West Texas Wildlife Intern Position: Texas

West Texas Wildlife Preserve
Merkel, TX
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West Texas Wildlife Preserve internship program provides a learning opportunity for currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate students at an accredited college/university in the United States. Interns become actively involved in the Zoo’s animal care departments, conservation/research efforts, operations, and/or administrative positions. West Texas Wildlife Preserve (WTWP) has over 40 years of experience. Our mission is to highlight and enhance animals’ species and encourage environmental conservation through integrated partnerships and practical approaches to wildlife management. WTWP works hard to share the wonder and importance of conservation, as well as the critical importance of the role of animals within our ecosystem. WTWP is located on 120 acres and expanding. The focus of WTWP is to ensure genetic viability throughout various breeding programs with other accredited zoological facilities throughout the United States. With more than 40 different of species of wildlife that roam the land in Merkel Texas. INTERN JOB DESCRIPTION: -Interns will work directly with zookeepers to provide daily husbandry to a wide variety of species. -The intern will be expected to complete a variety of reading assignments, participate in learning opportunities, and pass a set number of quizzes on various zoo keeping topics. -Interns will learn about the natural histories, diet preparation, daily husbandry, training and enrichment, preventative health, and ZAA policies for a variety of species. -Additionally, by the end of the internship program. The intern will perform at least one enrichment project. -Performing outdoor tasks including the daily feeding and care of domestic and exotic animals and the cleaning and maintenance of animals exhibits. Which includes but limited to: Power washing areas, cleaning and bedding animal areas, scrubbing water and feed dishes, cleaning feed area. -Cleaning and maintaining both inside and outside animal areas. -Communicating effectively using a handheld radio -This is an unpaid position. -Intern must provide own transportation and lodging. -Interns will work 20-40 hours/week, including some weekends and may request up to 2 days of leave from their regular internship schedules during their placements. HOWEVER, all interns are expected to work through school holidays or breaks.
POSITION REQUIREMENTS: -College student majoring in zoology, biology, animal husbandry or other animal related program. -Excellent oral and written communication skills. -Ideally, interns will be seeking careers in zoo-keeping, biology, agriculture, and/or veterinary medicine. -Preference will be given to those currently in college for a related field or those who have completed a bachelor’s degree within year of graduation. PHYSICAL AND ENIRONMENTAL DEMANDS: -Ability to be available for shifts on a flexible schedule that may be long hours, weekends, evenings and holidays. -Ability to read, speak and write English in order to fulfill job functions in an understandable way. -Ability to lift and carry 50 pounds, sitting, kneeling, stooping, crawling, twisting, reaching above head, pulling, bending, climbing stairs, and ladders.  -Ability to complete tasks outdoor in all weather conditions including heat, cold, rain etc. and in a physically demanding environment. -Candidate must be able and willing to perform all above duties. -Complying with all West Texas Wildlife Preserve policies and procedures. -Participating in team-oriented zoo projects as needed. -May be exposed to hazardous materials. -Relating positively with diverse groups of people (staff and volunteers).
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