Avian Keeper Internship

Care for the Raptors We All Love


Avian Keeper Interns participate in the daily care of Carolina Raptor Center’s resident collection.

Tasks may include, but are not limited to:

  • Daily enclosure cleaning
  • Daily diet preparation
  • Ongoing installation and repair of perching and enclosures
  • Enrichment distribution and observation
  • Record keeping
  • Assisting with resident bird health checks

Applicants should be self-motivated and be willing to both learn and teach skills, be able to work with a variety of staff and volunteers, and be able to adjust to somewhat unpredictable and often long hours. The position includes outdoor work in all types of weather. Please note the following requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must be able to prepare diets that include rodents, poultry, and live bugs
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds
  • Must be able to positively interact with members of the public
  • Must speak fluent English
  • Must be currently working toward a career in the animal care or animal training field

Avian Keeper internships require a minimum commitment of 20 hours per week, including weekends, to total a completion of 200 hours during the internship.

Internships are offered year round.

Application Process

Submit a resume, cover letter, and references to Natalie Childers, Curator of Birds and Programs, at nchilders@carolinaraptorcenter.org.