Are you looking for in the field hands on experience?
We have multiple ways students who are passionate about the environment can get more involved with our work.
Summer Reintroduction Assistantships
Learn about propagation of rare native fishes with Reintroduction Biologists at the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute. You will use recirculating systems to help rear Lake Sturgeon and Brook Trout as well as imperiled darters and minnows as part of ongoing recovery efforts in the southeastern United States. 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 to go out in the field to assist TNACI scientists with ongoing research. Background knowledge in freshwater fish and basic aquarium maintenance is preferred. Applicants must have graduated high school and be currently enrolled in an undergraduate program, but can have a graduation date of May 2019. This paid assistantship is for at least 10 weeks and requires weekend work. Applications are due by March 1st, 2019.
George Benz Aquatic Research Fellowships
Conduct independent research in southeastern aquatic conservation biology with the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute science staff. Two undergraduates will be hired for fellowships in aquatic biology mainly focusing on herpetology and ichthyology. Fellows will develop and conduct their own independent research projects for the summer in support of ongoing projects at TNACI including community ecology, ecotoxicology, and conservation status of southeastern fishes, salamanders, and turtles. In addition to their own projects, fellows will have the opportunity to assist with fieldwork and lab analyses conducted by TNACI science staff. Background knowledge in aquatic ecology is preferred. Applicants must have graduated high school and be currently enrolled in an undergraduate program, but can have a graduation date of May 2019. These paid fellowships are for 10 weeks and may require weekend work. Applications are due by March 1st, 2019.
Diversity Fellowship in Conservation
Two minority/diversity* undergraduate students will be hired to work in aquatic conservation with the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute. Diversity fellows will be exposed to a several conservation science-related positions working with the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute team. Areas include conservation aquaculture for reintroduction biology, field biology surveying endangered species, lab analysis to understand emerging threats to aquatic ecosystems and translating scientific concepts for educational audiences. This hands-on opportunity will offer students an increased understanding of concepts in freshwater biology, ichthyology, herpetology, and biodiversity conservation. These paid fellowships are for 11 weeks and may require weekend work. Applications are due by April 1st, 2019.
*Minority/Diversity would include, but is not limited to, the following groups: African American or black, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, Asian American or Asian, American Indian or Alaska Native, Hispanic or Latino, and students who consider themselves to be of more than one race.