The Wildlife Discovery Center internship will give you hands-on experience with native and exotic wildlife. Throughout the summer, you will learn about our 85 different species of reptiles and amphibians as well as our six species of birds. You will be involved in animal care, maintenance, public education, enrichment, and general upkeep.

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Please send resume, cover letter, and application to Rob Carmichael, Curator, at carmichr@cityoflakeforest.com.

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITY

To assist in all aspects of animal care and exhibit maintenance of captive wildlife at WDC. To assist with education programs and public tours.

OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES
  • General animal care, maintenance; changing waters, misting, cleaning, etc.
  • Animal enrichment
  • Public education; tours, programs, field trips
  • Cleaning and maintaining enclosures
  • General housekeeping tasks in exhibit halls
  • Conservation projects
  • Assisting with wildlife rehabilitation
  • Assisting with field research projects (Project Garter Snake, Wood Duck Monitoring, etc.)
REQUIREMENTS
  • Must be 18 years or older.
  • Must be working towards a degree in zoology, fish and wildlife, environmental studies, environmental education, or other related field. Other majors considered.
  • Experience and aptitude for working with animals preferred but will train/accept those with a sincere passion for wildlife.
TIME COMMITMENT
  • Internships are normally 12-16 weeks and can take place any semester/quarter.
  • Starting/ending dates are flexible.
  • Three to four days a week, this includes weekends.
  • Days are 7-8 hours long.
  • Some special events in the evenings do take place and attendance is mandatory
  • This internship is on a volunteer basis.
  • College credit is available.