Thank you for your interest in Great Lakes Aquarium.
We are currently hiring for a temporary part-time position to assist with parking, ticketing and retail during the holiday season. Please request an application in person or by calling 218-740-2001.
The Aquarium often hosts interns that are working for partner organizations.
Minnesota DNR MinnAqua Program Education Intern – No longer accepting applications.
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:
CURRENTLY SEEKING APPLICANTS FOR SUMMER 2013.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following Animal Care internships are available:
CURRENTLY SEEKING APPLICANTS FOR FALL 2013.
Animal Care Internship
3-4 days per week, 7:30- 11:30 am, set schedule
Description: Intern will learn to prepare and distribute diets (fish, otters, rats, amphibians, reptiles, birds. They will also prepare enrichment for otters (possibly more species) clean and disinfect exhibits, scrub and power wash exhibits, clean filters, learn daily/weekly maintenance of a fish system. The intern will learn the basic components of the animal care job at the Great Lakes Aquarium. They will 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 and Aquarist Training Weekend Internship
4 days per week, 7:30 – 2:30 Saturday and Sunday, and two other flexible days and times
Description: Help the animal care staff with weekend duties. Get hands on experience dealing with Aquarist type issues. Internship includes, but is not limited to: Learn to prepare and distribute diets (fish, otters, rats, amphibians, reptiles, birds). Prepare enrichment for otters (possibly more species) clean and disinfect exhibits, scrub and power wash exhibits, clean filters. Weekend staff assistance.
Interested? Please send a resume and cover letter along with this application to Tara Lieberg, Intern Coordinator, Great Lakes Aquarium, 353 Harbor Drive, Duluth, MN 55802 or email@example.com. You may also contact Tara with questions at 218-740-3474 ext. 1050.
We offer job shadow opportunities in animal care for middle and high school students on a case by case basis. Please call our curator Heidi Nelson at 218-740-2049 for available times and opportunities. Please allow at least one week to arrange this experience for yourself or a student.