The North American Bear Center Mission Statement: “The mission of the non-profit North American Bear Center is to advance the long-term survival of bears worldwide by replacing the misconceptions with scientific facts about bears, their role in the ecosystems, and their relations with humans.” (www.bear.org)
Goal of the Internship Program: The goal of the North American Bear Center Internship program is to give interns a strong background in black bear biology, ecology, behavior and captive care as well as Northwoods ecology, biology and small animal care in order to accurately educate the general public. This program is intended to directly support the mission statement of the North American Bear Center. This internship program is ideal for undergraduate and graduate students exploring careers in wildlife biology, zoology, environmental sciences, ecology, wildlife management, and animal behavior. These fields of study will be given preference in the selection process.
Position Summary: Educate NABC visitors about the four ambassador bears (via on-site programs and Q&A) and wild black bear behavior (via videos, exhibits, and Q&A). You will be required to give Behind the Scenes tours to visitors. This position will be responsible for all aspects of bear care including maintaining a clean bear enclosure, bear foraging feedings, bear enrichment activities, and food preparation. Worldwide broadcasts of our daily bear enrichments will require speaking to our on-site and global followers. This position will require giving visitors information on local flora and fauna. Some additional research on these animals may be required to effectively lead a program.
College Credit for Internship: We are happy to work with a college advisor so the intern can receive credit for this program, if requested prior to beginning the internship.
Expectations for all Interns:
1.) Represent the NABC in a positive manner with member, donors, visitors, vendors, and the community.
2.) Uphold the Mission Statement of the North American Bear Center.
3.) Interact effectively with a diverse group of staff, interns, volunteers and visitors.
4.) Arrive to work on time and dressed per NABC guidelines
5.) Learn and follow all NABC protocol.
6.) Maintain up-to-date knowledge on Ambassador Bears and wild bear behavior.
7.) Maintain up-to-date knowledge on local wildlife and our captive small animals.
8.) Work 40 hours (sometimes more) per week including weekends and holidays.
9.) Continued learning of all information at the NABC.
10.) Good observation, judgment, and problem solving skills
11.) Be reliable and motivated.
12.) Successful completion of NABC training course.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
1.) Assistant in captive black bear care by: feeding, food preparation, maintaining and executing feeding schedule, documenting diet and behavior, enclosure maintenance,
2.) Engage our guests in conversation, answer questions, and help direct them to info and exhibits within the NABC.
3.) Lead and assist in programing for our guests in a professional manner guests by guiding tours, Q & A sessions, and online broadcasts.
4.) Assist in maintaining the exhibit hall areas so that they are clean and presentable to guests.
5.) Assist in native small animal care by: feeding, documenting diet and behavior, enclosure cleaning and maintenance, handling for and with guests, and conducting programs.
6.) Research and utilize relative wildlife information to use for programs, guests learning experience, and future or updating exhibit information.
7.) Learn all the information at the NABC and www.bear.org.
- Work under supervision
- Stand for long periods, lift 50 pounds, and navigate efficiently over uneven ground
- Improvise, adapt and overcome new and unforeseen situations
- Valid driver’s license (for Minnesota)
- Current Passport (only if not a US citizen)
Required Personal Traits-
- At least 18 years of age
- Fluent in English language
- Willing to work in pairs and teams
- Comfortable working with diverse groups of people
- Eagerness and willingness to learn new information