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Museum Live Animal Husbandry Internship Posted Dec 19, 2018
The Schiele Museum of Natural History , Gastonia, NC (20 miles west of Charlotte)
The Museum Live Animal Husbandry Internship will provide an in-service learning experience that illustrates a career in live animal management. The animal collection consists of over 40 species of animals, including arthropods, snakes, turtles, lizards, fish, birds, and a variety of small mammal species. Interns will learn the daily care of program and exhibit animals. They will be responsible for daily food preparation and feeding, cleaning of exhibits and behind-the-scenes areas, animal training and enrichment, and animal observation and record keeping. Interns will learn how to properly handle live animals during presentations as well as learning important skills for developing and presenting educational programs. Activities will center on the critical components of a successful live animal program: Animal Husbandry, Program Delivery, Permits and Regulations, Facility Management, Data Collection and Health Assessments. Upon completion of the program, the intern will have a better understanding of the proper management of live animals in a museum setting.

Qualifications and Requirements:
• Some background experience with animals is desirable, but not required.
• Comfortable working with live animals and speaking in front of the public.
• Must be able to lift and carry up to 50 pounds.
• Willingness to get dirty.
• Strong communication skills.
• Ability to work independently after sufficient training and experience.
• A minimum time commitment of 160 hours for spring and fall internships and 320 hours for the summer internship.
• Must be at least 18 years old and currently enrolled in or recently graduated from a higher education facility, such as a community college, state college or university, or private university.
• Need to be willing to work weekends, holidays and occasional evenings.

This summer internship is a 320-hour full-time experience requiring a time commitment of 40 hours a week.

Housing is available on site at the Schiele Museum of Natural History. Food and transportation are NOT provided.

Email resume, letter of interest, and availability to Keeley Zimmerman at keeleyz @ by February 15th, 2019. For more information regarding the specifics of this internship visit You may contact Keeley with any questions regarding the internship via email or phone at 704 866 6911.