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ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain
One College St.
Posted: November 01 2016
Application Deadline: Available Year-round
Position: 2 Part-time, Unpaid
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DescriptionPosition Title: Animal Care Academic Intern
Reports to: Director of Animal Care & Facilities
Location: ECHO at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain on Burlington’s waterfront
Compensation: College Credit
Description: ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center is located at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, on Vermont’s Burlington Waterfront. ECHO features 70 live species, more than 100 interactive experiences, changing and permanent exhibits, and seasonal events — all exploring the Ecology, Culture, History, and Opportunity for stewardship of the Lake Champlain Basin.
The Animal Care Intern learns and assists in professional, state of the art animal care, as is provided in Association of Zoo and Aquarium accredited institutions throughout the US, for native fish and reptiles, as well as native and exotic amphibians. After initial hands-on training, Interns will be required to accomplish husbandry tasks independently and must complete assigned individual project work. Responsibilities include but not limited to: feeding animals, cleaning animal enclosures, medicating animals, creating and installing naturalistic habitats, animal handling, animal collecting, record keeping, researching natural history and captive husbandry.
ECHO is home to over 70 species of animals, including fish, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. Help is needed with the day to day care, feeding and maintenance of the animals and their enclosures. Interns in this position also interact with the public while doing daily animal feedings and will be given individual research or project work to completed by the end of the semester.
RequirementsQualifications: Three months prior experience as volunteer or intern in professional animal care facility. Applicants should be enthusiastic, detail-oriented, reliable, and willing to get wet and/or dirty! Occasional heavy lifting (up to 60 pounds) may be required. Majors in animal science, wildlife biology, pre-vet, aquaculture, environmental science, or related fields preferred.
Time Commitment: Internships are a semester commitment. Fall (September-December) Spring (January-April) Summer (May-August) Fifteen week commitment with a minimum of 12-15 hours a week.
Online Application: To be considered for an internship- Candidates must apply online through ECHO's website: http://www.echovermont.org/getinvolved/intern.html