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White Oak Conservation

Wildlife Conservation Husbandry Internships (Multiple)

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 Conservation Husbandry Internship provides participants hands on management experience with large conservation populations. The internship offers direct experience working alongside staff in all aspects of animal care. There are four internships to choose from. Interns will be scheduled exclusively with the animal care team assigned to each internship.

Avian Internship: 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 insitu/ex-situ interface. Candidates should have a keen interest in avian ecology, diverse management methods, and direct conservation impact. Onsite housing available for Spring & Summer Sessions. Housing is NOT available in the Fall Session.

Carnivore Internship: Selected interns will work within the carnivore team caring for species such as cheetah, maned wolf, and Florida panthers. The carnivore team manages one of the largest and most successful cheetah breeding programs in North America and is the only facility to rehabilitate and release Florida panthers back to the wild, in partnership with state agencies. Candidates should have an interest in carnivore husbandry, breeding and zoological management with focus on individual animal behavior. Onsite housing available for Spring & Fall Sessions. Housing is NOT available in the Summer Session.

Elephant Internship: Selected interns will work within the elephant team caring for one of the largest populations of Asian elephants in the Western hemisphere. Candidates should have a keen interest in elephant husbandry, unique habitat and management styles, with a focus on herd dynamics and individual animal behavior. Onsite housing available for Summer & Fall Sessions. Housing is NOT available in the Spring Session.

Rhino and Ungulate Internship: Selected interns will work in either one or both of our ungulate teams caring for species such as white, black, and greater one-horned rhinoceros, giraffe, okapi, exotic equine and a variety of antelope and gazelle species. White Oak’s ungulate teams manage some of the largest populations of these imperiled species. Candidates should have an interest in ungulate herd management and breeding populations. Onsite housing is NOT available, selected applicants must have housing locally and transportation.


$1,600 monthly stipend before taxes

How to Apply

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Candidates must have previous experience working with animals, domestic or exotic.
  • Candidates should be currently enrolled, or recently graduated (less than 2 years) from high school, college or university.
  • 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)


To apply, please fill out the electronic application that coincides with your area of interest (you are welcome apply for more than one focus area). All applications can be found in our full internship description.

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

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

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