The Wildcat Sanctuary is home to over 100 feline residents; all of which rely heavily on the daily husbandry provided by staff and interns. TWS is looking for hardworking individuals who are dedicated to providing the ultimate care for rescued felines while maintaining strict safety protocols. Our goal is to aid interns in gaining experience in the animal industry while educating them about the sanctuary field and the captive wildlife crisis. Interns will gain valuable experience from exotic feline husbandry, assisting staff in the building of animal enclosures, diet preparation, enrichment, grounds keeping, emergency response, and more. Please note: contact is prohibited between the wild cat residents and interns.
Intern applicants are often college graduates with degrees in the fields of zoology, biology, animal psychology, veterinary sciences, and other animal-related areas, but those without a degree and with animal experience are also considered.
With applicants from across the country applying annually, and only 12-14 positions available, TWS is looking for hard workers who will excel and become the best in their field.
This internship program has also provided a means of recruiting for animal caretaker positions. Over half of our animal care staff have been former TWS interns.
The internship duration is 6 months and interns receive a weekly $50 stipend for food.
Internship starting dates generally coincide with the seasons of the year and may vary due to an intern’s availability.
A 3-month, unpaid internship is available on a case-by-case basis. Please contact email@example.com to apply.
Interns are required to live on-site for the entire duration of the internship period. TWS provides free intern housing.
TWS is not accepting international applicants at the time.
Must be 18 years of age
Must be fluent in the English language (verbal and written communication)
Must provide your own health insurance
Must be in good physical condition
Must be able to kneel, stoop, bend, twist, lift, reach, push, pull, and walk on uneven terrain
Must be able to consistently lift 60 pounds
Must be comfortable on ladders
Must hold a valid driver’s license
Must be comfortable driving SUV/ Cargo Van
Must be able to work in all weather conditions and during weather extremes
Must be able to work 6 days per week, including weekends, holidays and from 8 am to 8 pm
Must provide their own mode of transportation to TWS
Interns must obtain tetanus vaccination prior to participating in the internship program
How to Apply:
Interns must send the following information: a resume, cover letter, copy of driver’s license, and a minimum of 2 references to PO Box 314 Sandstone, MN 55072 or email the information to firstname.lastname@example.org. If emailing the document please try and send the combined files in pdf format. September – March and March – September internship sessions currently available. Please indicate which internship session you are interested in.