2018 Positions of Employment
Department: Animal Care
Animal Care internship positions are unpaid position working alongside and learning from our Animal Care team, and also communicating to and educating park guests on animal science, behavior, and conservation.
Animal Care interns can expect a standard day to begin with working with Animal Care team members during their morning routine; exhibit cleaning, observation, and diet prep. This is a mix of hands on and off shadowing, with educational purpose.
Interns will also be expected to engage our guests by clearly communicating the basics of animal care, captive management programs and standards, animal anatomy, and the need for conservation. This will be done by means of structured Keeper Talks and informal information stations within the park at species-specific exhibits.
Interns may also accompany our educational team while on the road, in the community, providing educational exhibits and programs.
Interns will benefit from lessons/sessions provided by park ownership, management, and care teams – but material is expected to be independently researched and/or applied from course study. Educational lessons will be followed by application of the lesson within the park setting.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
- Approach guests in confident and friendly manner while educating them about our animals and our mission and enriching their experience with knowledge of Animal Adventure Park.
- Maintain a safe environment for both animals and guests.
- Maintain clean and sanitary food preparation areas, work areas, and animal housing.
- Make daily observation of assigned species.
- Observe training sessions with goal of leading training session drafted by intern.
- Perform presentations to public on and off microphone.
- Cross train in other animal areas as needed.
- Adhere to all Animal Adventure Park rules, policies, and procedures.
- Function as an integral team member of the department and park.
- Outgoing, approachable and positive attitude
- Individuals must be 18 years of age or older
- Working on (or completed) Bachelor’s degree in Bio, Zoology, or other wildlife related field
- Public speaking or performance experience preferred
- Individuals must be able to lift and move up to fifty (50) pounds
- Individuals must be available to work weekends, and holidays
- Individuals must be able to work while exposed to outdoor weather conditions
- Individuals must be able to remain active and on their feet for long lengths of time.
- Individuals must be able to commit to a regular work schedule.
Time commitment: 20-30 hours per week, start time 7:30 a.m.
Other Relevant Info:
Candidates seeking academic credit must have arrangements agreed upon between AAP and their school before beginning the internship.
All offers are contingent on the successful completion of a criminal background screening and execution of a required hold harmless/liability release agreement, and confidentiality agreement.
Interns must have personal health insurance coverage for illness or injury.
Internships are unpaid and are designed to meet academic requirements, as applicable, and provide valuable real-world experience for participants.
Successful completion of an internship may also yield letters of recommendation upon request.