Job Details

Behavior Monitoring and Animal Welfare Internship

Metro, Portland, Oregon

Internship - Other

Close Date: 05/21/2019

Salary: Unpaid Internship

Job overview
Oregon Zoo Conservation Research is hosting one unpaid summer internship. The anticipated start date is late May / early June 2019 and the opportunity will conclude in September.

This internship is designed to be educational in nature and will provide the student with real world experience that complements their academic training. We work with each student to define the nature and scope of their internship and to determine an appropriate work schedule. Internships require a final, written project report including literature review, summary and analysis of results, and recommendations for follow-up study. Internships do not include "hands-on" experience with the animals in the zoo's collection.

Intern will receive opportunities to:
• Learn the natural history of species in the zoo's care and how that informs our welfare monitoring program.
• Explore broad conservation issues and their impact on various threatened species.
• Collaborate with zoo staff in the design, implementation, evaluation, and reporting of our welfare monitoring program.
• Support the endocrinology lab through storing and processing samples and preparing them for analysis.
• Advance their database knowledge by assisting with data management and transformation using the pivot table function within MS Excel.
• Attend regular team and zoo-wide meetings/trainings.
• More opportunities may be provided; based on the skills shown by the intern and staff capacity.

About the program:
The Conservation Research group works with keepers, researchers, trained volunteers, and veterinarians to contribute to both in situ and ex situ animal welfare and conservation. We assess an animal's physical and physiological state by monitoring behavior, body condition, and hormone levels. We use these measurements to inform the animal care staff of potential changes in condition and make connections between welfare and field conservation. For more information:

At the Oregon zoo, we hire a workforce representative of the communities we serve, understanding that a diverse workforce strengthens our organization. We value diversity and support a positive and welcoming environment.

Application requirements
Please attach the following to your application
1) a curriculum vitae – including but not limited to:
• Current educational institution and any institutions of higher education you have attended previously
• Your area of education (major)
• Your expected graduation month & year
• List and describe, as related to the opportunities, activities, and minimum requirements below:
o lab and coursework
o research projects you have conducted or contributed to
o independent study opportunities you have completed
o other relevant academic skills or qualifications
• A list of your major subject area papers and presentations, do not attach actual paper or presentation to this application.

2) a letter of recommendation from your academic advisor or sponsor. A signed PDF may be attached to this electronic application, otherwise, please instruct your academic advisor or sponsor to submit the letter of recommendation separately from this application, directly to the following email address: and include "Letter of Recommendation_'applicant's last name'" in the subject line.
All materials must be received by the application deadline.

Equal employment opportunity
Anyone who is qualified will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, familial status, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability for which a reasonable accommodation can be made, or any other status protected by law.

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