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Aquatic Animal Propagation and Gopher Frog Conservation

Location: New Hanover County, North Carolina
Company: NC Dept of Natural and Cultural Resources
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Salary: $15.00 Hourly
Closing Date: Friday, March 2, 2018
Date Posted: Wednesday, February 7, 2018


-Experience or interest in conversation of live animals -Experience with maintaining and feeding live animals -Good oral and written communication skills -Must have a cover letter attached to application -Experience with research -Must have a cover letter attached -Must be a resident of North Carolina or a current a Historically Black College or University (HBCU) or a Minority Institution of Higher Education (MIHE)


The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher connects visitors with the wonders of nature and aquatic wildlife. The Aquarium and its sister facilities, the N.C. Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, the N.C. Aquarium on Roanoke Island, and Jennette's Pier in Nags Head are dedicated to inspiring appreciation and conservation for aquatic environments in North Carolina and around the world. The three Aquariums initially opened as Marine Science Centers in 1976. The facilities were renamed as Aquariums in 1986. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the Aquariums underwent expansions to their current dimensions. Jennette's Pier in Nags Head joined the Aquariums in 2011. The Aquariums and Pier are owned by the state of North Carolina and are administered by the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR). Description of Work Project Objective: The North Carolina Aquariums have a strong focus on conservation of wildlife and wild spaces. The intern working on this project will play a large role in conserving our aquatic resources by helping the NC Aquariums breed and raise animals common to the aquarium collection, thus reducing the need to remove animals from the wild. This intern will also play a large role in helping to re-establish the Carolina Gopher Frog, a species of special concern, by participating in a gopher frog head start program with the NC Aquariums and Wildlife Resources Commission. Major Tasks to be Performed: After a thorough training period in our larval rearing program, this intern will be responsible for collecting eggs, preparing them for hatch-out, observing rearing tanks for larvae and giving the aquatic larvae their daily care. All activities will be recorded in specific log books and in the aquarium database. This intern will also be responsible maintaining the plankton cultures they will be using to feed the aquatic larvae. The gopher frog project will require daily tank maintenance, animal feeding, record keeping and frogs will eventually need to be tagged and released back into their natal ponds. Final Product or Outcome Anticipated: This project will result in aquatic animals being raised in-house and added to the collection, which will help the aquarium reduce the number of animals purchased or collected and may also allow the aquarium to discover the life cycles of animals never reared before in aquariums. The gopher frog project will give us valuable genetic analysis data from collected eggs and will greatly assist in adding more animals back into their native habitat. ***** Minimum Education and Experience Requirements Student should be a junior, senior or Graduate studying Biology, Marine Biology, Fisheries, Natural Science, Aquaculture
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