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EMCC- Animal Ambassador Intern

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Company Name: 
Estrella Mountain Community College Science Division
Application Due Date: 
Sunday, December 15, 2019
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EMCC’s Science Division is seeking 3 responsible, dedicated Animal Ambassador Interns who are capable with working in a team environment. These interns will be responsible for providing adequate and safe animal care for the entire spring semester (16 weeks). EMCC’s Science Division prepares up-and-coming animal handlers and caretakers to be leaders in a variety of professions. The EMCC Science Division currently houses a variety of animals such as; ball pythons, corn snakes, ornate box turtles, red-eared sliders, painted turtles, Sonoran desert tortoises, rose-haired tarantula, and an in-house feeder mouse breeding program, all in which are utilized as teaching models in a variety of biology courses and community outreach events (such as presentation in K-12 schools).


  • $500 student stipend, you must apply for it separately in order to be compensated. You can apply at this linkhttps://www.estrellamountain.edu/students/internships/west-valley-wirrcs...
  • Student service learning contact hours; (If you are not going to apply for and receive the $500 stipend)
  • Unique opportunity to gain some hands-on experience working closely with a variety of animals, both domestic and wildlife; 
  • Collegial and fun-loving colleagues who care deeply about animal welfare and conservation biology.   

The Science Division has asked that the intern(s) work for approximately 3 hrs. per week and will be flexible with your EMCC schedule. This opportunity is only available to Estrella Mountain Community College students. Applicants are REQUIRED to submit and online application, a resume, and a cover letter. Free resume/cover letter/mock interview assistance is available by appointment only at the EMCC Career & Transfer Center. To schedule your appointment please visit or call 623-935-8740 or email ctc.frontdesk@estrellamountain.edu.

Duties and Responsibilities: 

Interns will be responsible for (but not be limited to):

  • Flushing and filling water containers for all aquaria (daily);
  • Spot cleaning aquaria as needed (daily);
  • Regular bedding changes / complete aquaria cleanings (monthly);
  • Managing feeder mouse reproduction (i.e., tracking life cycles, pairing, separating) (daily);
  • Tracking weight loss on hibernating tortoises (weekly);
  • Setting up / breaking down weekly public snake feeding shows (weekly);
  • Handling animal ambassadors and communicating natural history and conservation lessons to EMCC student body, as well as multiple public outreach events (i.e., local schools) (monthly);
  • Feeding red-eared and painted turtles at outdoor pond at Ocotillo (daily);
  • Cleaning filtration system for outdoor water pump (monthly);
  • Surveying for nesting burrowing owls in artificial burrows (weekly);
  • Coordinating with student volunteers and other interns to ensure that all animal ambassadors are properly cared for and treated with respect (daily);
  • Managing our EMCC Animal Ambassador website.  Uploading photographs and animal tracking and care data (weekly).
Minimum Requirements: 
  • Full-time student at MCCCD (enrolled in at least 12 credits).  All majors welcome and encouraged to apply;
  • Current member, or willing to join, the student STEAM club (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math);
  • Minimum 3 hour commitment per week (we can work around your class schedule);
  • Internship applicants should be comfortable and familiar with handling a variety of animals.  However, extensive experience with all of the aforementioned species is not required, as interns will receive comprehensive training.
  • Most importantly, interns must possess good interpersonal communication skills, as they will be working as part of a larger team of volunteers, undergraduate researchers, student workers, laboratory technicians, and numerous staff and faculty.  Being a good team member is essential here.

The Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) is an EEO/AA institution and an equal opportunity employer of protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or national origin. A lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in the career and technical education programs of the District.

The Maricopa County Community College District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in its programs or activities. For Title IX/504 concerns, call the following number to reach the appointed coordinator: (480) 731-8499. For additional information, as well as a listing of all coordinators within the Maricopa College system, visit http://www.maricopa.edu/non-discrimination.