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Conservation Leadership in Action Week (CLAW)

A new opportunity for high school students! Spend a week with scientists from the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute and learn how to save animals in your own backyard and around the globe. During the week, we will explore our rivers, start conservation projects, and learn from conservation leaders in our community. >> Learn more

Summer Assistantship in Conservation Aquaculture

Learn about freshwater fish conservation aquaculture with Reintroduction Biologists at the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute. You will use recirculating systems to rear Lake Sturgeon and Brook Trout as part of ongoing recovery efforts in the southeastern United States. Background knowledge in freshwater fish and basic aquarium maintenance is helpful but not required. Daily duties will include feeding, scrubbing tanks, washing and back-washing filters, counting and measuring fish, and dosing medications. Additionally there will be some opportunities in the field, including fish collection, snorkeling surveys, underwater photography, and habitat assessment and restoration. This paid assistantship is for 10 weeks and requires weekend work. To be eligible for this assistantship, applicants must have completed one year of college by May 2016. Applications due by February 29, 2016. >> Download your application here

George Benz Fellowship in Aquatic Conservation and Ecology

Conduct independent research in southeastern aquatic conservation biology with the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute science staff! Two undergraduates will be hired for one fellowship in ichthyology and one fellowship in herpetology. The herpetology fellow will work in West Tennessee on turtle ecology, and the ichthyology fellow will focus on fish conservation and ecology in the Chattanooga region. In addition to assisting with ongoing research projects at TNACI, both of these fellows will also develop their own independent research projects on southeastern freshwater animals using available resources. Candidates must have a strong interest in field work, in addition to assisting with morphological analyses and data management in the lab. Background knowledge in aquatic ecology is preferred, but not required. Applicants must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate program, but can have a graduation date of May 2016. These paid fellowships are for 10 weeks and require weekend work. Applications due by February 29, 2016. >> Download your application here

Go Green

Read our online magazine to learn about ways we’re trying to live green at the Aquarium.  Many are methods you can adopt, too!  Download the Go Green pdf to learn more.


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