• Animal Care Intern

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  • Overview

    Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action.  By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive.  And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level.  What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 23 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country.  Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).



    Position Summary

    Aullwood Audubon is an education center and farm located in Dayton, Ohio.  Our 200-acre sanctuary includes six miles of walking trails winding through prairie, woods, ponds, sustainable farmland and meadows and provides outstanding learning opportunities in a diverse and beautiful setting. Animal Care interns learn how to build skills and knowledge that directly relate to caring for of a wide variety of animals in a public farm setting.

    Essential Functions

    Dates of Employment: February 4 – August 16, 2019.


    Animal Care interns typically work 35 hours a week and are paid an hourly wage. Duties take place on weekends and alternating weekends and evenings. Interns receive orientation, training and supervision.


    During the internship interns will:


    • Be trained to correctly perform daily and weekly farm chores taking care of cows, pigs, sheep, chickens, goats, etc.
    • Learn how to maintain a safe, secure, healthy and humane environment for all animals.
    • Help maintain pristine living quarters for all animals by cleaning stalls, maintaining barns, weed-whacking and helping with the overall upkeep of the farm.
    • Assist with animal care record keeping.
    • Assist the Large Animal Veterinarian Tech with planning an educational garden, planting fruits, vegetables and flowers that are safe for consumption by various farm animals.
    • Water, prune, deadhead plants, weed, mulch, fertilize, mow, propagate plants, and conduct integrated pest management in the educational garden.
    • Learn how to and effectively teach youth on school field trips, mainly pre-school to middle school ages. There may also be occasions interns teach high school and adults groups. Teaching topics may include farm discovery, maple syrup and general nature or farm exploration. Activities may include interpretation of nature and farm communities, nature hikes, animal interpretation, etc.
    • Learn how to develop lesson plans and teach Summer Earth Adventures classes (day camps) for children age 2 years old through 7th grade with a focus on natural history and farming. Activities may include nature hikes, pond/creek exploration, farm chores, working with animals and gardening.
    • Assist with special events such as the Pancake Brunch, Native Plant Sale, Farm Babies Festival and other special events as assigned.
    • Learn how to greet visitors, take admission for Aullwood property, answer phone calls and operate the front desk.
    • Assist with various assigned projects throughout the internship.
    • Help support day to day operations of Aullwood Audubon.
    • Reside in on-site housing provided by Audubon.


    Skills and Knowledge Gained:

    • Animal husbandry of different domestic animals and their uses.
    • Independent planning and execution of specific tasks.
    • Opportunity to make connections with environmental professionals.
    • Teaching and public-speaking skills appropriate for groups of all ages.
    • Ohio natural history.
    • Opportunity to attend Aullwood programs and day trips.
    • Valuable carpentry and mechanical maintenance skills.

    Qualifications and Experience

    Qualifications include:

    • Have completed sophomore year of college majoring in Agriculture Management, Animal Behavior, Animal Biology, Animal Science, Veterinary Sciences, Zoology or a related field.
    • Willingness to work with all types of animals (large and small), as well as perform tasks for their care such as cleaning stalls of bedding and manure.
    • Willingness to work off-hours or after-hours in order to care for sick, pregnant/baby animals or respond to an emergency.
    • Excellent ability to communicate and interact with the general public.
    • A valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record.
    • Must be able to sit, stand, kneel, stoop, grab and reach on uneven work surfaces for extended periods of time.
    • Ability to transport oneself by foot over a variety of terrain that may be wet, slippery uneven or rocky.
    • Capable of regular lifting and carrying up to 50 lbs. for short periods of time.
    • Ability and willingness to work outside in all weather conditions.
    • Be self-motivated, able to follow directions and work independently.
    • It is strongly recommended that Animal Care interns have his/her own vehicle.
    • Interns are required to reside in on-site housing provided by Audubon as a condition of employment. Interns are sometimes given responsibilities outside of a 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. workday and living on-site will contribute to an overall experience and understanding of the daily requirements of running a nature center and farm. Each intern has their own bedroom and a shared living room, kitchen, dining room and bathroom. Interns are not charged rent to live in the intern house and utilities are covered by Aullwood. The intern house is fully furnished and located by the Nature Center.


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