Sea Otter Research and Conservation – Animal Care Intern

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

The Monterey Bay Aquarium's Sea Otter Research and Conservation program is seeking enthusiastic and motivated individuals to assist SORAC staff with the care and release of live-stranded sea otters.

Project responsibilities include, but are not limited to, daily care and feeding of ill, injured and orphaned sea otters, maintenance and cleaning of animal tanks and enclosures- and computer data entry. Interns may also assist with rescues of live-stranded otters, tracking of released otters, administration of medication to sick otters, and managing otters in research projects.

Qualified applicants must be able to work in a team environment, must be able to work independently without direct supervision, and must have good communication skills.


•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

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

•3.0 minimum cumulative GPA

•3-month commitment of 24 hours each week. (Extension beyond the first 3 months dependent upon performance review by SORAC staff: 6-month potential max internship)

•Proof of current tetanus vaccination

•Valid driver's license

•Project task assignments may include weekends and holidays as assigned

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

•Demonstrable 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

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.