Marine Mammals Husbandry Summer Internship
Marine Mammal Husbandry Internship
The Alaska SeaLife Center’s Marine Mammal section of the Husbandry Department is responsible for the daily management, care, and achievement of research goals associated with the mammal collection. Animals under the departments’s care include: Steller sea lions, spotted seals, ringed seals, and Northern sea otters. Several of these Alaskan species are exclusively housed at a few, select facilities in North America. Successful interns will build a solid foundation of knowledge and experience with animal husbandry and positive reinforcement training. Limited hands-on opportunities may be presented to exceptional candidates.
As the successful candidate for this unpaid internship, you will learn and gain experience at a world-class, AZA accredited facility in basic animal care and husbandry techniques. The individual will assist in the daily care and maintenance of the Center’s mammal collection and mammal exhibits. Under guidance of mammal husbandry professionals, the intern will be trained and expected to perform the essential duties.
Education / Experience:
Pursuing a degree in the biology/psychology/science field. Minimal animal experience required but preferred.
- Making daily observations and note the health and condition of the mammal collection
- Preparing daily animal diets
- Maintaining written and computerized records
- Developing and maintaining good communication skills
- Learning proper techniques in pool cleaning and water quality testing
- Assisting the mammal staff during current research projects and data collection
- Unloading deliveries of frozen food and maintaining USDA standards
- Did we mention cleaning?
- Learning and applying general animal husbandry techniques and protocols
- Gaining knowledge and experience in techniques and application of animal training
- Performs other duties relating to the Center’s goals and mission statement as required.
- Please note: General husbandry and cleaning are a large portion of this internship.
Other Skills and Abilities:
- Ability to speak effectively and to be comfortable meeting new people. Ability to work independently with excellent organizational and time management skills. Proficient computer skills including basic Microsoft applications specifically Excel are preferred.
- Ability to see and hear; use arms and hands; handle objects, tools, and controls; and sit. Ability to lift and move 50 pounds. Ability to swim.
- Working in an outdoor area with moderate to strenuous physical activity.
Internship Dates: May 15, 2023 - August 4, 2023
Unpaid Internship: Housing Available / Reduced meal per diem of $100 per week is available for 12 weeks
A background check will be conducted on all potential candidates.
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and letter of recommendation.
Accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums