Interns can expect a full-immersion into the daily life of a wildlife sanctuary. Depending on the student's schedule, we offer 30, 60 or 90 day internships. This is the first year that we are offering shared housing for 2 interns during their stay with us. Transportation, food and incidental expenses will be up to the students
Learning Objectives – Animal Care, Nutrition, Sanitation and Disease Control for up to 50 exotic and native wildlife species.
Qualifications: Currently enrolled as full or part-time in accredited college or university, Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 or better.
Application Process: Resume including work experience, educational institution, major, GPA and expected graduation date. Application deadline: March 31, 2017.
Internship Application downloaded from our website:
Narrative essay of 750-1,000 words answering the questions below:
• Why you are interested in an internship at Keepers of the Wild?
• What do you want to gain from the internship experience?
• How does this experience relate to your career aspirations?
• What contribution will you make to Keepers of the Wild?
• What are your preferred dates of participation
Work schedule- 8 am – 5 pm, 5 days / week, 30 Day, 60 Day, or 90 Day Duration
If selected, you are responsible for your housing and transportation costs, as well as other personal expenses during the internship. You will be required to sign a Confidentiality Disclosure and a Volunteer Agreement. This is an unpaid position.
Staff Mentors – Intern works with trained staff members who are encouraged to share their knowledge and expertise. Interns will meet with KOTW Director Tina Matejek on a weekly basis.
Student Benefit – real world experience of working in wildlife sanctuary, marketable work experience
Intern Responsibility – adhere to policies and procedures, confidential information and observation of confidentiality; assume personal and professional responsibility for actions and activities
Maintain professional relationships with employees, and customers
Approach company policies and procedures with an open mind
- Non-Human Primate Environmental Enrichment – become familiar with NHPEE program, learn normal and abnormal behaviors for each NHP species cared for at KOTW (Olive Baboon, Pig-tail Macaque, Bonnet Macaque, Stump tail Macaque, Capuchin (3 sub species), Lemur). Observe and document behavioral responses to various NHPEE methods. Develop and prepare a report to present to Directors prior to end of Internship. The report will be utilized by future interns for consistent evaluation and adjustments to enrich the lives of primates at KOTW.
- Non- Human Primate Nutrition – review current NHP Nutrition program used at KOTW. Prepare NHP diets in accordance to NHP Nutrition program. Feed primates and observe individual preferences. Participate in NHP Care and Husbandry practices. Utilize nutrition information available at KOTW and research new developments in NHP Nutrition. Develop and prepare a report to present to Directors prior to end of Internship.
- Avian – Exotic and native species birds of prey, livestock production (ostrich & emu husbandry) – Learn individual species cared for at KOTW. Utilize nutrition information available at KOTW and evaluate current avian nutrition program. Review Avian Enrichment currently in place and make suggestions for improvement.
- USDA Regulations regarding non-human primates and avian species in sanctuary – review current USDA Regulations for Animal Welfare Act. Be prepared to discuss key points with Director.
- Keepers Klassroom Education Program – assist in preparation for Public Education on scheduled topics. 2017 June topics include: Mule Deer Appreciation and Beautiful Bobcats. The classes include children’s craft time and introduction of species found at KOTW. 2017 July topics include: Amphibian Awareness and the International Day of the Tiger (Bengal Tiger Education & Conservation issues). Depending on the knowledge and capabilities of interns, there may be an opportunity to present one or both topics during their internship. 2017 August topics include: Day of the Lion and Lizard Festival.
- Bear Environmental Enrichment & Nutrition – review current NHP Nutrition Program used at KOTW for captive bears. Participate in bear care and husbandry. Prepare bear diet and feeding. Observe and document dietary preferences. Participate in planning and implementation of environmental enrichment for captive bear.
- Non-domestic canine (wolves & coyotes)– enrichment, nutrition, behavior observation, care and husbandry practices. Review current non-domestic canine nutrition program utilized at KOTW. Become familiar with individual animals through daily care and husbandry. Provide enrichment activities, observe and document.
- Non-Human Primate Environmental Enrichment – continue observations from week one for final report.
- USDA Regulations regarding bears and non-domestic canine species in sanctuary - review current USDA Regulations for Animal Welfare Act. Be prepared to discuss key points with Director.
Week Three & Four
- Non-domestic feline – participate in developing enrichment, nutrition, and make behavioral observations. Learn individual species cared for at KOTW. Utilize nutrition information available at KOTW and evaluate current avian nutrition program. Review enrichment currently in place and make suggestions for improvement. Develop and prepare a report to present to Directors prior to end of Internship.
- USDA Regulations regarding non-domestic felid species in sanctuary (Lion, Tiger, Liger, Cougar, Leopard, Lynx and Bobcats) – review current USDA Regulations for Animal Welfare Act. Be prepared to discuss key points with Director.
- Non-Human Primate Environmental Enrichment – continue observations for final report.