CURRENT JOB OPENINGS

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do conduct background checks. Fossil Rim Wildlife Center invites you to apply for any of the position(s) listed below:

INTERNSHIPS

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center invites you to apply for any of the internships listed below:

See our FAQs for further information about our internship/preceptee program.

Start your career with us

Fossil Rim invests in the future by providing formalized training to foster talented young people into the professions of wildlife conservation and education, veterinary medicine and the care of husbandry and wildlife. Many of our dedicated, intelligent and hardworking Fossil Rim interns go on to work in zoological, wildlife and conservation fields. Providing quality hands-on conservation training is one of the efforts of which Fossil Rim is most proud.

Education Internships

An undergraduate degree is required in wildlife management, conservation biology, education or a related discipline. You must have a valid driver’s license.

Conservation Education Internships

We are accepting internship applications. For the February-June positions, the deadline is December 1, 2017. For the July-November position, the deadline is April 1, 2017. A $300-per-month stipend (for expenses) and free onsite housing are provided.

If you want to have up-close animal interactions while educating the public, then the Conservation Education Internship is for you. At Fossil Rim, you will promote environmental education and wildlife conservation through a diverse mix of compelling learning experiences, including fun interactive programs, hikes and games.

The Conservation Education Interns work with camps, schools, families and other audiences to present a variety of educational programs. You will be trained in giving guided tours that explore our 9.5-mile Scenic Wildlife Drive. This will provide you, as well as our guests, personal encounters with many of our endangered animals.

Interns also can help care for the program animals, which include a millipede, a corn snake and Madagascar hissing cockroaches with the list subject to change. The wide variety of teaching opportunities and educational training provides the Conservation Education Intern with an exciting array of new skills and experiences that will benefit the intern in the future.

To apply for our Conservation Education Internships, please look for the Internships openings at the top of the page.

Animal Care Internships

At least two years of undergraduate collegiate work in wildlife management, conservation biology or a related scientific discipline are required. You must also have a valid driver’s license.

Spring: January-May (Deadline is October 1st)

Summer: May-August (Deadline is March 1st)

Fall: August-December (Deadline is June 1st) 

A $300-per-month stipend (for expenses) and free on-site housing are provided. If required, transportation to and from training area will be provided.

The Whitfield Collins Carnivore Intern

The Whitfield Collins Carnivore Intern is given the day-to-day responsibility of several groups of animals. These include, but are not limited to: Mexican wolves, red wolves, maned wolves and coatimundi. The intern will be required to assist with hand-raising of neonates when necessary.

Training will include: preparing and feeding of diets; purchasing and/or ordering of diets and supplies; cleanup, maintenance and stocking of food preparation room; completing a monthly diet inventory report; general cleaning and maintenance of animal enclosures and grounds; general monitoring of animal health and wellbeing; assisting with specific veterinary procedures (monthly deworming, fecal sample collecting, administering of medications, etc.); making behavioral observations as needed; participating in enrichment projects; daily record-keeping; completing expenditure forms; and completing an independent project.

Children’s Animal Center Internship

If you want an internship that gives you experience with a wide variety of animals, then the Children’s Animal Center Internship is for you! This intern is given the day-to-day responsibility of an assortment of animals located at the Children’s Animal Center (CAC). This includes a variety of goats, pot-bellied pigs, African spurred and Texas tortoises, an emu and psittacines including blue and gold macaws, an Eclectus parrot and bare-eyed cockatoos.

Some of your responsibilities include, but are not limited to: the daily cleaning and upkeep of the CAC; diet preparation; interacting with the public; helping vet staff with the CAC animals; working closely with volunteers; providing general maintenance and upkeep at exhibits and grounds; and general monitoring of animal health. You will also participate in enrichment and training with the various animals and complete an independent project.

The Black Rhino Keeper Internship

The Black Rhino Keeper Intern is given the day-to-day responsibility of caring for the black rhino herd.

Training will include: preparing and feeding of diets; cleaning and maintenance of the black rhino barn, yards and mechanical room; stocking of feed, hay, alfalfa and produce; completing monthly inventory reports, daily reports for feed consumption, health notes and training schedules; general monitoring of animals’ health and welfare; assisting with specific veterinary procedures (quarterly deworming, fecal sample collection, blood collection, ultrasound procedure, semen collection and administration of medications); making behavioral observations as needed; participating in enrichment projects; and completing an independent project.

Avian Internship

At least two years of undergraduate collegiate work in wildlife management, conservation biology or a related scientific discipline are required. You must also have a valid driver’s license.

The Avian Internship is focused on the breeding season of the highly endangered Attwater’s prairie chicken. This breeding program is paramount to the reintroduction and recovery of this grouse species. In addition to the daily feeding routines, interns partake in cleaning equipment and enclosures, make visual observations, record embryonic and chick development, as well as coordinate daily assessments. Healthy chicks are then slotted for future breeding seasons or for the annual U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service release program.

Resumes are accepted year-round for this position. Applicants must be available from late March/early April through July/August, as the internship duration does not fit around school semesters. Candidates should have an interest in and dedication to wildlife preservation. Strong communication and organizational skills are necessary as well as attention to fine details.

Being able to work independently or in a team atmosphere are also required.

To apply for our Animal Care Internships, please look for the Internships openings at the top of the page.

Animal Health Veterinary Preceptorship

Veterinary preceptorships are available to senior-level veterinary students for a period of 6-8 weeks. Our preceptorship program emphasizes field immobilization techniques, preventive medicine, conservation-oriented research and herd health.

Please provide a letter of interest detailing your background and career goals, your curriculum vitae, the names of two people (including phone numbers and emails) we can contact as professional references and a prioritized list of three 6-8-week blocks of time which would be feasible for you.

A $300-per-month stipend (for expenses) and free on-site housing are provided. If required, transportation to and from training area will be provided.

To apply, please look for the Internships openings at the top of the page.