Big Cat Carnivore Keeper Internship (Free Housing): Minnesota

The Wildcat Sanctuary
Sandstone, Minnesota
Job Category
$70.00 per week stipend
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
The Wildcat Sanctuary (TWS) seeks highly motivated, dedicated, and passionate individuals interested in gaining experience in all aspects of captive wild animal care and husbandry. If you’re looking for a challenging and rewarding experience, and the opportunity to provide the ultimate care for our rescued felines, this may be the internship for you. TWS is a rescue organization that is home to over 100 wild cats. Our mission is to provide a natural sanctuary to wild cats in need and inspire change to end the captive wildlife crisis. We are an accredited, non-profit sanctuary nestled between the beautiful lakes, fields and forests in rural Sandstone, Minnesota, conveniently located between Duluth and the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Our goal is to provide a well-rounded experience in the animal welfare field and teach our interns what it takes to be a carnivore caretaker, while educating them about the sanctuary field and the captive wildlife crisis. Interns will gain valuable experience from exotic feline husbandry, habitat construction and modification, diet preparation, enrichment, grounds keeping, emergency response, leading volunteer workdays and more! Please note: physical contact between wild cat residents and interns is strictly prohibited. The TWS Animal Care Internship duration is 6 months.
At least six months of previous animal care experience (sanctuaries, zoos, rehabilitation, domestic animal shelters, animal hospitals/clinics, other internships, etc.) and/or college study in the fields related to zoology, animal science, biology, animal psychology, veterinary sciences, etc. High school diploma is required. College courses are preferred. A college degree is not required. Hold a valid driver’s license Provide their own mode of transportation to TWS Provide your own health insurance Current tetanus vaccination required In good physical condition: Able to kneel, stoop, bend, twist, lift, reach, push, pull, and walk on uneven terrain. Ability to consistently lift 60 pounds. Comfortable on ladders, using power tools, and operating lawn equipment. Work in all weather conditions (rain, snow, wind) and during weather extremes (hot and cold) Work 8-10-hour shifts, 6 days per week, including weekends, holidays and over nights. Comfortable driving SUV/ Cargo Van (or willingness to learn) Fluent in the English language (verbal and written communication) Positive attitude and good working in a team environment Must be able to multi-task and be flexible in a work environment No allergies around animals that would preclude you from living or working with cats
Contact Person
Joan Manley
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