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Conservation Ambassadors - Zoo to You
2445 Adobe Rd
Paso Robles, CA
Posted: September 02 2016
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Conservation Ambassadors is dedicated to promoting awareness of conservation issues through engaging, educational, and entertaining animal interactions and experiences. Our Zoo To You Wildlife Education division travels to hundreds of schools every year, spreading our message to thousands of California school children and inspiring them to be the next leaders in wildlife conservation. In order to accomplish our mission we work with a variety of animal ambassadors that serve as representatives to their wild cousins. Our goal is to provide them with the best of care in a permanent, loving home - whether they come to us due to permanent injury, abuse, abandonment, or displacement. Interns are valued members of our team.
We are looking for a hard working self-starter to join our animal care team. Applicants accepted into the General Animal Husbandry program will learn what it takes to be a zookeeper of wild and exotic animals. This includes activities involved in the daily care of our animal ambassadors: morning and evening rounds to observe and assess overall health, cleaning and maintenance of enclosures, feeding and diet preparation, assisting with the administration of veterinary medical care, as well as assisting with some training and show preparation. Interns will work with mammals, reptiles, and birds that may include but are not limited to: felidae, canidae, ursidae, mustelidae, primates, rodentia, raptors, crocodilia, and squamata.
Option 1: Interns are expected to work a minimum of 40 hours per week in a flexible schedule if they meet ONE (1) or MORE of the following criteria:
A) The intern is enrolled in less than 12 quarter (8 semester) units during their internship.
B) The intern is a recent university graduate.
C) The intern is accepted for a live-in position.
Option 2: Interns are expected to work a minimum of 20 hours per week in a flexible schedule ONLY if they are enrolled in 12 quarter (8 semester) units or more during their internship.
RequirementsMINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (Education and Experience):
Applicants to the General Animal Husbandry & Care Internship must be:
1) A freshman in college or greater student working towards a career in zoology, conservation, or an animal-related field
2) A recent college graduate with a degree in zoology, biology, animal science, environmental science, conservation or similar
3) Have a minimum of 2 years experience in an animal- or conservation- related profession
Students should have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
Demonstrated attention to detail and ability to make acute observations.
Highly organized with the ability to multitask and prioritize daily tasks, and small and long-term projects.
Strong sense of motivation and ability to work in a team or independently.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and take direction well.
Ability to be flexible and patient and a willingness to accept and embrace change.
Ability to lift up to 50 pounds and engage in regular activities that involve bending, squatting, lifting, reaching, stooping, kneeling, standing, and walking.
Ability to work in a variety of weather conditions, including: temperatures above 100 degrees Fahrenheit or below 30 degrees Fahrenheit, rain, wind, hail, sleet, and/or snow.
Ability to work weekends, nights, and/or holidays on a flexible basis.
Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills