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The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, Inc.

The Maritime Aquarium inspires people of all ages to appreciate and protect the Long Island Sound ecosystem and the global environment through living exhibits, marine science, and environmental education.

Animal Husbandry Internship – Summer 2021

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis for our spring Animal Husbandry internship beginning the week of May 16th, 2021, and running until the week of August 15th, 2021. Individuals are required to complete a minimum of 22 hours per week for a minimum of 14 weeks, and the completion of an original project. These are not paid positons.

The Maritime Aquarium houses many species of fishes, invertebrates, frogs, and reptiles, from the Long Island Sound and beyond. Our aquarists work daily to provide the best husbandry for the animals in their care. From routine exhibit cleaning and feeding, to water quality testing and health examinations, our staff completes a wide variety of tasks as a part of their jobs every day.

An aquarist internship at the Maritime Aquarium is designed to be a learning experience for any college student, or recent graduate who is interested in exploring a career in aquatic animal husbandry. During the internship, individuals will learn how to maintain aquarium exhibits, prepare diets, complete water quality tests, and keep records, as well as be introduced to aquatic animal health assessments, quarantine procedures, and aquarium system design. Those who have completed an internship with the Maritime Aquarium have gone on to careers here as well as other AZA-affiliated zoos and aquariums.

If you have a love for animals, an enthusiastic attitude, and a willingness to learn, please consider applying for an internship in one of our galleries! We are offering internships specializing in the following areas:

- Jellies: Interns will learn to care for a wide variety of jellies and work in our culture lab to grow new specimens for display. This gallery also works with the giant pacific octopus and lionfish.

- Tropical Fish and Invertebrates: Interns will work with a variety of corals and freshwater and salt-water tropical fish. This gallery also works with the large sea turtles.

- Temperate Fish and Invertebrates: Interns will learn about and care for the cold-water fish and invertebrates that live in Long Island Sound and the Atlantic Ocean. This gallery also works with the shark and ray touch pool

- Reptiles and Birds: Interns will learn to care for the aquarium’s collection of land reptiles, amphibians and birds, as well as work with our ambassador animal collection.

- Reserves and Quarantine: Interns will work with in our hospital section, taking care of animals that are undergoing medical treatments, and quarantining new arrivals that will eventually go on exhibit. This section also works with the large sharks in our giant ocean tank.

Qualifications of the Ideal Candidate:

· Some background knowledge in aquarium keeping preferred, although not required.

· Ability to lift and carry 65 pounds.

· Ability to negotiate stairs and maneuver on wet and uneven terrain.

· Demonstrates strong written and oral communication skills, and the ability to effectively communicate with both staff and guests.

· Desire to learn and demonstrate our mission: The Maritime Aquarium inspires people of all ages to appreciate and protect the Long Island Sound ecosystem and the global environment through living exhibits, marine science, and environmental education.

· Demonstrate high level of enthusiasm and willingness to learn.

Requirements:

· Must be at least 18 years of age.

· Minimum time requirement of at least 22 hours a week over a 14 week period or more.

· Upon acceptance, purchase at least one aquarium uniform shirt, starting at $31.

· Must be currently enrolled in, or recently graduated from, a 2 or 4 year program studying biology, zoology, aquarium science, or a related field.

· Be dependable and punctual at all times.

· Attend educational sessions designed to increase interpretation of every day husbandry tasks.

· Complete an original project over the course of the internship.

Salary

unpaid internship

How to Apply

To apply, please submit a completed application, along with a cover letter, resume, and list of references to Jim Dauterman at jdauterman@maritimeaquarium.org.

Applications can be found at the following link: https://www.maritimeaquarium.org/assets/2531/college_application_18.docx.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis for our summer internship. Qualified applicants will be contacted via email to coordinate a skype, or in-person interview.

Applicants will be selected after the interview process based upon general knowledge, experience, attitude, punctuality, and by recommendation. Although not a guarantee, it is possible for college students to receive course credit or fulfill major requirements through their experience, provided they have completed the requirements for their college or program.

 

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, Inc.
10 North Water Street
South Norwalk, CT 06854

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