Marine Mammal Training Internship




Organization: Texas State Aquarium (AZA Member)
Location: Corpus Christi, TX, Country
Job or Internship: Internship

MissionThe mission of the Texas State Aquarium is to connect people with nature and inspire conservation of the Gulf of Mexico.VisionTo be a nationally recognized Aquarium leader in creating entertaining, educationally enriching programming, conducting wildlife rehabilitation, and supporting conservation.The Texas State Aquarium is a private, not-for-profit organization that receives no city, state or federal funding for its operations. The Aquarium relies on general admissions, memberships, retail sales, event rentals and the generous support from donors to maintain its operations. DescriptionThe Texas State Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Training Internship program is designed to give college students and recent graduates an opportunity to learn about the care and training of marine mammals and who are interested in pursuing a career in the field. Interns will work directly and assist the Marine Mammal Training staff at Dolphin Bay with all aspects of animal care and training with our 2.0 Bottlenose Dolphins (tursiops truncatus). Heavy emphasis is placed on the maintenance of the exhibit (Diving/Cleaning), and basic tasks such as food preparation, daily cleaning/facility maintenance, water quality, interacting with the public, and participating in daily presentations. Interns will shadow trainers in husbandry, training, show, and enrichment sessions and may also assist in training, husbandry, and enrichment sessions as they gain experience. Essential ResponsibilitiesCleaning and Maintenance of exhibitsDiet preparationComplete ABC’s of Animal TrainingObserve training, husbandry, and enrichment sessionsPerform public speaking and assist in daily presentationsLearn basic water quality and life support Complete independent research projectCreate and Implement an original EEDRequested RequirementsMust be at least 18 years of ageMust be currently enrolled in college or have recently graduated and have a serious interest in entering the marine mammal training fieldMust be able to work as a team, as well as complete tasks individually with minimal supervisionMust be able to work in harsh weather conditions, lift at least 40lbs, and climb stairsMust be able to work 40 hours per week including weekends and holidaysNo previous marine mammal experience is required but it is preferredApplication RequirementsOpen Water SCUBA Certification Completed Internship ApplicationCover LetterResume 2 Letters of RecommendationTo Apply: Please visit www.texasstateaquarium.org and apply through our Volunteer/Internship page.Contact: Sarah ZigmondContact Tile: Marine Mammal TrainerEmail: szigmond@txstateaq.orgWebsite: www.texasstateaquarium.org