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Downtown Aquarium Denver

Program and Exhibit Animal Keeper Internship

Program and Exhibit Animal Keeper Internship

The intern will gain experience in food preparation, husbandry, enrichment, education, animal observation, and training. This internship will involve a large amount of animal interpretation with guests and learning the training philosophies for free-contact animal ambassadors. Our program animals include; sloth, porcupine, serval, binturong, north american river otters, three banded armadillos, red tailed boa, and various small animals. It will also include learning training philosophies for the husbandry needs of our exhibit animals. Our exhibit animals include river otters, tigers and a variety of bird species.

Interns are required to complete a project, chosen with the assistance of staff. Interns work closely with trainers, alone in animal exhibits and alongside dangerous animals therefore, the applicant will need to show maturity and be able to follow directions. Prior animal experience is preferred. Our facility does not care for marine mammals.

Essential Duties: Daily maintenance of mammal/bird exhibits and quarantine areas. Preparation of diets. Assist with environmental enrichment with all animal areas. Observe training principles and philosophies. Educate guests with formal and informal keeper chats.

Requested Job Requirements: Ability to work 5-8 hour shifts between 7:00 AM-4:00 PM, 18-24 hours per week (including weekends and holidays). Typical requirement is one 7-3 shift and two 7-12 shifts per week.  Ability to lift 50+ lbs.

We anticipate this internship to run from the end of May/beginning June through August based on intern’s availability. This is not a paid internship and housing will not be provided.

Please send cover letter, resume and three references to Jen at Application deadline is April 5th, 2017.

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Downtown Aquarium Denver
Denver, CO

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