We will soon be accepting applications for the 2023 Winter Internships. We have two internship positions available: Bird Care Internship & Naturalist Internship.
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The Ohio Bird Sanctuary offers four internships each calendar year: two winter internships 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 BIRD CARE INTERN
MAKE AN IMPACT AS A SUMMER EDUCATION INTERN
WINTER INTERNSHIP POSITIONS OFFER OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN ABOUT AVIAN HUSBANDRY, LEAD EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS, INTERACT WITH THE GENERAL PUBLIC, AND BE INVOLVED IN CARING FOR THE FACILITY.
About the Internships:
The Ohio Bird Sanctuary’s Internship Program is intended for students currently enrolled in college who are pursuing a career in animal care, environmental education, or natural resources management. Interns will gain valuable hands-on experience in caring for and handling raptors, educating the public about them, and managing a 90 acre nature preserve. The internships are a paid position.
The winter internships takes place from February through April. We hire two winter interns: a Bird Care Intern and a Naturalist Intern. The Bird Care Intern will work approximately 12 hours every weekend primarily assisting with bird care while also assisting with visitors and property management. The Naturalist Intern will assist with educational programs, management of grounds and trails, and greeting visitors. The Naturalist Intern will work approximately 12 hours every weekend (If student has weekday availability, this could be changed). To see the job descriptions, click the button below. Interviews for these positions are held during the months of November and December, and a decision is made the mid December.
The summer internships take place early to mid-May through mid-August. We hire two summer interns: a Bird Care Intern and 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 in March, and a decision is made by April 1.
Our internships require reliable and flexible candidates! See the qualifications below.
- 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
- Willing to engage in public speaking in the form of bird presentations
- Have access to reliable transportation
- 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