INTERNSHIP: The Marine Mammal Training Internship

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CALL FOR INTERNSHIP APPLICATIONS (Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Clearwater, FL)

Clearwater Marine Aquarium conducts rescue, rehabilitation, and release efforts for sick or injured marine life. If rescued animals are deemed un-releasable due to their physical limitations or need for continuous care, Clearwater Marine Aquarium can provide permanent care for these animals. Clearwater Marine Aquarium offers intensive, hands on internships for individuals interested in particular aspects of the marine animal care field.



The Marine Mammal Training Internship is designed to give individuals an inside look into what it takes to care for marine animals, with emphasis on common bottlenose dolphins, North American river otters and African great white pelican. During your internship, you will learn how to prepare diets, clean to USDA standards, maintain exhibits, provide enrichment/mental stimulation and give public presentations to educate our visitors as well as promote environmental conservation. Through a classroom lecture series, you will also learn how trainers use principles such as positive reinforcement, operant conditioning and shaping to train.  Candidates should be able to perform physically demanding duties and ideally be enrolled in a four-year college program in psychology, biology, marine biology or another related field.   Hands-on animal experience, such as volunteering at an animal shelter or completing other marine mammal internships at another facility is required. SCUBA, First Aid and CPR certification is also a plus.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium offers 3 internship time frames annually. The Summer Internship runs from May through August. The application deadline for this internship is February 1st. To learn more about Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s animal care internships and how to apply, please visit the “About Us” page on www.seewinter.com and select the link for “Internships.”

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