Post-Graduate Internships

Animal Care Internships

Information

  • 6-Month Spring Internship: February 1 – August 27(Deadline for application November 1)

  • 6-Month Fall Internship: August 15 – February 12 (Deadline for application April 1)

Education Internships

Who We Are

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is striving to see the end of the big cat and bear trade, within our lifetime. Allowing these magnificent animals to enjoy life without fear, abuse, abandonment, or neglect; giving them the freedom to be wild. Through education, advocacy, and quality care, we are making strides in changing the mindset of a nation. TCWR is a GFAS Accredited Sanctuary rescuing animals from dire situations, offering them a forever home, and providing the best care possible in captivity. We have created a place that these animals can finally get the care and piece of freedom that they deserve. With your help we will be able to expand our public educational outreach, education programming, advocacy work, and continue to rescue animals.

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, we are able to rescue animals in need and provide them lifetime care through the generosity of our donors. We are a hands-off no contact facility. As a true sanctuary we do not buy, breed, sell, trade, or allow contact with the animals in our care. Safety is our priority, we have strict safety guidelines that every single one of our team members must obey.

Or internship program began in 1997, and since its inception, more than 350 interns from all over the globe have completed the program. Not only are we providing a quality background for individuals in the animal care industry but we also recruit team members from our own internship programs. We recruit for animal care and education team  from within our internship pool.

Accreditations & Affiliations

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Animal Care - Post Graduate Internship

WE ARE A NO CONTACT FACILITY.

OUR TEAM MEMBERS AND INTERNS DO NOT PET, PLAY, TOUCH, HANDLE, OR CUDDLE OUR ANIMALS. 

Job Description

Our Refuge, located in NW Arkansas, is seeking a full-time, 6 months Animal Care Intern. The refuge is a non-profit facility for exotic cats, bears, and other exotic animals. Work is often physically demanding. Applicants must be self-motivated, with high desire to provide the best care available to animals. Applicants must also be observant and able to keep detailed records. The ability to work in a team environment or independently is important. A degree in Zoology, Biology or related field is preferred, but experience with exotic animal husbandry may be considered.

    • Work at an Accredited Animal Sanctuary – Responsible for the daily care of tigers, lions, cougars, black bears, grizzly bear, Russian brown bear, leopards, African servals, bobcats, rhesus macaque, and a coatimundi. Duties include animal husbandry, enrichment, record keeping of animal behavior, educational public tours, and customer service.
    • Prepare and Present Information to the Public – Responsible for greeting customers and giving guided tours throughout the facility. Educate the public about each resident species and the direction of the facility’s future.
    • Prepare and Maintain Animal Housing – Responsible for maintaining animal and customer safety through daily exhibit checks. This includes routine landscaping, clearing habitats of underbrush, and providing animal enrichment.
    • Prepare Diets and Monitor Feeding – Maintain food quality and hygiene standards of produce and meat. Prepare food with consideration to specific dietary needs and monitor every animal’s intake. Feed all animals and observe quantities of waste for future diet recommendations. Record weight loss or gain for each animal.
    • Monitor and Maintain Animal Health – Maintain daily records of animal defecation and any loss of appetite to identify any abnormal behavior and signs of illness. Administer daily medications. Prepare and maintain quarantine areas for recent rescues.
    • Restrain and Assist in Moving Animals – Assist in relocating cats to more appropriate enclosures. Follow all safety procedures in loading, unloading, and during transport of animals.
    • Identify Behavioral Needs and Improve Husbandry – Identify behavioral needs and provide approved enrichment for the animals which includes but may not be limited to, environmental and scent enrichment.
    • Maintain Exhibits and Assist Design – Help design and construct ½ – 1-acre enclosures. Maintain exhibits daily and detect and control pests.

Requirements

  • At least a Bachelors Degree in an animal related field (Zoology, Biology, Animal Psychology, Veterinary Sciences, and other animal-related areas)
  • 2 Professional References
  • The ability to lift 50lbs
  • The ability to live on-site for 6 months
  • Standing for extended periods of time

Compensation

  • $50 food stipend weekly
  • On-site housing (Utilities, Internet, Washer & Dryer, A/C & Heat, and TV provided)

Due Dates

  • Spring Internships 6-months
    • Deadline for application: November 1st
    • Position Dates: February 1st – August 27th
  • Fall Internship 6-months
    • Deadline for application: April 1st
    • Position Dates: August 15th – February 12th

Number of Spots Available – 16

To Apply: Email Resume, Cover Letter, and 2 Professional Letters of Recommendation to Animal Curator Emily McCormack at Emily@tcwr.org

Education - Post Graduate Internship

Job Description

The Education Intern will research, develop, and present educational programming to the public and school/special groups following the National Association for Interpretation guidelines. Applicants must be self-motivated, with high desire to spread awareness about all the species that call the refuge home and help educate the public on the negative impacts of the exotic pet trade. The ability to work in a team environment or independently is important. A degree in Education, Zoology, Biology, Conservation, or related field is preferred.

  • Public Education – Responsible for presenting programs each day to the general public and special group tours along with giving guided tours.
  • Special Programming – The education department at the refuge is in charge of organizing programs for special animal holidays such as World Wildlife Day, Animal Rights Day, Tiger Day, etc. The intern will assist in planning and presenting programs on these special days.
  • Research – Responsible for researching and developing programming according to National Association for Interpretation guidelines (Education Coordinator will cover the guidelines during training).
  • School Groups – Responsible for assisting with organizing/presenting school groups both at the refuge and offsite locations, including setup and tear down of promotional banner/tables
  • Advancing Education – Multiple opportunities for the intern to further their education during their 6-month stay.
  • Educational Writing -Responsible for writing education articles for the website, blog posts, and newsletter.
  • Wayside exhibits – The intern will assist in research and planning for wayside exhibits for the refuge
  • Summer Day Camps -Responsible for assisting with summer day camps including the planning and presenting of programs and activities
  • Special Events – Responsible for assisting with special events wherever help is needed

Requirements

  • At least a Bachelor’s degree in education or an animal related field. 
  • The ability to stand for long periods of time.
  • The ability to lift 25 lbs
  • The ability to live on-site for 6 months.
  • The ability to speak before crowds.
  • Knowledge on Adobe Suite products.

Compensation

  • $50 food stipend weekly
  • On-site housing (Utilities, Internet, Washer & Dryer, A/C & Heat, and TV provided)

Due Dates

    • Spring Internships 6-months
      • Deadline for application: November 1st
      • Position Dates: February 1st – August 27th
    • Fall Internship 6-months
      • Deadline for application: April 1st
      • Position Dates: August 15th – February 12th

Number Of Spots Available – 1 

To Apply: Email Resume, Cover Letter, and 2 Professional Letters of Recommendation to Beckie Moore at Education@tcwr.org