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Animal Care Internships

Animal Care Internships

The Florida Aquarium Animal Care internships offer a well-rounded, educational experience working in a variety of areas. Internship opportunities may include assisting biologists with daily husbandry duties, daily food preparation and feeding, animal training and guest interactions. Available opportunities may include:

Position Summary
The Florida Aquarium Animal Ambassador Animal Care internship offer a comprehensive and educational experience focused on working with and caring for the Aquarium’s ambassador animals. The team specializes in the care and health of African penguins, Ring-tailed lemurs, North American river otters, various birds of prey and small reptiles. Interns will have a concentration area with the opportunity to learn about other Ambassador areas. This team engages with guests, delivering various public talks throughout the day via microphone. Additionally, the Animal Ambassador team employs various animal training techniques to enhance the health care routine for these animals.

Responsibilities (including but not limited to)

  • Assist biologists with daily duties and projects, with a focus on routine cleaning tasks.
  • Maintain habitats and back areas at AZA standards of cleanliness.
  • Prepare daily diets for various species.
  • Contribute to goal-based animal enrichment programs.
  • Engage with guests along the exhibit path, providing information about our animals.
  • Deliver microphone presentations emphasizing the conservation of ambassador animals.

Qualifications

  • Ability to lift up to 30 lbs.
  • Ability to stand/walk for 3+ hours at a time
  • Self-motivated
  • Detail-oriented with the ability to work independently

Time Commitment

  • 24 hours per week
  • Schedule will be three 8 hour days per week.
  • Days of the week will be determined based on scheduling needs.

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Position Summary
The Florida Aquarium’s Fish and Invertebrates/Animal Care internships provide a comprehensive and educational experience, specializing in fish and invertebrate habitats. Interns will receive training in the basics of managing systems and habitats in their assigned gallery, covering areas such as daily husbandry, water quality, life support, and operant conditioning. Those with special interest in aquarium science and chemistry are encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities (including but not limited to)

  • Go offsite with biologist to maintain offsite exhibits
  • Prepare and feed diets for galleries assigned
  • Maintain habitat cleanliness and conduct regular maintenance
  • Implement operant conditioning for teleost and elasmobranch species
  • Recognize and address life support and water quality parameters and issues as they arise

Qualifications

  • Ability to lift up to 30 lbs.
  • Ability to be standing/walking for 3+ hours at a time
  • Background in basic biology and chemistry, completed introductory level college courses in biology and chemistry preferred
  • Detail oriented, ability to work independently

Time Commitment

  • 16 – 24 hours per week
  • Preferred Friday through Monday schedule
  • Flexibility in working weekends and holidays

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Position Summary

The Florida Aquarium’s Shorelines/Animal Care internship offers a comprehensive and educational experience within our Shorelines gallery. Interns will acquire fundamental skills in managing systems and habitats within this gallery, showcasing fish and invertebrates from coastal regions around the world.

Responsibilities (including but not limited to)

  • Assist biologists with habitat maintenance, feedings including preparations of diets.
  • Maintain habitat cleanliness and conduct regular maintenance.
  • Assist in enhancing the guest experience.

Qualifications

  • Basic knowledge of aquarium husbandry, marine vertebrate and invertebrate biology
  • Must be college sophomore or higher up to 6 months’ post-graduate
  • Ability to lift 30 lbs.
  • Ability to work outdoors for extended periods of time
  • Ability to work in tight spaces, climb ladders, and walk/stand for extended periods of time
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to work independently

Time Commitment

  • 16 – 24 hours per week
  • Flexibility in working weekends and holidays

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Position Summary

The Florida Aquarium’s Wetlands/Animal Care internships provide a comprehensive and educational experience, specializing in Florida’s freshwater and brackish habitats. Interns will learn the basics of managing systems and habitats in this gallery, which includes a free-flighted aviary, birds, reptiles, fish and invertebrates.

Responsibilities (including but not limited to)

  • Assist biologists with habitat maintenance, feedings and bird pans.
  • Prepare and feed diets.
  • Maintain habitat cleanliness and conduct regular maintenance.
  • Assist in animal encounters and handling.

Qualifications

  • Basic knowledge of aquarium husbandry, marine vertebrate and invertebrate biology
  • Must be college sophomore or higher up to 6 months’ post-graduate
  • Flexibility in working weekends and holidays
  • Ability to lift 30 lbs.
  • Ability to work outdoors for extended periods of time
  • Ability to work in tight spaces, climb ladders, and walk/stand for extended periods of time
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to work independently

Time Commitment

  • 16 – 24 hours per week
  • Flexibility in working weekends and holidays

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