Sea Turtle Care Center Intern, Unpaid (Winter 2021)

SC Aquarium Volunteer
James Island, South Carolina, US
Jul 30, 2021
Aug 20, 2021
Wildlife Biology
Employment Type
Salary Type
Sea Turtle Care Center Internship (Abbreviated Term)

Description: Sea Turtle Care Center Interns have the opportunity to learn about and participate in the rehabilitation and release of native sea turtle species. Interns will assist staff in all aspects of the daily care of sick and injured sea turtles and non-sea turtle rehab patients, educational programs, and occasionally medical procedures.

Learning Objectives

Primary Duties

Become familiar with AZA animal care and welfare standards

Develop and perform basic animal husbandry skills

Learn and then maintain detailed log books and other record keeping

Learn and then maintain water quality and life support systems

Obtain basic medical skills while assisting with the medical care of rehab patients

Follow aquarium safety and animal protocols

Perform informal and formal educational programs related to the Sea Turtle Care Center

Maintain general cleanliness and inventory of hospital supplies

Assist in miscellaneous projects as needed

Commitment & Qualifications:

Length of internship: 4 months
Hours per week: 32 40, will require flexible hours, may require long days, weekend shifts, and occasional late night/early morning work
Education level: College senior or recent college graduate with a background in biology, zoology, natural science, psychology, or related field
Additional Skills:
  • College senior or recent college graduate with a background in biology, zoology, natural science, psychology, or related field
  • Demonstrated interest in environmental conservation and/or wildlife biology.
  • Willingness to interact professionally with the public
  • Ability to work with a team and independently
  • Must be able to demonstrate initiative and be detail oriented

Compensation & Benefits:
  • Unpaid; housing not included
  • College credit may be available through your university
  • Professional development workshops
  • Ability to earn aquarium tickets and a reciprocity pass to area attractions

Physical Requirements: Often requires walking, standing, and bending. Regularly requires stooping, crouching, climbing ladders/steps, carrying up to 50 lbs., sitting, kneeling, balancing, pushing and pulling, crawling, working with tools, and working in tight spaces.

Application Instructions & Key Dates:
  • Apply at:
  • Application closes on November 15, 2021.
  • Selected applicants will be notified in December 2021
  • Internship will begin in January 2022

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