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Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

Mammal Department - Cat/Bear - Summer Internship

Ambassador Commitment:
Create meaningful connections and inspire actions that will have a lasting impact on conservation.

The Mammal Department at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is proud to offer an internship experience for qualified students. The purpose of an internship in our Mammal Department is to gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of Riverbank’s mission and how it is achieved through various functions and operations throughout the zoo and garden.

The categories of study during the internship include:
•    Assist with daily maintenance of animal enclosures and exhibits, including large and small carnivores, primates, and marsupials.
•    Learn about animal nutrition- prepare, and distribute diets.
•    Learn and give informal presentations about animal behaviors in both captive and natural environments.
•    Learn about AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums), Studbooks, SSPs (Species Survival Programs), TAGs (Taxon Advisory Groups), and other aspects of zoo management.
•    Participate in an informal class about, observe, and take part in operant conditioning program of cat/bear area animals.
•    Design and implement environmental enrichment techniques.
•    Assist animal keepers and veterinarians during medical procedures.
•    Attend department meetings.

While interning with the Mammal Department you will observe and participate in the overall operation of the zoological facility. You will gain exposure to other departments that support the individual function and goals of the Mammal Department. During your internship at Riverbanks you will be exposed to a variety of management styles and approaches.

This is a full time unpaid internship open to undergraduates seeking degrees in biology or related fields.  Interns are required to work 40 hours/week in five 8 hour days. Applicants must be able to work any day of the week, including weekends and holidays.

Please apply by March 1, 2019 — Unpaid Internship — No housing available.


How to Apply

Please submit your application via the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden website:

Riverbanks Zoo & Garden
500 Wildlife Parkway
Columbia, SC 29210

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