Internships positions are available year round and are accepted on a rolling basis.
Volunteer positions are also available for individuals ages 16 and up.
Healthy Aquatics’s Internship program are designed to provide college students and recent college graduates with an exclusive and hands-on opportunity to work in the industry of aquarium science and ocean conservation. Our programs focus on detailed training with real life work experience and all interns work closely under the guidance and coaching of a Healthy Aquatics staff member. Only a small number of interns are accepted each semester to allow for a more personalized learning experience.
Aquarium Science Internship
Applicants must be able to commit to a 16 hours per week. Each intern will also complete our general orientation session, Aquarium Science 101 and must attend continuing education sessions when available. Interns should have an interest in pursuing a career in marine science. Applicants 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 as well as exhibit and behind-the-scenes cleaning. Interns will also be expected to keep detailed records of animal observations. Our interns will also be able to participate in a number of specialized projects including supervised veterinary and quarantined procedures. Interns will also be able to learn proper animal capture and transfer techniques.
Qualifications and Skills:
Applicants must posses a broad knowledge of ecological and biological principles, especially those relating to marine habitats. Previous background knowledge of marine aquarium keeping is required. Interns must have the desire to work in close proximity to marine fish and invertebrates and also posses strong communication skills. Chosen applicants must be able to manage multiple tasks.
To learn more about the Aquarium Science Internship program,
please send resume and cover letter to Cgregory@healthyaquaticsinstitute.org.
All education interns are required to complete a background screening through the Department of Children and Family Services.
Minimum time commitment of 10 hours per week and must complete our general orientation session, Effectively Communicating Environmental Science. Interns should be able to attend continuing education sessions when applicable. Qualified interns must have an interest in pursuing a career in education or environmental science related field.
Primary responsibilities for education interns will include interacting with guests and students on a daily basis as well as behind the scenes care of education aquarium exhibits. Interns will assist Programs Manager with various administrative tasks including the creation and maintenance of education program materials and lessons. Interns will also be able to design and implement their own education program at the end of their internship.
Qualifications and Skills:
Education Intern applicant must be people-oriented, flexible, creative, and conservation-minded. Strong communication skills and the ability to communicate effectively are required. Applicants that posses a broad knowledge of ecological and biological principles, especially those relating to marine habitats, are preferred. Interns must be comfortable working in close proximity to marine fish and invertebrates.