Thursday, January 24, 2013

Zookeeper Interns

Zookeeper Interns 

We are looking for highly motivated and committed individuals who want to build a career in wildlife conservation and animal management.

These internships are designed to help you take that first practical step on the zoo career ladder.
We are offering six and 12 month unpaid internships within our life sciences department starting in February and September 2013. You will become a key part of our animal teams, working alongside our keepers in the management and care of our unique animal collection.
Each intern will be assigned to one of our seven animal teams for the duration of their placement. Experience will be gained through on-the-job training in the management and husbandry of the species they'll work with, and regular assessments and feedback will be provided.
In addition to daily animal husbandry duties, interns will attend a series of workshops and lectures that will help give a good theoretical background in important zoo and conservation topics such as; collection planning, cooperative breeding programmes, field conservation, animal training and conditioning, behavioural enrichment, animal health, animal records and animal transfers, exhibit design and zoo horticulture.
There will be limited opportunities to accompany our keeping staff on selected field conservation initiatives in the wider Auckland area. This may involve habitat restoration work on offshore islands, survey and assessment work, or release and translocation initiatives for key New Zealand species.
On completion, interns will receive a Certificate of Participation and Achievement for use with future employers.
•Applicants must be a minimum of 18 years old
•These are unpaid placements and applicants will therefore need to be able to financially support themselves for the duration of the internship
• These are full-time positions and interns will be expected to work from 8.30am to 4.30pm daily and work 10 days out of fourteen, including alternate weekends and public holidays as rostered.
Send a cover letter and a CV via email to Fiona Jobling. (Please include 'Internship' in the subject line).
Your cover letter should address each of the following points:
•What kind of course work and/or experience you have working with animals
•What kind of course work and/or experience you have working with members of the public
•Your career goals and how this internship would help you achieve them
•The areas you are most interested in attaining experience through this internship
•Your computer literacy level/skills.
Deadline for Applications

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