The aquarium at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is proud to offer internship experience for qualified students. The purpose of an internship in our Aquarium is to gain an in-depth knowledge of working in a public aquarium. At the completion of the internship, you will have a great appreciation for the various facets that make up fish and invertebrate husbandry in a public aquarium environment.
Our Aquarium-Reptile Complex, commonly referred to as the ARC, is comprised of five distinct ecosystems showcasing over 125 species of aquatic vertebrates and 200 species of aquatic invertebrates in over 80,000 gallons of water. Interns, alongside our staff, will provide the highest standards of care for our living collections, conserving biodiversity through careful utilization of all available resources.
The categories of study during the internship are water chemistry, fish and invertebrate identification, life support systems, veterinary practices, fish disease, and fish and invertebrate husbandry. Skill development and learning opportunities in these categories will include the following:
- Assisting with daily maintenance of animal enclosures and exhibits.
- Learning about animal nutrition and prepare diets.
- Learning about animal behaviors in both captive and natural environments.
- Observing operant conditioning techniques of captive animals.
- Designing and implementing environmental enrichment techniques.
- Observing medical procedures alongside Aquarists and Veterinarians.
Each intern will have the opportunity to work with different members of our Aquarium staff learning specific skills and knowledge from the above categories.
This is an unpaid internship open to undergraduates seeking degrees in biology or related fields. Interns must complete at least 160 hours over a minimum of 10 weeks. Applicant must be able to work any day of the week, including weekends and holidays.