The Minnesota Zoo's Aquariums/Life Support department is responsible for over 150 different aquatic species (including fish, invertebrates, and corals) with close to 700 total fish both fresh and salt water, 15 different species of amphibians and reptiles including two species of sea turtle, and the filtration systems that support their lives. This includes 18 exhibit tanks (including a 60,000 Indo-Pacific Reef tank and a 220,000 Caribbean shark tank), 44 fish quarantine tanks, and more than five reptile/amphibian quarantine tanks.
College credit required. Internships generally run 40 hours per week for 10-14 weeks. Work hours are from 7-3:30 daily and days off are Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Aquarium department interns are directly involved with daily duties and activities and they will have an opportunity to either perform or observe all of the duties listed below. They will also be asked to participate in special projects as they arise. Interns will learn aquarium set-ups ranging from basic to the most complicated. Interns will leave our program knowing how to keep fish, corals, etc., set-up and maintain their aquariums, and keep them looking like exhibit quality. The Aquariums department performs up to three shows daily including a dive show in our coral reef, a shark tank feeding presentation, and a coral reef shark feeding, all of which our interns participate in. We prefer interns to be SCUBA certified as they will have an opportunity to dive in our 60,000 gallon Indo-Pacific reef tank to help maintain it as well as doing dive shows as they become comfortable.
Duties to include:
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