Experience the unique and challenging opportunity of working at a wildlife center. Internships are designed to provide hands-on experience for those who are interested in wildlife care and education.
While interning here you will have the opportunity to work with a number of animals and learn what it takes to run a successful Wildlife Center. Whether you plan to go into wildlife conservation, become a vet, or just care about the planet and its inhabitants, this internship will offer you plenty of challenges and opportunities to learn. This unique experience is supervised by highly trained professionals in the field, while you gain experience and make a difference in the community!
For those who want to work around the animals and aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty! Basic responsibilities include preparing diets, feeding animals, providing enrichment, cleaning and maintaining habitats, basic facility maintenance, training an assigned animal and other special projects.
This is your opportunity to take our message of caring and conservation to the public! Programs are presented as exhibits at community and onsite events and private functions. Assist staff in program development and more!
Marketing and Public Relations:
Maintaining a wildlife center without federal funding can propose some challenges when it comes time to pay the bills, so marketing becomes a big part of keeping the dream alive. From marketing our educational programs to selling our merchandise and even getting our animals symbolically “adopted,” it takes a certain know-how to appeal to the public to encourage them to help out. Duties may include coming up with slogans to sell merchandise and programs, and suggesting ideas to increase fundraising-revenues.
At Hawk Creek we take pride in our gardens, but they don’t maintain themselves! We’re always looking for people that have an interest in horticulture to help maintain our grounds throughout the season. We have a wide variety of perennials, shrubs, and trees on the grounds and bring in a new assortment of annuals to be planted every year. Individuals will have the opportunity to hone their landscaping skills and are encouraged to share their ideas on designing new gardens!
Our facility is open to the public only a few times a year, so we try to make each event special! Interns can let their creativity take flight by aiding in designing brochures for our events, signs for our center and programs, posters, and updating images on our website.
Aspiring journalists and writers of all kinds have their place in the sun here as well! Develop your skills writing education programs, articles or anecdotes for our newsletter, The Talon, updating information on our website for our animals and events!
What does it take to be an intern at Hawk Creek?
If you have a passion for the natural world and a positive attitude then you’re already heading in the right direction! However, there are some important considerations to take into account if you think this may be the job for you. Most of the work performed is outside, and may require some heavy lifting, so you must be physically capable of performing the job. In order to gain the most from your experience, a certain amount of dedication is required. We are looking for motivated, reliable, and passionate people who can work independently or with our team. For students, you must have a B average (3.0). Majoring in a field related to the internship for which you are applying is preferred, though not required. This opportunity is also open to adults wanting to expand their knowledge in their field or interested in a career change.
Furnished housing is provided for full time interns (on site). Transportation is recommended.
Must be over 18 years old, 3 months full time or 6 months part time.
How to Apply:
With your resume, please provide a letter stating your career goals and what you plan to get out of this internship.
When you are ready, fill out the application below and upload your cover letter and resume or e-mail the required materials to [email protected].
Internships are offered throughout the year. Please apply early since we receive many applications.
If you have additional questions, please contact us at 716-652-8646 or [email protected]