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Internships are available for the summer, fall and spring semesters (Camp Internship is only available in the summer). All internships are unpaid and have minimum hourly requirements which may vary seasonally.

Interpreter Internship

Aquarium interpreters will be required to spend time working on the floors in the main exhibit areas, interacting with the public, responding to questions, and miscellaneous housekeeping chores. They will also be handling animals in the touch tanks for visitors to touch. They will be expected to give interpretive talks on each significant exhibit throughout the day, either at a scheduled time or accompanying a feeding demonstration, on a microphone, while working on the floors. Outreach programs require the intern to bring animals out of the building to schools, nursing homes, day cares, etc. During the busy group season, interpreters are required to greet groups outside. In addition, aquarium interpreters will be expected to contribute to the overall maintenance of the Aquarium and will be required to clean the penguin exhibit and various other exhibits. Attendants will also be expected to partake in birthday parties by touring the party, hosting it or wearing an aquarium related costume. Those interpreters who show some aptitude, initiative, excel in their floor work and groups will be given the opportunity to feed and help prepare food for one or more of the exhibits, participate in daily water quality analysis and be given various projects to complete.

Aquarist Internship

Aquarist interns will be responsible for the maintenance, cleaning and adjustment of aquarium equipment on all tanks. They will also maintain equipment and service areas. They must be familiar with the natural history and husbandry of the animals on and off exhibit and must participate in the collection, restraint and transportation of animals to be placed on or off exhibit. Interns will monitor large aquarium tanks and pumps daily with regard to system pressures and flow rates, evaluating fittings for leaks, adjusting flows and water levels as necessary and doing water changes as necessary according to results of daily water quality analysis or routines.

Animal Care Internship

Animal care interns will be required to work with and care for the various animals in the aquarium. Maintenance, husbandry and care for many of the resident animals is expected. Helping prepare the food for the animals and helping the aquarists with water changes and water quality is required. Interns must demonstrate knowledge of the animal collection and meet with the head keepers and aquarists on a regular basis.

Education Internship

Seeking enthusiastic, outgoing, and flexible individuals to assist our education staff with a variety of programs. Should have an interest in, and knowledge of, marine life with a strong desire to learn more. Duties include the interpretation of aquarium exhibits for school groups and the general public, assisting with the presentation of outreach programs, birthday parties, and special event days. Interns should be comfortable with handling a variety of wildlife for live animal demonstrations, including birds, reptiles, insects, and marine invertebrates. Creating educational materials, researching topics, and clerical tasks may be included.

Summer Camp Internship

Summer Camp interns will be involved in our two summer education programs: Aquarium Explorers & Junior Keepers. A background knowledge of marine life or related field is useful for teaching the camps’ educational topics. Interns must be able to relate materials to campers ranging in age from 5 to 16 years old. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, preparation of camp materials, researching topics, hands-on demonstrations, arts and crafts, and behind the scenes tours. Camp Interns must also be comfortable handling a variety of animals for live animal presentations.

All interns will help with working on the floors and groups when it is necessary. Potential interns must be 18 years of age or older, and must be willing to work flexible hours including weekends, days, evenings, evening functions and occasional holidays throughout the year. Interns must be able to climb a ladder, swim, lift 50 lbs., work and climb into small, confined areas, and have good written and oral communication skills. They must be able to constantly climb stairs throughout the day, stand for long periods of time, occasionally work in stressful situations, complete projects with deadlines, juggle many duties at once, and be flexible with a small amount of notice regarding their daily schedule.

Please send your resume and cover letter to

Jenkinson’s Aquarium
Attn: Katie Canady
300 Ocean Ave
Pt Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742
Fax: 732-899-1717
Call: 732-899-1659

Resumes for Summer Internships must be received by February 14th.
Please indicate which internship you are applying for in your resume or cover letter.