The Environmental Quality lab is responsible for water quality testing of more than two million gallons of exhibit water. As an intern, you will have the ability to gain hands-on experience conducting various tests to ensure optimal water quality is achieved, along with developing your skills working in a state-certified environmental laboratory.
Interns must have a flexible schedule and work four days per week, working 7am-3:30pm. Schedule to be determined upon acceptance.
- Must be able to lift 50 pounds.
- General overview of good lab practices, gained through college chemistry courses.
- Strong attention to detail.
- The ability to work independently with light supervision.
- Daily sample collection and testing of the marine mammal and bird systems.
- Daily sample collection and testing of the scheduled fish and invertebrate systems for any given day.
- The daily tests conducted includes pH, and salinity, while the weekly testing includes ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, total alkalinity, calcium hardness, total hardness, orthophosphate, total coliforms, enterococcus, etc.
- Quality control testing is conducted and is accompanied by the corresponding daily/weekly testing.
- Daily laboratory maintenance, which includes cleaning labware, benchtops, and sample bottles used.
- Record keeping, documenting daily results on a paper log, and electronically transferring results.
- Assisting with extra projects as needed.