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The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's bird animal care team is seeking applications for one internship position for a three-month session. The intern will have the opportunity to gain experience in the field of animal care and conservation biology by participating in daily animal keeper activities, including animal husbandry, nutrition, behavioral observation and enrichment. The intern will support SCBI's Department of Animal Programs at the Front Royal, Virginia campus. No housing is provided. Term: Oct. 15, 2021 – Jan. 15, 2022; application deadline is Sept. 15, 2021
The intern will:
Previous internships within the animal care field
Interest in learning about avian management with aspirations to advance in the wildlife or zoo field
Experience with exotic birds or wildlife animal care
Experience in a zoo, wildlife conservation or similar settings
Must be able to find their own housing for the intern position term.
Must provide their own transportation to and from the SCBI campus, as there is no mass transit in Front Royal, Virginia, and SCBI is located off of a highway, so biking/hiking are not feasible.
Good physical condition, able to lift and carry a minimum of 50 pounds
Willingness to be available outside normal business hours, including weekends and holidays
Capable of participating outdoors in all weather conditions
Good written and verbal communication skills
Ability to be an effective team member, oftentimes with minimal supervision
Ability to follow written and verbal instructions
Ability to remain calm and think rationally under pressure
Strong attention to detail
Ability to be flexible when changes occur
Must have appropriate footwear. Appropriate outerwear is required for all weather conditions (rain, snow, wind, hail, etc.)
IMPORTANT: Your application is considered complete when you hit “Submit.” Your SOLAA-submitted application with references must be received by the deadlines as noted above.
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute1500 Remount RdFront Royal, VA 22630
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