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Duke Lemur Center

Founded in 1966, the Duke Lemur Center is an internationally acclaimed non-invasive research center housing over 200 lemurs across 13 species – the most diverse population of lemurs on Earth, outside their native Madagascar.

Animal Welfare Internship

The DLC is looking for participants for our Summer 2022 Animal Welfare Internship program. This program will introduce interns to the science of animal welfare and how the science is applied to fulfill the DLC's mission of advancing prosimian husbandry, research and education.

Animal Welfare Interns will gain a holistic understanding of the multi-dimensional assessment of welfare and the contributors to optimal welfare including, but not limited to, animal husbandry, medical care, environmental complexity, social structure, enrichment and operant conditioning.

The program will include introductory instruction in animal welfare, animal enrichment, lemur behavior, operant conditioning and data collection. Interns will be required to design, complete and present an independent project with a welfare focus. Additionally, interns will create and complete species specific welfare assessments.

The Animal Welfare Internship requires a consecutive ten week-commitment starting Tuesday, May 31st and ending Saturday, August 6th, 2022. The internship requires 20 hours a week. Work hours will be from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Monday – Thursday.

Interns will be required to present their project results (oral or poster presentation) as part of a DLC Intern Symposium on Saturday, August 6th, 2022.

https://lemur.duke.edu/internships/

Experience Required

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. Applicants must have the ability to understand and follow written and oral instruction and have effective communication and interpersonal skills. Applicants must be able to lift 30 pounds. Strong preference will be given to applicants who are majoring in Animal Science, Animal Behavior, Biology, Zoology, or related fields. A portion of the program will be spent collecting fresh browse for the colony. While collecting browse, interns may be exposed to many bothersome creatures, such as ticks, chiggers and mosquitoes. There is also the potential for contact with plants that can cause itchy or painful rashes. Snakes may be encountered. DLC staff will train volunteers to minimize exposure to insects, avoid snakes, and identify rash producing plants. This is an unpaid position (with the opportunity to submit supplemental application materials to be considered for one of the limited paid internship positions). Housing and transportation are not provided. Interns must have their own transportation to the DLC. Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination (including a booster), current negative TB test, documentation of two doses of the measles vaccine (or MMR or measles titer), and health insurance is required.

Further Comments

Internship description and application details can be found here: https://lemur.duke.edu/internships/

Salary

Unpaid (limited # of paid positions available at $15/hr). See https://lemur.duke.edu/internships/

How to Apply

To apply to the Animal Welfare Internship, please complete and submit the application below. Applications will be accepted through March 4th, 2022. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. A current resume and two letters of recommendation must be received by the deadline for an application to be complete. The application allows you to list the contact information for two references. The listed contacts should send letters of reference directly to the Student Program Coordinator, Erin Hecht (DLCinternships@duke.edu). The applicant should also send their resume to DLCinternships@duke.edu. See https://lemur.duke.edu/internships/ for details about the limited number of paid positions available and the supplemental application materials required to be considered for one of those positions.

Click here to submit an application for the Animal Welfare internship.

Duke Lemur Center
3705 Erwin Road
Durham, NC 27705
Phone: 919-401-1561

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