Wild Hearts African Farm is currently accepting

Internship Applications for 2023! 

Wild Hearts operates a comprehensive unpaid internship program for college students and recent graduates looking to gain experience in the animal husbandry industry. Since 2015, interns from Miami University, Wright State, The Ohio State University, Ohio University, Sinclair Community College, University of Dayton, University of Findlay, Ball State, Cincinnati State, Otterbein, Indiana University East, Northern Michigan University, Cedarville University, and more have accumulated over 35,000 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 Teaching 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 are a minimum of 10 weeks and 250 hours, but many interns choose to earn additional hours. You’ll be scheduled a minimum of 3/mornings-early afternoons a week for 10-16 weeks so that you can have flexibility around your school and work schedules. This internship is hard work and educational! 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. Out out-of-area interns may also be interested in staying at one of our local hotels or bed & breakfasts for the duration of their internship at their own expense. Our very first staff member was hired after completing their internship program with us!


Download and complete the 
Wild Hearts Internship Application
and email to amanda@wildheartsafricanfarm.org.
Applications are accepted year-round however spaces fill quickly.
We will interview and hire as we receive applications.

Wild Hearts is a 501c3 non-profit. 

8079 Salem Rd. Lewisburg, Ohio 45338
Proud to be the FIRST Humane Certified™ Zoo in Ohio!!

Keywords: Native wildlife, exotic animals, conservation, animal husbandry, service learning, internships, volunteer, education center, 


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