Animal Care Behavioral Observation Internship, Fall 2021

Animal Care Behavioral Observation Internship, Fall 2021

Animal Care Behavioral Observation Internship, Fall 2021. The Wilds is a private, non-profit conservation center located on nearly 10,000 acres of reclaimed mine land in rural southeastern Ohio. It was created as the conservation center of the future by a group of civic leaders, political leaders and zoo professionals who believed that a serious scientific approach was required to find solutions to environmental concerns.

Animal Care Behavioral Observation Internship, Fall 2021

Tracking Code: 2021-1583

Location: US-OH-Powell

Type: Intern

Park: The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Responsibilities

The goal of this internship is to utilize interns to record observational data of a variety of species within Animal Care Regions throughout the Zoo. Using Microsoft Excel-based worksheets (which will be utilized on the Google Sheets app); interns will observe each animal, as designated by region. This program will allow for observations to be taken on an iPad, which can then be exported for analysis. Through the information that is obtained interns will work with Animal Care Professionals to assess and make appropriate changes to improve Animal Welfare.

Responsibilities will include but are not limited to, working alongside full-time keeper staff in learning basic animal behaviours and group dynamics, observing animals and reporting any behavioural changes, and performing other duties as assigned. Interns will also be required to complete various quizzes, training, projects and presentation, and a final reflection paper assigned by the departments.

Learning Objectives:

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Enrichment and Training, Ethogram development, become familiar with AZA Animal Care and Welfare standards and developing an understanding of species’ natural history and functional behaviours.

Qualifications

  • Student or recent graduate (2 years or less) in Zoology, Biology, Wildlife Management, Animal Science, Veterinary Medicine or related program.
  • 0 or above accumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale preferred.
  • TB test required.
  • Prior animal care experience preferred.
  • Experience with conducting ethograms on zoological animals is preferred, but not required
  • Ability to balance multiple assignments successfully.
  • Proficient on Microsoft Excel
  • Able to use tablet to input data using Google Sheets and Microsoft Excel programs.
  • Ability to use Zoom for weekly meetings
  • Strong computer skills, ability to work with pivot tables and excel spreadsheets.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must be neat in appearance and maintain courteous behavior at all times.
  • Ability to work in varied weather conditions (i.e. extreme heat, cold, rain, snow).
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including weekends, evenings and holidays (July 4th, Memorial Day, Columbus Day) required.
  • Subject to BMV check.
  • Subject to Criminal Background check.
  • Due to the safety of our staff and animals, fully COVID-19 vaccinated individuals are strongly encouraged.
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Hours:    Minimum of 20 hours/week for 12 to 16 weeks

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