Marine Operations Internship

Marine Operations Internship

Internship Summary

(Marine Operations internships are only available during summer)

The Florida Aquarium Marine Operations internship offers individuals a behind the scenes look at an industry-leading Marine Operations department. Interns will also have the opportunity to experience diving in a *variety of roles. Marine Operations interns will be responsible for helping to execute habitat maintenance dives, animal health dives, behind the scenes diving operations, and the ability to learn multiple modes of diving. Our interns will get to learn from our DSO/ADSO on the industry of Aquarium diving and the unique undertaking that it offers to professional divers. Lastly, our interns will have the opportunity to gain knowledge, sea time, and hands on experience aboard our 72-foot Bay Spirit II catamaran.

*Due to COVID-19 our guest dive experiences are not operational at this time. If we bring them online in the summer then our interns will be able to get experience leading our guest dive programs and interactive shows.   


  • Safely execute and support quality routine exhibit and equipment maintenance as needed
  • Be trained on Aquarium open circuit diving, full face mask communications diving, tethered diving, and hookah diving
  • Safely support quality Wild Dolphin Cruises, Port and Education Tours, Events and Charters
  • Deliver extraordinary customer service to all aquarium guests
  • Incorporate the aquarium’s conservation efforts and mission into daily activities
  • Complete a Marine Operations project that will support the department or Aquarium



  • Current certification in First Aid, CPR and Oxygen administration preferred
  • Scuba Certification by an internationally recognized agency (NAUI, PADI, SSI, Etc)
  • Dive Master or above preferred
  • Must be able to complete swim test and skills circuit
  • College Sophomore or higher, up to 6 months post graduate
  • GPA of 2.5-4.0
  • Must be able to pass dive physical (cost is the responsibility of the intern)


• Integrity/Trust — Maintaining social, ethical, and organizational values and norms; building trust and confidence with the staff and with internal and external customers; respecting the confidentiality of personal and proprietary information.

• Interpersonal Skills/Teamwork – Demonstrates the ability to work collaboratively within a team and across departments for organizational success. Demonstrates a positive attitude and initiative, seeks to understand before being understood. Fosters a positive, supportive and encouraging work environment. Demonstrates respect for other’s opinions, trusts in their abilities and recognizes their contributions.

• Customer Focus – Demonstrates courtesy, cooperation and friendliness with staff, volunteers and customers. Actively listens, anticipates and evaluates the customer’s needs. Ensures that customer satisfaction is a priority in all areas of responsibility. Actively engages our customers while fulfilling job responsibilities.


Typical Physical Requirements
• Carrying / lifting up to 50 lbs.
• Kneeling / squatting, reaching above shoulders – occasionally
• Bending / stooping, climbing ladders – frequently
• Sitting, standing, walking – at least 4 hours per day
• Should be able to climb and descend ladders quickly
• Daily contact with a living collection of plants and animals in a central Florida climate
• Exposure to blood borne pathogens
• Subject to bites, stings, scrapes and exposure to various plants, animals and birds
• Flexibility in working weekends, evenings and holidays


Please visit our main internship page at for application instructions.