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The Maritime Aquarium mammal collection includes harbor seals, North American river otters and slender-tailed meerkats. Training is an important part of daily animal care, allowing us to mentally and physically stimulate our animals. We train our animals for medical management behaviors such as blood draws, weights, and ultrasounds. We also train behaviors to physically stimulate our animals such as spins, jumps and waves. This internship is designed to be a career learning experience and is suited for candidates that are new to the field of marine mammal training. During your internship, you will learn how to prepare diets, maintain exhibits, provide enrichment and mental stimulation, keep behavioral records, and give public presentations to educate our visitors about marine mammals and environmental conservation. You will also learn how trainers use principles such as positive reinforcement and shaping to train these animals.
Internships are custom designed to each individual's skill level.
Applicants must be dependable, have excellent English written and oral communication skills, be comfortable bending and walking on uneven and wet terrain, and be able to maneuver 50 lbs. Interns must be available to work a minimum of 3 days per week for 12 weeks. The successful candidate shall be flexible with holidays and weekends. This internship is open to college students majoring in psychology, biology, marine biology or another related field and must have completed a minimum of 3 semesters. Priority will be given to students completing an internship for academic credit and who have some hands-on animal experience, such as volunteering at an animal shelter or completing internships at other facilities. Although this internship does not involve feeding or training the animals, interns play an integral role assisting staff during training sessions and presentations, and work in close proximity to the animals.
All interested applicants, please email your resume and a cover letter to JDauterman@maritimeaquarium.org
In your cover letter, please include the following: your past animal
experience, and for which internship term would you like to be
considered. Qualified candidates will be asked as part of the
interview process to shadow a marine mammal staff member and the intern
coordinator, and will include giving a two-minute natural history talk on
an animal of their choice that is on exhibit at The Maritime Aquarium.
Applications for the spring term (January through May) and the winter term (September through December) have rolling admission. Applications for summer term (May through August) are due by March 15.
The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, Inc.10 North Water StreetSouth Norwalk, CT 06854Phone: 203-852-0700Fax: 203-838-5416
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