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Invasive Species Crew Member

Deadline: February 28, 2020
Location: Off-Campus, Michigan
Position: Paid + Housing May Be Available if Needed

The Invasive Species Crew Members (2 positions) will work with Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy (GTRLC) staff and the Invasive Species Crew Leader to implement restoration efforts funded through the Great Lake Restoration Initiative and administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The primary responsibilities of this position will be the management of invasive species in the Petobego State Game Area to support the protection of habitat suitable to the Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake and other rare herpetofauna.


Invasive Species Crew Leader

Deadline: February 28, 2020
Location: Off-Campus, Michigan
Position: Paid + Housing May Be Available if Needed

The Invasive Species Crew Leader will work with Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy (GTRLC) staff to implement restoration efforts funded through the Great Lake Restoration Initiative and administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The primary responsibilities of this position include leading 2 Invasive Species Crew Members in the management of invasive species in the Petobego State Game Area to support the protection of habitat suitable to the eastern massasauga rattlesnake and other rare herpetofauna and collection of data for grant reporting purposes.


African Safari Wildlife Park Seasonal Keeper

Deadline: Applications accepted until positions are full
Location: Off Campus, Ohio
Position: Paid 

No two days will be the same, this Position entails being able to be cross-trained in all animal-related Positions at African Safari Wildlife Park. This position will be working in both Guest areas as well as behind-the-scenes areas with on-Staff Keepers.  


International Animal Exchange Management Intern

Deadline: Applications accepted until positions are full
Location: Off-Campus, Royal Oak
Position: Internships

This summer several internships are open to provide support to the International Animal Exchange, INC (IAE) in Royal Oak, Michigan. IAE is a global animal transport company.


Nottingham Nature Nook Internship

Deadline: February 15, 2020
Location: Off-Campus, East Lansing
Position: Internships

Nottingham Nature Nook is a non-profit wildlife rehabilitation center in East Lansing. The majority of the wildlife are housed in a private home which is associated with an equestrian center.  They are looking for four full-time interns for the summer term of 2020.


New World Primate Caregiver/Documentarian at Pacific Primate Sanctuary

Deadline: Ongoing 
Location: Maui, Hawaii
Position: Internship (1 Year Commitment) 

The PPS Resident Internship Selection Committee invites qualified applicants with a background and interest in animal husbandry, welfare and conservation, exotic veterinary medicine, biology, and related fields to apply for this residency.  


Latimore Lab Positions

Deadline: February 17, 2020
Location: Off-Campus
Position: Paid

The Latimore Lab in the Department of Fisheries & Wildlife is looking for three Crew Members and a Crew Leader for the Mobile Boat Wash program, plus an additional technician to lead a research project looking at the effectiveness of various boat cleaning technologies. These positions are for summer 2020.


MSU Museum Internships

Location: MSU Campus
Position: Internship

The MSU Museum Education Department offers internship opportunities throughout the academic year and during the summer. These opportunities include a Museum Education/Informal Learning, an Education Collections, and a Research internship. Internships are normally unpaid, unless otherwise noted. All internships may be done for credit – the student is responsible to complete all paperwork and requirements for credit through their respective departments.


Gulf Coast Research Laboratory Field Courses

Deadline: April 20, 2020
Location: Ocean Springs, Mississippi
Position: Student

The summer field program provides undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to learn about coastal environments in an intensive field and lab-based setting. On-site amenities include research vessels, dormitory, dining hall, research labs, library, and a specimen museum. Make your plans today to attend the GCRL Summer Field Program and gain an experience of a lifetime!


Murphy Lab Volunteers

Deadline: April 1, 2020
Location: MSU Campus
Position: Volunteer

Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity in the animal behavior or toxicological field? Do you have at least 10 hours a week of free time? If so, we are continually looking for volunteers to process fish videos during the 2019/2020 school year, providing you with scientific data collecting experience.  You will gain knowledge about how toxicological fish behavioral assays are conducted and how to collect fish behavior data using video processing tools.


