Department: Animal Care


Animal Adventure Park Intern Program 2020

Animal Adventure Park is a zoological facility that is mainly open for the summer months (May-September). Throughout this time during the year our park becomes a booming hub of action with guests visiting from all corners of the world. 

Animal Adventure Park prides itself on providing our guests with educational experiences through animal interactions. Through this policy, our guests are not merely visiting our facility, they become involved in our facility by being allowed the opportunity to remain up close and personal with out animal residents. 

This season Animal Adventure Park would like to extend our reach and provide educational experiences to students who have a deep interest in becoming zoo professionals. Our facility would like to open its doors to outstanding upcoming professionals that share in our passion for animals, as well as our passion for educating our guests.  

We would like to begin our season offering six openings for professional internships with four main rotations:

  • Education/Outreach: This rotation will encompass caring for our children’s zoo animals, as well as the education animals, which include mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. The intern in this area will have the opportunity to learn from our keeper staff not only how to care for these animals on a daily basis, but also be directly involved with educating our guests during offsite and onsite shows, as well as our up close animal encounters.  
  • Africa/Giraffe: This rotation would follow close with our main Giraffe keepers. Providing care for our two giraffe barns housing our 4 giraffes we have at the facility. This intern will also get to care for a variety of other African mammals that our giraffe keepers also care for.  
  • The Americas: This rotation will include carnivore species, hoof stock, birds and primate species throughout the park. If you are interested in becoming well rounded with a variety of species and if you love enrichment this is the place for you!

     

  • Asia and Australia: This rotation would include our macropods, in addition to several mammal species, and birds. Another opportunity to become well rounded with several different species. 

 Experience you can expect to gain while interning:

Learning safety procedures, diet preparation/nutrition, animal management, behavioral observation, enrichment techniques/implementation, record keeping, and assisting with exhibit maintenance.  

Interns will also be educated on proper delivery of formal and informal public presentations that keep guests interested, engaged, and intrigued by animals. Providing our guests with a deeper connection to the animals in the facility which allows for them to have more of an interest in their wild counterparts and conservation efforts. This will be a large part of your internships at our facility, being that guest experience and involvement is one of our top priorities. 

Each intern will be expected to perform daily keeper chats throughout the zoo during their internship. As well as make an approved enrichment item for an animal of their choosing. You will have the opportunity to work hands on with our keepers and side by side with management staff to learn training  and enrichment techniques, and many other “tricks of the trade.” 

Interns will be expected to maintain a safe environment for both animals and guests, maintain clean and sanitary work areas, and keeper spaces. 

Adhere to all Animal Adventure Park rules, policies, and procedures, and function as an integral team member of the department and park.

While on site for work each intern will approach guests in a confident and friendly manner while spreading the mission of Animal Adventure Park enriching their experience with knowledge of the park and our animals.  

REQUIREMENTS

  • Outgoing, approachable and positive attitude
  • Individuals must be 18 years of age or older
  • Working on (or completed) a degree in Bio, Zoology, or other wildlife related field
  • Public speaking or performance experience preferred
  • Must be able to lift and move up to fifty (50) pounds
  • Must be available to work 40 hours per week including weekends, and holidays
  • Must be able to work while exposed to outdoor weather conditions
  • Must be able to remain active and on their feet for long lengths of time. 

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.
  • At a minimum; Internships will begin June 1st, 2020 and end August 1st 2020. All candidates must commit to this schedule and be available to work a regular 40 hour work week including holidays and weekends. If a candidate would like to begin before June 1st, or stay past August 1st arrangements can be made. 

Benefits

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.
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All qualified applicants; please submit a resume and cover letter and a numbered list expressing which rotation they would be most interested in as well as a second and third choice. These will be reviewed by management and ownership for placement.  

Please have all resumes submitted to Animal Adventure Park Curator, Erin Lien, at [email protected], by February 15th, 2020.
If you are a candidate for our internship program you will be contacted for an interview. 
 

Thank You for taking an interest in joining our team. We look forward to working with you in our 2020 season!

 

 

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