Museum Live Animal Husbandry Internship

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The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E Garrison Blvd
Gastonia, NC
Posted: April 13 2016
Application Deadline: Available Year-round
Position: 2 Part-time, Unpaid

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Description

Objective: To provide in-service learning experiences in museum live animal care, education and exhibition activities.

Internship Focus: Interns will be involved in the health, care, enrichment, and overall husbandry of the live animal collection at the Schiele Museum of Natural History. In addition, interns will help with the delivery of live animal content to museum audiences and support activities such as program development, exhibit development, program evaluation, data collection, and resource management that are required for a successful live animal program.

Internship Duration: Internships correspond with academic semesters and are available during spring (January-April), summer (May-August) and fall (September-December). Spring and fall internships require at least 160 hours with a time commitment of 10-20 hours a week. The summer internship requires at least 320 hours with a time commitment of 40 hours a week. Housing is available on site at the Schiele Museum of Natural History. A living stipend, food and transportation are not provided. Deadlines for applications: Spring – October 15th; Summer – February 15th; Fall – June 15th.

Institutional Summary:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History is the premier natural science museum in the Charlotte-Metro region and serves nearly 200,000 visitors a year. Museum interpretive operations deliver mission-based information to visitors and program participants through presentation activities and exhibit experiences. The Education Department, comprised of 8 staff and 10 part-time or contract interpreters, delivers mission-based programs, events, classes, workshops and field experiences to 80,000 participants annually, including all segments of our audience: students on field trips, outreach programs, adults, families, and organized youth organizations. The James H. Lynn Planetarium and Science Theater is a 152 seat facility, providing public programs 6 days per week to general audiences and for school field trips. Other interpretive operations include the Exhibits Department and Museum Live Animal Program.

Responsibilities

The Museum Live Animal Husbandry Internship will provide an in-service learning experience that illustrates a career in live animal management. The animal collection consists of over 40 species of animals, including arthropods, snakes, turtles, lizards, fish, birds, and a variety of small mammal species. Interns will be responsible for daily food preparation and feeding, cleaning of exhibits and behind-the-scenes areas, animal training and enrichment, and animal observation and record keeping. Interns will learn how to properly handle live animals during presentations as well as learning important skills for developing and presenting educational programs. Activities will center on the critical components of a successful live animal program: Animal Husbandry, Program Delivery, Permits and Regulations, Facility Management, Data Collection and Health Assessments. Upon completion of the program, the intern will have a better understanding of the proper management of live animals in a museum setting.
Objectives:
1. Develop skills in animal husbandry.
2. Gain an understanding of animal training techniques.
3. Participate in data collection and evaluation.
4. Gain an understanding of permits, laws and regulations required of live animal facilities.
5. Gain an understanding of live animal program presentation procedures.
6. Participate in evaluating and developing live animal programs.
7. Explore strategies to incorporate live animals into museum exhibits.
8. Written Summary/Intern Evaluation

Requirements

• Some background experience with animals is desirable, but not required.
• Comfortable working with live animals of all types, including arthropods and snakes.
• Must be able to lift and carry up to 50 pounds.
• Willingness to get dirty.
• Strong communication skills.
• Comfortable speaking in front of the public.
• Ability to work independently after sufficient training and experience.
• A minimum time commitment of 160 hours for spring and fall internships and 320 hours for the summer internship.
• Must be at least 18 years old and currently enrolled in or recently graduated from a higher education facility, such as a community college, state college or university or private university.
• Need to be willing to work weekends, holidays and occasional evenings.
• Must hold a valid driver’s license.

To apply: Email Resume, Letter of Interest, and Availability to Keeley Zimmerman at keeleyz@cityofgastonia.com.

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