Rocky Shores/Tundra Internship

Organization: Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium (AZA Member)
Location: Tacoma, WA, United States
Job or Internship: Internship

Thank you for your interest in the Rocky Shores/Tundra Internship at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. The Rocky Shores team is dedicated to the husbandry and interpretation of a diverse collection of marine mammals and seabirds. This internship is designed to provide instruction in the following areas: habitat maintenance, nutrition and diets, environmental enrichment, public presentation/interpretation, water quality and filtration, species natural history, training and husbandry.

This is an in-depth program requiring a 32 to 40 hour per week commitment, for a minimum of 400 hours for 10-12 weeks. Interns must be flexible with their schedule, and have the ability to work weekdays, weekends and holidays. It is an unpaid position and there is no housing provided. We will do everything possible to accommodate school requirements for those who can earn class credit for internships.

To be eligible for this position you must:

1. Be currently enrolled in a college or university, or have recently graduated from a college or university.

2. Have a minimum of one year of course work in a major field of study to be applied during the internship (e.g. biology, zoology, animal behavior, psychology, etc.)

3. Be capable of the physical abilities required to work with animals (i.e. lift 50 pounds, etc.).

4. Submit an application (available on the Internship page at

5. Submit a cover letter (including your career goals).

6. Submit a resume.

7. Submit two letters of recommendation from an advisor or supervisor.

8. Undergo a phone or on site interview.

9. Be willing to commit to a minimum of 400 hours (32–40 hours a week) for at least 10 weeks.

Applications for the fall positions must be received or postmarked by Friday June 21st, 2013.

Please mail OR email completed application materials to:

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Internship Program Coordinator

Education Department

5400 North Pearl Street

Tacoma, WA 98407

Please note: Incomplete application packets will not be considered. However, letters of recommendation may be sent separately.