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Animal Care Interns


WildCat Ridge Sanctuary

Closing Date
September 11, 2022

WildCat Ridge Sanctuary has immediate openings for hardworking and enthusiastic Animal Care Interns.
WildCat Ridge Sanctuary is a 501(c)3 lifetime sanctuary for captive-born wildcats. The facility is located in Scotts Mills Oregon. WCR is a member of the American Sanctuary Association, Tigers in America, Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, American Association of Zoo Keepers and Big Cat Sanctuary Alliance. We care for lions, tigers, cougars, cheetahs, bobcats, servals, caracals, hybrid cats as well as some farm animals and poultry.

Internships are a great opportunity to learn more about working at a true sanctuary while adding skills to your resume. WCR is not open to the public allowing the Animal Care Interns to devote all their time to caring for the wildcat residents without taking time away to do tours. This provides an incredible opportunity to get to know each and every one of the animals that they work with on a more personal level. (Keeper positions are offered first to previous interns.
The Internship program will provide valuable knowledge of exotic feline husbandry and provide valuable experience for a future in the field of zoo keeper or animal care in a Sanctuary setting.

Some of the training offered:
• Animal Observation: methods to assess an animal’s behavior and their environment
• General Animal Information: protocol for keeping records of all aspects of sanctuary care
• Small Felid Husbandry: teaches daily care of domestics and hybrid cats
• Enrichment: procedures for creating enrichment for all the animals on-site
• Food Preparation: policies and procedures for food preparation, feeding, and watering for the wildcats
• Medication and Supplements: learn medications/supplements used for the residents and the best way to safely administer treatment
• Cleaning: procedures used for cleaning indoor and outdoor habitats

Education and Pre-requisites

• Be able to stand for long periods of time, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, push, pull, climb, balance
• Must be able to work in all weather including heat/humidity, cold temperatures and wet or muddy conditions
• Must be fluent in English (both written and verbal)
• Must provide your own health insurance
• Must have a valid drivers license and car (there is no local transit available)
• Be able to work in a team environment or independently
• Candidates should have at least one year of undergraduate program studies in zoology, biology, or other animal related fields.

Compensation and benefits

Animal Care Internships run for approximately 12 weeks. Interns work a minimum of five days a week with a minimum of 40hours. Must be able to work weekends and holidays. We do not offer housing accommodations, therefore housing and transportation are at the cost and responsibility of the intern. A monthly stipend of $300 is paid.

Application instructions

Send resume, cover letter, transcripts, and a copy of a current Driver’s License along with two reference contacts to:
WildCat Ridge Intern Program
PO. Box 280
Scotts Mills, Oregon 97375
Or email information to:
Applicants without the requested paperwork will not be considered.