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Internships & Staffing

We offer high school and college-level internships throughout the year.  Each Floating Classroom internship is designed to
address the personal goals of the incoming candidate.  Focus areas include education, communication, social justice & sustainability and environmental sciences, and we are happy to support explorations into more specific aspects of these fields.


Summer 2017 Internships are available at the high school and college level, in association with both our boat-based and Trout in the Classroom programs.  Contact, for details.
    • College Summer Internships (Mid-May through August, 2017):  We are seeking two interns to assist with general programs and development.  One position will also focus on management of the high school internship experience.  The other position will focus on management and use of community science data collected during programs. Students may apply for one or both internships, need not submit two resumes, just indicate which internship(s) are being applied for. Email cover letter and resume to Details about internships can be found in the attached flyer at the bottom of the page.  Application period is OPEN for 2017.
    • High School Winter/Spring Trout in the Classroom Internships (January - June, 2017):  Interns will work with small groups of students on a weekly basis at a local elementary school, assisting with aquarium maintenance and experiments with juvenile trout.  During the spring semester, interns will also be trained in benthic macro-invertebrate (stream insect) sampling, and will be able to participate in a stream survey project during late spring.  2-4 hours/week. Send Email, indicating your interest and background, to  (Open to college applicants also.)

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    Summer Youth Intern (Up to 6 positions open now!):   High school interns will work in a team setting, and will assist Floating Classroom instructors with boat maintenance, projects and interpretive programs aboard a 45-foot vessel on Cayuga Lake.  Interns will take on a focus project of their choosing, relating to environmental science, community education or information technology.  This project may take up to 50% of internship time, and may include independent research.  This position is designed to support career explorations, job and communication skills.  Training in basic boating and safety will be provided.
        1. Experience:  None necessary.  Familiarity with boats and boat safety are helpful.   A general interest in ecology and communication is a plus.    Training will be provided.  Please tell us if you have First Aid or Life Guard certifications.
        2. Physical Requirements:  Must be prepared to work outdoors on a boat, in a range of weather conditions.  Minimum age 14.  

        3. Hours:   Each intern is expected to make a commitment for the summer of 12-20 hours/week during July and August.  Accommodations are made, however, for family vacations and other commitments.  Interns participate in weekly group work sessions and should expect to work 2-4 cruises each week.  Some weekend availability required.  Spring training session will be scheduled.

        4. Reimbursement:  May be arranged through a third-party employment program, such as Youth Employment Services programs.

      Application Process:  Send us a letter (Email to telling us about yourself, and why you are interested in this position.  If you have a resume or portfolio, we will be happy to review it, but that is not required.  We will contact you to set up an interview.  Please be aware that we receive more applications than we can place.    Application Deadline is April 29, 2016.

    SEASONAL INSTRUCTOR WANTED (Must be over 21.) 
    The Floating Classroom is seeking a part-time instructor, to begin mid-May and continue through the fall.  Position Description is downloadable below.  Send resume, references and a brief cover letter to Bill Foster,

    Upcoming Opportunities:

    • Special Mini-Internship Opportunity for Ithaca-Based High School Students, April-May, 2017.     We are initiating a study of ROUND GOBIES, an invasive fish entering streams around Cayuga Lake.  Participating students will meet once/week for roughly 2 hours to receive training in biological stream assessment techniques with the Community Science Institute, and then assist with fish surveys and macro-invertebrate surveys in downtown Ithaca.  Details in the document at the bottom of the page- "Round Gobies HS Flyer".  Send Email, indicating your interest and background, to


    Mariah Mahaney,
    Jan 29, 2017, 5:56 PM
    Bill Foster,
    Jan 12, 2016, 1:13 PM