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Ambassador Animals Intern

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Company/Organization: Zoo Atlanta

Description:

What are Ambassador Animals? We are the most diverse department in the Zoo, caring for every animal taxa with the exception of fish. Ambassador Animals are animals that have close contact with Zoo guests on a regular basis. These include our show birds, animals used for educational programming both on and off grounds and our contact yard with goats, sheep and Kune kune pigs. Although Ambassador Animals keepers and interns do not conduct classroom programs, keepers do conduct informal animal encounters on zoo grounds, host two different live animal shows on grounds and work in the contact yard.

From Memorial Day to Labor Day we have up to four shows per day, five to six days per week. Much of the internship during this time will be spent ensuring keepers are able to present a high-quality show to our guests by being an active participant in behind-the-scenes show preparation. This is also busy season for our contact yard, so interns will be able to gain valuable guest interaction experience as well as daily hands-on animal experience.

The fall season brings a slower pace for the department to catch up from the summer on various projects. This internship is focused around enrichment building, assisting in solving training challenges observed during the summer, an increase in informal animal encounters, preparatory work for our annual workshop, and preparatory work for the winter. The contact yard sees a large influx of school children on field trips, which provides great opportunities to gain experience with conservation messaging to young children.

The winter season typically is much more husbandry focused. There is a lot that goes into keeping the animals warm during the colder months as well as enriched without as much time outdoors and interacting with guests. This is also the season we do most of our annual physicals for animals, so it’s a great time for interns interested in the vet field to see some of that in action.

The spring is primarily about prepping for the busy season. This is focused around show design and rehearsal, training novel behaviors, and aesthetic work ensuring that all areas are in tip top shape for the summer crowds. This is usually the second round of large field trip numbers in the contact yard before kids are out for the summer.

Qualifications:

• Must be 18 years of age or older (Upper Classman and recent graduates preferred)
• Must be able to commit to 4 assigned, 9 hour days (8:00-4:30) with 1 hour for lunch throughout the internship term
• Must provide proof of negative TB test and be willing to submit to a background check
• Must be able to work quietly, efficiently and safely around live animals. This includes the ability to follow specific protocols and guidelines that are in place to ensure your safety and that of the animals. Any Intern who demonstrates an inability to follow written protocols and guidelines will be dismissed at the discretion of the Animal Ambassadors department and the Manager of Volunteer Programs.

Start Date:

8/31/20

End Date:

, , 12/20/20



Deadline:
06/19/20
Additional Info:
Fall Term:
Applications due Friday, June 19
Determination letters sent by Friday, July 17
Term: August 31 – December 20
Tags:
animal  ambassador    zoo    conservation    nonprofit    birds    animals    enrichment    animal  care    enrichment    guest  services    guest  relations 
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