Wolf Park Fall Intern- In Battle Ground, Indiana

Wolf Park
Battle Ground, IN
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Program Details: Interns have an opportunity to gain experience in fields related to captive animal management and wildlife biology, while supporting the daily operations of a non-profit organization. You will gain experience in the following areas: Behavioral Training- practical skills and application of positive reinforcement Animal Husbandry- feeding, medicating, health observation, maintenance of enclosures, and environmental enrichment. Safe Handling Practices- Ethology and identifying behavioral cues. Teamwork and Independence- Interns will have a variety of tasks over the course of their stay that may require them to work as a team as well as other tasks that will require them to work independently. Interpersonal Skills- Interns will gain experience within their duties to learn skills such as prioritizing, decision making, multitasking, as well as learning your limits and pushing beyond them. Non-profit Business Management- includes areas in marketing, grant writing, fundraising, networking, outreach, and membership coordination. Public Relations- Interns will interact and work with the public by working customer service in our gift shop, giving tours, and answering visitor questions. Research Experience- Interns may have the opportunity to observe research that is currently being conducted by visiting researchers, with the direct permission of each researcher. Daily Operations of a Non Profit- Interns will be asked to assist in the following areas: office/clerical, maintenance of grounds, manual labor, retail and admissions. Typical activities include: Assisting with Large Scale Projects- this may include building of new enclosures and fences. Grounds and Maintenance Work- Interns help us do everything that keeps the park up and running, including cleaning out animal enclosures, cutting grass and shoveling snow. It may not always be glamorous, but we wouldn’t be open without these things! Attending Educational Lectures- weekly educational sessions are given by staff members on topics such as: animal husbandry, nonprofit management, classical and operant conditioning, training techniques, updates on wild wolf populations and state management. Interns may have the opportunity to sit in on portions of our seminars. Visiting Other Facilities- past trips include: Indianapolis Zoo, Brookfield Zoo, Exotic Feline Rescue Center, and Columbian Park Zoo. This is contingent based on current health department safety recommendations. Make Friends for Life- experience other cultures from around the world, as some of our Interns and Externs are from other countries such as: Germany, Japan, Australia, Norway, Ireland, etc. Butchering- At Wolf Park we feed our wolves predominantly road kill deer. In order to keep our wolves healthy and happy, all interns are trained and are required to properly prepare food for the wolves. This involves learning how to butcher the carcasses and dispense the food in accordance to our feeding protocols.
Application Process: Interns are required to submit an application for consideration. Applications can be found on our website. Once the completed application packet is received, it is reviewed by the Intern Coordinator. If you appear to be a good match for our program, the next step is an interview. This can be conducted over the phone or by Zoom. Interviews are prearranged by the Intern Coordinator and applicant between the hours of 10am to 5pm EST Monday thru Friday and generally take about an hour. After the interview, if you are accepted, your acceptance will be contingent on a background check, which we conduct after receipt of your $200 non-refundable deposit to hold your space. In the event that you are denied entry into the program based on your background check, $175 of your deposit will be returned to you. Full payment for the program is due one month before your arrival. Foreign nationals: Upon acceptance, individuals will receive further instructions regarding our visa protocols. Application Deadlines: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. For full consideration for Fall 2021, applications are due July 10, 2021. We will be hosting two sessions, one starting in mid-August and another in mid-October. Priority is given to those applicants with relevant experience or studying towards fields that are most relevant to Wolf Park. We typically have fewer applicants for the fall season, so if you are applying for an Internship or Externship, we may be more lenient about accepting you based on area of study at that time. Submit your application as soon as possible to have the best chances of securing a space. Costs: $495 for the entire program to cover onsite housing. A $200 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of acceptance to hold your space, with the balance due in full one month before your arrival. Housing is included. Food, transportation to and from our facility, groceries, souvenirs, visas and other expenses are not included in the program price.
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