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Avian Husbandry Summer Internship

Posted: January 22, 2024 Expired: February 19, 2024
Alaska SeaLife Center

Alaska SeaLife Center

The Alaska SeaLife Center generates and shares scientific knowledge to promote understanding and stewardship of Alaska's marine ecosystems.

Avian Husbandry Summer Internship


Avian Intern will be tasked with basic seabird and waterfowl care and husbandry techniques. Intern will assist in the daily care and maintenance of the Center’s Alaskan seabird and waterfowl collections. This position also participates in daily educational talks and/or tours.  Under guidance of avian staff, the Intern will be trained and expected to perform the following duties:                                                 

  • Perform daily animal diet preparations and routine cleaning of seabird exhibits, waterfowl enclosures and work areas.
  • Record daily observations and note the health and condition of the exhibit birds – noting changes in behavior and appearance throughout the breeding season.
  • Work in an outdoor exhibit with moderate to strenuous physical activity, lifting up to 50 lbs.
  • Lead daily Keeper chats and tours.
  • Maintain computer records and data.
  • Assist in habitat maintenance and breeding season preparations.
  • Assist the avian staff in current research projects and data collection.

Other Skills and Abilities:

Ability to be organized, self-motivated, and possesses a strong desire to see the completion of projects.

Physical Requirements:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Ability to swim; see and hear; move about; stoop, kneel, and crouch; use arms and hands; handle objects, tools, and controls; and sit.  Ability to lift and move 50 pounds. 

Internship Dates: May 2024 through August 2024

Unpaid Internship: Housing Available

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and letter of recommendation.

A background check will be conducted on any potential intern.

Accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums


Housing Provided

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and letter of recommendation to:

Alaska SeaLife Center
Seward, AK 99664
Phone: 9072246327


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