The marine mammal department oversees the daily management and care of the Zoo’s Northern sea otters. We conduct training sessions with our otters numerous times throughout the day and during the summer months narrate our training sessions to the public.
Year-round Internship Opportunities:
Approximately 40 hours/week for a 12 week period with days off usually falling between Monday through Friday. College is credit required.
Responsibilities for the Marine Mammal Internship include preparing diets, assisting in cleaning kitchen and animal areas, and being involved in behavioral enrichment. Interns will assist staff in their daily observations of the Zoo’s three male Northern sea otters. In addition, marine mammal interns are instructed in various areas of marine mammal management and given weekly quizzes on a particular subject, such as training or nutrition. Interns are asked to memorize part of a script so they can become comfortable and have experience on a microphone, and they are required to complete a 2-3 page paper on a topic of marine mammal conservation, species, or environmental issue that interests them. The marine mammal intern supervisor meets with each intern to discuss career opportunities in the field and offer advice regarding next steps once their internship is completed.
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