Job Postings

Animal Care Internships/ Large Felids/ Full time


Central Florida Animal Reserve

Closing Date
November 1, 2021

Central Florida Animal Reserve (CFAR) is a newly constructed facility on 11 acres housing a collection of 20+ tigers, lions, leopards, and cougars. CFAR was established in 2007 and in 2017 moved to our new facility built solely by dedicated volunteers. We are licensed through FWC, USDA, and an institutional member of AAZK located in beautiful east Osceola county in southeast St. Cloud, Florida. This non-profit facility serves large felids that would not otherwise have a home. Central Florida Animal Reserve’s mission is to preserve these magnificent animals and act as stewards for their care and well-being. We are a growing institution, recently opening our new Welcome Center as well as rehoming 7 big cats in 2020.
CFAR is seeking motivated, dedicated, and passionate interns interested in learning and gaining experience in all aspects of animal care. Experiences achieved include but not limited to; large felid husbandry, enclosure maintenance, diet prep, enrichment, behavior training, record keeping and a weekly class. Class topics include: natural history of the animals, animal behavior, professional goal assessment/guidance, assigning a project focused on your professional goals and more
CFAR operates under a strict protected contact policy.
Interns are required to work a minimum of 40 hours per week for a minimum of a 12-week period (semester) which can be extended to 6 months.
Internships available:
Semester times are:
• Summer- May – August, deadline for application April 15
• Fall- September-December deadline July 1
• Spring- January to May deadline November 1

Education and Pre-requisites

• College students who have completed 4 semesters toward a science or related degree.
• Students working toward Bachelor degree preferred
• Recent college graduates working toward a career in the animal care field.
• Physically able to lift and carry 50 pounds, stoop, bend, reach and work outside in Central Florida summer climate.
• Valid drivers license and own transportation.
• Proof of health insurance coverage for illness or injury
• Available to work weekends if necessary
• Experience working with animals is preferred
• *Proof of recent negative Covid 19 test (within a week of arrival)
• Covid 19 vaccinated preferred

Compensation and benefits

• Free on-site housing
• Stipend of $50/week

Application instructions

• Cover letter stating which semester you are applying for
• Resume
• 3 Professional References
• Letter of recommendation (optional and encouraged)
• Bette Cannon
• Animal Care Manager
OR send to:
Central Florida Animal Reserve
Bette Cannon
500 Broussard Rd
St Cloud FL 34773