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Exotic Cat Internship:
Date inactive: 5/15/2013

Exotic Cat Internship: Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is a no-kill facility dedicated to rescuing abused, abandoned and unwanted big cats. The refuge is located in NW Arkansas is seeking a full-time, 6 months Intern Keeper. The refuge is a non-profit facility of over 100 rescued exotic cats. 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. Twelve positions are opened each internship. Internships run every six months. If you are looking for a full-time internship working around big cats you just may have found it.

Job Description:

  • Work in a Captive Animal Institution - Responsible for the daily care of Tigers, Lions, Cougars, Black Bears, Black Leopards, African Servals, Bobcats, Rhesus Macaque, and Hoof stock. 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 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 or produce and meat. Prepare and diets and monitor every animal's intake. Feed all animals and observe quantities of waste for 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 and 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 enrichments.
  • Maintain Exhibits and Assist With Design - Assist with the design and construction of 1/2 acre enclosures. Maintain exhibits daily and detect and control pests. place power to control ticks and clear underbrush to prevent snakes.

Compensation: Weekly cash stipend for food. Housing is provided on the refuge. Amenities: Heat, A/C, utilities paid, full bath, kitchen, washer & dryer, satellite TV, free long distance, internet access.

Dates:  Fall Position begins: August 15th.   Spring Position begins: February 1st. 

Deadline for fall internship applications: April 15
Deadline for spring internship applications: November 15

To Apply: email: emily@turpentinecreek.org  OR

Send your cover letter and resume to:  Emily McCormack. Volunteer program. Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. 239 Turpentine Creek Lane. Eureka Springs, AR 72632.