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Big Cat Internship:
Animal Care Apprentice and Public Education Opportunity

Join Tiger Creek Animal Sanctuary, located in the heart of beautiful East Texas for an exciting 90-day internship, structured across four quarters/terms. This position offers invaluable experience in the zoological field.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Cleaning animal enclosures

  • Preparing diets for the animals

  • Animal training & enrichment

  • Performing light maintenance tasks

  • Assisting with educational tours

Interns will be responsible for the daily care of various exotic feline species, including tigers, lions, servals, pumas, and bobcats and several species of native wildlife. This diverse training provides a unique opportunity to develop a wide range of skills and gain extensive hands-on experience.

Training and guidance will be provided by our dedicated staff, ensuring a supportive and educational environment.

General Requirements

  • Must be at least 20 years old.

  • Must have either:

    • Two years of college study in a related field (e.g., Biology, Zoology, Wildlife Management, Ecology),

    • One year of job experience in a related field (e.g., vet clinic, zoo), or

    • Three years of verifiable job experience in an unrelated field.

  • Must have maintained at least a 3.0 overall GPA.

  • Some animal care experience is preferred.

  • Must be capable of lifting up to 60 lbs., and the ability to perform physical expectations of the role. 

  • Ability to pass a drug and background screening. 

  • Seeking hardworking, dedicated, and self-motivated individuals.

Application Requirements 

To apply, please provide the following:

  • Completed application form

  • Completed background check form

  • Cover letter, including:

    • Explanation of your previous experience

    • Reasons for wanting to intern at Tiger Creek

    • Your future career goals

  • Resume

  • Proof of a current tetanus shot (administered within the last three years)

  • Negative TB test results


  • Travel arrangements to and from Tiger Creek Animal Sanctuary

  • Personal meals

  • Hiking/work boots and (khaki, black or navy) work pants

  • Personal spending money

  • Gloves and a coat or long-sleeved shirt for layering under your uniform during the winter months (November-March)

  • Personal rain gear


  • Fully furnished housing, including bedding and towels 

  • Uniform shirt

  • All necessary materials, curriculum, and training


This program does NOT permit direct contact with exotic animals, including tigers, lions, and other dangerous or potentially dangerous animals.

Direct contact is defined as any physical contact with any animal, including reaching limbs or other body parts through gate openings or fencing in an attempt to touch an animal.

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