Animal Care Intern

Title: Animal Care Intern

Reports to: Wildlife Manager & VP of Programming

Status: Part-time, unpaid

Timeline: Seasonal internship, January-May, May-August, September-December


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

How to Apply:
E-mail resume to Wildlife Manager, Kim Lane – Call 616-393-9453 or email with questions.

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