WAVE Foundation - Internship
DescriptionPosition Summary: Internship is designed to provide hands-on experience in the field of animal care. Interns will be working alongside aquatic biologists while applying classroom knowledge to maintain a diverse collection of marine and freshwater fish and invertebrates as well as some amphibians and reptiles. The WAVE Foundation Animal Care – Aquatic Husbandry Intern is a volunteer position with WAVE Foundation.
There is no monetary compensation for this position.
Application Deadline is May 1, 2020.
- Learn proper husbandry techniques, exhibit maintenance, and general aquatic husbandry theory.
- Model appropriate behavior near open water exhibits, and with handling animals.
- Observe behaviors (breeding, health, etc.) and distribution of enrichments.
- Become familiar with behind the scenes access and locations of exhibits and quarantine tanks.
- Communicate and maintain working relationships with educators, students, guests, staff, supervisors, volunteers, other departments, and colleagues in related industries.
- Communicate well in an environment, which may include loud noises, large crowds and varying settings.
- Provide excellent and accurate customer service for WAVE Foundation and Aquarium’s missions.
- Direct questions, suggestions or grievances through appropriate procedures and channels.
- Represent WAVE Foundation and Newport Aquarium in a professional manner, including dress code, behavior and timeliness.
- Perform in accordance with all protocols, policies and operating procedures of WAVE Foundation and Newport Aquarium
- Enrolled as a college student with junior or senior status in a natural science major preferred.
- Must have interest in future work in a public aquarium or zoo and be comfortable working around large volumes of water.
- Must be comfortable working with fish, invertebrates, and reptiles.
- Must be comfortable with preparation of foods (including live foods) for feeding to animals.
- Be engaging, friendly, courteous, enthusiastic and sincere.
- Ability to remain on feet for long periods of time (up to 4 hours), climb stairs, bend, stoop, and be able to lift 25lbs.
- This is a safety critical position and a social security number is required for random drug testing.
- Complete Aquarium orientation and online training.
- Minimum of 20-25 hours per week - negotiable Mon. – Fri. 8:30am – 5:30pm some weekends and evenings.
- Minimum of 150 hours within 15 weeks.