Animal Husbandry Internship
Lemur Conservation Foundation
The Lemur Conservation Foundation (LCF) is dedicated to the preservation and conservation of lemurs through captive breeding, non-invasive scientific research, education, and reintroduction. At LCF’s 100-acre, non-public, AZA certified Myakka City Lemur Reserve in Florida, the lemurs live naturally in two fenced, pristine forests, yet are readily available for educational and research projects conducted by undergraduate and graduate students from national universities. LCF also conducts the unique Field Training Program, which teaches students field techniques. LCF maintains the Mianatra Center for Lemur Studies at the reserve, a learning center and virtual and digital library about all things lemur that is open for research and education by appointment. In Madagascar, LCF partners with Tampolo Forest Station on the island’s northeast coast, to encourage environmental sustainability and education to help forestall deforestation in addition to promoting collaborative research projects and a researcher exchange program.
The reserve is currently home to seven different species of lemurs in both semi-free ranging habitats and traditional captive habitats. Interns will gain hands-on experience in the many aspects of maintaining an animal collection and contributing to a conservation mission. Responsibilities include daily care of our growing lemur colony, habitat construction and maintenance, behavioral enrichment, maintaining the cleanliness of lemur shelters, assisting with annual physicals and other duties as needed. The work is challenging, dirty, and frequently unglamorous; interns should expect to work in all weather conditions. Consequently, applicants should be in good physical health, extremely reliable, and dedicated. Please note that the Myakka City Lemur Reserve does not house education program animals and physical contact with the lemurs is not allowed.
This is an excellent opportunity to gain advanced experience in a difficult but highly rewarding field. Interns will have the satisfaction of contributing to the physical and psychological well being of the lemurs housed at the reserve as well as directly contributing to the greater mission of conserving these unique and fascinating primates. The highly trained and experienced staff at LCF will work closely with interns.
Typically, interns will work 40 hours per week and must be willing to work weekends and some holidays. The reserve is remotely located and interns must provide their own transportation to and from the nearest town, 25 miles away. A variety of culture and entertainment including state parks, art museums, zoo and botanical gardens and theaters can be found within 40 miles of the reserve.
Applicants should have some previous animal husbandry experience and at least two years of undergraduate course work in a related field (biology, anthropology, animal behavior, zoology or the like).
Interested candidates should send the following:
Letter of introduction describing why you are interested in the internship and what you hope to gain from it
Resume or CV
Two letters of recommendation, one of which should address previous husbandry experience
Transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable)
A negative Tb test is required annually.
Materials can be sent to Patricia Walsh electronically at firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to PO Box 249, Myakka City, FL 34251.
There is no stipend for this position.
provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
On site housing is provided; interns must provide own transportation to/from nearest town for groceries, banking, etc.
Term of Appointment:
PO Box 249
Myakka City, FL 34251
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