We are now accepting applications for the 2020 Summer Internships. Applications will be accepted through February 29, 2020. Interviews will take place the first two weeks of March, and a decision will be made by March 15, 2020.
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The Ohio Bird Sanctuary offers three internships each calendar year: a winter internship and two summer internships. All the Sanctuary's internships are currently funded through the Fran and Warren Rupp Fund at the Richland County Foundation.
OHIO BIRD SANCTUARY
GAIN HANDS ON EXPERIENCE AS A SUMMER BIRD CARE INTERN
MAKE AN IMPACT AS A SUMMER EDUCATION INTERN
WINTER INTERNSHIP POSITION OFFERS OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN ABOUT AVIAN HUSBANDRY, INTERACT WITH THE GENERAL PUBLIC, AND BE INVOLVED IN CARING FOR THE FACILITY.
The Ohio Bird Sanctuary’s Internship Program is intended for students currently enrolled in college who are pursuing a career in animal care and/or environmental education. Interns will gain valuable hands-on experience in caring for and handling raptors and educating the public about them. The internship is a paid position.
The winter internship takes place from January through March. The winter intern will work approximately 12 hours every weekend assisting with bird care, property management, and greeting visitors. Interviews for this position are held during the month of November, and a decision is made the beginning of December.
The summer internships take place early to mid-May through mid-August. One position is as a Bird Care Intern and the other is an Education Intern. The Bird Care Intern will assist staff with daily husbandry (diet preparation, feeding, cleaning of enclosures, general upkeep of facilities and property), assist and inform visitors at the Sanctuary, give keeper talks, and assist with rehabilitation of injured birds. The Education Intern will primarily assist staff with facilitating camps, field trips, and other educational programs as well as assisting with bird care and visitors. Interviews for summer internships are held during the month of March, and a decision is made mid-March.
The birds do not take a day off from eating! Therefore, this is a demanding internship that requires a reliable, flexible candidate.
- Current college student working towards a degree in a related field
- Professional, hard-working, highly motivated
- Positive attitude, team mentality, strong willingness to learn
- Able to balance multiple assignments successfully
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Demonstrate commitment to working with children, adults, and wildlife
- Must be comfortable with diet preparation for carnivores (Summer Bird Care Intern)
- Willing to engage in public speaking in the form of bird presentations
- Have access to reliable transportation
- Must complete internship project
- Must be able to work outdoors in all weather conditions (extreme heat, rain, etc.)
- Able to be on your feet for 7+ hours (walking, standing, hiking, etc.) and be able to lift and carry 50 lbs
Required Application Materials
- Completed application
- Cover letter
- One letter of recommendation
- Two professional references