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Lubee Bat Conservancy

Lubee Bat Conservancy is an international non-profit organization dedicated to saving bats and their habitats through research, conservation, and education, with a focus on children and community engagement.

Animal Care Internship for October 2022 through January 2023

Lubee is seeking self-motivated and energetic individuals interested in gaining experience in the animal care field. Interns will learn animal husbandry for bats and reptiles alongside professional animal care staff.


  • Animal husbandry including cleaning exhibits, preparing diets, enrichment activities, record keeping, and assisting with environmental enhancements.
  • Observe and/or assist in veterinary procedures and medication administration.
  • Learn formal and informal interpretive educational programs for visitors.
  • Develop and implement animal enrichment programs.
  • Learn and follow animal/keeper safety guidelines, operations, and polices.
  • General grounds maintenance that may include use of power tools.
  • Learn USDA and AZA guidelines, procedures and protocols and other related literature.
  • Complete and present one enrichment project and one project of intern’s choice during internship.
  • This internship description is not intended to be all-inclusive; therefore, the intern may be required to perform other reasonably related duties as assigned by staff.


  • Experience working around animals in a zoo or similar setting preferred.
  • Must have strong communication skills.
  • Engage in a team environment that includes staff, interns and volunteers.
  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions.
  • Be in good physical condition – able to stand for long periods of time, stoop, climb, and lift at least 50 pounds.
  • Must have a current negative TB test (within the last 2 years).
  • Must have current Tetanus vaccine (within the last 10 years).
  • Proof of COVID vaccination or negative test within 2 weeks of start date.
  • Preference will be given to those with a sincere desire in becoming an animal keeper.
  • Reliable transportation.
  • Valid ID.
  • Be at least 18 years old.


The intern will make his or her own housing arrangements in the north central FL area.


We will work with your college/university to offer college credit, however it is your responsibility to arrange this. We will provide any documentation or testing your school requires for credit hours.

This is a 14-week internship starting in October through January (with the option of extending for longer if desired). This internship includes Lubee’s Annual Bat Festival to be held on October 22, 2022 which interns are required to work. Interns should be able to devote 40 hours a week (5 days a week 8:00AM-4:00PM). Applications are due by 11:59 PM on August 19th, 2022.

Exceptions to session dates and hours may be made in order to coordinate with university and/or work schedules.


This is an unpaid internship. College credit is offered if desired.

How to Apply

Please send resume, cover letter, and two professional or educational references to with the subject line reading Internship. Applications are due by 11:59 PM on August 19th, 2022.

EARLIER START DATES ARE AVAILIBLE - if intersted please state in email with application

Lubee Bat Conservancy
1309 NW 192nd Ave
Gainesville, FL 32609
Phone: 352-485-1250

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