Aquarist interns assist the Blue Wonders Department with daily care of the Aquarium’s fish, invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians, and plants. Aquarist interns will focus on one of the following areas during their internship:
· Saltwater Bony Fish
· Freshwater Bony Fish
· Quarantine (Animal Care & Rescue Center)
This is an on-site internship. Learn more about the National Aquarium’s COVID-19 safety measures at https://aqua.org/visit/covid-response.
- Assist with diet preparation and daily feeding
- Assist with the maintenance and cleaning of habitats and backup areas
- Conduct precise record keeping
- Collect water samples and maintain water quality for optimal animal health
- Perform special projects, as determined by staff
- Must be enrolled in an accredited college or have graduated in the previous semester, pursuing a degree in biology, ecology, environmental science, or a related field; juniors and seniors preferred
- Must complete a minimum of 120 hours within the selected term
- Availability must include a minimum of 2 days, which must include one weekday. Preference is given to weekdays.
- Must be available all day (8 a.m.-4 p.m.)
- Must be able to lift 50 pounds, climb up a 6-foot ladder, walk or crawl across a 15-foot-long by 12-inch-wide platform, maneuvering around tight, slippery, and awkward exhibits.
Internships at the National Aquarium provide hands-on and minds-on experiences that add value to any college education. Applying classroom knowledge, interns obtain valuable job experience and establish professional contacts.
College internship positions are available year-round in many departments throughout the Aquarium. The Aquarium makes every effort to match interns to work that complements their studies, interests, and skills. Students may apply for up to two internships per term; if more than two applications are submitted, only the first two will be considered.
The National Aquarium is committed to diversity and invites individuals who bring a diversity of culture, experience and ideas to apply.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL AQUARIUM
Recently named one of Baltimore’s Best Places to Work, the National Aquarium opened in 1981 as a nonprofit aquatic education and conservation organization, the jewel of the city’s Inner Harbor redevelopment. SmartCEO Magazine honored the National Aquarium with the Healthiest Workplace award and the Corporate Culture award in 2016. With a mission to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures, the Aquarium is consistently ranked one of the nation’s two top aquariums and has hosted over 51 million guests since opening.
Today, the National Aquarium builds on a 39-year history of local, regional and global conservation initiatives that provide real solutions for protecting marine life, ecosystems and aquatic communities. Its Animal Rescue team has rescued, rehabilitated and released hundreds of marine mammals and endangered sea turtles throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Its Animal Care and Welfare teams participate in important research efforts to confront pressing ocean conservation issues and advocate for smarter policies at local, state and federal levels. Through education, research, conservation action and advocacy, the National Aquarium is pursuing a vision to change the way humanity cares for our ocean planet.
HOW TO APPLY Interested and engaged applicants should apply through our website. All questions and requests for reasonable accommodation should be directed to email@example.com. A complete application includes the following:
· Answers to application questions, including biographical information, your availability, and a brief explanation of why you would like to participate and how it will assist you in your career.
· Copy of unofficial transcript
· Contact information for 2 references
Internships are unpaid, and there is no reimbursement for transportation or housing.