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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


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Marine Animal Trainer


Sea World, Main Beach, Gold Coast, AU

About The Role

You will provide a level of care, enrichment and husbandry to ensure appropriate welfare and standards are maintained for the relevant animal collection. You will train and share responsibility for presenting our mammal and birds in our live shows, keeper talks and interactive programs. You will be required to pass relevant audition criteria including swimming, training knowledge test and speaking on a microphone. Some weekend work will be required.


Undertake animal husbandry and exhibit maintenance tasks for animals and exhibits in assigned area

Develop an understanding of animal training and conditioning techniques

Assist with organisation and planning of feeding schedules and training of animal behaviors

Provide the general public with correct information about our animals

Skills And Experience

Knowledge of operant conditioning

Bachelor of Science degree or Certificate III in Captive Animal Management is required

Experience in public speaking

Manual car drivers license

Available to work on any day including weekends


Unlimited free entry to our theme parks

Food and beverage and retail discounts

Unique team member events

Opportunity for professional development

About The Company

Village Roadshow Theme Parks comprises of Warner Bros. Movie World, Wet ’n’ Wild Gold Coast, Paradise Country, Australian Outback Spectacular, Village Roadshow Studios, Sea World and Sea World Resort. We encourage a fun, entertaining and enthusiastic environment!

Seniority Level

Entry level


Food & Beverages Entertainment Hospitality

Employment Type




Marine Mammal Rescue

Job description

The Rescue and Response team at The Marine Mammal Center is seeking applicants for their Monterey Bay Operations Rescue and Response Internship working primarily with stranded pinnipeds, as well as occasional cetaceans and sea otters. The Rescue and Response Internship is an exciting opportunity for individuals who are interested in increasing their experience and knowledge of marine mammals and the Marine Mammal Stranding Network.

Program Opportunities

Gain valuable professional development experience while learning the rescue and response operations for one of the leading marine mammal hospitals

Work in an organization dedicated to veterinary medicine, research, and ocean conservation

Learn marine mammal rescue and triage while gaining husbandry experience working with the seal and sea lion patients

Attend training classes, learning more about rescue and response methods as well as the rehabilitation care for pinnipeds

Develop interpersonal and team leadership skills working with individuals from diverse backgrounds

Intern Schedule

This internship runs from mid-December or January through mid-March or April (dates are flexible). Interns must be able to work for a minimum of 3 months, 5 days a week, at least 40 hours per week. Work schedule must be flexible and may include weekends and holidays.

Additional Logistics

This is an unpaid internship and interns are responsible for their own housing accommodations and transportation. Unfortunately, we are unable to host international applicants at this time.


Intern Qualifications:

All applicants must be 21 years of age or older, with an avid interest in marine biology, zoology, general biology, policy or a related field.

Interns are required to pass a background check and a motor vehicle check prior to acceptance into the internship.

Applicants should demonstrate excellent communication skills and have practical computer knowledge with programs such as Word, Access, and Excel.

This internship position involves a fair amount of physical activity, such as lifting, restraining and moving animals.

If the intern intends to receive university credit for their internship, they are responsible for making all arrangements with their educational institution.


Answer and triage the animal rescue hotline

Coordinate rescue and triage responses throughout Monterey and Santa Cruz counties

Participate in marine mammal rescues, releases and other field responses

Maintain rescue equipment

Join teams of volunteers to provide triage care for rescued seals and sea lions

Support data entry and tracking of the pinniped patients

Other projects as assigned

Interested applicants are encouraged to apply following the link below. The deadline to apply is October 27, 2017.



Assoc. Curator, Mammals & Birds

Company Name Georgia Aquarium  Company LocationAtlanta, GA, US

Job description

Requisition Number 17-0079 Post Date 10/3/2017 Title Assoc. Curator, Mammals & Birds City Atlanta State GA Description Position Summary

Coordinates operational activities related to Mammal & Bird shows and animal programs as directed by the Curator, Animal Training-Mammals & Birds. Develops, implements and oversees appropriate standard operating procedures; insures compliance with requirements of various professional associations and regulatory agencies; works toward further advancing Mammal & Bird husbandry, programming, and display; develops, maintains and drives animal training and environmental enrichment programs; facilitates professional staff development; supervises Mammal & Bird personnel, as well as elements of Mammal & Bird operations. Works with assigned staff in developing and achieving animal care and training goals that promote the mission and vision of Georgia Aquarium and coincide with professional associations and accreditations. Works with other departments in the evaluation and development of enhanced guest experience, performance, interactive, and public relations opportunities.

Requirements Responsibilities

Works with leadership of Animal Training, Mammals & Birds to develop, institute, lead and facilitate animal training goals and standards.

Works with fellow leaders and their respective teams on the development and implementation of dynamic animal training projects and programs that served to enhance animal care, animal management, guest experience, and Aquarium public relations.

Monitors and directs day-to-day Mammal & Bird related animal care and operations.

Provides excellent care and wellbeing of all animals assigned to the Mammal & Bird section.

Assists the supervision of personnel matters within the Mammal & Bird section of Zoological

Operations department.

Assigns and checks work, establishes schedules, sets deadlines, and delegates authority within the operational framework of the Mammal & Bird section.

Assists the setting of performance standards for staff.

