Behavioral Husbandry Internship

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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.
  • SCUBA certificated
  • 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


October 1st Winter (January-March/April)
December 1st Spring Spring (March-May/June)
February 1st Summer (May-August)
June 1st Fall (September-November/December)

Resume and cover letter should be sent to

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