The Giraffe/African Veldt internship is designed to be a career learning experience in the field of animal care. The African Veldt section includes Reticulated Giraffes, Bongo and Red River Hog with the potential to work with Southern White Rhinos, Grant's Zebra and Scimitar-Horned Oryx. The intern will work alongside keepers to gain firsthand experience in aspects of zoo animal care such as husbandry, enrichment, training, exhibit maintenance, record keeping, public presentations, and conservation. Candidates for this position should be self-motivated, hard-working, positive, dependable, like to work in a team setting, and have an interest in pursuing a career in animal care. The Giraffe team cares for a multi-generational herd of giraffe as well as several species of African hoofstock and large birds.
· Assists in the facilitation of formal and informal public presentations to engage guests and provide a positive guest experience.
· Actively observes animals' behavior, checking for any signs of illness or disorder; reports irregularities and abnormal behavior to Keepers and Team Leads.
· Prepares daily diets and maintains accurate records of assigned animals.
· Appropriately cleans and disinfects assigned animal enclosures/habitats according to written protocols and ensures a sanitary and safe environment.
· 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 40hrs per week. This internship is unpaid, and housing will not be provided. Spring internships begin in February and end in May (deadline for application is due Jan 1). Summer internships will begin in May and end in August (deadline for application April 1). Fall internships begin in August and end in November (deadline for application due July 1) All applicants must have completed their 1st year at an accredited college or university. 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. Selected participants are responsible for a $50 volunteer fee to cover shirt, badge, background check and TB test.
Work Environment: While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently works in outside weather conditions. The employee 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 employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, talk and hear. The employee is constantly required to use hands and fingers to feel, handle or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl and walk. The employee 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.