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Meet Our Aquarist Intern Rachel Revolinski

coral world rachelFull name: Rachel Revolinski

From: Oshkosh, WI

Education: Bachelors of Marine Science at the University of Rhode Island

Coral World:     

What does the typical day around the “office” look like for you?

Rachel Revolinski:

Cleaning and maintaining exhibits, feeding animals, learning new tasks, giving encounters, and interacting with guests. Always having a good time with coworkers.

CW:      What is your favorite place to hang out in St Thomas?

RR:      Besides Coral World. Iggies Beach Bar or Coki beach.

CW:      What are your career aspirations?

RR:      To travel and work with rescuing and rehabilitating marine life that has been injured or beached. Also shark research would be awesome.

CW:      Tell us a fun fact about you.

RR:      I’ve been competitively swimming since 10 years old, made the national team at 13 years old. Also I am a nationally ranked swimmer.

CW:      What is your favorite part about interning at Coral World Ocean Park?

RR:      Getting to know the staff well, and interacting with the animals. Being able to get into the exhibits with the turtles, sharks, stingrays, and fish was a great experience.

CW:      To what extent do you think will the skills you have developed, and training you have received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

RR:      What I have learned here so far will be a great jumpstart into my career. I am gaining such valuable knowledge, and great hands on experience.

CW:      Advice you would give to anyone thinking of applying for the aquarist internship here at Coral World.

RR:      Don’t be afraid to take a leap of faith. Coral World is a great opportunity that shouldn’t be passed up. It’s such an amazing place, you’ll learn a lot and have a great time doing it! It’s worth every minute. All you need is a swim suit, flip flops, sunscreen, and bug spray. Be prepared for the higher cost of living (ice cream may not be on your grocery list as much.)