Oglebay Good Zoo, the only AZA-accredited zoo in West Virginia, is seeking applicants for our wildlife conservation apprenticeship. The wildlife conservation apprentice will assist graduate students from West Liberty University as well as zoo team members with a variety of the zoo’s conservation initiatives.
Key responsibilities of the wildlife conservation apprentice include:
Participation in physical surveys and habitat assessments for the Eastern hellbender salamander
Participation in radio telemetry surveys for reintroduced Eastern hellbenders
Participation in head-start efforts associated with rearing Eastern hellbenders in human care
Participation in the care and rehabilitation of ill and injured raptors
Participation in monarch butterfly conservation efforts
Participation in acoustic bat surveys
Participation in guest tours associated with zoo conservation efforts
Participation in the development and planning of green conservation efforts
Skill training during this experience will include the use of GPS, radio telemetry, and acoustic bat surveillance equipment; training in head-starting of Eastern hellbenders and rehabilitation of ill and injured raptors; training in survey techniques for a variety of wildlife species; and training in tagging techniques for hellbenders and butterflies.
Bachelors degree in biology, ecology, wildlife and fisheries management and zoology.