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Marine Mammal & Sea Turtle Rescue Intern (Winter 2018/2019)

Time commitment: THREE Full Days Per Week (8:00am – 6:00pm)

Marine Animal Rescue responds to calls to provide medical treatment for whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals and sea turtles.  Established in 1968, the Marine Animal Rescue Team has responded to thousands of calls providing medical treatment to stranded, injured and diseased marine animals throughout the New England coastal region.  Interns provide support for Rescue staff in all aspects of the program.



  • A significant amount of cleaning is required in order to maintain the hospital environment
  • Follow standard quarantine protocols
  • Food preparation and feeding of animals
  • Restraining animals for treatments and injections
  • Monitoring behavior and health of animals
  • Maintaining records including water quality, daily food intake, swim charts and treatment sheets
  • Interns may have the opportunity to assist with necropsies and help with animals in the field


  • Previous animal handling experience
  • Must be in good physical condition and able to lift 50 pounds
  • Must be able to perform significant cleaning tasks daily
  • Must be able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Must be at least 18 years of age and have access to a car

Note: This internship is extremely competitive; pay close attention in addressing all of the position requirements and qualifications in your cover letter. This position is not available for January term.

*PLEASE NOTE: You must have your own transportation because this position has moved offsite to our Animal Care Center in Quincy, MA.

How to Apply

For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.

New England Aquarium – Interns
Boston, MA 02110




  1. Trainer I – Marine Mammals

Take your career to new depths and put your skills to work in a one of a kind setting by becoming a part of the premiere aquarium showcasing the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea. The Texas State Aquarium provides high quality, entertaining programming through education, conservation, and wildlife rehabilitation. We strive to provide our guests with an exciting, educational, and memorable experience.

The Trainer I for the Marine Mammal department will provide quality care and training for all marine mammal areas.

Other duties include but are not limited to:

  • Participate in the primary care and training of the marine mammal collection.
  • Maintain marine mammal exhibit.
  • Participates in all areas of marine mammal husbandry and programming.
  • Participate in behavioral enrichment.
  • Prepare food and feed according to established procedures.
  • Participate in primary care and training of Otters.
  • Observe animal behavior and report unusual/abnormal behavior to supervisor.
  • Assist Veterinarian during routine animal husbandry.
  • Maintain all feeding, behavior, training and medical records.
  • Enter data into TRACKS.
  • Clean, maintain, and store utensils and equipment used to feed and care for animals.
  • Assess water chemistry/temperatures and report anything unusual to supervisors.
  • May plan and direct the work of interns and volunteers in primary areas of responsibility.
  • Enter exhibits by use of SCUBA equipment to clean exhibitry, provide animal care, and/or feed.
  • Provide assistance on research projects related to animal behavior, animal nutrition, animal physiology, and water chemistry.
  • Contribute to the maintenance and cleanliness of the Dolphin Bay wet area.vvvvvv

Experience Required

Bachelor’s degree in biology, psychology, or related field from a four year college or university is required with a minimum of one year professional experience in Cetacean husbandry and training. An equivalent combination of education and experience that would likely produce the required knowledge skills and abilities may be considered. An Open Water SCUBA certification is required for consideration.


This position offers an attractive benefits/vacation package including a 100% employer paid health plan, dental, vision, disability, life insurance, and 403(b) retirement plan with a 100% match of the first 5% contributed.

How to Apply

Please apply online at Any applications submitted through AZA will not be reviewed.

Texas State Aquarium
2710 N Shoreline Blvd.
Corpus Christi, TX 78402
Phone: 361-881-1200
Fax: 361-881-1235

Marine mammal department internship Winter/Spring 2019

The marine mammal department at the Shedd Aquarium is comprised of 4 animal teams.  Three of these teams focus on birds and marine mammals, and 1 focuses on our interactive programming animals. The interns support the daily operations of the department. We offer 2 exciting internship opportunities, one focused on marine mammals and one focused on animal ambassador programming. Marine mammal interns help care for Pacific white-sided dolphins, beluga whales, northern and southern sea otters, California sea lions, three species of birds of prey, and rockhopper and Magellanic penguins.  The ambassador animal program intern(s) will work with various species including bird, reptile, invertebrates, and terrestrial mammals.  These internship experiences are designed to be a career learning experience—offering exposure to animal husbandry, positive reinforcement training, animal behavior and the chance to complete an individual observational or research project. Interns master food prep, record keeping and the basics of caring for and feeding animals.  Interns have opportunities to exercise leadership and communication skills and join a network of professionals caring for animals in Chicago and across the country.


Experience Required

  • Three 6-month terms each year, with new terms beginning early January, mid-May and early September of each year. See application form for specific submission deadlines. • Marine mammal interns work three 11-hour days per week, including one or both weekend days. • Ambassador animal program intern works four 8 hour days per week, including one or both weekend days. • Attendance at three evening seminars is encouraged but not required.

