The Mystic Aquarium Animal Rescue Program (ARP) responds to reports of live and dead marine mammals and sea turtles along the shores of Connecticut, Rhode Island and Fishers Island, N.Y. An on-site rehabilitation facility is operated for pinnipeds, sea turtles, and occasionally cetaceans.
*Please note: the number of animals under rehabilitation care will depend on the time of year; therefore, primary intern responsibilities may be altered during slower seasons. Interns should be working towards a career in marine biology, biology or a related field.
Current valid driver’s license required. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office. Must be able to work independently as well as part of a team, possess strong written and verbal communication skills, and have flexibility, a high attention to detail, strong organization and time management skills, a positive attitude and a willingness to learn. Candidate must be able to meet the physical demands of the position which include prolonged standing and kneeling, lifting objects, and working in outdoor conditions. ARP interns must demonstrate excellent representation of the aquarium at all times through a positive, can-do attitude and teamwork focused work ethic.
Responsibilities and essential functions
All internships are unpaid with a minimum 12-16 week commitment required. The position is scheduled five days per week for a minimum of 40 hours each week. Applicants must be willing to work a flexible schedule, as hours may include evenings, weekends, and holidays. Housing is not provided. The ARP intern is responsible for assisting in the day-to-day operations and general organization of the Animal Rescue Clinic (ARC) with guidance from ARP staff.
To perform this internship position successfully, an individual must be able to execute each essential duty satisfactorily.
- Perform and/or assist in overall ARC operations including feeding and caring for rehabilitating animals, delivering medications and supplements, cleaning and maintaining animal units, and maintaining quarantine protocols.
- Record keeping
- Assist ARP staff in restraint of rehabilitating animals
- Assist ARP staff with coverage of the ARP Hotline
- Assist ARP and veterinary staff with gross necropsy procedures, when necessary
- Provide mentorship to ARP volunteers who are working within the ARC
- Assist with the dispatching of first responders to animals in the field
- Perform all other duties as assigned by supervisor
- Every intern must properly use, and keep in good order, all personal protective equipment (PPE) supplied to them as protection from recognized hazards
- All interns are responsible for working in a safe manner at all times and must report any unsafe conditions
Every intern must have a working knowledge of all Facility wide, and Department specific, safety procedures that relate to their position, including, but not limited to: Emergency Evacuation, Lockdown Procedure, and Fire Extinguisher Use