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Underwater Anthropology Intern

Sea Alaska
Juneau, Alaska
Closing date
Feb 11, 2024

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Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Title: Underwater Anthropology Intern

Location: Juneau, AK

Job Summary:

Apply your love of geo-sciences as the Underwater Anthropology Intern at Sealaska Heritage Institute this summer! The goal of this internship is to help you master intertidal sediment core survey so that you can teach others about the underwater landscape of Southeast Alaska. You will work on creating a user-friendly poster and video for using an intertidal sediment core unit. These tools will help community members collect sediment cores around Southeast Alaska that SHI can then analyze for sea level transitions.

Sealaska Heritage Institute's (SHI) mission is to perpetuate and enhance the cultures of the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian people, promoting cultural diversity and cross-cultural understanding. This internship is within the Culture and History department, and you will work alongside SHI's Underwater Anthropologist to better understand the landscape at the lower sea level in Southeast Alaska.

This internship will take place in-person at the Sealaska Heritage Institute office in Juneau, AK. You may travel to Southeast Alaska community as part of other ongoing research.

  • With assistance from team members, collect samples with core unit tools in the intertidal.
  • Create user-friendly materials (print and video) to teach others about sediment surveys.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Skills/Abilities:
  • Willingness to work outside in rainy conditions
  • Able to both collaborate with a team and work independently
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Must be a Sealaska shareholder, descendant of a shareholder, or spouse of a shareholder
  • Ability to travel as needed

Education and Experience:
  • Must be age 18 at time of hire
  • Must be currently enrolled in post-secondary school/program or a recent graduate (1-2 years)
  • Legally authorized to work in the United States

  • Studying Anthropology, Archaeology, Geology, Earth Science, Native Studies, or similar
  • Skills in video editing or graphic design
  • At least a 2.5 GPA
  • Strong critical thinking and research skills
  • Self-starter with ability to adapt to a fast-paced work environment

Application Process:
  • Complete online application at by January 22, 2024.
  • Submit a resume and recent transcript (unofficial) with online application.
  • Submit sample of work (flyer or video) if you have developed one in the past.
  • You may be asked to provide proof of your status as a Sealaska shareholder, shareholder descendant, or shareholder spouse.
  • You must successfully complete a background check prior to onboarding at Sealaska.

About Sealaska Intern Program

The Sealaska intern program exists to uplift Sealaska shareholders and their descendants pursuing post-secondary education with meaningful career experience, learning opportunities, and a supportive community. Interns explore career interests, grow professional skills, and connect with the unique and vibrant cultures of the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian people. You will spend the summer with peers who share an Alaska Native heritage, learning from each other and building a community as you venture into your careers. Learn more at

Working Conditions and Physical Demands:

The physical and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical demands:
  • Must be able to perform computer-based tasks and processing for up to 8 hours, including sitting or standing, mousing, interacting with information on a computer monitor.
  • Must be able to lift and carry or otherwise move 25 pounds regularly.
  • Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Bending or standing as necessary.

Work Environment:
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee will primarily work in an office setting. The noise level in the work environment is usually minimal.

This description is not intended to be, nor should it be construed as an all-inclusive list of responsibilities, skills or working conditions associated with the position. It is intended to accurately reflect the activities and requirements of the position, but duties may be added, deleted, or modified, as necessary. This description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.

Who is Sealaska? Established in 1972, Sealaska is the Alaska Native regional corporation for Southeast Alaska. Our 23,000 shareholders are Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people with more than 10,000 years of ancestral ties to the oceans, forests and communities of Southeast Alaska. We serve the twin goals of economic prosperity and environmental protection.

We are committed to providing the best possible climate for maximum development and goal achievement for all our employees. As a Native-owned company, Sealaska Corporation is proud to promote an inclusive and diverse workplace, with respect for the cultural traditions in the communities where we operate.

Sealaska Corporation is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants are considered without regard to age, sex, race, national origin, religion, marital status or physical disability. However, preference may be extended to an enrolled member of a federally-recognized Indian Tribe*
  • "Indian Tribe" means an Indian Tribe, band, nation, or other organized group or community, including any Alaska Native village or regional or village corporation as defined in or established pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (85 Stat. 668; 43 U.S.C. 1601) which is recognized as eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians.

Other details
  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Min Hiring Rate $22.00
  • Max Hiring Rate $22.00
  • Travel Required Yes

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  • Sealaska Heritage Institute, 105 S. Seward Street, Suite 201, Juneau, Alaska, United States of America

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