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Employment Opportunities

Animal Care & Encounter Internship


Be part of our new college relations program and work as a intern for Lucky Ladd Farms, an award-winning agritourism destination serving thousands of visitors each year.

  • Gain invaluable experience.
  • Build your resume.
  • Have fun on the farm!


  • Preparing animal diets.
  • Cleaning and maintaining animal enclosures and exhibits.
  • Observing animals and reporting any behavioral changes.
  • Maintaining area grounds and buildings.
  • Enhance guest experiences by initiating conversations, providing assistance, answering questions, and educating the public about the animals throughout the Farm.
  • Explain the rules of the exhibit and animal interactions to guests in animal encounter areas.
  • Monitor the public ensuring the safety of guests and animals while assisting with crowd control and flow through interactive exhibits.
  • Assist in preparation, selling, and distribution of animal feed for interactive exhibits.
  • Assisting animal keepers with projects.
  • Performing other duties as assigned
  • Special Projects (may vary):
    • Designing and delivering educational interpretation to the general public regarding animal behavior, habitat and conservation issues
    • Develop and implement animal enrichment activities
    • Develop and present ideas for positive contributions to enhance the guest experience at the Farm.


  • Minimum second-year College Student or recent graduate in Zoology, Biology, Wildlife Management, Animal Science, Veterinary Medicine or related program.
  • 3.0 or above accumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale preferred.
  • Prior animal care experience preferred.
  • Ability to balance multiple assignments successfully.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently on daily tasks as well as cooperate with a team.
  • Ability to work a set schedule which will include mornings and weekends 3-5 days per week.
  • Ability to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions.
  • Willingness to work with a large variety of animals.
  • Ability to lift 50lbs.
  • We are not accepting international students at this time.


  • Minimum commitment of 30 hours/week for 12 to 16 weeks
  • College students are encouraged to seek class credit, but it is not required. Academic requirements for institution credit are the responsibility of the student intern to fulfill.


  • Hourly wage ranges from $10-12, depending on experience.
  • Gain professional, hands-on experience.
  • Enhance personal portfolio.
  • Letters of reference for future job opportunities.

NOTE: We are unable to provide housing, housing stipend, or reimbursement for travel expenses.


  • Spring Semester (January-April) applications due by December 1.
  • Summer Semester (May-August) applications due by April 1
  • Fall Semester (September-December) applications due by August 1


  • Complete Internship Application
  • Resume
  • Cover letter explaining:
    • - Career goals and how this internship will help achieve those goals.
      - Relevant skills, activities, experience and/or classes.
      - School requirements for internship credit (if applicable).
      - Start and end dates, and days of availability.
  • Two letters of recommendation.

Employment offers for all positions may be contingent on the satisfactory results of a criminal background check and pre-employment drug screen. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Lucky Ladd Farms does not discriminate in hiring or terms and conditions of employment because of an individual's race creed, color, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability or national origin. Lucky Ladd Farms only hires individuals authorized for employment in the United States.