Ambassador Animal

Now Accepting Applications!

The goal of this internship is to provide students valuable experience in the animal care and training field. They will work under the direct supervision of the National Aviary's Education Trainers.  The internship focuses on the care and training the Education collection comprising approximately 80 birds: hornbills, parrots, birds of prey and other mixed species. These birds appear in free flight shows and other education settings including classes, outreaches, and encounters.

Winter/Spring 2019:

Accepting Resumes: October 15th - November 15th
Internship Start Date: January 8
Internship End Date:  May 10th

Summer 2019 Internship:

Accepting Resumes: February 15th-March 15th
Internship Start Date: May 14th
Internship End Date August 18th 


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Care for birds in the education collection
  • Prepare diets for parrots and birds of prey
  • Observe various bird behaviors
  • Learn operant conditioning techniques for training show and husbandry behaviors
  • Assist with Free-flight bird shows
  • Create animal enrichment
  • Public speaking
  • Conservation education
  • Assist with in-house and outreach education programs
  • Participate in formal intern workshops
  • Maintain enclosures
Education, Experience and Skills:

Education Trainers and interns work in a very fast-paced environment. Due to the nature of the work, applicants must:

  • Be able to lift 50 pounds
  • Prepare diets that include mice and chick
  • Work as a member of a team and independently
  • Be a self-starter with a positive attitude
  • Interact positively with the public
Additional Requirements:
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Work a minimum of 3 days a week for fall and spring semesters and 5 days a week for the summer
  • Must be willing to work weekends and holidays
  • Must be willing to work 7:30AM-4:00PM

Interested applicants should provide a cover letter, resume, and letter of recommendation to Cathy Schlott,