Animal Care Internship (Aquatic and Terrestrial) – Fall 2020

WAVE Foundation - Internship

Job #17579


Position 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.
NOTE: May involve exposure to potentially dangerous and unpredictable animal species, restraint devices, toxic chemicals, and/or drugs. Occasional use of protective clothing or equipment is required e.g. goggles, mask, gloves, and gowns. Training:
  • 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.