Bird Show Intern

Organization: Tracy Aviary (AZA Member)
Location: Salt Lake City, UT, United States
Job or Internship: Job

Tracy Aviary is seeking an applicant for a six month internship starting April 1, 2013 in their bird programs department.

Under immediate supervision of the bird training team, this position will assist in providing the overall care of all birds in the education collection of Tracy Aviary.

The internship will provide you with the following skills while working with the bird programs staff:

•Care and maintenance of the education bird collection and facilities

•Observations on health and behavior of the education collection

•Proper handling techniques for all birds in the education collection

•Operant Conditioning skills for training show behaviors as well as husbandry behaviors

•Setting up Environmental Enrichment Programs for the education collection

•Public speaking skills in formal shows and informal trainer’s talks and educational presentations

During this internship, you will work along side the trainers and will be responsible for cleaning, feeding, and providing enrichment to our collection as well as maintaining the bird show facilities, which includes but is not limited to raking, re-perching and sanding enclosures. They will assist trainers in the training of new behaviors and the maintenance of already established behaviors. The intern will design and complete a training project under staff supervision.

During the 6-month internship, classes in the following subjects will be held: Bird aggression, Medical Procedures, Basic Handling and Training, Artificial Incubation and Egg Development, How to get a job in the Zoo field, Public Speaking, and Perching Essentials. The internship is 40 hours a week, from 8:00am - 4:30pm with two consecutive days off. Interns have two days off in a row. The Aviary provides housing and a small monthly stipend. Interns receive similar on the job training to any new staff member. This is a great opportunity to gain zoo and exotic animal experience. Please send cover letter, resume and work references.

Helen Dishaw

Curator of Bird Training and Education Programs

589 East 1300 South

Salt Lake City, Utah 84105

Phone:801-596-8500 x118