Lubee Bat Conservancy offers a unique and exciting internship that helps participants gain professional animal care experience at a world renowned conservation organization. Lubee is an AZA Certified Related Facility.

Lubee Bat Conservancy provides the opportunity for interns to gain experience in the animal care field by participating in daily keeper activities including animal husbandry, nutrition, enrichment, training, and guest education. Lubee is seeking applicants for consideration to serve as interns for 2016 spring, summer, and fall sessions. Applications are also accepted on an ongoing basis.NC061597

LEARNING OBJECTIVES/DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
This is an unpaid internship opportunity wherein the intern will support the Animal Care Department.
Through this internship, interns will:
•Learn alongside professional animal care staff basic animal husbandry including cleaning exhibits, preparing food and enrichment activities, assisting with environmental enhancements, providing medications, observing and/or assisting in vet procedures (rabies vaccination required for handling), and general grounds maintenance.
•Learn formal and informal interpretive educational programs for guests and outreach audiences.
•Learn how to develop and implement animal enrichment programs.
•Learn and follow animal/keeper safety guidelines, operations, and polices.
•Develop a project to complete during the internship. (All interns are required to complete a project which will be discussed and designed with Lubee staff. Projects may be focused on enrichment, education, training, or any other ideas related to the facility or animals).
•At the end of the internship, present a short summary of your project to Lubee staff.

QUALIFICATIONS
•Applicants must be enrolled in college or have already graduated.
•Must have experience working around animals.
•Must have strong communication skills.
•Must be able to engage with staff, other interns, and volunteers in a team environment.
•Must enjoy working outdoors in all weather conditions.
•Must be in good physical condition – able to stand for long periods of time, stoop, climb, and lift at least 50 pounds.
•Pass a background check.
•Must have a current negative TB test and DPT vaccinated.
•Strong preference will be given to those with a sincere desire to become an animal keeper.WK155683

STIPEND
This is an unpaid internship. College credit is offered if desired; intern is responsible for obtaining necessary approvals from their university. Intern will be responsible for all transportation costs and personal health insurance.
Location
Lubee Bat Conservancy, Gainesville, FL.
Housing
The intern will make his or her own housing arrangements in the north central FL area.
TERM OF APPOINTMENT
There are three internship sessions throughout the year: spring, summer and fall. Interns should be able to devote 40 hours a week (5 days a week 8:00am-4:00pm)
APPLICATION DEADLINES
•Spring session (January – April):
Applications accepted September 1 – December 28, 2015
•Summer Session (May – August):
Applications accepted January 1 – April 15, 2016
•Fall session (September – December):
Applications accepted May 1 – August 15, 2016
*Each session lasts approximately 12 weeks. Exact dates of the session are flexible and will be negotiated once an applicant has been selected.
TO APPLY
Please send resume with two professional or educational references to info@lubee.org with the subject line reading Internship.

Lubee Bat Conservancy is an international non-profit organization dedicated to saving bats and their habitats through research, conservation, and education, with a focus on children and community engagement.