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16 Jan 2022

Internship Aquarist Intern

Block Island Maritime Institute – Posted by BIMI New Shoreham, Rhode Island, United States


Job Description

The Aquarist Intern, under the direction of the Director and Aquarist will stock and maintain the aquariums; ensuring that the animals are in a healthy environment and that exhibits are engaging to visitors. The intern will live onsite.

Reports to: Director and Aquarist Consultant.

Dates: Full-time seasonal employment from approximately June 1 to September 9, 2022. (End date flexible).

Primary Responsibilities include:

  • Prioritize the provision of a welcoming environment for visitors, both adults and children.
  • With guidance from consulting aquarist, ensure that the aquariums are clean; promote animal health; and are engaging to the public.
  • Create a published schedule for animal care. Monitor to ensure schedule is followed.
  • Identify supplies needed for the collection of species and maintenance of tanks.
  • Responsible for the collection and release of fish and other aquatic species employing a variety of methods of collection while working independently as well as working with local fishing volunteers.
  • Create a schedule with Director that provides scheduled time to collect species. Must show flexibility in work schedule as to account for such things as weather and tides.
  • Monitor and maintain plumbing/pumping system for the indoor and outdoor aquariums with support from the Director, building contractor, consulting aquarist and plumber as needed.
  • Supervise volunteers engaging in tank maintenance; species collection; and education at the aquarium displays.
  • Assist with recruiting, training, and schedule volunteers for both fish collection; tank maintenance; and public outreach.
  • Assist with recruiting, training, and schedule volunteers for both fish collection; tank maintenance; and public outreach.
  • Document collected species.
  • Provide minor maintenance to Institute facilities, which may include cleaning, painting, and updating information and displays.
  • Assist with visiting school groups and clubs.

Specific Qualifications

  • Working knowledge of marine biology; Bachelor of Science degree preferred.
  • Ability to identify and collect local marine species.
  • Ability to use a variety of collection methods to gather animals for the aquarium.
  • HIGHLY motivated and self-driven – must be an independent and CREATIVE thinker with the ability to accomplish tasks independently.
  • Ability to effectively see a project to its completion making alterations and/or finding methods as becomes necessary.
  • Effective communication skills – must have the ability to clearly communicate with supervisors, coworkers, and visitors.
  • Ability to interact appropriately with children, adults, and peers.
  • Experience working with children in an educational or recreational setting preferred.
  • Must be able to work effectively in a team structure.
  • Must be able to provide evidence of a criminal background check
  • Must be able to complete First Aid and CPR training.
  • Lifeguard certification preferred.
  • SCUBA certification preferred.
  • Experience with fish collection preferred.

How to Apply

Send all documents to Include:
  • Contact Information 
including full name, mail address, e-mail address, and phone number where you can be reached.
  • Current Resume
including any specialized certifications and/or skills.
  • Cover Letter (in 500 words or less). Please tell us about your career goals and what you want to gain from your internship, as well as what you can bring to BIMI.
  • Two letters of reference. These letters can be from a faculty member, employer, or other non-family member. It is your responsibility to arrange to have these references sent directly to the Block Island Maritime Institute via email
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Job Categories: Ecology. Job Types: Internship. Job Tags: aquariums, fisheries, and marine. Salaries: 20,000 - 40,000.

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