Marine Mammal Specialist Internship

The selected candidate is responsible for providing support to the marine mammal specialists. This internship's primary purpose is to learn about marine mammal care, conservation, research, and training. There is limited hands-on animal contact during the internship.

Essential Functions

  • Prepares daily animal diets as instructed.
  • Responsible for the cleanliness and safety of all animal backup areas.
  • Observes and may assist in enrichment, husbandry, and training sessions.
  • Participates in pre-session preparations.
  • At the completion of the program, the intern will present a power point to training staff regarding either 1) an ongoing project with which the intern has assisted in the Marine Mammal Department, or 2) a new topic or area of interest to the intern in relation to the marine mammal field.
  • Complete assigned readings and exercises in a timely manner. Other duties as assigned.


  • College junior or senior majoring in life science, psychology, or related field preferred.
  • Must have a basic understanding of marine mammal natural history.
  • Must have good swimming skills and be able to lift 50 pounds. Must work well as a team member.
  • Summer and winter terms require 40 hours per week of work for three weeks. Spring and fall terms require eight hours per day, one day per week of work for 15 weeks.
  • Must complete a minimum of 120 hours of work within the selected term, eight hours per day.

Application Deadlines

  • November 1 for winter and spring term
  • March 1 for summer term
  • June 1 for fall term

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