Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Animal Care Intern


 THE MIDWEST MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
425 West State St., Sycamore IL 60178 • www.mmnh.org
 
Job Description: Animal Care Intern
Title: Animal Care Intern
Employment Status: Unpaid Internship
Schedule: Schedule will vary based on availability and project needs
Contact: Cindy Khatri, Executive Director, director@mmnh.org or 815-895-9777
POSITION OVERVIEW:
The mission of the Midwest Museum of Natural History is to encourage our community’s appreciation of natural history using shared experiences through collections, exhibits, and education.
The Museum is seeking an Animal Care Intern for the summer of 2016 to assist in the supervision and care of the live animal collection. The Animal Care Intern will work closely with live reptiles, arthropods, and amphibians; oversee the proper filing of weekly diet and behavior logs; and interact with the public. In addition to contributing to the daily care of the live animal collection, the Animal Care Intern will complete a project based on the needs of the Museum and the intern’s interests.
TIME COMMITMENT:
The internship requires 120 hours over a three month period.
PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:
·         Contribute to feeding live reptiles, arthropods, and amphibians
·         Feed frozen mice to snakes
·         Assist in providing enrichment for the live animals, including target training
·         Recommend habitat improvements or changes, and maintain cleanliness of the enclosures
·         Bathe and clean the animals
·         Properly handle and interact with the animals
·         Present accurate information about the live animals to the public in both formal and informal settings
·         Contribute to the daily operation of the Museum
·         Complete a larger project based off of the current needs of the Museum and the intern’s interests. (Past projects include: creation of animal first-aid binder, researching and practicing enrichment techniques, implementation of cricket breeding program)
·         Other tasks as assigned
 
QUALIFICATIONS:
·         Recently graduated or in pursuit of a degree in biology, zoology, environmental studies or related field
·         Working knowledge of reptiles’, amphibians’, and arthropods’ needs
·         Energetic, independent, creative and detail-oriented
·         Written and oral communication skills
·         Computer proficient; must be able to conduct online research and use Microsoft Word
·         Reliable transportation
 
TO APPLY:
Please email your resume and a cover letter outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position to Cindy Khatri at director@mmnh.org Application documents may also be mailed to:
Midwest Museum of Natural History, 425 West State St., Sycamore IL 60178

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