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Animal Care Internship JBZ Area 3

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John Ball Zoo

Grand Rapids, MI

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Internship is unpaid.Schedule: Full Time-8 hour shifts, 5 days a week including 1 weekend dayReporting to the Area Supervisor and working alongside animal care staff, the Area 3 Animal Care Intern will have the following responsibilities:Assist with the husbandry and care of a variety of species including birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, primates, and marsupials.Provide daily enrichment for animals. Will also assist in evaluating enrichment and building new items.Interact with visitors, including scheduled talks on animal topics.May assist keepers in training sessions as needed.Assist in creating natural history records of various species including diet evaluations.Observe veterinary procedures.May collect\/evaluate data on a variety of subjects such as diet consumption, animal behavior, enrichment use and training sessions.Other assigned duties.QUALIFICATIONSInternship must be completed for college creditMust have excellent communication skills and the ability to interact positively and appropriately with coworkers, supervisors, managers and members of the general public with a wide variety of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.REQUIRED SPECIALIZED KNOWLEDGE AND\/OR SKILLS Some knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques of biology, zoology or animal husbandry. EDUCATION and\/or EXPERIENCE High school diploma or GED. Junior or senior college status (preferred) pursuing a degree in biology, zoology, zoo management, veterinary medicine, etc.EDUCATIONAL OUTCOMESA more thorough understanding of animal husbandry techniques.A knowledge of the definition, value, implementation and evaluation of enrichment in a zoo setting.Confidence in their public speaking\/guest relations skills.A better understanding of animal training and its application.Knowledge in the process of diet evaluation and research.Proper record keeping skills.An understanding of the role a zookeeper plays in veterinary procedures and health care.A knowledge of what role zoos play in conservation efforts.A knowledge of how to properly handle a variety of species for public presentation.EDUCATIONAL EXPECTATIONSPresentation discussing summary of internship; presented to other interns, senior management, and possibly other staff.Expected to attend learning and social events hosted by the zoo.WORK ENVIRONMENT Intern will work in various environments both inside and outside and may occasionally be exposed to inclement weather; pollen, mold, dust, dirt and other airborne contaminants.Must be able to work in close proximity to exotic and domestic animals.Must be able to tolerate exposure to animal dander, animal wastes and other zoonotic contaminants.Must be able to tolerate exposure to anti-bacterial, disinfectants and other cleaning compounds.Must be able to wear all required protective clothing and equipment.Must be willing to feed whole prey animals to those in the collection.

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