Further Comments

Responsibilities include: • Cleaning: A significant portion of time is spent maintaining a clean and healthy environment for the animals. This includes thorough cleaning and disinfection of animal habitats and reserve spaces, kitchens and food prep areas and animal dishes. • Food preparation: All interns spend a few hours each shift helping to prepare diets for all the animals. This includes thawing, inspecting, weighing, and cutting various food types as well as formula preparation and vitamin administration. Animal ambassador program intern will also prepare live feeder insects. • Recordkeeping: Interns assist in daily record keeping, helping to document diets consumed, cleaning chores, behavioral observations, session notes and enrichment details. • Special project: After mastering the basic chores of the department, each intern is assigned a special project to complete throughout the internship. A portion of time each day is allocated to the project and interns present their findings via power point slides at the end of the term. Projects may be focused on animal enrichment, animal behavior or data analysis, based on the current needs of the department. • Marine mammal intern will help assist in sessions and shows: Interns perform a variety of tasks during animal training sessions and shows, including operating manual and hydraulic doors, setting up and breaking down equipment for public presentations, managing guests, and assisting alongside trainers during animal training sessions. • Animal ambassador program intern will help assist in public presentations: Interns will assist in public encounters. This will include managing crowds, answering questions and handling small animals in front of a group of guests. Qualifications required: • Must currently be in a degree program or have graduated from one. Preference is given to those who are or have studied marine science, psychology, animal care or a related field. • Must be willing to support Shedd’s mission and represent the organization well to all guests. • Applicant must be committed to high quality work and able to follow directions to maintain high standards of care and cleanliness. • Desirable characteristics include: strong work ethic, positive attitude, and genuine curiosity about animal care and training. • Applicants must be able to work well independently and with a team. • Successful applicants are able to communicate openly and professionally, willing to ask questions and collaborate towards solutions. • Applicants must be able to regularly work all weekend days and holidays as well as late-night shifts when assigned. • Ability to lift objects in excess of 40 pounds as well as bend, crouch, squat and carry heavy buckets as needed. • Interns will be exposed to very cold temperatures and to salt water on a daily basis. • A commitment of 24 weeks, 33 hours per week is required.



How to Apply

Completed and signed application. • Resume indicating education and employment experiences. • Cover letter explaining career goals and reasons for interest in an internship with our program. • Letters of reference from at least three individuals who can vouch for your character and work ethic. Letters may be included in the application packet, mailed to Madelynn Hettiger at the address below or emailed directly to To be considered for the Marine Mammals Internship, please send completed application packet to: John G. Shedd Aquarium Attn: Madelynn Hettiger Marine Mammals Department 1200 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60605 Your packet may also be emailed to Letters of recommendation may be mailed or emailed directly to Madelynn Hettiger at or may be included with the application packet.

John G. Shedd Aquarium
1200 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605



Marine Mammal Training and Enrichment Internship

Marine Mammal Training and Enrichment Internship – Spring 2019

Reports to:      Curator of Behavior Husbandry

Schedule:        5 days per week, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

January-May 2019

Application deadline: October 15, 2018

Internship Overview:

This internship is designed for college students or recent graduates interested in pursuing a career in animal training or animal behavior.  Interns will work directly with the Curator of Behavioral Husbandry and animal keepers to learn the principles of animal training and enrichment through practical application, research and hands-on work with the animals.  This internship will focus on seal training and polar bear enrichment. The intern will participate in animal training sessions and schedule, implement and evaluate daily polar bear enrichment.  The intern will also conduct behavioral research to monitor polar bear behavior and evaluate the effectiveness of enrichment.

This internship is unpaid and housing is not provided.



Junior or Senior in college or recent graduate with a major in Biology, Animal Behavior, Psychology, Zoology or other related field

Strong willingness to learn, positive attitude, and team mentality

Previous hands-on work with animals

Proficiency in Microsoft Excel preferred

Throughout this internship the intern will:

Develop, coordinate and implement daily enrichment for polar bears

Prepare seal diets and participate in daily feeding/training sessions

Develop enrichment schedules for several species

Construct and implement enrichment items for various species

Conduct behavioral observations

Data entry and analysis

To apply please email a cover letter, resume and 3 references to:

Beth Posta

Curator of Behavioral Husbandry

The Toledo Zoo

419-385-5721 ext. 2051

How to Apply

The Toledo Zoo
2700 Broadway
Toledo , OH 43609


Published by viadolphin

Lover and enthusiast of all things nature and animal related. Professional Dolphin Trainer from the Caribbean. Adviser and mentor in the Marine Mammal field.

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