Scientists, environmentalists, movie makers, engineers, communicators, changemakers, movers and shakers wanted…
for a demanding, ocean trash removing, problem-solving, data-collecting, robot operating, action-taking, sailing, educating, inspiring, personally fulfilling and potentially career-advancing volunteer experience/internship.
We are looking for energetic, enthusiastic people who are aligned with our mission and the expedition for which you are applying in a personal way.
We have not set the details or dates for 2017 expeditions. Stay tuned to this space. Until then, the following will give you a good idea of the people we seek:
Who we look for:
You do not need to be a science major, rather we like to fill the boat with people who are a variety of ages, minimum age is 18 (last year we spanned ages 21-63!) and from a variety of academic, professional and geographic backgrounds. That said, we are looking for people to fill the following roles, or who have the following skills. There are 4 core volunteer crew positions available for each expedition (people who will come for all or most of an expedition) with 2 spaces left for partners, journalists, guest scientists, guest educators and others who come and go every few days. The minimum age to participate is 18. We do take a few undergrads on each expedition, but like to have people from their 20’s to 60’s all working together to share experiences, knowledge and perspectives to find solutions to the problem of marine debris!
Typical, but not the only, core crew positions:
1. Recent science grad: someone who is an upperclassmen, has recently graduated from college, or who is pursuing a masters or Phd in the sciences.
2. Onboard Reporter: someone with experience and skills in every stage of video-making or photography and will work on telling the story of the expedition through photos and video.
3. Guest educator: we love to have someone onboard who loves to teach. You do not need to have classroom experience. Past guest educators have been from aquariums and tall ships!
4. Marine debris person/wild card: this is someone who may not fit any of the above roles, but feels exactly like we do about cleaning the ocean and has above average stamina and tolerance for cleaning up and recording data!
Skills that will get you to the top of the list:
1. Medical officer: this requires a minimum of Wilderness First Aid. We love having an EMT onboard.
2. Cook: this does not mean you will cook all the meals, but will take the lead in the galley. We need someone who loves vegetarian food and has the skills to help organize menus, help shop and lead the less experienced. The more you actually do the cooking, the less dishes you will have to do!
3. Awesomeness: do you think that you are simply a great match for us…but don’t quite fit into any of the above categories? We still want to hear from you!
Other important items:
-Minimum age is 18.
-This is a volunteer position. You will need to get yourself to the boat and home from the boat. We will take care of your food and accommodations while onboard with us.
-You must have health insurance throughout your volunteer term.
-You must not be allergic to dogs, and even better, love them. We will likely have 2 Newfoundlands onboard.
-You must be happy to eat vegetarian while onboard.
-We will provide training on all tasks and equipment whether science, education or sail related.
-Volunteer crew will receive Rozalia Project shirts and hats, a bunk with storage and privacy curtain, food, personal safety equipment and supplemental foul weather gear while onboard.
-Volunteer crew do NOT need to know how to sail however we are living on and traveling by boat so a known resistance to seasickness is a plus
-The work will be physically demanding but satisfying. Crew will gain hands-on experience with many of the following (depending on the focus/dates of the expedition): scientific sampling methods (neuston nets, sediment grabs+), remotely operated vehicles, unmanned aerial vehicles, sonars, digital video, photography, direct action campaigns, social media, communications, marine education, and the navigation and sailing systems of a 60’ sailing research vessel.
How to apply
Made it this far and even more excited about the prospect of joining us? If that is the case, please send us a CV and an email (or make a video of yourself) telling us the following:
1. Which expedition you’d like to be part of and why that one appeals to you [stay tuned for 2017 expeditions] 2. What you’d bring to the team and what you see yourself getting out of the experience
We will have a look and get back to you to set up a chat over the phone or a Skype interview (if we’ve already spoken over the phone).
Please send your letter or video and resume by [2017 dates TBD] when we will review all of our applications at once. After [date TBD], we will fill open spaces first come, first considered.
If you have any questions, please contact Rozalia Project’s Executive Director, Rachael Miller, at 802-578-6120 or email@example.com. We look forward to learning more about you and putting together a great crew this summer!
“With the experience and knowledge I gained during my internship with Rozalia Project, I was able to land a full time position with benefits in my field! Without the Rozalia Project, I don’t think it would have been possible. It seems scary, putting off the career hunt for a volunteer gig, but this isn’t an ordinary volunteer position. You will be amazed at the experience and opportunities Rozalia Project and American Promise will offer you. I recommend this to everyone, it is priceless experience and an amazing time. You will grow professionally and personally. I swear you wont regret it, you will however, regret not going.” -Marina Maze, 2012 Rozalia Project intern, now Program Associate at Save Our Shores