Animal Care and Education Internship

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Finland, MN
United States

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The Animal Care and Education Intern is responsible for assisting with the care and management of Wolf Ridge’s 5 education birds, a porcupine, amphibians and fish.

Responsibilities include: handling and caring for the animals, cleaning and maintenance of animal permanent housing, repair and building perches, diet preparation, creating enrichment, greeting and speaking with the public and guests of Wolf Ridge in provision of educational programs. The intern will be responsible for assisting in bird banding and filling bird feeders once per week. Teaching an average of two wildlife classes per week (3 hours in length) to groups of youth and adults will be included with this position. The Animal Program Coordinator will supervise the intern. 

The successful applicant will be working with the Wolf Ridge Master Bird Bander on our MAPS (Monitoring Avian Production and Survivorship) banding project. This weekly banding session is one of the longest running MAPS stations in the country. Wolf Ridge handles banding of Peregrine Falcon chicks along Minnesota’s North Shore. In the early weeks of the internship, participation in this world-renowned management effort will be a portion of the intern’s duties. 

Upon completion of the internship, the Intern will learn: 
Midwestern raptor biology and natural history. Basics of interpretation for a variety of audiences. How to present and evaluate public programs. Appropriate care and management for education raptors and mammals; including housing, feeding, and training. Appropriate methods to handle raptors and a porcupine. To become competent at teaching a 3-hour class on birds and related wildlife subjects Learn bird banding techniques under a Master bird bander. 

Position Start Date:

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

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How to Apply:

To apply please complete an application located at

Job Compensation:

Academic Credit



Compensation Information:

On campus food and housing is available in the new Wolf Ridge Staff House. Credit for this internship can be arranged through the intern’s current college or university.

Contact Name:

Erin Waldorf

Contact Phone:

(218) 353-7414 ext. 140

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