Animal Care Internships-LRZ

Organization: Little Rock Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Little Rock, AR, United States
Job or Internship: Internship

The Little Rock Zoo is now accepting applications for 2013 summer animal care internships. The Zoo is seeking dependable, hard working college students interested in the field of animal care. Interns will gain valuable experience working with exotic animals by working with professional zookeepers.

These internships are unpaid and experienced based. Housing and transportation are the responsibility of the intern. The 2013 summer internship term will begin Monday, June 3rd and end no earlier than August 12th.

Requirements:-College student or recent graduate in biology, zoology, or related field-Must have completed a minimum of 4 semesters at the start of the internship-Student in good standing, GPA 2.5 or higher-Capable of lifting 50lbs-Up-to-date vaccinations, recent physical and negative TB test-

Available to work weekends and holidays-Available to work 32-40 hours per week a minimum of 10 consecutive Weeks beginning on Monday June 3, 2013*Acceptance into the program is contingent on passing a background check**

Animal experience is preferable, but not required To apply:

Applicants must submit all of the following documents to be considered -resume -letter of interest including dates of availability *please include any prior obligations -school transcript (may be unofficial)-completed internship applicationPlease

Visit to download an application. Click on the Learn Tab to find InternshipsALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS MUST BE SUBMITTED TOGETHER IN ONE COMPLETE PACKAGE

Deadline for summer 2013 applications is Friday March 8, 2013. Packages received after that date will not be considered regardless of postmark dates.


Internships:Carnivore Internship(2 positions) Interns work alongside carnivore keepers during their daily routines. Tasks may include, but are not limited to feeding, cleaning, enrichment, training, exhibit maintenance, and public speaking. Daily tasks include some strenuous activity so candidates must be in good physical condition, able to lift up to 50lbs, and able to apply safe working practices. Interns will be trained in all carnivore areas; Big Cats, Bears, and Small Carnivores. Species include Lion, Sloth Bear, Ocelot, Fox, Grizzly Bear, Serval, Tiger, River Otter, Bush dog, Jaguar, Binturong, and many more. Weekly schedule may vary so interns must be flexible; any possible conflicts must be mentioned prior to the acceptance of the position.

Birds Internship (1 position)A position designed for interns interested in the husbandry of birds. Interns will work with the bird keeper staff learning about training, enrichment, medical treatment, and general husbandry of birds. The focus of the internship will be birds; however interns will also have the opportunity to work with a variety of small mammals. Candidates must have a strong work ethic, be self motivated and adaptable, and work well in a team. Previous knowledge of a variety of bird families is also desired. Species in these areas include Crowned Crane, Bald Eagle, Saurus Crane, Lorikeet, Spoonbill, Warthog, and many more.

Penguins Internship(1 position)This internship will focus on the husbandry of African Penguins. Duties will include cleaning, preparing fish, feeding, public interaction (including a daily talk given to the public), and record keeping. Interns will also learn training and handling techniques. Interns in this area may also be cross trained with the Education and Wild Wonders Staff. Applicants should have excellent public speaking skills and be willing to work as part of a team. Penguin interns must be able to lift 50 lbs. An appreciation and desire to work with birds is important. A basic dive certification is also a plus but not a requirement.

Primates and Great Apes Internship(2 positions)Interns will be trained by professional keepers to work in the Great Ape and Primate areas. Duties include, but are not limited to: feeding, cleaning, enrichment, training, observational studies, and visitor interaction. Tasks may involve heavy lifting, so interns must be in good physical condition and able to lift up to 50lbs. Suitable candidates must be positive, good workers with well developed observational skills. Species in these areas include Gorilla, Chimpanzee, Orangutan, Lemur, Spider Monkey, Gibbon, Siamang, Tamarin, and many more.

Reptiles Internship (1 position)Interns will work alongside professional keepers in the Reptile Department. Interns will be trained to safely handle non-venomous species in the reptile department. Venomous species will not be handled by any interns; however interns will have the opportunity to learn about the care and handling of venomous animals. The reptile department is home to over 75 species of snakes, lizards, amphibians, and turtles.

Children’s Farm(1 position)Working in the farm, interns will learn the care of domestic, minor breed mammals and birds, as well as a variety of non-domestic species. The farm is home to minor breed chickens, goats, horses, geese and sheep as well as flamingos, prairie dogs, rabbits and more. Tasks may involve heavy lifting, so interns must be in good physical condition and able to lift up to 50lbs. Suitable candidates must be positive, good workers.

Wild Wonders Internship (1 position)A position designed for students who are interested in conservation education and zoo animal husbandry. Interns will work with the education keeper staff learning about training, enrichment, medical treatment, and general husbandry of a variety of birds of prey, small mammals, non venomous reptiles, are more. Interns will also participate in the zoo’s educational programs including the Wild Wonders Animal Show. Candidates must have a strong work ethic, be self motivated, and work well in a team. Species in this area include Bald Eagle, Opossum, Black-Footed Penguin, and a large variety of other small mammals, birds of prey, and reptiles.

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