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The Wilds

Animal Management Apprenticeship (Fall 2019)


The Animal Management apprenticeship will focus on assisting the Wilds’ animal management program with regular animal care and various research projects.

Schedule: Five days per week. 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM, six-month positions - available throughout the year (flexible upon arrangement).
Anticipated To Start: September/ October, 2019


Typical tasks: daily care and management of wild animals including cleaning and feeding, animal observations, record keeping and facilities maintenance.

Skills training: techniques and guidelines for working safely around wild animals; selection, preparation and presentation of proper foodstuffs; cleaning and disinfection of animal enclosures; recognizing significant changes in animal behavior or condition; moving animals including shifting, crating or other transport; capture and restraint; animal identification methods including ear tagging or transponder placement; assisting with veterinary medical procedures; implementation of conservation breeding programs; research techniques; research methodology.

Apprentices do not receive monetary compensation; however the position is ideal for those interested in a career in conservation, natural resource management, animal management, or ecological studies. Opportunities for school credit are available. On-site housing is available for $250/month.

Experience Required

•Second Year College Student or recent graduate (2 years or less preferred) in Zoology, Biology, Wildlife Management, Animal Science, Veterinary Medicine or related field. •Knowledge of exotic animals and their medicine strongly encouraged. •Ability to communicate well both verbally and in writing. •Candidates must be responsible, flexible, self-motivated and able to work both independently as well as in a team. •Ability to work Monday-Friday 8am-5pm. •Ability to adhere to standard operating procedures including but not limited to safety protocols required. •Able to lift and move up to 10lbs. constantly, 30lbs. frequently, and 50lbs. occasionally. •Possession of a valid current state issued motor vehicle operator’s license and a good driving record required. •Able to balance multiple assignments successfully. •Able to work in varied weather conditions (i.e. extreme heat, rain). •Able to work in extreme heat environments (exceeding 110˚F) for extended periods of time. •Able to work in extreme cold environments (to below -40˚F) for limited periods with proper protective equipment. •Proof of negative TB screening prior to placement •Ability to adhere to the Wilds drug-free workplace policy •Ability to successfully complete a criminal history background check •Ability to provide their own housing and transportation

Further Comments

Application Requests: To apply, send your resume with references and a cover letter outlining your interest in the position, what you would hope to gain from it and how your past experience makes you an ideal candidate. All apprenticeships at the Wilds are competitive and we value placing individuals in programs that suit their career goals. Housing: On-site shared housing is available and costs $250.00 per month. Transportation: Students must provide their own transportation. Insurance: Students must provide their own health and driving insurance. Expenses: Students are responsible for all expenses. EOE

How to Apply

Apply at:

The Wilds
14000 International Rd
Cumberland, OH 43732

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