Organization: Arizona - Sonora Desert Museum
Location: Tucson, Arizona, United States
Job or Internship: Internship
The Program Animal Intern will assist ASDM Keepers with projects related to the daily care of the animals in the Interpretive Animal Collection. The IAC is dedicated to the husbandry and training of a diverse collection of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates.
This is an unpaid position and there is no housing provided. For school credit, check with your adviser regarding the requirements of your college.
Interns must be flexible with their schedules and be able to work 16 - 24 hours per week; some weekends and holidays may be required during the following 12 week terms:
• Summer 2015 (May - August)
• Fall 2015 (September - December)
• Spring 2016 (January - March)
Internship duties include (but are not limited to): daily observation, cleaning exhibits/enclosures, preparing animal diets, implementing animal enrichment, observing vet care, training animals (operant conditioning), and preparing/presenting an approved project (of interns choice).
Applicants must currently be enrolled in, or have recently graduated from a college or university; they must also have completed at least one year of course work in a related field of study. Applicants should be physically capable of performing the job tasks mandatory for working with animals.
Interns will benefit from this internship by broadening their education and developing professional experience while working in an AZA accredited, non-profit museum setting. Interns will learn valuable skills related to animal training, veterinary care, and diet preparation. Interns will also be trained in operant conditioning techniques, raptor handling, and other skills relating to animal husbandry.
To apply for this internship, please visit ASDM’s website: http://www.desertmuseum.org/about/interns.php