ONE YEAR INTERNSHIP (ANIMAL HUSBANDRY)
Sept 2013 – Sept 2014
Maximum eleven months duration (plus four weeks holiday), commencing on 9 September 2013 and finishing September 2014.
Interns will be assigned to one of our animal keeping sections specialising in either birds; mammals; reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates, or fish and aquatic invertebrates.
In addition to animal husbandry duties, the Mammal Department interns will be required to spend at least 3 weeks assisting with the production and distribution of animal feeds (including management of invertebrate colonies, forage production, browse provision etc). There may also be opportunities to assist zoo staff with collection of behavioural and clinical data and involvement in environmental enrichment programmes.
A limited number of places may provide the opportunity to combine the Internship with a ‘Sandwich Year’ of a University Course. If applicable to you, please ensure this is made clear in Section 4 of your application form.
Interns will receive on-the-job training in the husbandry of the species with which they work, and a series of monthly ‘Workshops’ are arranged to teach other animal management topics including the basics of nutrition, collection planning, breeding programmes, in-situ conservation programmes, record keeping, enrichment etc.
This is a full time and physically demanding position. Hours of work are from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm daily, working ten days in fourteen, including alternate weekends, bank holidays etc as rostered.
You must currently be studying for, or have completed, an animal science related course at HND or Degree level or Level 4 NVQ.
You must have a genuine interest in all aspects of animal husbandry and be empathetic to the mission of the Zoo
You must be able to work as an individual or as part of a team, with a reliable and conscientious attitude and good communication skills.
Have the ability to financially support yourself for the entire length of the internship.
Closing date: Thursday 18 April 2013.
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