Assists the preparation of annual performance evaluations. Makes personnel related recommendations to Curator and Director, Animal Training-Mammals & Birds.

Trains Mammal & Bird personnel in all aspects of their assigned tasks, and conducts or arranges for training as necessary to carry out the Section’s objectives.

Constantly evaluates and improves show performance, exhibit enhancements, behavioral management techniques, and animal enrichment procedures.

Works with Curator in maintaining exhibits and related facilities and collections in a manner stimulating and factual to Georgia Aquarium guests.

Cross trains with other zoological management to provide efficient supervisory coverage of other department sections when necessary.

Assists senior zoological management with preparing the Mammal & Bird component of the annual budget. Monitors expenditures to ensure budget compliance.

Assists the acquisition, display, care, performance, and maintenance of all specimens required for the Mammal & Bird section.

Coordinates and supervises animal handling for medical care and transport.

Assists the coordination of Mammal & Bird team record keeping, filing, and diet planning.

Assists the coordination of the development of Mammal & Bird section animal care programs and protocols consistent with current industry standards for animal care and use.

Ensures all Mammal & Bird personnel are properly trained and equipped for their assigned tasks, and conducts or arranges for training as necessary to carry out the section’s objectives.

Work with the Zoological Operations management team to maintain the highest quality staff, programs, and exhibits, programs, and shows.

Interface effectively with other departments to maintain the highest quality standards and promote guest experience.

As needed, interact on behalf of the Georgia Aquarium with guests, media, general public, etc.

Fosters working relationships with other institutions.

Implements dive safety guidelines established by the dive safety officer.

To perform other duties as workload necessitates.


Four year degree in biology or related field; equivalent relevant experience may be considered in lieu of a four year degree at the discretion GAI.

Eight years of work experience in an AZA accredited institution, or equivalent, working with aquatic mammals in a variety of programs (show, interaction, etc), with demonstrated experience in the care, training, and management of marine mammals, and knowledge of marine mammal transport and regulatory requirements.

Extensive background in animal training.

Experience in show performance and public programs preferred.

Working knowledge of life support operation and water quality control for maintaining marine mammals.

Supervisory experience preferred.

Strong team skills.

Strong oral and written communication skills.

Valid State of Georgia driver’s license, or the ability to obtain one.

Valid passport, or the ability to obtain one.

Proficiency with Personal Computer (P.C.) hardware and contemporary software including Microsoft Office Products.

SCUBA certification.

Ability to pass departmental swim test, which includes, but is not limited to minimum requirements for treading water, breath holding, free diving and endurance.

Physical Demands & Work Environment

The physical demands and work environment 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. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds 100 feet. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color and peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time. Elements of the position require employees to wear a wet suit for extended periods throughout the day. This position requires direct contact with raw seafood. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. An employee must also have the ability to travel by car, boat and air as needed, physically use SCUBA equipment, conduct field work in the collection and research of animals, and maintain daily contact with a living collection of plants and animals.




Marine Mammal Veterinarian

Company Name National Marine Mammal Foundation  Company LocationSan Diego, CA, US

Job description

Position Overview

The National Marine Mammal Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization based in San Diego, California, has a job opening for a full-time marine mammal veterinarian. The primary responsibilities of the veterinarian would be in direct support of the US Navy Marine Mammal Program, to include clinical case management of the Navy’s collection of bottlenose dolphins and California sea lions.

NMMF’s clinical veterinary team includes a veterinary epidemiologist, and has access to veterinary and human consultants in anesthesia, surgery, cardiology, ophthalmology, urology, infectious disease, radiology, and interventional radiology. This position would be based primarily in San Diego, but could travel up to 10 weeks a year offering veterinary support for satellite facilities and marine mammal deployments. Evening, weekend, and holiday on-call responsibilities are shared with the other San Diego clinical veterinarians.

Primary Responsibilities

Implementing the Navy’s preventive medicine program

Performing routine health assessments to include biological sampling and diagnostic imaging

Providing supportive care and critical care for ill animals

Offering field medical support for national and international marine mammal system deployments

Training and mentoring incoming veterinarians, veterinary students, veterinary technicians, and animal care specialists on marine mammal medicine

Supporting and/or leading clinical research projects

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be graduates of an AVMA accredited veterinary college or ECFVG certified institution and have a valid U.S. license.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and have the ability to obtain a secret clearance.

Preference will be given to applicants that have a minimum of 5 years of experience in marine mammal medicine and to those with a research background, including research project management and scientific publications.

Personal Requirements

Maintain high ethical standards in personnel safety and animal care.

Display a strong commitment to collaboration and teamwork.

Demonstrate strong communication and conflict resolution skills.

Convey a professional image and positive attitude regarding the NMMF, the US military, and the nonprofit sector.

Offer flexibility to adapt to an evolving work environment and changing weather conditions.

Embrace a flexible work schedule to include work hours on holidays, weekends, and after hours as needed.

The position will be open until filled.


Part Time Conservation Assistant

Company Name: Ocean Park Corporation  Company LocationHong Kong, HK

Job description


The incumbent will support the regular marine mammal stranding programme, horseshoe crab rearing programme, community education and fundraising campaigns and other duties as assigned.


Degree in Ecology, Biology, Environmental science or related discipline

Ability to conduct field work and arrange field logistics independently

Good presentation and interpretation of conservation or environmental knowledge