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Ungulate Team Animal Keeper Internship

This internship has closed. To see open and upcoming opportunities, visit the internships page.

This internship provides the opportunity for selectee to gain experience in the zoo keeping field by participating in daily animal keeper activities including animal husbandry, nutrition, enrichment and training, and visitor education. The SCBI Ungulate Team, which features a variety of species, is seeking an applicant for consideration to serve as an intern for the 2016/2017 winter session.

This is a non-paid internship opportunity with on-site government housing (dormitory, non-smoking, no pets and additional codes of conduct apply) wherein the intern will support the SCBI Department of Animal Programs-Ungulate Team.

Learning Objectives: 

Through this internship, the intern will:

  • Learn alongside professional animal care staff about basic animal husbandry of hoof stock including cleaning exhibits, preparing food and enrichment activities, and assisting with environmental enhancements.
  • Learn formal and informal interpretive educational programs for visitors.
  • Learn how to develop and implement animal enrichment programs.
  • Learn and follow animal/keeper safety guidelines, operations, and polices.
  • Learn how to develop an educational or research project to complete enhancing enrichment or training or participate in behavioral studies.
  • Learn USDA and AZA guidelines, NZP directives, procedures and protocols and other related literature.
  • Present a short summary to SCBI Department of Animal Programs staff.

Intern requirements:

  • Good physical condition; able to lift and carry a minimum of 50 lbs.
  • Willingness to be outside normal business hours including weekends and holidays
  • Willingness to be in all weather conditions
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to be an effective team member often times with minimal supervision
  • Ability to follow written and verbal instructions
  • Ability to remain calm and think rationally under pressure
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to be flexible when changes occur
  • Intern must have appropriate footwear. Appropriate outerwear is required for all the weather conditions: rain, snow, wind, hail, etc.
  • Negative Tuberculosis test prior to start date

Experience and qualities preferred:

  • Previous internships within the animal care field
  • Interest in learning about ungulate management with aspirations to advance in the wildlife or zoo field
  • Experience with exotic or domestic hoof stock
  • Experience in a farm or ranch like setting 
<p>This is an unpaid internship. Intern is responsible for obtaining necessary approvals from their university for school credit. Intern will be responsible for all transportation costs and personal health insurance.</p>
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<p>On-site government housing (dormitory, non-smoking, no pets and additional codes of conduct apply) is provided.</p>
<p>Parking is available.</p>
Term of appointment: 

Nov./Dec. 2016 through April/May 2017

Application deadline(s): 
Monday, October 31, 2016
Internship Category: 
Animal Programs
How to Apply: 

To apply, go to: https://solaa.si.edu. Select "Don't have an Account? Create An Account." Complete the information to create an account.

Information that will be requested (in SOLAA) includes:

  • Basic personal information
  • Professional resume or CV
  • A one-page statement of your interest in pursuing this position. The statement should mention relevant experience, career goals, your reasons for wanting this internship, and what you hope to gain from the experience. Your statement is very important during application evaluations
  • Transcripts from your current and/or previous institutions. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.
  • Two letters of reference (one must be from a current or a former supervisor)
  • Schedule of availability.

Once you create your account and provide the information above, you will see a screen where you select the type of appointment you are interested in. You will select:

  • Type of appointment: “Internship”
  • Unit of interest: “National Zoological Park”
  • Program: “National Zoological Park Internship Program”
  • Project: “”

IMPORTANT: Your application is considered complete when you hit “Submit.” Your SOLAA-submitted application with references must be received by the deadlines as noted above.