Animal Welfare- Internship/ Residency




Organization: Detroit Zoological Society (AZA Member)
Location: Royal Oak, Michigan, Country
Job or Internship: Internship

The Detroit Zoological Society's Center for Zoo Animal Welfare (CZAW) is accepting applications for animal welfare interns and residents. CZAW is a resource center for captive animal welfare knowledge, research and best practices; a convener and forum for exotic animal welfare science, practice and policy discussions; and a center conducting research and training, and recognizing advances in exotic animal welfare.

The research conducted through the Center represents two key areas of interest: developing additional measures of animal welfare and the effects of captive environments and management practices on welfare. Although broadly applied across species, focus is on several taxa/animal groups.

The CZAW animal welfare internships and residencies are unpaid opportunities. Interns and residents will learn the processes used by researchers in the field of animal welfare while assisting in data collection and database management.

If you are currently enrolled in a college or university, you will be considered for an internship. If you are a recent college graduate (no more than three years between graduation and start date),you will be considered for a residency.

Internship:

The Center offers fifteen week long internship sessions running from September to December (Fall), January to April (Spring), and May to August (summer). These sessions have flexible start and end dates. Applications are due August 1st for Fall, November 1st for Spring, and April 1st for Summer.

• Gain experience utilizing observational research techniques to monitor a variety of animal species for ongoing research on captive exotic animal welfare at the Detroit Zoo

• Assist with data entry for research projects

• Assist with literature searches

• Help to update resource center materials including the online library

Requirements:

Applicants must be currently enrolled in a college or university for a minimum of 2 years. Preference will be given to applicants majoring in zoology, biology, animal science, psychology, anthropology, and animal behavior and to applicants who have demonstrated experience with research in lab, field or other settings

• Coursework in research methods, biology, animal behavior, statistics or related fields

• GPA of 3.3/4.0 or higher

• Minimum 18 years of age

• Successful applicants must be self motivated and have strong interpersonal and communication skills.

• Experience with Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Access and good organizational skills.

• Minimum commitment of 12 hours per week, with the specific schedule to be determined on a case by case basis

• Proof of a negative TB test on or before start date

Residency:

The Center offers two six months long sessions running from January to June (Session I) and July to December (Session II). These sessions have flexible start and end dates. Applications are due November 1st for Session I, and May 1st for Session II.

Responsibilities:

• Gain experience utilizing observational research techniques to monitor a variety of animal species for ongoing research on captive exotic animal welfare at the Detroit Zoo

• Assist with data entry for research projects

• Assist with literature searches

• Help to update resource center materials including the online library

• Assist with the management of databases

• Develop and implement an independent applied animal welfare project and present the results to Life Science staff members

Requirements:

• Bachelor’s degree in the biological or behavioral sciences

• Preference will be given to applicants with demonstrated animal behavior research experience

• GPA of 3.3/4.0 or higher

• Must be self-motivated and have strong interpersonal and communication skills

• Experience with Microsoft Office products, especially Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Access and good organizational skills

• Minimum commitment of 24 hours per week, with the specific schedule to be determined on a case by case basis

• Proof of a negative TB test on or before start date

To apply:

Go online http://detroitzoo.iapplicants.com/ to fill out an online application. In addition, you will need to submit a letter of interest and resume outlining why you are interested in the program and your educational background, a copy of your transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable), and 2 letters of recommendation. Only complete application submissions will be considered.

Mail all additional application materials to

Attn: The Center for Zoo Animal Welfare

Detroit Zoological Society

8450 W. 10 Mile Rd

Royal Oak, MI 48067

Or email all additional materials to CZAW@dzs.org, with “CZAW Internship” or “CZAW Residency” in the subject line