An opportunity and experience you’ll never forget.
The internship program at Riverbanks is an opportunity for college students to acquire experience and knowledge by working along side our professional staff. Although it is a non-paid internship, the experience will no doubt benefit any future endeavors in the zoological field or related area of interest. Internships are available to college students in animal care, public relations, summer camp (education major only), education programs (education major only), Zoo Teen program, horticulture and other areas on request.
Upon receiving the completed application, selected students will be contacted to schedule an interview. Efforts are made to place students in their area of interest.
For more information, please call the Volunteer Manager at 803.602.0800 or email Roni Reeves.
Unpaid Internship—no housing available.
The Riverbanks Zoo and Garden Bird Department offers a diverse avicultural experience. The collection is comprised of approximately 300 specimens representing approximately 70 species ranging from small passerines to sub-Antarctic penguins. Birds are housed in an indoor tropical birdhouse, outdoor aviaries, and off-exhibit spaces. The collection is managed for exhibit, formal and informal education experiences, and propagation.
Under the supervision of the Bird Department, interns will learn the fundamentals of bird keeping. Alongside keepers, interns will be responsible for the proper care of an avian collection including feeding and watering birds, cleaning, disinfecting and maintaining exhibits and some public areas, observing animals for illness, injury and abnormal behavior. Participate in avian capture and restraint. Learn the basics of artificial incubation and hand-rearing. Gain exposure to AZA SSP policies and practice. Help prepare animal shipping crates for external animal moves. Assist on maintaining detailed behavioral, reproductive, and medical records and reports. Interact with guests by participating in educational presentations and guest interactions.
This position requires work in all weather conditions including heat, humidity, rain and cold. Candidates must be able to be on their feet for long periods of time. This position involves considerable physical activity such as repetitive bending, pushing/pulling/carrying heavy loads, climbing ladders and regular lifting.
This is a full time unpaid internship open to recent graduates with degrees in biology or related fields (undergrads may apply for RBZG Summer Avian Internships when advertised). The term of appointment is 3 months uninterrupted with the possibility of a 3 month extension for a total of 6 months uninterrupted. Interns are required to work 40 hours/week in five 8 hour days. Applicant must be able to work any day of the week, including weekends and holidays.
Please apply by October 1, 2015.
Now accepting applications for Fall 2015. Applications due by July 31, 2015.