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Riverbanks Zoo and Garden offers a diverse avicultural experience. The Bird Department collection is comprised of about 300 individuals representing approximately 70 species. Birds are housed in an indoor tropical birdhouse, a sub-Antarctic exhibit, outdoor aviaries, and off-exhibit enclosures. 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. This includes diet, cleaning, disinfecting, enriching, maintaining exhibits and public areas, and observing animals for illness, injury, or abnormal behavior. Interns will learn proper methods of avian capture and safe restraint. Interns will be exposed to the basics of artificial incubation and hand-rearing and become familiar with AZA SSP® policies and practice. Interns will assist in maintaining detailed behavioral, reproductive, and medical records and reports. Interns will interact with guests and help answer their questions.
Education and Experience:
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, and carrying heavy loads.
This is a full time unpaid internship open to undergraduates or recent graduates seeking degrees in biology or related fields. The term of appointment is 12 weeks of uninterrupted work from May to August. Interns are required to work 40 hours per week in 5 consecutive days. This includes weekends and holidays. Vacation time is not a benefit of this internship.