Summer Animal Care and Education Intern

Learn about and assist with the care and management of Wolf Ridge’s education animals. Share your knowledge while teaching wildlife classes to summer campers, families, grandparents and grandchildren, and other groups.  


Internship Details

Responsibilities of Animal Care and Education Internship

  • Handling and caring for the animals, cleaning and maintenance of animal permanent housing, repair and building perches, diet preparation and creating enrichment
  • Greeting and speaking with the public and guests of Wolf Ridge in provision of educational programs
  • Assisting in bird banding and filling bird feeders once per week
  • Teaching an average of two wildlife classes per week (3 hours in length) to groups of youth and adults will be included with this position

Learning Outcomes

The Intern will learn

  • Midwestern raptor biology and natural history
  • Basics of interpretation for a variety of audiences
  • How to present and evaluate public programs
  • Appropriate care and management of education animals; including housing, feeding, and training
  • Appropriate methods to handle raptors and a porcupine
  • To become competent at teaching a 3-hour class on birds and related wildlife subjects
  • Learn bird banding techniques under a Master Bird Bander

Work Schedule

  • Variable up to 40 hours/week. Holidays and weekends are included but schedule may vary.


  • On campus housing and food is available in summer
  • Credit for this internship can be arranged through the intern’s current college or university

Education, Experience and Internship Requirements

  • Junior or senior in college or older
  • In good physical condition and able to lift or carry 50 pounds
  • Excitement for learning
  • Drivers License
  • Position conditional upon acceptable background screening

For More Information

Please contact Erin Waldorf, Animal Program Coordinator, at 218-353-7414 ext. 193 or erin.waldorf@wolf-ridge.org


February 27th. Position awarded by March 15th. A phone interview is required for this position.

to apply

To apply for a position, please complete an online application