This one of a kind internship, based at the biggest alligator park west of the Mississippi, will give you numerous types of experience that you won’t be able to get anywhere else. You will work alongside and learn from the biggest nuisance alligator catchers in the state of Texas, all while educating the public about American Alligators and the conservation of various other reptiles. By the end of your internship you will have the skills needed to remove alligators safely and efficiently from a variety of settings. You will work hands on everyday with the largest reptiles in the country, as well as venomous and non-venomous snakes, and even some mammals!
A typical day includes waking up to feed and care for animals in the park before it opens to the public. Once guests arrive you are responsible for showing them around the facilities, taking out animals for them to touch and hold, and talking to them about what makes each and every animal we have so interesting. When there aren’t many guests in the park, your responsibilities can include general exhibit maintenance, construction, landscaping, and even animal training. You will also have the opportunity to participate in shows and events offsite to a variety of different audiences.
This is a fast-paced internship that requires you to always be on your toes and think quickly. You never know when a nuisance call will come in and you need to assist one of the handlers with the catch, or when an alligator in the park will break out of a pen and you have to secure it.
So if you want to get more hands on with reptiles than you can anywhere else, all while sharing your love and passion for these animals with people from all over the world, then come intern at Gator Country Rescue!
This internship revolves around gaining knowledge and hands-on experience with the American Alligator, venomous and non-venomous snakes, a variety of other reptiles, and several other animals. While much of the internship deals with animal care/husbandry and educating the public, interns will be exposed to and expected to participate in various park functions. These include but are not limited to enclosure maintenance, janitorial duties, landscaping, working in retail, construction, customer service, and any other task that is part of how a park runs. Interns will have the opportunity to learn how to safely handle and work with a variety of animals including venomous snakes and several crocodilian species, among others, in situations that range from doing educational shows and events, giving private tours, moving animals within the park, and going on nuisance alligator and snake calls.
Applicants must possess or be currently pursuing a degree in animal biology, wildlife management, herpetology, environmental science, zoology, or any other focus in involving animals, conservation, or education. We are primarily an educational facility so applicants will be required to present educational shows and private tours for customers on a daily basis. You must be willing to work under undesirable conditions including high heat and humidity, biting and stinging insects, inclement weather, and stressful situations where the applicant will need to think quickly and creatively. Gator Country presents three educational shows per day so applicants must be comfortable with public speaking. Applicants must be in good physical condition and be able to lift a minimum of 80 lbs. A valid Drivers' License is required and having your own transportation is preferred. Applicants must be able to intern a minimum of 3 months to fulfill the internship program.