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Seasonal Volunteer Internship Position

Would you like to work with a team that always puts the animals first?

Short-Term Seasonal Internships applications are now being accepted!

Animal Professionals to be proud of:

The SLEWTHS (Science Learning and Exploration With The Help of Sea lions) project is the non-profit arm of Animal Training and Research Intl, and is affiliated with Moss Landing Marine Laboratories and the California State University system. Located on the beautiful central coast of California, we function as a small teaching aquarium specializing in the highest levels of training with compassionate care. SLEWTHS is a long-term rescue facility for un-releasable sea lions.

Internship Applications are now being accepted for the SLEWTHS  project.  Two intensive internship levels are available for our April – June 2020, and June – August 2020 terms: Seasonal Animal Care (entry level), and Seasonal Animal Training (candidates with training/animal experience). Each unpaid internship is 3 months in duration (extensions available for excellent candidates). Application deadline for the spring position is February 1, 2020, and for the summer position is April 1, 2020.  These are unpaid positions, and interns are responsible for providing their own housing and transportation. Once accepted, SLEWTHS staff will do their best to assist in finding rental housing options.  International applicants are encouraged, however no visa assistance can be provided.

The Animal Care Internship is designed for those interested in a career with animals to gain valuable experience with world class animal training in a force-free environment. Interns will participate in and learn all aspects of husbandry such as food preparation, record keeping, daily cleaning, and facility maintenance. Interns may also participate in public outreach and conservation programs and current research, all with the cooperative help of sea lions. Our goal is to give interns a well-rounded experience in a variety of areas while providing expert training exposure. Optional certification is available in Animal Care.

“I love the passion everyone has in providing the best care for the animals. This project exceeded my expectations.” 

-Jacqueline Olvera (intern)

“The positive and enthusiastic attitudes of the SLEWTHS staff, gives this program really great energy. You all have created a safe environment which has made it easy and fun to learn.” 

-Jennifer LaBar

The Animal Training Internship is available for professionals or those who already have hands-on experience training or caring for animals.  They will perform all the tasks above, but in addition, can train and work directly with our animals in both protected and free contact. Interns may also get credentialed up to trainer level (depending on past experience).  Interns must take the Animal Training 101course (additional cost), offered online at: or have taken another ATR workshop/course.

“The most valuable experience was my animal training sessions because it was the most hands on experience I had because I was able to see my improvements from the first session to the last and get valuable insight.”

– Mia Young (intern)

Interns must be:
• 18 years or older.
• Able to commit to a minimum of at least 12 weeks, 40 hours a week minimum.
• Available to work weekdays, weekends, and holidays.
• Able to lift 50 lbs, work long hours, and work outside in all weather conditions.
• Able to maintain a positive attitude, good work ethic, sense of responsibility, and a strong willingness to learn.
• Able to obtain housing and transportation (public transportation in our area is very poor).