Animal Husbandry Internship

Organization: Lemur Conservation Foundation (LCF) (AZA Member)
Location: Myakka City, Florida, United States
Job or Internship: Internship

The Lemur Conservation Foundation (LCF) currently offers an Animal Husbandry Internship at the Myakka City Lemur Reserve. Applications are accepted throughout the year. On site housing and full utilities are provided with numerous opportunities for advanced education in the animal care field are provided. LCF is a small AZA certified facility that is not open to the general public. Interns will be responsible for completing general husbandry, commissary and diet preparation, horticulture, training and enrichment and veterinary care duties on a daily basis. The LCF Animal Husbandry Internship trains individuals on all aspects of animal care and a broad array of husbandry experiences while taking into account the interns areas of interest.

Myakka City Lemur Reserve:

The reserve is currently home to seven different species of lemurs in both semi-free ranging habitats and traditional captive habitats. Interns will gain hands-on experience in the many aspects of maintaining an animal collection and contributing to a conservation mission. Responsibilities include daily care of our growing lemur colony, habitat construction and maintenance, behavioral enrichment, maintaining the cleanliness of lemur shelters, assisting with annual physicals and other duties as needed. The work is challenging, dirty, and frequently unglamorous; interns should expect to work in all weather conditions. Consequently, applicants should be in good physical health, extremely reliable, and dedicated. Please note that the Myakka City Lemur Reserve does not house education program animals and physical contact with the lemurs is not allowed.

This is an excellent opportunity to gain advanced experience in a difficult but highly rewarding field. Interns will have the satisfaction of contributing to the physical and psychological well being of the lemurs housed at the reserve as well as directly contributing to the greater mission of conserving these unique and fascinating primates. The highly trained and experienced staff at LCF will work closely with interns. However, applicants should have some previous animal husbandry experience and at least two years of undergraduate course work in a related field (biology, anthropology, animal behavior, zoology or the like).


- Typically, interns will work 40 hours per week and must be willing to work weekends and holidays.

- All interns must show proof of health insurance.

- The reserve is remotely located and interns must provide their own transportation to and from the nearest town, 25 miles away.

Accommodations and Amenities:

The Lemur Conservation Foundation is proud to offer accommodations on the reserve for interns and researchers. The LCF Researchers' House is equipped with two bathrooms, four bedrooms, a full kitchen, a dining area, a washer and dryer, and shared living space.

Interested candidates should send the following:

- Letter of introduction describing why you are interested in the internship and what you hope to gain from it

- Resume or CV

- (Optional) Two letters of recommendation, one of which should address previous husbandry experience and Transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable)

Send material to the Animal Care Manager:

PO Box 249, Myakka City, FL 34251.