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Under the direction of the Elephant Care Staff, along with the Elephant Supervisor and the Large Mammal Curator, elephant interns assist keeper staff in most aspects of the daily husbandry requirements for the elephants. This internship is designed to provide an opportunity to form a knowledge base as it pertains to managing captive elephants in an AZA accredited facility in the following areas: general knowledge, daily husbandry, nutrition, data collection and record keeping, environmental enrichment, operant conditioning, conservation Issues, and guest interactions.
This internship is an in-depth program requiring a minimum of 30 hours per week for a commitment for 12 weeks. Interns must be flexible with their schedule, and have the ability to work weekdays, weekends, and holidays. It is an unpaid position but housing may be provided. We will do our best to accommodate school requirements for those who can earn class credit and make every effort to accommodate interns that have other full or part-time job requirements.
EXPERIENCE: Experience is not necessary, however, a cover letter containing clearly defined career goals including how an internship in the Elephant Department at OHDZA would help achieve those goals is required.
EDUCATION: Interns should be currently enrolled in, or have recently graduated from, a college or university and have a minimum of one year of course work in a major field of study to be applied during the internship (e.g. biology, zoology, animal behavior, etc.). Applicants must be independently motivated to continue expanding their knowledge base as it applies to elephant care and conservation.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: This position involves considerable physical exertion, such as regular lifting of heavy objects (70 pounds or more), assuming awkward positions, and working outdoors for prolonged periods in the weather and temperature extremes common to Omaha, Nebraska. On average, 75% of the day involves cleaning elephant habitats and holding areas. Interns are expected to demonstrate safe working practices at all times and learn effective time management skills.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The position may involve exposure to chemical substances and physical trauma of a minor nature such as cuts, bruises and minor burns. Exposure to biting flies and mosquitos is also likely. Interns are not allowed to work in direct contact with the elephants but must be aware of and follow the safety guidelines for working in proximity to them.
PUBLIC CONTACT: 1.7 million people visit OHDZA every year. Interns are expected to be polite, professional and courteous to zoo guests at all times. Guest concerns, questions or complaints should be promptly addressed to the Lead Keeper, Supervisor or Curator.
REQUIREMENTS: In addition to a Cover Letter with clearly defined career goals including, but not limited to, how an internship in the Elephant Department at OHDZA would help achieve those goals. Interns must agree to and/or provide the following:
To apply, please visit our website at www.omahazoo.com. Be sure to indicate Elephant Internship under the internship area selection.
Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium3701 S. 10th StreetOmaha, NE 68107Phone: 402-733-8401Fax: 402-733-4415
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