Wildlife Husbandry Internship


Here at Alturas, we believe in the positive impact an internship can have on a person’s studies and career development. That’s why we want to give you the opportunity to participate in independent research specific to your interests while also taking care of daily needs in the sanctuary and rehabilitation center. Our goal is to tailor the internship experience to each individual so they can leave feeling like they’ve taken a definitive step towards their future goals.

Our ideal candidate is someone who is:

  • At least 18 years old
  • Can commit to at least one month
  • Has recently graduated or plans to graduate in a related field (zoology, animal keeping, wildlife conservation)
  • Has experience working in a related field (rescue center, sanctuary, zoo)
  • Can provide at least 2 educational/ professional references
  • Successfully completes a Zoom interview

Common Experiences With a Wildlife Husbandry Internship

While no two internship experiences are exactly alike, there are several opportunities an intern can expect to be involved with. Here are some common experiences:

  • Participating in daily husbandry of sanctuary and rehab animals
  • Diet preparation
  • Feeding animals
  • Creating and administering enrichment
  • Feeding juvenile animals and neonates
  • Carrying out an independent research project
  • Record keeping
  • Observing routine necropsies
  • Animal restraint and capture methods
  • Participating in animal training sessions at the sanctuary
  • Managing our onsite camera trap program
  • Carrying out public tours
  • Participating in weekly, educational lectures/ workshops put on by our staff

Wildlife Husbandry Internship FAQ

Think you have what it takes to be an intern with Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary? Here are some Frequently Asked Questions about our Wildlife Husbandry Internship to answer any queries you might have about the process: