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Jhaslyn De La Rosa
Deadline to Apply
In addition to the primary husbandry duties, the intern will gain extensive knowledge of Southwest Florida’s unique ecosystems by assisting the Conservancy in bringing environmental awareness to thousands of students and visitors through educational outreach. The husbandry intern will also provide support as needed to the Education team by assisting in training, handling and presenting ambassador animals for on-site programs and serving as Touch Tank interpreter.
Under the supervision of the Animal Care Team, the internship duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Routine husbandry and maintenance of our indoor and outdoor live exhibits (e.g. diet prep, water quality testing).
- Daily husbandry and maintenance of our animal ambassador collection.
- Minor life support system trouble shooting, maintenance, and repair.
- Assistance in training and enrichment design and delivery.
- Record keeping and data entry (diet logs, water chemistry parameters, training and enrichment logs).
- Routine cleanings.
- A qualified candidate may earn the opportunity for an expanded role or more advanced tasks in one or more of the following areas: animal handling and training efforts, specimen collecting, life support or enrichment design and delivery, or to contribute periodic shifts in the Wildlife Hospital.
- BS or BA in science or related field.
- Strong interest in professional animal husbandry.
- Ability and willingness to interact with diverse audiences of all ages.
- Some animal care experience is required.
- Experience with aquarium maintenance and basic plumbing is preferred but not necessary.
- Previous formal experience in environmental science/ecology or comparable background preferred.
$300 bi-weekly cost of living stipend and dorm accommodation, including laundry, provided.