Responsible To: Animal and Habitat Assistant Supervisors
Task Description: Assist the Animal and Habitat team with the care and maintenance for a variety of fish, amphibians, reptiles, and invertebrates as we introduce our newest exhibit. Educate visitors with bio-facts and showcase our animal ambassadors to give them a hands on experience.
Routine care of our holding aquariums and habitats for a collection of animals.
Food preparation and cleaning of animal habitats using proper husbandry techniques.
Maintenance of aquarium physical and biological components.
Assist staff with various tasks associated with keeping non-venomous snakes, frogs, turtles, lizards, salamanders, bugs, including Madagascar hissing cockroaches and a variety of native fish to Pennsylvania.
Record daily animal observations and tasks performed.
Interact with the public presenting informal animal information.
Complete a project that will benefit either our visitors or staff (decided by the intern in their area of interest that is approved by the supervisors).
Capable of working in a team environment but has the ability to work independently.
Able to follow explicit directions.
Reliable and punctual.
Able to prioritize and multi-task.
Willingness to learn new information and tasks associated with it.
Able to interact with visitors and staff in a positive manner while being sensitive to animal needs.
Able to work on a research project independently with materials provided including the internet.
Utilize computer skills with programs like Microsoft Word and Excel.
Able to climb stairs and ladders; can bend, kneel and lift up to 50lbs.
Comfortable handling live animals.
Skills to be Learned:
Intern will understand and put into practice skills associated with being an animal keeper.
Intern will gain professional development working within a Non-Profit environment.
Intern will interact with thousands of visitors from different cultural and economic backgrounds.
Will not have to troubleshoot problems independently; intern will consult with Aquarium and Animal Habitat staff.
Will not administer first aid.
Training follows a progression from observation to guided participation to working independently under the supervision of Aquarium and Animal Habitat staff.
Minimum of 8 hours weekly
To Apply: Send a letter of intent, resume, and a letter of reference from either an academic advisor or professor, to:
Carnegie Science Center
One Allegheny Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
- OR -
- Math / Science Instruction
- Animal Care / Handling
- Aquarium Maintenance
- Environmental Education
- General Education
- Customer Service
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- 120 hours total/8 hours a week
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