Conservation & Research Internship

About the Conservation & Research Internship

The Greensboro Science Center is looking for qualified interns for a conservation and research internship. Interns will assist conservation and research staff in all aspects of the existing program. Responsibilities include daily animal husbandry and care working with a collection of freshwater mussels and fishes. Assisting with maintaining water quality for those aquaria. Work also includes analysis of acoustic recordings, and trail cameras. Interns can expect to learn analysis and hands-on conservation and research skills to prepare them for a career in this highly competitive field.

  • Assist with plumbing of tanks and aquarium systems
  • Obtaining and sanitizing aquarium substrate
  • Husbandry for mussels and fish
  • Run water quality tests
  • Aquarium cleaning
  • Assist with mussel infestation
  • Assist with maintaining cameras and bat detectors
  • Review camera photos
  • Process acoustic recordings
  • Assist with placing bat boxes and bird houses
  • Assist with pond upfit
    • Plantings
    • Water sampling
    • Invasive removal
    • Log placing
Conservation and Research Interns, when possible, are typically on-site for 10-20 hours with a flexible workweek schedule. Still in school? We’ll work around your schedule, as long as you have a combination of weekend and weekday availability. The selected applicant will be expected to start at the end of August and continue through the beginning of December. A minimum of 120 hours is required during that time frame for the successful completion of a conservation and research internship. Please note that in order to receive credit as a GSC intern, you must complete that number of hours regardless of any school or program requirements which may be less than that.
  • Lindsey Zarecky, VP of Conservation & Research
  • Interns must be able to work in a team environment as well as independently, and must have good communication skills
  • Interns must be detail-oriented, excellent listeners who can abide by rules and protocols for their own safety—as well as the safety of the animals in their care
  • Interns must be able to lift 40lbs, climb ladders, and be able to perform physical work outside and in wet conditions
  • Interns must complete all intern paperwork and pass a background check
  • Ideal candidates must have college-level schooling in biology or any other animal-related field
  • Preference will be given to senior-level or recent college graduates pursuing a career in the conservation field

To apply, please complete this application (you will need a resume, cover letter, and list of the names and contact information of three people who can provide professional references for you) by 11:59PM EST on June 30th for the best chance of consideration.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. You will receive a bounce-back email to confirm receipt of your application materials. No phone calls, please. Should you have any questions, please send them to Due to the large number of applications we typically receive, only selected applicants will be contacted for interviews. We are unable to contact all applicants directly.

Internship opportunities are unpaid and housing opportunities are unavailable. Completion of an internship at the GSC does not come with the promise of future part-time or full-time employment.