Manatee Husbandry and Aquarium Internship

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South Florida Museum

Bradenton, Florida

Experience Type:
Position Available: Summer
Hourly Rate or Pay Range: N/A
Application Deadline: May 1, 2017

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.

Responsibilities and Qualifications

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

The opportunity to participate in exams and releases may arise but is not guaranteed .

Eligibility and 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

Organization Details

South Florida Museum 201 10th Street West Bradenton, Florida 34205 United States Website

How to Apply

Apply online. Download application form from Please complete application, include a cover letter, resume and email all materials to [email protected].

Application Deadline: May 1, 2017 Apply Online

Contact: B. Serafin