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EMCC- Animal Ambassador Intern

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Company Name: 
Estrella Mountain Community College Science Division
Application Due Date: 
Friday, August 28, 2020
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EMCC’s Science Division is seeking dedicated Animal Ambassador Interns who are interested in working in a team environment. These interns will be responsible for providing adequate and safe animal care as well as doing outreach events educating the community about the EMCC animals. The EMCC 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 breeding program.


  • $1,000 student stipend
  • Unique opportunity to gain some hands-on experience working closely with a variety of animals, both domestic and wildlife
  • Build leadership skills
  • Conduct research
  • Build network connections   

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 an 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 [email protected].

Duties and Responsibilities: 

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

  • Comprehensive training
  • Flushing and filling water and spot cleaning aquaria, as needed
  • Regular bedding changes
  • Feeding red-eared and painted turtles at the outdoor pond at Ocotillo and cleaning filtration center
  • Managing feeder mouse reproduction (i.e., tracking life cycles, pairing, separating)
  • Surveying burrowing owls in artificial burrows
  • Setting up/breaking down weekly public snake feeding shows
  • Uploading photographs and animal tracking and care data
Minimum Requirements: 
  • Students must be enrolled in at least 6 credits at MCCCD, All majors welcome and encouraged to apply
  • Minimum 3-hour commitment per week (we can work around your class schedule)
  • 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.