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Children’s Aquarium – Aquarist/Animal Husbandry Internship

Children’s Aquarium – Aquarist/Animal Husbandry Internship

The Dallas Zoo’s College Internship Program provides an interesting and rewarding learning opportunity for currently enrolled undergraduate or post-graduate students at an accredited college/university in the United States. Interns become actively involved in the Zoo’s animal care departments, conservation/research efforts, operations, and administrative positions.

Aquarium Internship at Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park

The Intern selected to work at the aquarium, located off zoo grounds at Fair Park, will work under the supervision of the Aquarists, Senior Aquarists and Aquarium Supervisor.

The aquarium husbandry interns must be responsible, hard-working, and ideally having a strong interest in aquatic/marine life. Under the supervision of staff the selected candidate will be involved in all facets of husbandry including the following areas: Water chemistry analysis, feeding and care of animals, diet preparation, Life support system maintenance and operation, culture of live foods, observation of animal behaviors, administration of medical treatments, and housekeeping and proper sanitation of equipment

There may also be opportunities to participate in the aquarium’s conservation programs; including aiding in the propagation of imperiled species at the aquarium and possibly surveys of animals in the field.

About the Aquarium
The Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park (formerly the Dallas Aquarium) is the third-oldest aquarium in North America and has been displaying aquatic and marine life for nearly 80 years. The aquarium holds 235,000 gallons of fresh and salt water and is home to over 5,000 animals representing nearly 400 species. The animals kept include invertebrates, numerous bony fishes, sharks, rays, amphibians, reptiles, and sea turtles.

The intern will complete the Keeper Training course, Enrichment 101, and Shaping Animal Behavior-Tools for Effective Communication.


Must be able to perform the physical challenges involved in the daily duties of the department including talking for long periods, walking throughout the park, lifting/carrying equipment weighing approximately  50 lbs., sitting, kneeling, stooping, crawling, twisting, reaching above head, pulling, bending, and climbing stairs and ladders. Candidate must be able and willing to perform all above duties outdoors and in all weather conditions.

Interns work 20-40 hours per week for a minimum of 12 consecutive weeks during one of the sessions listed below. The purpose of the placements is to help the intern gain experience related to their education, and most are unpaid positions. The Dallas Zoo will work with students to document necessary time or projects needed to gain university credit for the internship. Unfortunately, we cannot provide transportation, housing, or a stipend.  Position limited to US nationals.

Candidates selected for internship must pass background check and TB test.

The deadline for returning the 2017 Summer internship packet is March 10, 2017.

Please contact the Volunteer Department for additional information or an application:

650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway

Dallas, TX 75203-3013




How to Apply

Dallas Zoo
650 S. RL Thorton Frwy
Dallas, TX 75203
Phone: 4695547452
Fax: 4695547380

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