Jobs and Internships


Customer Service Representative

Part-time position available in guest services. Primary responsibilities will be in ticketing, parking and retail sales. Must be available weekends and holidays.

Qualifications: outgoing, friendly, multi-tasking, good team player. Retail experience preferred.

Hours: 25-40 per week

Wage: $9.00 per hour

Applications are available at Great Lakes Aquarium ticket counter.


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 our organization.

The following Education internships are available:


  • The Whirligigs Internship strengthens pre-service educators’ abilities in working with children aged 3-5. The intern works closely with aquarium staff to assist in providing environment based play opportunities for young children. Early childhood programs are offered Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays throughout the summer.
  • The Exhibit Interpretation internship encourages the development of public speaking skills, live animal handling and roving interpretation for all ages. The intern 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.

For more information about education internships please contact our education department via email at

The following Animal Care/Husbandry internships are available:


Animal Care Internship

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

Description: Interns will learn to prepare and distribute diets (fish, otters, amphibians, reptiles, birds), as well as learn the science behind water quality testing and filtration of animal exhibits. They will also clean and disinfect exhibits, scrub and power wash exhibits, clean filters, learn daily/weekly maintenance of a fish system, fish health, record keeping and prepare enrichment for the animals. Intern will learn the basic components of the animal care job at the Great Lakes Aquarium. They have the opportunity to prepare a specific project (chosen by the student and the coordinator together) that is a learning experience for the intern and beneficial to the Great Lakes Aquarium, so that it can be used in the future by other interns or staff.

Animal Care/Diver Internship

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

Description: The 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 the appropriate application to Laura (Chmielewski) Jorissen, Great Lakes Aquarium, 353 Harbor Drive, Duluth, MN 55802 or You may also contact Laura with questions at 218-740-3474 ext. 1050.

GLA Dive Internship Application

GLA Animal Care Internship Application

Husbandry Internship Schedule

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

Summer Internship: Begins May, ends in the 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. Please call or email Heidi Nelson at 218-740-2049 or for available times and opportunities. Please allow at least one week to arrange this experience for yourself or a student.