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White Oak Conservation

Avian Conservation Husbandry - PAID Internship - Local/Commuter Position


For spring 2022, we are seeking commuter applicants for our Avian Conservation Husbandry Internship. Commuter interns are responsible for their own housing and transportation for the duration of the internship.
Please only apply if: (1) you are local to the area and can supply your own housing/transportation; or (2) you have friends/family local to the area you can stay with, and you have your own transportation.

The Avian Conservation Husbandry Internship is a 40 hour a week, paid internship. The selected candidate will receive a $1,600 monthly stipend, before taxes.

About White Oak Conservation:

White Oak conserves and sustains some of the earth's rarest species through sustainable conservation breeding, education, and responsible land stewardship. The conservation programs span 700 acres along the St. Marys River in northeast Florida, surrounded by 17,000 acres of mixed forest and wetlands that make up the beautiful White Oak property. White Oak’s animal programs are widely recognized for their natural environments and large spaces, species appropriate social structures and regularly reproducing populations. The low intensity management style results in animals that exhibit natural behaviors and resiliency, making them prime candidates for recovery and release programs.

The Avian Conservation Husbandry Internship provides participants hands-on management experience with conservation breeding populations of avian species. The internship offers direct experience working alongside staff in all aspects of animal care. Selected interns will work within the avian team caring for species such as cassowary, grasshopper sparrows and a variety of crane and curassow species. The avian team is actively involved in three regional reintroduction programs, with a strong in-situ/ex-situ interface. Candidates should have a keen interest in avian ecology, diverse management methods, and direct conservation impact.


Interns will have a detailed list of learning objectives which may include:

● Animal husbandry – general feeding and cleaning

● Animal behavior and observation, including reproduction and parental care

● Netting, handling and restraint methods

● Diet preparation and medication

● Egg management and artificial incubation

● Assisted reproduction techniques

● Reintroduction strategies and conservation efforts

● Sample collection

● Enclosure maintenance

● Intra-facility transportation

● Observation of veterinary care and necropsies 

Experience Required

Eligibility Requirements: ● Candidates must have previous experience working with animals, domestic or exotic, with preference to prior avian experience. ● Candidates should be currently enrolled, or recently graduated (less than 2 years) from high school, college or university, with a career focus that reflects White Oak’s mission- conservation biology, wildlife management, animal science, veterinary, research, or education. ● Candidates should be self-motivated, able to work well alone and with others, and willing to learn new skills and make the most of the internship experience. ● Candidates must be at least 18 years, have proof of a valid driver’s license and health insurance, and pass a drug test upon the start of the internship. ● Commitment to a 40-hour work week, the selected schedule and individual work duties is required. ● Candidates must be able to lift 50 lbs. without difficulty, work in adverse weather conditions, and remain on their feet for long periods of time. ● Candidates must be legally able to work in the United States (US Citizen, Permanent Resident, or hold an Employment Authorization Document)


$1,600 monthly stipend before taxes

How to Apply

To apply, please fill out the following electronic application:

Avian Conservation Husbandry Internship Application

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Please send any questions to with the subject line: Avian Conservation Husbandry Internship Application.

To see the full description, please review our website.

White Oak Conservation
581705 White Oak Rd
Yulee, FL 32097
Phone: 9048756258

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