Park Operations Business Intern - Animal Care Specialist

Job Description: Selected candidates are placed in an Animal Care Specialist Level I role with the park responsible for providing consistent care and training of the collection of all assigned animals in the Highland Stables, Lorikeet Aviary, and Eagle Ridge areas; following all husbandry and training protocols for the specified zoological areas; working in a consistent professional and positive manner; learning and demonstrating required training and handling protocols for any applicable animals; demonstrating the ability to safely work with a very diverse collection of animals including mammals, birds, and reptiles; having excellent guest service skills for daily presentations and interactions. Interns will also be required to participate in the following developmental activities throughout the summer:

Attend seminars held by various departments within the park, including Culinary Operations, Design & Engineering, Finance, Human Resources, Marketing, Merchandise, and Park Operations

Attend business, leadership, and professional development classes taught by park leadership

Park tours with members of the Park Operations leadership team

Planned meeting sessions with members of the park’s senior leadership team

Complete an Internship project where interns work with leaders throughout the park on an assignment designed to improve the park and its operations

Complete an evaluation process throughout the entire internship period designed to help selected candidates gain real job experience and develop/improve their performance during the entire length of the internship

Interns will also have the experience of front-line involvement, overseeing a team of employees and providing guidance and direction to their team as they interact with thousands of guests daily

Daily Responsibilities: Interns will be expected to perform the following responsibilities on a daily basis:

Perform area cleaning and maintenance of Zoological areas and enclosures

Perform daily health maintenance, training sessions, and animal presentations

Daily, weekly, and monthly record keeping

Daily animal enrichment and exhibit maintenance.

Maintain current behaviors for all applicable animals

Have the ability to recognize the overall health of each animal through daily observation and hands on training.

Knowledge of and the ability to discuss the natural history of the animals in the Zoological Department.

General knowledge of the SeaWorld/Busch Gardens Animal Training methods.

Demonstrate the understanding of the SOPs for an animal escape and the responsibilities of being onsite during this situation.

Participate as requested in animal outreach presentations including school visits, animal appearances in various media and stage presentations.

Requirements and Competencies

Must be currently pursuing a college degree

Valid Virginia driver’s license, have a clean driving record, and possess the ability to operate a company vehicle

Commit to working through the 2018 peak operating season (mid May– mid August)

Flexible availability (schedules include nights, weekend and holidays)

Excellent human relations and communication skills

Previous zoological or theme park experience is a plus

One year of animal care experience with at least 6 months of hoof stock and/or avian experience preferred

Familiar with the principles of Operant Conditioning, specifically the application of positive reinforcement training preferred

Locations and positions will be based upon applicant qualifications and availability. This is a paid internship and can be used for credits based on the requirements of your College or University. Please see your school for requirements.


Busch Gardens is an equal opportunity employer and supports a safe and drug free workplace.

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