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Students that are enrolled in a college or university course with a practicum component can apply to undertake their practicum at Vancouver Aquarium!

As a volunteer in a practicum placement, you will have the chance to apply your academic learning to real-life situations, hone your skills and make valuable professional connections. Most importantly, you will receive guidance, support and feedback from a staff mentor, who is an experienced professional in your field.

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Currently Available Practicum Placements

*all placements require students to be currently enrolled in a community college or university*

Administrative Practicums

 Available Admin Practicums: GCSC Admin Assistant, Membership Admin Assistant, Ocean Wise Seafood Admin Assistant, Retail Admin Assistant, Sales Admin Assistant, External Relations Admin Assistant

Administrative Practicum Placements are for students required to complete practical experience in the field of administration. These placements offer students hands-on experience in an administrative behind-the-scenes setting. In these practicums, student responsibilities may include (specific practicum dependent and subject to change): filing and organizing records, creating and updating tracking spreadsheets, updating database records, and communicating with program partners.

 Eligible applicants should be:

*       Currently enrolled in a relevant practicum course at community college or university

*       Familiar with and have a minimum intermediate skill level using Microsoft Office applications (Word,         Excel, Outlook, Access etc); other database knowledge and/or prior experience is an asset

*       Demonstrate excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills

*       Able to multi-task, work independently, and take initiative.

Practicum Dates: Administrative Practicums are offered year-round. Placement dates/commitment varies per practicum and is determined case-by-case by the department (minimum 2 week placement required). Please note: department-specific administrative practicum availability differs throughout the year and is subject to change.

Application Period:  Year Round.

Learn more about the Administrative Practicums.

Animal Husbandry/Rehabilitation Practicums

Fish Husbandry Assistant Practicum

The Fish Research Assistant Practicum Placement is for students required to gain practical experience in the field of marine larval fish rearing and animal husbandry. This placement offers students the opportunity to gain practical experience in a behind-the-scenes Fish Research Lab.

In this practicum, student responsibilities may include, but are not limited to: fish feeding, animal husbandry, general cleaning duties, animal habitat maintenance, and assisting with ongoing Fish Lab Research Projects.

Eligible applicants should be:

*       Currently enrolled in a relevant practicum course at community college or university

*       Intending to pursue a career in Fisheries or Aquaculture

*       Excellent understanding of biosecurity and animal welfare

*       Able to life 25kg with ease, be in good physical shape, and be able to tolerate working in a cold         environment

*       In good academic standing

Practicum Dates: The Fish Research Practicum is offered twice per year: Fall and Spring.
Please note: this practicum placement only accepts 2 students per term (2 in fall, 2 in spring).

  • Fall: September – December (full-time OR part-time, hours per week flexible)
  • Spring: January – April (full-time OR part-time, hours per week flexible)

Application Period: Year Round (until all practicum slots for the term(s) are filled).

Learn more about the Fish Husbandry Assistant Practicum.

Marine Mammal Rescue Assistant Practicum                   

The Marine Mammal Rescue (MMR) Practicum Placement is for students required to gain practical experience in the field of wildlife rehabilitation. This placement offers students the opportunity to gain practical experience in a hands-on fast paced marine mammal rescue centre setting.        

In this practicum, students engage in laboratory procedures, rescue techniques, and assist with the veterinary and husbandry care of stranded marine mammals.

Eligible applicants should be:

*       Currently enrolled in a relevant practicum course at community college or university

*       Intending to pursue a career as a veterinary technician, veterinarian, marine biologist, or wildlife rehabilitation

*       Experienced in the animal care field (as staff or a volunteer)

*       In good academic standing

*       In good physical shape (able to life 25kg with ease) and be comfortable working both indoors and outdoors in all weather               conditions

Practicum Dates: The MMR Practicum is offered twice per year: Summer and Fall.

