The Marine Mammal department consists of our male  Northern sea otters and our group of female Hawaiian monk seals. The Minnesota Zoo is pleased to house the only exhibited group of Hawaiian monk seals in mainland North America. Hawaiian monk seals are one of the most critically endangered marine mammals in the world. Responsibilities for the Marine Mammal Internship include preparing diets, assisting in cleaning kitchen and animal areas, and being involved in behavioral enrichment. Interns will be given opportunities to learn and train with the sea otters through protected contact and assist in training with the Hawaiian monk seals. Interns will assist staff in their daily observations and, in addition, marine mammal interns will work with a trainer to learn about various areas of marine mammal management, such as training and nutrition. We work with each intern on the skills needed to interpret for zoo visitors. The marine mammal intern supervisor meets with each intern to discuss career opportunities in this exciting field and offer advice regarding next steps once their internship is completed.seal-training

Duties to include:

  • Prepare food for otters and seals and daily maintenance of kitchen area
  • Assist in cleaning animal and staff areas
  • Interns will be involved in behavioral enrichment and observations
  • Work individually and also with the marine mammal staff as a team
  • Assisting with Hawaiian Monk Seal Demonstrations
  • Assist with reference work or additional tasks as needed

For more information, please contact: Internship Coordinator, Human Resources 13000 Zoo Boulevard, Apple Valley, MN 55124 E-mail: Human.resources.mnzoo@state.mn.us Fax: 952.431.9211         or

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All application materials should be sent to the Internship Coordinator by email at Human.Resources .mnzoo@state.mn.us