to Program: Members are required to pay their own travel costs to Seward for orientation. Travel Home: Members are required to pay their own travel costs to get home at the end of their term. Contact ASLC x6895

6 Inspiring Education Through Service AMERICORPS ELEVEN MONTH SERVICE OPPORTUNITY Conservation Corps Member Dates of Service: October 14, 2011 September 14, 2012 ASLC s Mission is: The Alaska SeaLife Center is dedicated to generating and sharing scientific knowledge that promotes understanding and stewardship of Alaska s marine ecosystems. Program Summary AmeriCorps Members are placed at the Alaska SeaLife Center for a term of National Service to support our programs that improve environmental awareness, education and recruit volunteers to expand positive impact of volunteerism in the community. Members serve up to 11 months, earn a monthly living allowance, an Education Award upon completion of service and gain valuable leadership skills. Host Background: The Alaska SeaLife Center is Alaska s only public aquarium and ocean wildlife rescue center celebrating ten years on the shores of Resurrection Bay. Visitors to this window on the sea have close encounters with puffins, octopus, sea lions and other sealife while peeking over the shoulders of ocean scientists studying Alaska s rich seas and diverse sealife. Service Description: The Conservation Corps Member will serve with our Conservation Department and gain firsthand experience organizing, developing and implementing diverse aspects of local conservation projects. The Member will serve with environmental organizations and universities, such as the Kenai Fjords National Park, the University of Alaska, Anchorage, Resurrection Bay Conservation Alliance and Qutekcak Native Tribe. They will learn about Alaskan's natural environment, its diverse cultural heritage and how to promote sustainable actions. The Member will participate in a variety of conservation projects, such as marine invasive species monitoring and outreach, and marine debris investigations and outreach at local and global levels. The Member will engage and educate ASLC staff, volunteers and the community about the importance of conservation and environmental stewardship. Members serving with the Conservation Department will also be heavily involved with the ASLC Green Team Recycling Program. The Member will monitor local Resurrection Bay for invasive species by checking tunicate plates and crab traps with our partner the KFNP. The Member will develop outreach and work with the local high school marine science class on invasive species content and monitoring. They will also provide educational seminars and will create materials related to these presentations, including posters, PowerPoint presentations and pamphlets that foster environmental education and awareness. As advocates for recycling, Members will educate Seward citizens about what, how and where to recycle as part of ASLC's "Green Team." In addition, the Member will be required to choose an individual community service project within the town of Seward for weekly community service. Strong emphasis will be given to projects that are education based and/or serve a strong community need. Members will also be required to participate in a group community service project once a month within the town of Seward or the surrounding area. The ASLC will help the Member fulfill these and other AmeriCorps requirements. This is a full time service position starting 10/14/2011 and ending 9/14/2012.

7 Member Duties: Organize, develop and implement local conservation projects. Participate in educational seminars, including the creation of educational programs, props or tools. Develop/support website and social media with marine debris focus. Engage and educate the community about the importance of conservation and environmental stewardship. Recruit volunteers to expand positive impact of volunteerism in the community. Participate in individual and group community service projects. Assist staff in current research projects and data collection. Performs other duties relating to the Alaska SeaLife Center s goals and mission as required. Service Areas: Seward, Alaska Schedule: 8AM-5PM, Monday - Friday, including weekends and holidays Requirements: The Member must be a team player who has some college, although college graduates are preferred. Must be at least 21 years of age to apply. Applicants should have a background in Conservation and/or Education, as well as a strong interest and/or background in community service. Must have good oral and written skills, follow written and oral instructions and be able to lift 50 pounds. Must be able to pass a national sex offender check and state and federal criminal history checks. Preferred Qualifications: Computer, website programming, social media and public speaking skills are strongly encouraged. Applicants should be committed to the goals and missions of the Alaska SeaLife Center and AmeriCorps. Interest or experience providing conservation and educational programs. Strong interest or experience with conservation techniques or research preferred. Applicants with previous animal conservation experience, especially with invasive species curriculum. Program Benefits: A monthly living allowance of approximately $1,000. An Education Award up to $5,550. Health Insurance (for those serving 9-11 months). Child Care Assistance (if eligible). Occupational Accident Insurance. Student Loan Forbearance (if eligible). Service Location, Housing & Transportation: This position is located in Seward, Alaska. Housing is not provided. Start of Term: Members are required to arrive in Seward, October 15, 2011 for a 3 day orientation/training. End of Term: A Graduation Ceremony will be held September 15, 2012 in Seward. Transportation: Travel to Program: Members are required to pay their own travel costs to Seward for the term of service. Travel Home: Members are required to pay their own travel costs to get home at the end of their term. Contact ASLC x6895

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