Herpetology interns assist the Herpetology department with daily care of the Aquarium’s reptiles, amphibians, and associated invertebrates.
This is an on-site internship. Learn more about the National Aquarium’s COVID-19 safety measures at https://aqua.org/visit/covid-response.
- Prepare diets for and feed the reptiles and amphibians, both on- and off-exhibit
- Mist, clean, and help tend reptiles and amphibians
- Change exhibit water and clean filters in order to maintain the highest water quality possible for the animals
- Tend colonies of non-venomous exotic arthropods (hissing roaches and walking sticks)
- Assist in the maintenance of the live food cultures (fruit flies, springtails, crickets, and mice)
- Conduct and record animal observations
- Perform special projects as determined by the Herpetology staff
- Observe medical procedures on collection animals.
- Must be enrolled in an accredited college or have graduated in the previous semester, pursuing a degree in biology, zoology, animal behavior, ecology, environmental science, or a related field.
- Must be comfortable working with frogs, lizards, fish, rodents, crickets, and other terrestrial arthropods.
- Must complete a minimum of 120 hours of work within the selected term.
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 Welfare and Science 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.