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North Carolina Zoo is in Asheboro, North Carolina. The following is copied directly from their website: http://nczoo.org/index.cfm.



Volunteer Management InternEdit

Internship Position: Unpaid. Volunteer Management

Summary: The NC Zoo's Volunteer Coordinator manages nearly 300 intergenerational Volunteers with various backgrounds. In addition to supervising long-term Volunteers, the Volunteer Office is responsible for coordinating 10-20 group projects and events that consist of hundreds of one-time Volunteers, annually. This position offers experience in a progressive management style that allows interns to take on a great deal of responsibility and provides a supportive, stimulating and fun work place. Some people say their workplace is a zoo, but ours really is!

Primary Duties:

  • Assist in developing and organizing the growing volunteer base
  • Develop marketing and recruit presentation
  • Participate in planning meetings
  • Provide office support
  • Conduct new Volunteer orientation
  • Write monthly newsletter articles
  • Create incentives and awards
  • Suggest ideas to increase retention
  • Report statistical data
  • Event management
  • Help plan, decorate and host annual Volunteer banquet
  • Conduct Volunteer evaluations and surveys
  • Interns may provide leadership to Volunteers in the absence of the Volunteer Coordinator. Internships are intended to provide experience and on the job training.

Time Commitments: Internships are a minimum of one semester or up to 16 weeks at 20-40 hours per week. Hours and schedules are flexible and will be determined during the interview. Interns may be required to work some evening shifts and occasional weekends. Office hours are 8am - 5pm.

Requirements: Interns should excel in oral and written communications, and have strong customer service skills. The ability to work with people from age 12 - 99 is essential. Volunteers should be computer savvy and enjoy working independently.

Intern Responsibilities: Internships are unpaid and any applicable university or college credit must be arranged by the intern. Expenses such as travel, food, housing, etc. are the responsibility of each individual. On-site housing is available for a fee. Applicants should have a valid driver’s license and dependable transportation.

Applicants: No experience is required. However, preference will be given to candidates pursuing a career in Volunteer management, Human Resources or a related field (i.e. communications, business, event management, public relations, etc.).


Availability
Summer Session (May - August)
Fall Session (September - December)
Winter/Spring (January - April)


Wildlife Rehabilitator InternEdit

Internship Position: Unpaid. Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

Summary: Wildlife rehabilitation is the care of injured or orphaned native wildlife with the sole purpose of returning animals back into the wild. To achieve this goal, wild animals must maintain or develop all the characteristics of their species, including the fear of people. Wildlife are not treated as pets and should not be named or cuddled. Wildlife is handled as little as possible and exposure to sights and sounds of humans is limited. Respect of these rules is most appreciated.

Primary Role:
Interns provide routine daily care for injured and orphaned native wildlife, until they are ready for release back into the wild, as well as care for the Zoo’s education animals. The intern’s duties include preparation of diets, cleaning cages, admitting patients, feeding animals, answering phones, scheduling, and record keeping. Interns will also have the opportunity to assist with medical tasks such as administering medications, physical therapy, assisting with radiographs and surgeries, as well as, perform treatments as ordered by Veterinary staff. In addition, interns may have the opportunity to participate in special projects, research, tours, training, cage building and animal rescues, as well as participating in our education animal programming. Interns may provide leadership to Volunteers in the absence of the wildlife center director. Internships are intended to provide experience and on the job training in basic rehab skills (not to teach veterinary medicine).

Time Commitments: Internships are a minimum of one semester or 12 weeks at 20-40 hours per week. Hours will be determined during the interview. Interns work a rotating schedule and may be required to work some evening shifts and weekends. The Center is open 8am – 10pm (during spring and summer months) and 8am – 6pm during the winter.

Requirements: Applicants should have strong communication skills and the ability to work with others. Interns must be able to lift a minimum of 15lbs., stand for periods of at least 30 minute intervals, be able to read and follow instructions, perform simple calculations and have dependable transportation. This position is not suitable for individuals who are immune suppressed or have animal allergies.

Intern Responsibilities: Internships are unpaid and any applicable university or college credit must be arranged by the intern. Expenses such as travel, food, housing, etc. are the responsibility of each individual. On-site housing is available for a fee.

Applicants: Preference will be given to candidates pursuing a career in animal care (i.e. Wildlife Rehabilitation, Pre-vet, veterinary technician, zoo and/or aquarium and animal science students, etc.).


Availability Application Deadlines
Summer Session
(May - August)

March 15

Fall Session
(September - December)

July 15

Winter/Spring Session
(January - April)

November 15

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