[MARMAM] Clearwater Marine Aquarium: call for Internship Applications

Cassie Seebart seebca01 at luther.edu
Sun Sep 6 10:35:32 PDT 2015

*CALL FOR INTERNSHIP APPLICATIONS* (Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Clearwater,

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

The *Stranding Team Internship *provides interns with a unique opportunity
to gain hands on experience in the response of live and dead dolphins,
whales, sea turtles, and North American river otters. Intern
responsibilities include, but are not limited to, assisting with the
monitoring, rescue, transport, data collection, rehabilitation, release,
and necropsy of stranded aquatic animals. Interns will also be given ample
opportunities to further their skill sets relating to writing and public
speaking. This will be achieved through duties such as writing weekly
newsletters and presenting daily guest narrations. The Stranding Team seeks
enthusiastic, dedicated, and hardworking individuals who are interested in
promoting wildlife conservation through stranding efforts.

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,
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.

The *Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Internship* offers a hands-on learning
experience caring for rehabilitating sea turtles as well as permanent
residents at Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Interns will be exposed to all
aspects of the field including stranding, triage, food prep, exhibit
maintenance, operating under USDA and FWC standards, animal restraint,
basic target training, enrichment, daily husbandry and, occasionally, more
extensive surgical procedures. Interns are able to practice many duties
necessary for future animal care careers. After completing this internship,
previous interns have used their experiences to gain employment in vet
clinics or animal rehabilitation jobs, gained admission to veterinary
school, or pursued educational and conservational outreach. The Sea Turtle
department has an additional *Sea Turtle Nesting Internship*, in the summer
only, during which nesting interns will assist in patrol of about 25 miles
of beach. Interns will conduct all aspects of sea turtle nesting including
nest marking, night patrol, hatchling release, inventory, caging, data
input, and much more.

 Clearwater Marine Aquarium offers 3 internship time frames annually. The
Spring Internship runs from January 2016 through May 2016. The application
deadline for this internship is October 1, 2015. 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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