This is a 90-day unpaid position (by 4 quarters/terms) allowing one to gain experience in the zoological field. Job duties include cleaning, diet preparation, light maintenance, educational tours, etc. Interns are responsible for the daily care of a number of exotic feline species including, but not limited to: tigers, lions, leopards, pumas and bobcats. This wide variety of training provides the intern with an exciting array of new skills and experiences. Training is provided by the staff.
You must be at least 20 years of age
You must have 2 years of college study in a related field (Biology, Zoology, Wildlife Management, Ecology, etc.) or at least 1 year of job experience in a related field (vet clinic, zoo, etc) or 3-years of verifiable job experience in an unrelated field
You must maintain or have maintained at least an overall average of 3.0.
Some animal care experience preferred
You must be capable of lifting up to 60 lbs and in good health
You must be drug free
We are looking for individuals who are hardworking, dedicated and self motivated
When Are These Internships Offered? There are four internships offered during the year:
Winter Term: November - February (Application Deadline August 1st each year)
Spring Term: February - May (Application Deadline November 1st each year)
Summer Term: May - August (Application Deadline February 1st each year)
Fall Term: August - November (Application Deadline May 1st each year)
You should hear about the status of your application within 3-4 weeks after the deadline.
Applications are accepted year-round for all terms. Preference will be given to those received by the application deadlines; however, applications received after the deadline may still be considered if the positions have not yet been filled.
Detailed Description of Intern Duties
The interns will be working full-time Monday through Saturday, with light duties on Sunday
All interns will undergo training on safety procedures, crisis management, Class 1 Animal Care, behavioral target training
Animal Care: Interns will be involved in the daily care of the animals upon completing training including: food preparation, feeding techniques, cleaning, light maintenance of the enclosures, and grounds, etc.
All interns will undergo training on safety procedures, crisis management, Class 1 Animal Care, and behavioral target training
What Does Tiger Creek Provide?
Housing (house is fully furnished, bedding and towels provided)
TV, DVD, Satellite System
Materials, Curriculum and Training
Intern Vehicle (If you did not bring your own car)
What Do I As An Intern Provide?
Travel arrangements to and from Tiger Creek (If flying, you will enter at Tyler Airport and we will pick you up)
Your own meals
Hiking/work boots, work pants
Work clothes for ~1 week (it takes about a week for your uniforms to come in)
During winter months (Nov-March), you will need gloves and a coat or long sleeves to layer under your uniform
To Apply For The Internship You Must Provide:
Cover letter, including an explanation of your previous experience, why you want to intern here at Tiger Creek, and what your career goals are for the future