Animal Care Externship

Location: Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

Work Hours: 16 to 19 hours per week, some weekend work required

Reports To: Curator of Live Animals


The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery is seeking applicants for the Animal Care Externship. Externs work with animal care staff for 10 to 14 weeks during Winter, Summer or Fall Sessions and gain experience in the areas of animal care, record keeping, animal enrichment and interpretation of animal exhibits.

Externships in the Live Animal Department are non-paid positions and hours worked accumulate as volunteer hours.

Externs will work between 16 and 19 hours per week with a minimum of 160 hours completed. Schedules will include some weekend hours.

Duties include daily maintenance of the animal exhibits, behind the scenes areas, and visitor spaces. Externs will learn how to present educational programs to Museum visitors.

Each extern must complete an independent project for the Live Animal Department if completing the externship for credit. The project will be selected with guidance from department curators.


Externs must be a currently enrolled in college degree program or have completed a college degree within the past two years.

Externs must be able to perform basic animal care activities including standing, bending, sweeping and lifting up to 50 pounds.

Externs must be able to tolerate the presence of animal fur, feathers, and bedding. 

Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to:

Associate Curator of Live Animals
Boonshoft Museum of Discovery
2600 DeWeese Parkway
Dayton, OH 45414


Applications for the Winter Session (January – March) must be received by October 1; Summer Session (June – August) by March 15; Fall Session (September – November) by July 15.

The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums and houses a diverse collection of over 125 animals.

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