Summer 2022 Kelp Management Plan Intern

One Sealaska Plaza, Suite 400
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Support Barnacle Food’s plan to sustainably harvest kelp in Southeast Alaska. As the Kelp Management Plan Intern, you will become part of the Barnacle team of food enthusiasts creating unique products from Alaskan coastline ingredients.

Barnacle is working to formalize a kelp harvesting management plan and is looking for an intern to assist with research and communication. Apply your interest or course work in marine sciences to connect with researchers, provide input, and gather data on sustainable ocean harvesting. Compile information from government officials and regulatory professionals about harvesting regulations and provide input based on your findings.

In addition to this project, you will likely work on other aspects of the Barnacle Foods business.

While this internship position can take place remotely, the Barnacle team would prefer the intern to be on-site at their Juneau, AK, location. You may have the opportunity to accompany Barnacle team members on daytrips via boat to harvest kelp and conduct kelp bed surveys.


  • Communicate with and learn from researchers, government officials, and regulatory officials regarding Alaska ocean harvesting
  • Compile information on best practices and regulations
  • Gather and present data
  • Communicate findings and make recommendations based on research
  • Conduct daytrips via boat for kelp harvest and surveys
  • Collaborate with and assist team members and leadership on additional business projects



  • Interest in marine science, life sciences, marine policy, biology
  • Sealaska shareholder, descendant of a shareholder, or spouse of a shareholder
  • At least 18 years of age by start date
  • Must be currently enrolled in college or a vocational-technical school or a recent graduate (1-2 years)
  • Legally authorized to work in the United States


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Pursuing degree in marine science, life science, environmental policy, or marine policy/law
  • Prefer GPA over 2.5
  • Strong critical thinking and research skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Able to both collaborate with a team and work independently
  • Self-starter with ability to adapt to a fast-paced work environment
  • Ability to travel, as needed


Additional Requirements:

  • Provide a cover letter describing your interest in the position
  • Submit a resume with online application
  • Provide most recent transcript (unofficial)
  • 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.


Physical Demands and Work Environment

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: While performing the duties of this job, the employee will sit for extended periods of time; walk, use hands to finger, handle objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; balance; stoop; bending or crouching; talk or hear. The employee must be able to lift/carry and/or move up to 20-50 pounds safely. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • 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.

Applicants must be a current Sealaska shareholder or a Sealaska shareholder descendent.



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