2023 Summer Kelp Management Plan Intern

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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.


  • Learn about resource management in Alaska and other jurisdictions
  • Learn to manage your time on a long-term project
  • Create and maintain relationships with subject matter experts – researchers, government officials, legal and regulatory professionals
  • Other duties, as assigned


  • 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) and have completed one year of school by the start date
  • Legally authorized to work in the United States


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Preferred majors/area of focus: Marine sciences, life sciences, marine policy/law, computer science
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Able to both collaborate with a team and work independently
  • At least a 2.5 GPA
  • Strong critical thinking and research skills
  • Self-starter with ability to adapt to a fast-paced work environment
  • Ability to travel, as needed


Application Process:

  • Complete online application at Sealaska.com/careers by January 23, 2023.
  • Submit a resume with online application
  • Provide most recent transcript (unofficial) to kayla.roberts@sealaska.com
  • Submit a cover letter expressing interest in the role to kayla.roberts@sealaska.com
  • 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 sealaska.com/careers/summer-internships.


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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