Animal Care Intern

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Guadalupe River Park Conservancy

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Guadalupe River Park Conservancy is looking for enthusiastic, passionate individuals that are interested in doing animal care for our educational animal ambassadors! These animals include turtles and snakes as well as a toad, lizard, and crayfish.

This is a long-term (at least one year) commitment. Duties required include, but are not limited to: cleaning animal enclosures, feeding/providing water to animals, enrichment (exercise/time outside), filling in log books, and other duties as they are assigned. Special items to consider are that interns may need to lift 20 lbs occasionally, be able to stand up/reach down for extended periods of time, be able to walk across the street and back, be open to working with exotic animals, and be able to work independently and with minimal direction.

The time commitment varies, but candidates must be able to commit to a regular shift during the week.

The time of the shift depends on the individual, but can be any 2 hour shift from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Specific shifts will be discussed with the supervisor. Example volunteer shift: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM, or Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM.

Our ideal candidate would be someone who has experience with animals (although it is not required), be detail-oriented, passionate about animals, animal care, and natural history of our animals. We would also love to have someone who is enthusiastic and positive to complement our current volunteer and staff teams.

Little experience with animals is needed, as an orientation will be held as well as on-going training with the Education Program Associate.

Time Frame:

1 - 5 day commitment during the week

Long-term (at least one year required)


- Cleaning animal enclosures

- Feeding/giving water to animals

- Animal enrichment (i.e. bringing animals outside for sunlight and exercise)

- Filling in log books

- Other duties as assigned

Special Considerations:

- Interns must be 16 years of age or older

- May be needed to lift approximately 20 lbs

- Must be able to stand up and reach down for extended periods of time (can take breaks to offset if needed)

- Volunteer will need to walk across the street (or drive; although no reimbursement for gas will be given) to retrieve animal food from pet food supplier

- Must be comfortable, or willing to become comfortable, with "exotic" animals (i.e. snakes, fish, arthropods, toads, lizards, etc.)

- This is a long-term assignment (at least one year required)

- Must be able to work independently and with minimal direction

Ideal Candidate is someone who is:

- Experienced in working with animals (not required)

- Detail-Oriented

- Passionate about animals, and animal care

- Interested in Natural History of animals

- Detail-oriented, and willing to take direction

- Enthusiastic and positive


Little experience with animals is needed.

A short orientation will be held.

There will be an on-going training with the Education Program Associate at Guadalupe River Park Conservancy, as well as the other animal care interns.

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About Guadalupe River Park Conservancy


438 Coleman Avenue, San Jose, CA 95110, US

Mission Statement

The Guadalupe River Park Conservancy provides community leadership for the development and active use of the Guadalupe River Park & Gardens through education, advocacy and stewardship.


We are a community advocacy group for the Guadalupe River Park and Gardens dedicated to the completion of the River Park and Gardens as well as maintaining the park and providing educational opportunities.


We'll work with your schedule.


438 coleman ave.san jose, CA 95110



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