Three Month Animal Care Intern




Organization: International Exotic Animal Sanctuary (AZA Member)
Location: Boyd, Texas, United States
Job or Internship: Internship

Spring Internship: March –May 31, deadline January 1; Summer Internship: June-August 31, deadline April 1; Fall Internship: September-November 30, deadline July 1. Winter Internship: December-February 28, deadline October 1. There are four-eight positions available within the International Exotic Animal Sanctuary animal care department. The International Exotic Animal Sanctuary is the first sanctuary ever to be granted certification by the AZA. The Sanctuary cares for 43 exotic felines, 2 coatimundi, and 16 bears.

Requirements: Candidates should have at least two years of undergraduate program studies in zoology, animal management, biology, or a related field or three years of experience at an AZA accredited facility. Interns must be able to perform regular, strenuous duties in 90 to over 100 degree weather and must be able to lift 50lbs. Interns must present themselves in a professional manner during their internship. Interns will gain practical experience working with exotic felines, will be involved with our educational program and will be involved in our emotional and behavioral enrichment programs. Interns will be able to learn as much about exotic felines' behavior as they choose to learn within the three month session. Experience includes feeding, cleaning, animal health, animal management, behavioral studies, record keeping, assisting in construction and habitat modification, and related activities. Interns will also be involved with the volunteer program and formal and informal presentations. Vehicles, housing and stipend are available. Housing is in a luxurious four bedroom-four bathroom air-conditioned dormitory home with a large kitchen.

Required: completed application including a copy of driver's license, three letters of reference, unofficial or official transcript, and a cover letter and resume. If you have interned or volunteered somewhere, please include a reference letter from your supervisor. We would like to have a letter from a supervisor you worked for. Consideration will only be given to those who send completed application and required documents. Application can be found at www.bigcat.org, click on Education page, then look under "Intern Program." For more information call 940-433-5091 or email IEFSedu@aol.com. For more information on IEAS visit our website at www.bigcat.org. Send all required materials to International Exotic Animal Sanctuary, Attention: Intern Program, PO Box 637, Boyd, TX 76023. Applications that still have postage due will not be accepted. Faxed or emailed applications will not be accepted.