Avian Behavior International offers seasonal internship positions in the winter, spring, summer and fall. Interns work have the unique opportunity to get hands-on training and husbandry experience with a wide variety of free-flighted birds. The position is generally 8-12 weeks and is full-time, with a small stipend, and provides housing. The intern will participate in animal care and husbandry with a focus on a diverse collection of avian species. The position will also have opportunities for growth and participation in bird training including free-flight and presentations for our education programs and training sessions.

The successful intern should possess a high level of motivation for positive reinforcement, progressive training methods and working with birds. Current students or recent graduates with course work in animal behavior, animal care, wildlife education, or related studies are encouraged.

Applicants must be 18 years old and able to pass a background check. Additional responsibilities and qualities include:

  • Daily feeding, cleaning, and husbandry of birds
  • Able to work outdoors in uneven terrain
  • Able to lift 50 pounds
  • Able to work independently as well as with a team
  • Willing to follow directions and protocols
  • Willing to interact with guests
  • Have a driver’s license; access to a personal vehicle due to rural living conditions is recommended.

Applicants send in a resume and references to Katie Pnewski at with the subject of the email including the season of internship they are interested in and the year. ABI announces the opening of the positions on its social media pages as well as the AAZK listing.