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National Aviary

Ambassador Animal Internship

Fall 2019 Internship

Accepting Resumes: June 15th-July 15th

Internship Start Date: September 3rd

Internship End Date: Week of December 15th

The goal of this internship is to provide students valuable experience in the animal care and training field. They will work under the direct supervision of the National Aviary's Education Trainers.  The internship focuses on the care and training the Education collection comprising approximately 80 birds: hornbills, parrots, birds of prey and other mixed species. These birds appear in free flight shows and other education settings including classes, outreaches, and encounters.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Care for birds in the education collection
  • Prepare diets for parrots and birds of prey
  • Observe various bird behaviors
  • Observe operant conditioning techniques for training show and husbandry behaviors
  • Assist with Free-flight bird shows
  • Create animal enrichment
  • Public speaking
  • Assist with in-house and outreach education programs
  • Participate in formal intern workshops
  • Maintain habitats

Experience Required

Education Trainers and interns work in a very fast-paced environment. Due to the nature of the work, applicants must: • Be able to lift 50 pounds • Prepare diets that include mice and chick • Work around allergens such as nuts, fish, and latex • Work as a member of a team and independently • Be a self-starter with a positive attitude • Interact positively with the public Additional Requirements: • Must be at least 18 years of age • Work a minimum of 3 days a week for fall and spring semesters and 5 days a week for the summer • Must be willing to work weekends and holidays • Must be willing to work 7:30AM-4:00PM



How to Apply

Interested applicants should provide a cover letter, resume, and letter of recommendation to Christa Gaus at

National Aviary
700 Arch Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Phone: 412-323-7235

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