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Rocky Shores/Tundra Internship

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
Tacoma, United States Posted: November 17, 2023

Thank you for your interest in the Rocky Shores/Arctic Tundra Internship at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. The Rocky Shores team is dedicated to the husbandry and interpretation of a diverse collection of marine mammals and seabirds. This internship is designed to provide instruction and experience in the following areas:

  • diet and nutrition
  • environmental enrichment
  • public presentation
  • species natural history
  • animal observations
  • habitat maintenance
  • record keeping
  • training
  • water quality

This is an in-depth program requiring a 24 hour per week commitment, for a minimum of 16 weeks. This program can be flexible with more hours and fewer weeks depending on what the intern needs regarding school or jobs; for example: full time at 40 hours for 12 weeks. Interns must be flexible with their schedule and available to work weekdays, weekends and holidays. It is an unpaid position and there is no housing provided. We will do everything possible to accommodate school requirements for those who can earn class credit for internships

Experience Required
  • Must be 18 years or older and a graduate of high school.
  • Be currently enrolled in, or have completed, a higher education program.
  • Be capable of the physical abilities required to work with animals (i.e. lift 50 pounds, be on your feet all day, etc) and capable of working outside in all weather conditions.
  • Show continued interest and experience working with animals. Professional experience in animal care is desirable.
  • Be able to commit to a minimum of 24 hours a week for at least 16 weeks. (Start and end dates are determined case by case.)
  • Positive work culture and wonderful community!

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