[MARMAM] IMMS Animal Care Internship Summer 2012

Kelly Pulis kelly at imms.org
Wed Jan 11 11:36:12 PST 2012

IMMS (Institute for Marine Mammal Studies) Animal Care internship


The IMMS Animal Care Internship Program is designed as a way for
students/individuals interested in a career in animal care and training to
gain valuable experience in a real-world setting. Interns will primarily be
trained in aspects of animal care, but will also participate in other
activities at IMMS. Our goal is to give interns a well-rounded experience in
a variety of areas while providing expert training and experience. This is
an unpaid position and all interns are responsible for their own housing and
transportation. Once accepted, IMMS staff will be able to assist interns in
suggesting suitable housing and locations. Positions are limited.  IMMS
reserves the right to end an internship at any time. 


Eligibility Requirements

Interns must be:

.         18 years or older.

.         A recent graduate or actively pursuing a college degree in the

.         Willing to accept the internship as an unpaid position.

.         Able to commit to a minimum of at least 12 weeks, 40 hours a week.

.         Available to work weekdays, weekends, and holidays.

.         Able to lift 50 lbs, work long hours on your feet, and work
outside in extreme conditions.

.         Able to maintain a positive attitude, good work ethic, sense of
responsibility, and a strong willingness to learn.

.         Financially stable enough to obtain housing and transportation,
though IMMS staff will do their best to assist you in making arrangements.

.         Able to comply with IMMS rules and regulations.



The IMMS animal care staff is in charge of caring for Atlantic bottlenose
dolphins, sea turtles, parrots, and a small collection of reptiles and
amphibians. Sea lions are expected soon. Interns will work directly with
animal care staff and be exposed to all aspects of the daily routine. Heavy
emphasis is placed on basic tasks such as food preparation, and daily
cleaning and facility maintenance. Interns will learn how to train animals
with operant conditioning through observation and may assist during
sessions. Interns will also learn how to feed, care for, and interact with
sea turtles and parrots. Enrichment is very important to the well-being of
our animals and interns will be asked to design and implement an enrichment
device for our dolphins and/or birds. Because we want interns to have a well
rounded experience, they will also be asked to assist in other departments.
Interns may participate as 1) environmental educators and assist in giving
presentations to the public, 2) research assistants that help with our many
wild dolphin based research studies, or 3) emergency responders as IMMS is
part of the Southeast Regional Marine Mammal Stranding Network and responds
to stranded marine mammals and sea turtles. At completion of the season,
interns will be asked to complete an exit evaluation. Please check the FAQ
link, as it may answer other questions you may have. 


To Apply - 

Please visit our website at http://www.imms.org/internship.php#2



Kelly Pulis

Marine Mammal Trainer

Rescue and Rehab Specialist

Institute for Marine Mammal Studies

10801 Dolphin Lane

Gulfport, MS 39502

Website: www.IMMS.org


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