Fish Facility Volunteers

Deadline: March 16, 2020
Location: MSU Campus
Position: Volunteer

The Ganz and Braasch Laboratories are seeking summer volunteers to work in their joint Fish Facility. This is a great opportunity for students looking to gain fish husbandry, laboratory, and research experience.


Primatology Field Course

Summer Deadline: May 10, 2020
Location: Off-Campus, South America
Position: Student

This three-week intensive course is perfect for monkey-loving adventurers. You’ll explore unbeaten tracks in several Neotropical habitats. Experience real biological fieldwork techniques including VHF telemetry and camera-trapping. Design your own primatological study, and try your hand at the blow gun. This is the first program of its kind in Paraguay, developed by primatologist Rebecca Smith, and the multi-international award-winning team at Para La Tierra.


Flathead Lake Bio Station Hands-On Field Courses

Deadline: March 6, 2020
Location: Off-Campus, Montana
Position: Student

The field station emphasizes experiential learning through direct observation of biota and ecological processes in the field and through hands-on activities using FLBS’ advanced research instrumentation and facilities located on the east shore of Flathead Lake. Courses are taught by outstanding faculty from the University of Montana and beyond and field activities take place  in the “Crown of the Continent”…Glacier National Park and surrounding Mission, Flathead and Swan valleys in northwest Montana.


Danta Field Courses

Summer Session Deadlines: May 15, 2020
Location: Off-Campus, Costa Ricca
Position: Student

Danta offers field courses (1) Primate Behavior and Conservation, (2) Methods in Primate Behavior and Conservation, and (3) Wildlife Conservation and Sustainability. These field-courses are intended for undergraduates or early graduate-level students who have a keen interest in tropical ecosystems and conservation but have little or no experience of working in a tropical environment. Participants may enroll on either a credit or non-credit basis.


The Florida Aquarium Interships

Summer Deadline: March 1, 2020
Location: Off-Campus, Tampa, Florida
Position: Internship

The Florida Aquarium Internship Program provides college students with an exclusive, hands-on opportunity to gain experience in the aquarium field. Internships are available in the following specialties: Development, Education, Marine Operations, Entertainment, Husbandry, Sales / Events, Veterinary Externship, Horticulture, Occup. Health and Safety, Volunteer Programming, and Human Resources.


Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch Internship Opportunities

Location: Murchison, Texas
Position: Internship

The Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch (CABBR) is a world-renowned animal sanctuary that is home to over 800 domestic and exotic animals, many of whom have been rescued from near-death situations such as slaughterhouses, biomedical research laboratories, and trophy hunting ranches. Animal Care Interns have the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on animal care experience, knowledge about a variety of species, and exposure to the operations of an animal care center. The Animal Care Interns rotate between our three animal care departments: Equine, Primate, and Wildlife. They will spend 1 month in each department working alongside professional caretakers learning about the various species in their care. 


MSU College Advising Corps

Position: Paid, Full-Time
Location: Throughout MI + MSU Campus

If college was an unbelievable experience for you, turn that passion into opportunity. Become a college advisor. MSU College Advising Corps (MSUCAC) is recruiting MSU students who graduated between Spring 2017 and Summer Session II 2019 to serve in these full-time paid positions. Review the application materials on Handshake posting #3087024: MSUCAC College Adviser.


Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden Internship Program

Summer Deadline: January 31
Fall Deadline: June 30
Spring Deadline: October 31
Location: Off-Campus, Cincinnati, Ohio
Position: Internship

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden Internship Program is designed for current college students in their junior or senior year or recent college graduates. Under the guidance and supervision of Zoo staff, interns will develop skills and gain valuable real-world experience in their field of interest. For a minimal fee, housing may be available for a limited number of interns.


Potter Park Zoo Education Internships

Summer 2020 Deadline: April 1, 2020
Location: Lansing, MI
Position: Internship

The Potter Park Zoo Education Department is offering a limited number of unpaid full-time (40 hours) and part-time (20+ hours) internships.  The Education Internship provides a practical learning experience and knowledge of zoo operations and informal conservation education in a zoological setting.


Internships in Zoos & Aquariums

The Association of Zoo & Aquarium Science job board is a go-to place for internships.