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Aquarist Research Internship

LOCATION: National Museum of Natural History (10th & Constitution Ave. NW)

DEPARTMENT: Invertebrate Zoology

DESCRIPTION: As a part of this internship, interns will be responsible for duties including: feeding jellyfishes, both polyps and medusae, in several aquarium tanks (10-55 gallons) and smaller dishes; setting up brine shrimp cultures (for food); checking water chemistry and maintaining the lab; logging activities and reporting to mentor-supervisor; and assisting with research and outreach projects. Independent research and/or outreach projects can also be developed.

QUALIFICATIONS: Attention to detail, excellent communication skills, able to follow directions, self-motivated, team player but able to perform tasks independently after an initial period of orientation. Eighteen years or older, comfortable using live plankton as food, interested in biology (preferably invertebrate biology), education, assisting with research, and comfortable with hands-on tasks and getting wet/dirty. Ideal candidates would have experience working with live animals (preferably aquatic animals).

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Techniques for keeping marine animals alive; increased knowledge of the biology of jellyfishes, anemones, corals, including information about life cycles, biodiversity, ecology; methods for conducting effective outreach that authentically communicates content and the nature of science. Increased knowledge of museum-based natural history research carried out by a dynamic community of researchers in the Department of Invertebrate Zoology.

TIMETABLE: Ongoing. Flexible, but at least 6 months preferred; minimum 8-12 hours per week, more if desired.

AWARD PACKAGE: None, but hours can be validated for academic purposes.

HOW TO APPLY: Applicants should submit letter of interest describing how they see the internship fitting into their professional development, CV, and contact information for two references to the project contact.



Allen Collins