The Aquarium of the Pacific has Aquarist Internship opportunities for the Fall, Spring, and Summer terms. These interns will be trained to provide daily husbandry for a diverse collection of marine fishes and invertebrates. Through one-on-one training and hands-on exercises, our interns will become competent in the care and maintenance of each of our exhibits within their assigned gallery.
These are not paid positions.
Our animal collection is divided into 3 distinct geographical zones. We have a Tropical Pacific Gallery, Southern California Gallery and a North Pacific Gallery. In addition to this exhibitry, the Aquarium of the Pacific also has a changing exhibits gallery coupled with a major elasmobranch exhibit called Shark Lagoon. We have one internship position for each of these areas, two in our tropical area, and one for jelly culture for a total of six available positions.
- Minimum time commitment of 16 hours per week over a 15 week period. (Or a minimum of 240 hours)
- Must complete our general orientation session, Aquarium 101.
- Must attend continuing education sessions when applicable.
- Interest in pursuing a career in marine science fields.
- Must be currently enrolled or recently graduated from a higher education facility.
- Primary responsibilities for our interns will include, but are not limited to:
- daily food preparation and feeding
- exhibit and behind-the-scenes cleaning
- record keeping
- animal observation
- guest interpretation
- Our interns will also be able to participate in a number of “special projects” including
- veterinary procedures
- annual animal physicals
- quarantine procedures
- animal capture and transfer techniques
Qualifications, Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:
- Broad knowledge of ecological and biological principles, especially those relating to marine habitats.
- Must be able to lift and carry 50 lbs on stairs, ladders and catwalks.
- Some background knowledge of marine aquarium keeping.
- Desire to work in close proximity to marine fish and invertebrates.
- Willingness to get wet and dirty.
- Strong communication skills and the ability to communicate effectively to staff and visitors alike.
- Ability to manage multiple tasks.
- Desire to fulfill our institutional mission of instilling a sense of wonder respect and stewardship for the Pacific Ocean, its inhabitants and ecosystems.
- SCUBA certification highly encouraged.
All qualified applicants will be contacted by email to schedule a phone interview with our Aquarist Internship Coordinator. Candidates will be competitively selected on the basis of knowledge, abilities, experience, attitude, reliability, and punctuality.