Batten Fellowships for Exhibits and Husbandry : Avian Collection

Organization: Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center (AZA Member)
Location: Virginia Beach, Virginia, Country
Job or Internship: Internship

Batten Fellowships for Exhibits and Husbandry (Stipend Provided)Avian Diet Consumption ProjectThis year the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center is offering fellowship positions in the Exhibits and Husbandry Division during the spring/summer session from May to September. Qualified individuals may apply for this Batten Fellowship that will focus on the Aquarium’s bird collection involving diet monitoring and collecting information from other AZA institutions. This fellowship is supplemented by a stipend to offset a portion of personal and incidental expenses.Batten Fellowship Requirements for Application:Batten Fellows candidates must meet the following requirements for application:• Must be 18 years or older • Must be a rising college junior or senior, recent graduate or be pursuing a post-graduate degree in a science-based program • Must have demonstrated pursuit of a career in biology, zoology, marine biology or veterinary science through college course work• Must have sound, basic math and computer skills using MS spreadsheets, database utilization, creation and data entry• Must have a valid U.S. drivers license and good driving record• Must be self-motivated and able to perform activities alone or as part of a team • Must be able to lift and carry 50 pounds and assist with lifting and moving larger loads • Must be able to work in extreme conditions (high heat, cold, humidity)Batten Fellowship Schedule:• Fellowship duration: 400 hours• Working on site on weekends and holidays is possibleBatten Fellowship Expectations Overview:Batten Fellows bring a higher level of dedication and scientific interest to the experience, will be integrated more fully into staff activities, and expected to significantly contribute to the goals of the division. Fellows will design a project to collect and analyze data for monitoring our avian diet consumption as well as gather information from other institutions as the primary goals of their fellowship experience. Batten Fellows will be expected to work with their Virginia Aquarium supervisor to develop an appropriate database for the organization of the data set they are assigned. Fellows will be regularly incorporated into husbandry duties that support their understanding of the data with which they are working. Fellows will give an oral (MS PowerPoint) presentation summarizing the preliminary data results of their work at the conclusion of the fellowship and complete a survey/exit interview. It will be the responsibility of the Batten Fellow, not Fellowship supervisor, to ensure that any requirements for academic credit at a home institution are fulfilled.Batten Fellowships Available: Avian Diet Consumption Project• Project design, daily bird observations, species identification, data collection, database development, data entry and preliminary data analysis of the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center’s bird collection diet consumption for use in collection care management. Fellow will also conduct diet surveys of other AZA institutions with similar species identifying type of fish/food used, size of fish used, nutritional analysis info, food presentation, types of supplements used, how supplements are administered as well as other pertinent info defined in project design.• Assist in the duties of bird exhibits husbandry and maintenance in the Bird/Quarantine department with focus on the daily care and feeding of our avian collection. Responsibilities will include but not limited to food preparation, feeding, and support of husbandry team as needed.• Development and presentation of preliminary data results in a MS powerpoint presentation to Bird staff during the last week of the fellowship.Batten Fellowship Funding:These competitive positions provide a stipend to help offset some personal and incidental expenses over the course of the appointment period.Batten Fellowship Selection:Batten Fellows are highly self-motivated, detail-oriented, well-organized individuals interested in pursuing a career in biology, zoology, animal husbandry, marine biology or a related field. Fellowship applicants will be selected on their completed coursework to date, GPA, cover letter, resume, expectations letter, and two reference letters (one must be from an advisor or professor that may speak on your academic background), previous related experience, and an interview.Applications are due by March 29 2013 and notification of acceptance will occur no later than April 19 2013. Applicants not accepted for a Batten Fellowship position will have the option of being considered for a general internship (no stipend) with the Exhibits and Husbandry Division, if interested. Applicants also interested in the possibility of a general internship are encouraged to include this information with the Batten Fellowship application, OR complete a separate internship application.How to apply:Batten Fellow candidates are required to provide a cover letter indicating the specific Batten Fellowship opportunity, resume (including GPA, completed coursework and previous experience), expectations letter, two reference letters (one must be from an advisor or professor that may speak on your academic background) and an interview.Forward documentation to: Volunteer Services Office – Batten FellowsVirginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center717 General Booth BoulevardVirginia Beach, VA 23451