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Marine Wildlife Veterinary Laboratory Summer Internship

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

Alaska SeaLife Center

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

Marine Wildlife Veterinary Laboratory Summer Internship


Intern will learn about the diagnostics and instruments commonly used in a veterinary laboratory specializing in Alaskan marine mammals, birds and fish. Intern will be exposed to the methods used to maintain a clean and efficient laboratory. Skills and procedures learned will include: blood analysis, urine and fecal analysis, total and fecal coliform water quality analysis, sample collection during animal exams or necropsy, and maintaining veterinary records and sample inventory. Although tasks will be in direct support of animal welfare, there is very little direct contact with animals in this position.

Education/Training Requirements:

Working on or have a Bachelor's degree in a science related field and interest in the Veterinary Medicine field. Experience in a veterinary laboratory setting is helpful but not required. Applicants for this position are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 as recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) due to the potential for working closely with highly susceptible species.

Essential Duties:

  1. Assist with setting up and processing routine blood samples. Work with laboratory technicians to perform plasma/serum separations, prepare blood slides, and assist with performing serum chemistries and cell counts using an automated analyzer.
  2. Assist with maintaining laboratory and veterinary clinic cleanliness and routine maintenance of equipment.
  3. Conducts weekly water quality testing.
  4. Assist with maintaining sample inventory
  5. Assist with shipping samples to outside researchers
  6. Assist with maintaining medical and laboratory records and logs.
  7. Assist with organizing and inventorying consumable supplies for the laboratories.
  8. Fosters good relations with visitors, volunteers, community leaders, contractors, and fellow staff members by promoting positive attitudes, good will, cooperation, and providing high standards of service.
  9. Present structured and impromptu talks on topics regarding the Alaska Sealife Center’s Veterinary Department by learning to employ appropriate public presentation techniques and devices geared to the characteristics and interest of particular audiences.
  10. Complies with all Alaska SeaLife Center policies, procedures, and programs.
  11. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Other Skills and Abilities:

Applicants should be agile with a good sense of balance in order to maneuver around the exhibits and holding areas. Applicants must be comfortable working with database computer programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access) and sensitive equipment. Must be willing to work with frozen samples and in walk-in freezers. As well as possess good communication skills and the ability to follow instructions.

Physical Requirements:

Ability to lift and move 50 pounds. Ability to stand for long periods of time. Ability to maneuver around uneven and potentially slippery surfaces. 

Internship Dates: May 15, 2024 to August 9, 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


Unpaid Internship : 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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