Jobs and Internships

Jobs

There are currently no job openings.

The interpretive touch tank attendant position is now closed.

 

Internships

Great Lakes Aquarium offers internships in Education and Animal Care.

Please note that these positions are unpaid internships meant to develop skills and provide real hands-on experience in their respective fields. All internships involve direct collaboration with Aquarium staff and their professional duties. Some provide more room for customization to interns’ interest than others. All internships have been designed to provide benefit to  both the intern and to our organization.

Education Internships

Whirligigs Internship

NOT CURRENTLY SEEKING APPLICANTS.

The Whirligigs Internship strengthens pre-service educators’ abilities in working with children aged 3-5. Interns work closely with aquarium staff to assist in providing environment-based play opportunities for young children. Early childhood programs are offered Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the school year.

Exhibit Interpretation

NOT CURRENTLY SEEKING APPLICANTS.

The Exhibit Interpretation internship encourages the development of public speaking skills, live animal handling and roving interpretation for all ages. Interns will work with aquarium staff to present interpretive programs on the exhibit floor and answer visitor questions. Interns are also required to develop and pilot a new or variation of an existing program. Timing and hours are flexible.

There are currently no exhibit interpretation internship positions available. If you are interested in getting involved in other ways, inquire about our exhibit interpretation volunteer positions.

Animal Care Internships

CURRENTLY SEEKING APPLICANTS FOR Summer 2017

Animal Care Internship

3-4 days per week, 7:30- 11:00 am, set schedule

Great Lakes Aquarium’s Husbandry Internship program is designed as a volunteer career learning experience for those with a strong desire to move into the aquarium or zoo field as a career path. Interns will gain firsthand experience in aquarium husbandry, food preparation, enrichment, exhibit maintenance, water quality, animal handling and health, and record keeping. If this internship is for college credit, there will be a project culminating in a permanent fixture at the Great Lakes Aquarium. We will try to accommodate school requirements for those who can earn class credit for internships. Applicant must be at least 18 years of age or older. This is an unpaid position and there is no housing provided.

Requests for internship positions are evaluated on experience (professional and/or volunteer), academic achievement, interview success, willingness, and ability to make a commitment to the program and positions available. By successfully completing this internship, students demonstrate responsibility, reliability, and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

TO APPLY: Please send a resume and cover letter along with the appropriate application to Laura Jorissen, Great Lakes Aquarium, 353 Harbor Drive, Duluth, MN 55802 or ljorissen@glaquarium.org. You may also contact Laura with questions at 218-740-3474 ext. 1050.

Husbandry Internship Application

Animal Care/Diver Internship

3-4 days per week, 7:30am-12pm, set schedule

Great Lakes Aquarium’s Husbandry Dive Internship program is designed as a volunteer career learning experience for those with a strong desire to dive as a profession.  Interns will gain firsthand experience in diving, dive equipment care, dive operations, as well as animal care. Animal care includes:  food preparation, exhibit maintenance & cleaning, water quality, animal health and record keeping. Applicants must be 18 years or older with a valid open water dive certification as well as have at least 10 open water dives, 3 of those being in cold water.

TO APPLY: Please send a resume and cover letter along with a completed application to Laura Jorissen, Great Lakes Aquarium, 353 Harbor Drive, Duluth, MN 55802 or ljorissen@glaquarium.org. You may also contact Laura with questions at 218-740-3474 ext. 1050.

Husbandry Dive Internship Application

Water Quality Internship

Great Lakes Aquarium’s Water Quality Internship program is designed as a volunteer career learning experience. Interns will gain firsthand experience in freshwater and saltwater aquaria water quality parameters and data entry. Interns will complete all water quality testing and paperwork designated to them, leaving records of water quality tests for years to come. Interns will also gain experience entering data into tables and graphs as well as interpreting the information collected.
The principal responsibilities of the water quality intern are to master a basic understanding of the animals on exhibit, understand protocols taken to adjust water quality parameters, and perform and complete designated tests on all the tanks at the Aquarium. The Aquarium will try to accommodate school requirements for those who can earn class credit through internships. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. This is an unpaid position; no housing is provided.

TO APPLY: Please send a resume and cover letter along with a completed application to Laura Jorissen, Great Lakes Aquarium, 353 Harbor Drive, Duluth, MN 55802 or ljorissen@glaquarium.org. You may also contact Laura with questions at 218-740-3474 ext. 1050.

Water Quality Internship Application

 

 

Husbandry Internship Schedule

Winter Internship: Begins January, ends at the end of May; Applications accepted until December 1

Summer Internship: Begins May, ends at end of August or September; Applications accepted until April 1

Fall Internship: Begins September, ends the week of December 20; Priority deadline: August 1

Job Shadows

We offer job shadow opportunities in animal care for middle and high school students on a case-by-case basis. This one-day experience (8-11 am) offers a glimpse into what goes on behind the scenes at Great Lakes Aquarium. Contact Laura Jorissen at (218) 740-2050 or ljorissen@glaquarium.org for available times and opportunities. Please allow at least one week in advance to arrange this experience.