Animal Care Internship - Carnivores, Marine Mammals & Water Fowl
Memphis Zoo - Memphis, TN
The Memphis Zoo has an exciting internship opportunity with the Northwest Passage/Teton Trek team. Interns will work with keepers to gain firsthand experience on all aspects of animal husbandry as it relates to the animals physiological and psychological well-being, and for the general maintenance of enclosures and habitats. The ideal candidate for this position should be seeking a career in the animal care field and enjoy working in a team environment.
The Northwest Passage/Teton Trek team cares for a variety of taxa including polar bears, black bears, brown bears, California sea lions, gray wolves, American elk, bald eagles and a variety of waterfowl.
* Assists Keepers and Team leads with the daily husbandry of assigned animals.
* Facilitates formal and informal public presentations to engage guests and provide a positive guest experience.
* Actively observes animals behavior.
* Prepares daily diets and maintains accurate records of assigned animals.
* Appropriately cleans/disinfects assigned animal enclosures/habitats according to written protocols and supported by keepers and team leads.
* Completes a special project covering observations, research, enrichment or another area of interest.
Program Overview and Requirements
The program spans 10-12 weeks and participants will be scheduled 40 hrs per week. This internship is unpaid, and housing will not be provided. The internship will run August/September through November/December. Start and end dates are flexible.
All applicants must have completed their 1st year at an accredited college or university and include a resume and cover letter as one document with their application. Ideal program participants must have completed college level coursework in the fields of Zoology, Biology or a Science related field and have a GPA of 3.0 or greater. Ideal participants should include two letters of reference, one must be from a professor/instructor in the animal science field or a previous employer. Selected participants must successfully complete a background check and TB test.
Work Environment: While performing the duties, the intern frequently works in outside weather conditions. The intern is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, chemicals and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet while in the office, or moderately loud while on Zoo grounds.
Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an intern to successfully perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this internship, the intern is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, talk and hear. The intern is constantly required to use hands and fingers to feel, handle or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The intern is occasionally required to climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl and walk. The intern must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, color vision, and the ability to adjust focus.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
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