The New York Aquarium's behavioral husbandry internship program expands 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 may have the opportunity to 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.
College student or recent graduate
Commitment of at least 3 days a week for 20 weeks, 4 days a week for 15 weeks, or 5 days a week for 12 weeks
Interested in pursuing a future career in marine mammal care and in performing in animal shows
Memorize a 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)
Previous animal care experience is helpful but not required
Prepare daily diets
Clean and maintain all animal and food preparation areas
Observe training sessions and feedings
Possibility of narrating sea lion shows
Schedule and administer daily enrichment
Complete all reading assignments, course work, and internship phase exams
Participate in workshop series
Complete an independent research project
Able to complete all daily responsibilities independently
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