Husbandry Exhibit Intern

Organization: The Monterey Bay Aquarium (AZA Member)
Location: Monterey, California, United States
Job or Internship: Internship

Students will learn about the husbandry care of Monterey Bay Aquarium's fish and invertebrate collections which may include working with jellyfish, cephalopods, sharks and other fishes. They will be able to experience a variety of protocols that include the overall maintenance of a variety of exhibits, record keeping, diet preparation, animal observations and animal transports. Students will have the rare opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of truly amazing animals.

Physical project assignments can include: Handling chemicals, kneeling, bending, squatting, climbing ladders, scrubbing, and sweeping.


At least 18 years of age

Current undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited college or university

Must be a student during the term immediately preceding the internship

Must submit a resume of courses and/or experience related to position applying

Minimum cumulative grade point average

3.0/4.0 for graduate students

Must provide a minimum of 2 letters of recommendation from college/university professors or faculty staff

Desired Skills

Strong Interest in and awareness of animal husbandry and marine science / ecology

Willingness to get wet and dirty

Attention to detail

Ability to handle live animals and plants

Able to lift up to 50 pounds.

Ability to multi-task

Research, writing, academic literature and organizational skills

Interpersonal skills and proven ability to work effectively with colleagues

Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, Outlook, and PPT

Proficiency with SharePoint a plus

Students please specify in your application and cover letters your availability to best match the mentor schedules. Our Husbandry mentors have projects for Exhibit Interns in the following areas:

Jellies Collection: Sunday through Thursday 4 hrs. Per day / 5 days (Semester)

Jellies Collection: Tuesday through Saturday 4 hrs. Per day / 5 days (Semester)

Local Galleries: Sunday through Thursday 2 or 3 days per week (Semester)

Local Galleries: Tuesday through Saturday; Thurs, Fri, Sat are priorities - 4 hrs. Per day / 5 days per week (Semester)

Local Galleries: Sunday, Monday and/or Tuesday; morning shifts (8am to noon) are priority 16 hrs. preferred (Semester)

Splash Zone (tropical) Gallery: Tues, Wed and/or Thursday morning or afternoon (Semester)

Local Galleries: Tuesday through Saturday (Semester)

Local Galleries: Sunday through Thursday; 16 to 20 hrs. (Semester)

Cephalopod Husbandry *Graduate Level* Candidate with aquaculture and/or husbandry experience; minimum of 3 days per week (Semester)

All internship opportunities are Unpaid or STEM Internships (STEM may include funding provided through your educational institution).

College credit may be available. Please refer to your College/University's student services division.