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Jim Hill Diversity Fellowship for Conservation (Reintroduction)

Posted: February 1, 2024 Expired: February 29, 2024
Tennessee Aquarium
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Tennessee Aquarium

Jim Hill Diversity Fellowship for Conservation (Reintroduction)

Tennessee Aquarium | Jim Hill Diversity Fellowship: Conservation-Reintroduction

The Jim Hill Diversity Fellowship program honors the contributions of one of the Tennessee Aquarium's pioneering leaders, who advocated for diversity in all areas of the Aquarium's work.

The Jim Hill Diversity Fellowship is an 11-week, work-based learning opportunity at the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, Tennessee. It aims to help address the demographic disparities within conservation science careers by providing experience and equitable access to populations that have been historically underrepresented in these fields. This experience will help guide and empower conservation-minded students to develop solutions to complex conservation challenges in our communities and gain valuable hands-on work experience.

The Tennessee Aquarium's history of providing students the opportunity to work and study alongside its staff has shown that such professional experience reveals new career options for students from all walks of life. Selected Fellows will be paid a $14.00 hourly wage along with campus housing and parking. The Fellowship period is May 13 to July 26, 2024, and fellows must be available for the full 11 weeks.
Jim Hill Conservation Fellows will be exposed to several aspects of freshwater conservation science with the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute team. Areas include conservation aquaculture for reintroduction biology, field biology surveying endangered species, lab analysis to understand emerging threats to aquatic ecosystems, and translating scientific concepts for educational audiences. This hands-on opportunity will offer students an increased understanding of concepts in freshwater biology, ichthyology, and aquatic biodiversity conservation. Reintroduction Fellows will focus primarily on the propagation and care of rare native fishes.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

•Feeding and care of animals in holding tanks, raceways, and related facilities.
•Grouping fish into different tanks to optimize the growth of fish.
•Cleaning and maintenance of tanks and filtration in life support systems.
•Assists with raising live food cultures for larval fish.
•Visual monitoring of animals to detect health or other husbandry problems.
•Perform conservation duties which may include care of animals in reintroduction programs, data collection in laboratory settings, and occasional assistance with field work.
•Maintain appropriate logs and records for data collection.
•Interact with staff, volunteers, and the public professionally and ethically.

Key Requirements

•Currently enrolled undergraduate college student with a science major
•Show a high interest in science, conservation, or education.
•Able to commit to the full internship of 11 weeks.
•Able to climb ladders, lift and carry 50 lbs.
•Ability to work independently with little supervision, and as part of a team.
•Responsible for own transportation from campus housing to the Conservation Institute (approx.10-min drive)

Seasonal, hourly; 40 hours/week from May 13 to July 26 (must be available for all 11 weeks); weekend and holiday work may be required; Fellowship includes University of Tennessee at Chattanooga campus housing & campus parking.

All submissions must be received by Friday, March 15, 2024, at 5:00 PM (EST).


The Tennessee Aquarium is an equal opportunity employer committed to promoting an inclusive environment

that values and supports diversity and equality among staff, volunteers and all of its audiences.



How to Apply

For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.

Tennessee Aquarium
1 Broad St
Chattanooga, TN 37402

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