Marine Mammal Internships


Gulf World is now seeking applicants for a paid advanced internship position in the Animal Care and Training Team. Interns will be exposed to animal care and training techniques and will work directly with animal training staff to support the daily care of our collection. Selected applicants will work in animal show settings as well as guest encounter and interaction programs. Once selected, interns will be placed in either the Dolphin or Sea Lion animal areas of our facility: The Dolphin Area, which cares for our collection of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins; The Sea Lion Area, which cares for our collection of California sea lions, seals, and the only collection of rough-toothed dolphins in the U.S. As the Southeast Area Stranding Coordinator, marine mammal staff are also responsible marine mammal and turtle standings and rehabilitation.


Specific responsibilities will vary based on area and will include but are not limited to:

  • Diet Preparation
  • Food Prep Kitchen cleaning and bucket scrubbing
  • Habitat cleaning, maintenance, and upkeep
  • Water quality testing and filtration
  • Education portions of guest interactions
  • Monitor guest interactions
  • Operate show sound
  • Narration of presentations
  • Animal observations
  • Assisting with animal training, husbandry, and handling


All applicants should be at least 18 years of age, have proof of US citizenship, and either pursuing or have a completed Bachelor’s Degree. Preference will be given to those with at least 2 previous animal care experiences (internships, previous employment) with at least 1 animal training internship. Applicants should be comfortable standing and working on their feet for long periods of time in all out door conditions. Depending on the season, Florida weather will range between extreme heat and sunshine and cold temperatures and storms. Daily heavy lifting is required, so candidates should be able to lift a minimum of 50 lbs. Working around the water will also require strong swimming abilities.

May-Aug Application Deadlines: Feb 15th


To apply, please submit a completed application (below), cover letter and resume. Due to high number of applicants, incomplete application will not be considered.

Download the Animal Care & Training Application Here


Contact: [email protected]





In the months of June and July, Gulf World will be offering education internships to interested college students. During this unique, hands-on program, interns will participate in experiential learning through both formal and informal environmental education.

As an intern in our Education Department, you will be given the chance to transform our facility’s educational vision into a tangible guest experience for our visitors. You will act as a camp counselor for our Dolphin Day Camps, present informal public presentations, assist in coordinating field trip groups, and work on various special projects to benefit your future teaching career.

The education internship is a paid position and requires at least a 30 hour work week which includes weekends and holidays. If you are interested in applying for an education internship position, please complete an education internship application and return it to us with your cover letter and resume. Please fax your completed application to (850) 235-8957


Summer: June & July- Application Deadlines: April 15th

Contact: [email protected]