The New York Aquarium's animal husbandry internship programs expand upon the Aquarium's long-term efforts to educate future Animal Care professionals. The internship focuses on collaborating with the Aquarium's staff as we work to maintain our standards of excellence.
During this internship, you will assist in the care of California sea lions and perform in daily animal shows. Interns will also work side by side with experienced trainers to learn the skills necessary to succeed in a fast paced show environment.
Previous animal care experience
College student or recent graduate
Commitment of at least 3 days a week for 16 weeks or 4 days a week for 13 weeks
Interested in pursuing a future career in marine mammal care and in performing in animal shows
Memorize and perform show script
Physically able to perform laborious tasks in extreme weather conditions
Be able to lift 50 lbs.
Able to work well in a busy and fast paced environment
Provide own housing and transportation
Provide one letter of recommendation (preferably from previous animal care facility)
Prepare daily diets
Clean and maintain all animal and food preparation areas
SCUBA dive to maintain Aquatheater pools
Assist in training sessions and feedings
Narrate sea lion shows
Schedule and administer daily enrichment
Complete all reading assignments, course work, internship phase exams and collaborative project
Assist in training and supervision of volunteers
Able to complete all daily responsibilities independently