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Animal Care Internship

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Dayton Society of Natural History

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The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery is seeking applicants for the winter session (mid-January through mid-May) of the Animal Care Internship. Interns work with animal care staff for 10 to 14 weeks and gain experience in the areas of animal care, record keeping, animal enrichment and interpretation of animal exhibits.

Internships in the Live Animal Department are non-paid positions and hours worked accumulate as volunteer hours.

Interns will work between 16 and 19 hours per week with a minimum of 160 hours completed. Schedules will include some weekend hours.

Duties include daily maintenance of the animal exhibits, behind the scenes areas and visitor spaces. Interns will learn how to present educational programs to Museum visitors.

Each intern must complete an independent project for the Live Animal Department if completing the internship for credit. The project will be selected with guidance from department curators.

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About Dayton Society of Natural History


2600 DeWeese Parkway, Dayton, OH 45414, US

Mission Statement

The mission of the Dayton Society of Natural History is to educate and enlighten all people of the region about the wonders of the world through the work of the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park, and Fort Ancient Earthworks and Nature Preserve.


The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery is based on the understanding that science is the process through which we come to understand our world, and that play is the way children do science. Thus, we are a place where play and learning come together so that visitors of all ages can explore the wonders of the world. The Museum includes a host of places for adventure: the Hall of the Universe, the Caryl D. Philips Space Theater, Oscar Boonshoft Science Central, the Mead TreeHouse, Bieser Discovery Center, The Discovery Zoo, and two galleries for temporary exhibits. Adventures are enhanced through real specimens and artifacts from the museum's collection of 1.8 million items.

Our sister site, SunWatch Indian Village, brings to life the 900 year old Fort Ancient culture. Here visitors of all ages can experience the daily lives of these members of Dayton's first neighborhood.

SunWatch currently combines experimental archaeological research, including the reconstruction of the Fort Ancient structures in their original 13th century locations, with an interpretive center that exhibits many of the artifacts that have been recovered from the site. The village reconstruction includes five lath and daub structures with grass thatch roofs, portions of a stockade, and a native garden and prairie with plants typical of the period. Inferred astronomical alignments originate from a complex of posts at the center of the village that have also been replaced.

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2600 Deweese PkwyDayton, OH 45414



  • Veterinary
  • Animal Care / Handling
  • General Education




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Interns will work between 16 and 19 hours per week with a minimum of 160 hours completed. Schedules will include some weekend hours.
  • Interns must be currently enrolled in or have completed a college degree program within the past two years. Interns must be able to perform basic duties like standing, knelling, and lift 50lbs. Completion of the application sent to you.

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