Virginia Aquarium Foundation Batten Fellowship: Bird Enrichment Program




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

Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science CenterExhibits and Husbandry Division2014 Batten FellowshipsBirds –Enrichment Program Improvement (Stipend Provided)This 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 a Batten Fellowship. This position focuses on improving the enrichment program for the Aquarium’s bird collection. This fellowship will be supplemented by a $3000 stipend to offset a portion of personal and incidental expenses. Incidental expenses may include the purchase of items necessary to complete the project. A stipend payment schedule will occur every two weeks when staff checks are issued. Stipend funds will be broken up in to even payments throughout the Fellowship session. 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 marine 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)• Must have strong interpersonal skillsBatten 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 perform data entry of a particular data set as the primary goal 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 Fellowship Available: Avian Enrichment Program Improvement Project • Current program evaluation, ideas for improvement, new program implementation, daily observations, data entry and preliminary data analysis of the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center’s Avian Enrichment Program for use in collection care management. Intern will also conduct surveys of other AZA institutions with avian enrichment programs.• 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 aquarium science, marine 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 1 March 2014 and notification of acceptance will occur no later than 15 April 2014. Applications are to be mailed to Virginia Aquarium Volunteer Services – Batten Fellows, 717 General Booth Boulevard, Virginia Beach, VA 23451. 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.