Opportunity Details


Age Minimum (with Adult): 18+, Minimum Age:18+

Animal Care Trail Intern

Name of Internship - Trail Intern


Summary of Internship:

The Animal Care Trail Intern will assist animal keepers with the husbandry of native Virginia mammals and birds

housed outdoors. Animal behavior will be monitored, exhibits and dens will be cleaned, diets will be made and fed

out; some medications will be given. Direct contact with animals may or may not occur. This internship requires

work outside in all types of weather.


VLM Internships are primarily designated for students enrolled in college or program of academic study. Candidates

not enrolled in college will be considered on a case by case basis and must follow all guidelines and term lengths


Length of Internship

1 semester Summer

2 semesters

# hours required weekly __4__ (on a set schedule)


Qualifications for this Internship:

This internship is open to individuals who are pursuing a degree in the sciences or a career in zoo keeping, wildlife

management/ conservation, or veterinary science. Individual must be able to work independently and be quiet and

calm around animals. Interns will work closely with keepers as well as alone in animal exhibits; therefore the

applicant will need to be able to follow directions closely. The applicant must successfully complete a working

interview. Candidates must be able to bend, stoop, and kneel. Pre-exposure rabies series a plus, but not required.


Experience -

 Husbandry of native birds and mammals

 Behavior of native birds and mammals

 Operant conditioning and animal handling will be observed

 May gain experience interacting with guests


Duties –

 Checking exhibits for safety

 Feeding animals

 Preparing diets

 May prepare and / or provide enrichment for animals

 Documenting daily observations in log books

 Will work closely with staff to assist with various deliveries, possibly including fish, straw/hay, kibble and



Projects -

A Reflection Paper on the internship experience, including a summary of the natural history of one or two preferred

species, in addition to the experience gained and how this experience informs future career choices. Also include

feedback and ideas on how to further develop this internship experience for future interns.


Expectations -

 At least four (4) hrs per week 7:30-11:30am in all types of weather

 Prior notice of absences

 No more than three (3) absences during a term


Confidentiality -

 All interns will sign a confidentiality waiver.

 Animal medical information is to remain confidential.

 No photos posted on social media


Evaluation –

 The standard museum evaluation tool will be used at the end of term.

Feedback - How will your department gain feedback from the intern in order to improve the internship?

 Feedback/ Improvements can be included with Reflections Paper.


To apply:

Send official VLM volunteer application, a cover letter and resume. A working interview will be required.

 Fall semester deadline: Aug. 31st yearly

 Spring semester deadline: Dec. 31st yearly

 Summer: April 30th yearly

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