Zoological Operations: Animal Training (California Sea Lions)

The program offers interns hands-on experience in Georgia Aquarium’s Pier 225 gallery. Interns are exposed to animal husbandry and training activities related to California sea lions. Interns work directly with animal trainers to support the daily care of the collection and learn the fundamentals of animal training. This is an experience-based, unpaid internship.

Interns will:

  • Be provided the opportunity to interact with and learn from staff about animal conditioning of California sea lions for public presentations, enrichment and husbandry programs.
  • Learn and participate in area responsibilities directly benefiting the animals, which include but not limited to: diet preparation and feeding, water sampling, commissary clean-up, exhibit/area maintenance, behavioral observations, environmental enrichment, data recording and data entry and other duties as assigned. Interns may also play support roles in assisting with animal training and husbandry sessions.
  • Be supervised by approved staff at all times during their program, but will greatly benefit from demonstrating the ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Partake in departmental intern development curriculum, including but not limited to: natural history, theories of animal behavior, fish handling, safety, and a diverse lecture series presented by intern mentors. Each intern must demonstrate proficiency in every module by completing written exams, tests, and quizzes.

Schedule: Full availability required. Five days per week which include weekends and holidays. Shifts may vary based on department needs.

Minimum Required Hours per Week: 40

  • Semester: Spring
    • Application Period: October 1 - October 30
    • Semester Dates: January - April
  • Semester: Summer
    • Application Period: February 1 - February 15
    • Semester Dates:  May - August
  • Semester: Fall
    • Application Period: June 1 - June 20
    • Semester Dates: September - December

Additional Application Requirements:

  • Must have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Must have an interest or major in animal science, biology, zoology, psychology or related field.
  • Independent worker and team player.
  • Intern must be physically fit as the internship involves substantial physical labor.
    • Climb stairs and ladders, stoop, kneel and stand.
    • Ability to lift at least 50 lbs.
    • Ability to work around saltwater.

To apply, please email resume and one letter of recommendation to GASeaLionInternship@georgiaaquarium.org.