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Animal Care Intern

Summer 2024

Overview: The Animal Care Intern is an unpaid, seasonal position. This position assists at the Outdoor Discovery Center, DeGraaf Nature Center, and other various off-site locations. The animal care intern’s primary job responsibilities include providing animal care and husbandry, assisting with cleaning and upkeep of enclosures, helping with animal training and assisting other staff in meeting the overall goals of the organization. An animal husbandry project may be developed as part of the experience with approval by the wildlife manager and the sponsoring college or university which supports the mission and goals of the organization.

Hours: Varying, average between 4-12 hours per week

Compensation: Unpaid, if applying for college credit the intern must coordinate with ODC Network staff and the sponsoring college or university

 Desired Skills:

  • Ability to pay close attention to detail, instructions, and protocols
  • Ability to present ideas effectively (general comfort with public speaking)
  • Strong ability to work both collaboratively and independently
  • Computer skills including a working knowledge of Microsoft Office software and some social media applications


  • Working toward or obtained bachelor’s degree in natural sciences, biology, parks and recreation or related field
  • Willingness to work with live animals including reptiles, amphibians, fish, insects, mammals, and birds
  • Must pass a background check, have a valid driver’s license and be fully insurable by the ODC Network

General Responsibilities:

  • Assist with captive animal husbandry and feeding
  • Assist with cleaning and general upkeep of enclosures
  • Help with training, socialization, and handling of animals
  • Support the overall goals of the ODC Network
  • All other duties as assigned by VP of Programming, Wildlife Manager, or executive management team

Physical Demands:

This position requires the ability to work outside in various weather conditions. The animal care intern must be able to occasionally lift to 50 pounds and walk, stand, and sit for extended periods of time.

Equipment Operated:

Power-washer, cordless screwdriver, all-purpose ATV, golf cart, aquarium pumps and filters. Proficient with Microsoft Office applications, Google suite applications, and the operation of general office equipment.

These job responsibilities represent only the essential and most significant duties of the position. An addendum that reflects special tasks, responsibilities or directives may be created for each staff person based upon their specific work agreement

ODC Network Diversity Policy Statement: The ODC Network is an equal opportunity employer. To read our diversity statement,  click here

To apply send resume to Wildlife Manager, Kim Lane – .Call 616-393-9453 with questions.