Wild Hearts operates a comprehensive unpaid internship program for college students and recent graduates looking to gain experience in the animal husbandry industry. In 2016, interns from Miami University, Wright State, Ohio State, Sinclair, University of Dayton, Ball State, Cincinnati State, Indiana University East and more accumulated over 2300 hours of hands-on internship experience with us. Whether you are interested in becoming a zookeeper, rancher, conservation officer, game warden, naturalist, animal behaviorist, vet tech, veterinarian or wildlife biologist, this internship will help prepare you for an exciting and rewarding career. You’ll work directly with birds, mammals and reptiles of all kinds from both our African Farm and our Mobile Petting Zoo. Additionally, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in our educational programs and learn to deliver entertaining and engaging facts while handling an animal in front of an audience. Internships can be started anytime and either are 3/days a week for 12 weeks or 4/days a week for 16 weeks. This internship is hard work! You’ll be cleaning enclosures indoors and outdoors in all weather conditions, preparing food, providing enrichment, keeping detailed records, shoveling, trimming nails, pulling weeds, weighing animals, lifting feed bags, getting muddy…but most importantly you’ll be sharing an incredible experience with some of our amazing animals while working towards your career goals!
Wild Hearts does not currently offer on-site housing, but out-of-area interns may be interested in staying at one of our local hotels or bed & breakfasts for the duration of their internship at their own expense.
TO APPLY: Download and complete the WILDHEARTS INTERN APP 2017 and either mail to 8079 Salem Rd. Lewisburg, Ohio 45338 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The team at Wild Hearts African Farm is spectacular! On my recent visit, I was able to see their passion, fire and love for the animals. They are experts focused on educating the community about the need for conservation work both locally and globally. During my tour with the owner, I was educated on the importance of wildlife conservation, and was able to get up close with many fascinating animals while learning much about their environments. The farm property is beautifully landscaped and manicured with plenteous acreage for future development. Their internship program provides valuable experience for college students seeking comprehensive experience in animal husbandry. It is an exquisite educational location, a perfect recreational setting, a conservation park, a farm, a sanctuary – it is all of the above. Truly breathtaking! It is a must see!