  • Summer: June-Sept (10 week placement, full time – 35-40 hours/week)
  • Fall: August-end of October (10 week placement, part time – 15-20 hours/week)
    (**please note: shorter placements and/or alternate dates may be possible**)

Application Period:

  • For Summer 2018 Practicum: January 15th- February 28th 2018.
  • For Fall 2018 Practicum: March 1st – June 1st 2018.

Learn more about the Marine Mammal Rescue Assistant Practicum.

 Culinary Practicums

 Kitchen Assistant Practicum

The Kitchen Assistant Practicum Placement is for students required to gain experience with multipurpose entry level kitchen duties in a fast paced environment. This placement offers students the opportunity to gain practical experience in a hands-on kitchen setting.

In this practicum, student responsibilities may include: banquet set up, food preparation, and front-line service tasks.

Eligible applicants should be:

*       Currently enrolled in a relevant practicum course at community college or university

*       Intending to pursue a career in food services

*       Food Safe certified (preferred)

*       In good physical shape (able to life 25kg with ease).

Practicum Dates: The Kitchen Assistant Practicum is offered year-round. Placement dates/commitment is flexible and is determined case-by-case (please note: minimum 2 week placement required).

Application Period: Year Round.

Learn more about the Kitchen Assistant Practicum.

 

Education Practicums

Informal Education Practicum

The Informal Teacher Practicum is for students required to gain practical teaching experience in an informal (non-school classroom) setting.

In this practicum, students are given the opportunity to directly instruct small groups of students following Aquarium lesson plans, develop an education project determined by the supervisor in lieu of creating daily lesson plans, observe both public and curriculum focused education programs at the Aquarium, and regularly reflect on teaching practice with the supervisor. Students will also learn ethical animal handling techniques; teaching will occur in the onsite animal care laboratory, classrooms, Aquarium display galleries, and local beaches.

Eligible applicants should be:

*       Currently enrolled in an Education degree in a university

*       Intending to pursue a career in teaching

*       Willing to work with live animals and preserved specimens

*       Fluent in English (French an asset)

*       Dedicated to completing all written project work in a timely and professional manner

Practicum Dates: The Informal Teaching Practicum is typically offered in the Spring of each year (aligning with local university teaching program dates). Minimum practicum placement of 3 weeks is required; dates flexible (determined on a case by case basis).

Application Period: Year Round (until all practicum slots for the term are filled).

Learn more about the Informal Teaching Practicum.

Front of House Practicums

Interpretive Delivery Practicum

The Interpretive Delivery Practicum is for students required to gain practical experience in the field of interpretation.

In this practicum, students learn to deliver world class visitor experience through: public program delivery, gallery activities such as touch pools, behind the scenes program prep assistance, and stand –alone projects as needed.

Eligible applicants should be:

*       Currently enrolled in a relevant practicum course at community college or university

*       Intending to pursue a career in interpretation, environmental education, visitor experience, or some related field

*       Demonstrate excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills

*       Fluent in English

Practicum Dates: The Interpretive Delivery Practicum is offered year-round.

Placement dates/commitment determined case-by-case by the department (please note: minimum 4 week placement required).

Application Period: Year Round.

Learn more about the Interpretive Delivery Practicum.

 Visitor Experience Practicum

The Visitor Experience Practicum is for students required to gain practical experience in the field of customer service.

In this practicum, students will learn to engage, direct, and inform large groups of visitors within the Aquarium’s Galleries, support front-line staff in various tasks, and assist with behind-the-scenes administrative duties as needed.

Eligible applicants should be:

*       Currently enrolled in a relevant practicum course at community college or university

*       Intending to pursue a career in tourism or customer services

*       Demonstrate excellent organizational, interpersonal, and verbal communication skills

*       Fluent in English (second language an asset)

Practicum Dates: The Visitor Experience Practicum is offered year-round. Placement dates/commitment determined case-by-case by the department (please note: minimum 6 week placement required).

Application Period: Year Round.

Learn more about the Visitor Experience Practicum.

 Contact Us 

If you are interested in carrying out a practicum placement with us please contact practicum@ocean.org for further information.

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