Animal Collections

Interns work with our aviculturists to learn about husbandry, training, and education as the Animal Collections Department encompasses all of those areas.  We are looking for college students and recent graduates who are interested in the animal care and zoo fields.  This internship is very competitive, and an application does not guarantee an interview. 

Currently accepting applications.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Daily husbandry – cleaning exhibits, diet feed out, etc.
  • Food Prep – diet prep, cleaning dishes, etc.
  • Daily Presentations – crowd control, assist aviculturists, lorikeet feedings
Education, Experience and Skills:
  • Current college student or recent graduate – biology, zoology, psychology, or other animal care majors preferred
  • Self-starter who can work as a team as well as independently
  • Considering career in animal care field
Additional Requirements:  
  • At least 18 years old
  • Lift 50 lbs
  • Comfortable working indoors and outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Able to work any day of the week
  • Speak fluent English
  • Comfortable interacting with the public
  • Commit to at least 200 hours (Fall/Winter) or 400 hours (Summer) to complete the internship
  • Work at least two days/week (Fall/Winter sessions) or four days/week (summer session)


Interested applicants should provide a cover letter, resume, and letter of recommendation to Chris Gaus, 

Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted directly. 


National Aviary Animal Collections Department Internship Calendar: 


Accepting Resumes: February 27th – March 21st

Orientation: May 15th 

Internship Start Date: May 15th – May 31st

Internship End Date:  August 15th – 31st 


Accepting Resumes: June 18th – July 15th 

Orientation: September 4th 

Internship Start Date: September 1st  – September 15th 

Internship End Date:  December 15th – December 31st 

Winter/Spring INTERNSHIP:

Accepting Resumes: October 10th – October 31st 

Orientation: January 9th

Internship Start Date: January 1st – January 15th 

Internship End Date:  May 1st – May 15th