Port Royal Sound Foundation Seeks Summer Intern

Port Royal Sound Foundation Seeks Summer Intern

Job Title: Summer Intern

Statement of Job: The Summer Intern will work cooperatively with the Port Royal Sound Foundation Staff on supporting educational programs, creating curriculum for young visitors, aiding with summer camps, providing animal care, and educating visitors about the Port Royal Sound. The Maritime Center has been open since 2014 and we wish to continue improving our interactions with our visitors through exhibits, programs, and social media. On-site orientation. Housing not provided.

Report To: Naturalist

Requirements: Working towards a degree in Education, Biology, Recreation, or Environmental Science. Good communication and public speaking skills, especially with children. Experience or willingness to create and implement curriculum for children. Experience or willingness to learn how to work with animals – fish, invertebrates, and reptiles. Must be 18 years or older. Reliable transportation. Ability to lift 40 pounds. Must pass a background check. Typical hours being Monday to Friday, including some Saturdays, from 8:30am-5:00pm; 35 hours per week for 8 weeks.

Work Environment: Port Royal Sound Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit located in Okatie, SC. Our mission is to preserve the Port Royal Sound for the environmental, cultural, & economic well-being of our area. Our Maritime Center, which is open to visitors, brings our mission to life and gives our guests an appreciation for the uniqueness of the Port Royal Sound. Along with the Maritime Center, we host educational programming, summer camps, support research, highlight local artists, and provide volunteer opportunities.

Job Duties:

1. Assist Naturalists with educational public programs, taking place indoors and outdoors.
2. Teach a variety of environmental education programs for visitors of all ages.
3. Create and implement programs that makes our Center more engaging for young children.
4. Co-counsel 6 weeks of summer day camp.
5. Fill in for volunteers as a Host/Docent in the Maritime Center.
6. Lead weekly “Story Time” by reading a story and facilitating a craft for toddlers and their families.
7. Animal feeding and care.
8. Create educational content for our social media sites.
9. Provide input on how to improve current programs, especially those that relate to young children.
10. Maintain a positive and professional attitude while working with guests.
11. Other duties as needed.

To apply, send a resume and cover letter to Naturalist, Jessica Kochman: jkochman@portroyalsoundfoundation.org by April 28, 2023. 

At A Glance


From creature feedings to nature hikes, we’ve got exciting events for the whole family to enjoy.


We are centrally located in Beaufort County, where S.C. 170 crosses the Chechessee River. Just take the right exit from either direction at the bridge.

Field Trips

Fun for all ages, field trips enhance students’ classroom curriculum and gives them a unique understanding of our coastal environment.


Truly the heart of our Foundation, volunteering is the perfect way to learn more about what makes the Sound so important to us.

Ways to Give

Help us make a more profound impact for generations to come, not only for the Sound but for our community too!

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