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Job Shadowing

Are you curious about the day to day care of Aquarium animals or the freshwater species we're helping to restore in the southeast? Are you interested in pursuing a career in animal care or freshwater conservation?

We have two special opportunities for students to gain hands-on insight into these exciting and challenging fields! 

Tennessee Aquarium Job Shadow Program

The Tennessee Aquarium is proud to offer a unique opportunity for students interested in animal care!  The Job Shadowing Program will allow students a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the daily responsibilities of our aquarists and education staff.  Students will follow staff members for 3 hours, with the ability to ask questions and find out what steps are necessary to pursue a career working with animals in an aquarium setting.  There is limited availability, so submit your application today!

NEW! Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute Job Shadow Program

The goal of the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute’s job shadow program is to mentor the next generation of freshwater conservation scientists by providing opportunities for high school and college students to develop new job skills, explore conservation career opportunities, and receive college and career advising. Our hope is to create a mutually beneficial relationship between the Conservation Institute and shadows.
Aquaculture shadows will work with a Reintroduction Biologist on tasks related to the propagation of native fish, including Lake Sturgeon and Brook Trout.


Grade Level:  8th grade to 12th grade for Aquarium/high school or college for the conservation institute program
Dates/Time: Wednesdays only during the school year - Sept. through May, 9 am- 12 noon.  Maximum of 2 students per day. 
Fee:  $40 for a 3 hour unique, behind-the-scenes experience
Please Note: Spots are filled on a first come, first served basis, so list several dates if you are flexible.  The application must be submitted a minimum of 2 weeks prior to your requested shadow date.

Participants accepted into the Job Shadowing Program will be notified via email.  Participants will also be emailed an Emergency Contact & Authorization Waiver as well as a link to pay the program fee online.   The waiver and payment* must be received a minimum of 5 days prior to your job shadowing date in order to participate in the program. For questions e-mail Danielle Pope White at or call 423-785-4175.

*Scholarships will be available for those that qualify.

Job Shadowing Application Form

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