This is a 90-day unpaid position (by 4 quarters/terms) allowing one to gain experience in the zoological field. Job duties include: cleaning, diet preparation, light maintenance, educational tours, etc. Interns are responsible for the daily care of a number of exotic feline species including, but not limited to: tigers, lions, servals, pumas and bobcats. This wide variety of training provides the intern with an exciting array of new skills and experiences. Training is provided by the staff.
There are four internships offered during the year:
DIRECT Contact is defined as: any physical contact with any animal, including cage contacts i.e. (reaching of limbs through gate openings, chain link), etc.
These animals are not pets and if that is what you are looking for then you should consider an internship somewhere else.
Only the Park Management is authorized to allow any direct or indirect contact and that requires either DIRECT SUPERVISION and/or TRAINING.
DIRECT SUPERVISION is defined as: “in person” or as in a “physical presence of a manager.” This means that a manager must PHYSICALLY be in YOUR presence and/or authorize the occurrence.
ANY and ALL VIOLATIONS involving direct PHYSICAL contact with the big cats is subject to immediate dismissal from the property under escort by local law enforcement, security or management!
Due to insurance reasons and the welfare of the big cats there are NO exceptions to this policy!
We do not allow any member, visitor, guest, family member, employee, intern or staff of any kind, nor the general public to have direct contact with any big cat over the age of 6-months. This is in accordance with the rules and regulations of the USDA and our liability insurance policies. There are only two exceptions of direct contact with juvenile or adult big cats over the age of 6-months: