Manatee Husbandry and Aquarium Internship

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South Florida Museum
201 10th St W
Bradenton, FL
Posted: September 29 2016
Application Deadline: Available Year-round
Position: 3 Full-time, Unpaid

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Description

This internship is designed to help aspiring marine mammal caretakers, animal keepers and aquarists acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue work in this field. Students will have a rare opportunity to assist staff in caring for our resident manatee Snooty™, current rehabilitation manatees and our aquarium exhibits. Interns should be able to handle high levels of responsibility, demonstrate self-motivation and perform physical labor in various conditions. During your internship, you will learn how to prepare diets, maintain exhibits, provide enrichment, behavioral monitoring, water testing, data entry and give public presentations. Students may also have opportunity to assist staff with aquatic animal collections for our exhibits and aquatic plant collections for our manatees. This is not a marine mammal training internship, however positive reinforcement and husbandry behaviors are a daily practice and will be a component of this program. The opportunity to participate in exams or releases may arise but is not guaranteed. This internship in an unpaid position but will reward students with the hands-on experience that is essential to gaining employment in the zoological field. Housing and transportation is not provided. The Aquarium at the South Florida Museum is home to resident manatee Snooty; oldest manatee in captivity, and serves as a 2nd stage rehabilitation facility as part of the Manatee Rescue & Rehabilitation Partnership. We also feature a number of saltwater and freshwater exhibits pertaining to the Florida ecosystem. Full or part-time positions available.

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To apply for this internship please email a resume, cover letter and completed application to bserafin@southfloridamuseum.org.

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APPLICATIONS CAN BE FOUND ON OUR WEBSITE AT
http://www.southfloridamuseum.org/TheAquarium/InternshipOpportunity.aspx

With questions regarding the internship please email bserafin@southfloridamuseum.org

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Spring 2017 Application Deadline: February 1st
Summer 2017 Application Deadline: May 1st
Fall 2017 Application Deadline: July 1st

Responsibilities

This internship gives students a rare opportunity to assist staff in caring for our resident manatee, current rehabilitation manatees and our aquarium exhibits. Duties include but are not limited to
* Daily care operations
* Data entry
* Water quality testing
* Daily public presentations
* Diet preparation and aquatic plant collection
* Behavioral observations
* Habitat maintenance
* Aquatic plant collection
* The opportunity to participate in exams and releases may arise but is not guaranteed.

Requirements

• Must be college Sophomore, Junior, Senior or recent graduate
• Interested in pursuing a career in any of the marine sciences, zoological field or related field.
• Coursework or Major in biology, ecology, environmental studies, psychology, marine biology, animal behavior or related studies
• Previous animal experience, such as volunteering at an animal shelter or completing other marine mammal internships at other facilities. SCUBA, First Aid and CPR certification is also a plus but not required.
• Public speaking and guest interaction skills a must
• Be able to work in harsh climates and lift 50lbs
• Open to those interested in research projects and course credit
• Must have reliable transportation and housing

Skills

Required - Highly responsible, Self Motivated, Data Entry, Habitat Management, Aquariums, Animal Care, Marine Biology, Marine Conservation, Water Testing, Public Speaker, Public Education, Plant Ecology, Water Quality
Preferred - Animal Behavior, Animal Feed, Animal Health, Research, Training, Marine Mammals, Endangered Species, Fisheries Management, Aquaculture, Exhibit Design, Museums

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