Please fill out the application below, sign and return via mail to the address listed in the application.
Internships are for a period of three months and a non-paid position. We are always looking for enthusiastic individuals who are dedicated to educating themselves about big cats while maintaining very strict safety protocols. We strive to help interns gain experience and knowledge about big cats in captivity. We have tigers, lions and cougars and some of the job duties will include daily care and diet preparation , cleaning, light maintenance and some behavioral target training.
- Minimum 18 years of age
- At least 2 years of college study in a related field such as zoology, biology, wildlife management, or related field, -or- at least 1 year of job experience in a related field, such as a zoo, vet clinic or another sanctuary.
- Good physical condition and health, and able to lift at least 50 lbs
- You must be drug free
- Hard working, able to take initiative, motivated and dedicated
Timeframes for Internships
- Winter Term: November – February (Application Deadline August 1st)
- Spring Term: February – May (Application Deadline November 1st )
- Summer Term: May – August (Application Deadline February 1st)
- Fall Term: August – November (Application deadline May 1st)
- You should hear about the status of your application within 3-4 weeks after the deadline
- Applications are accepted year-round for all terms. Applications received after the deadline may still be considered if the positions have not been filled, but preference will be given to the ones received by the deadlines.
- Work hours are full-time Monday – Saturday with light duties on Sunday and be expected to work in all weather conditions
- There will be initial training on the care of the cats, after which you are involved in the daily food prep, feeding and cleaning of the feeding barn, cleaning of the enclosures and dens, light maintenance of the enclosures, providing enrichment to the cats, some behavioral target training as well as keeping the grounds maintained. Most importantly visual inspections of each cat to make sure they are healthy and happy!
Intern housing is provided. No uniforms are provided since we are not open to the public. Comfortable, light-weight clothing in the summer heat is advisable with work boots or tennis shoes. In the winter (Nov. – March), you will need layers of clothing, gloves, and work boots, along with rain gear when needed. You will need to provide your own meals. Interns have an hour-long lunch break each day, for which the times may vary depending on the work scheduled.