Job Postings

Animal Care Internship


International Exotic Animal Sanctuary

Closing Date
February 21, 2020

There are four to eight positions available within the International Exotic Animal Sanctuary (IEAS) Animal Care Department. IEAS is the first sanctuary ever to be granted certification by the AZA. The Sanctuary cares for many exotic animals encompassing many different feline species, 3 different bear species, and a number of other small exotic animal species.

Experience includes safety procedures, diet preparation, feeding, cleaning, animal health, animal management, behavioral studies, enrichment, record keeping, assisting in construction and habitat modification, and related activities. Interns will also be involved with the volunteer program and formal and informal presentations. Interns can learn as much about animal behavior and emotions has they choose by participating in our Emotional Enrichment Program. Classes led by certified instructors for CPR, Basic First Aid and Bleeding control will be provided.

**This is a strict no contact position**

**We also offer six month internships which have the same deadline dates as the three month internship. Interest in the six month internship can be noted on the application. All applicants start as three month interns. Six month internship opportunities are invitation based.

Education and Pre-requisites

Candidates should have at least two years of undergraduate program studies in zoology, animal management, biology, or a related field. International applications are welcome. Interns must be able to perform regular, strenuous duties in 90 to over 100 degree weather and must be able to lift 50lbs. You must present yourself in a professional manner. Interns will gain practical experience working with exotic animals, will be involved with our educational program and have the chance to be involved in our emotional and behavioral enrichment programs.

Compensation and benefits

Vehicles, on-site housing and $50/week stipend are provided.

Application instructions

Please email a cover letter, resume and two references to Please be sure to state which session you are applying for. If you have volunteered or interned with an animal related facility, we would encourage you to include a reference letter from the facility.
Spring Session: March 1-May 31
Summer Session: June 1-August 31
Fall Session: September 1-November 30
Winter Session: December 1-February 28

*NOTE: Internship start dates are tentative.

You may also send your materials to:

International Exotic Animal Sanctuary
Attention: Intern Program
PO Box 637
Boyd, TX 76023

Questions can be emailed to:

International Exotic Animal Sanctuary
Boyd, TX 76023
Phone: 9404335091