Jobs and Internships

Animal Care Internship

Position closing date: Open until filled

Start Date: Immediate to no later than June 1
End Date: Must be able to stay on through at least early to mid-August


Briar Bush Nature Center in Abington is home to twenty different species of exotic former pets used for educational programming, including lizards, snakes, Virginia opossum, turtles, rats, hissing cockroaches, and birds of prey. We are seeking a highly motivated intern to assist the Animal Curator with the daily care of these animals. This is a great opportunity to gain real, hands-on experience beyond the scope of basic husbandry. The intern will have the opportunity to apply the skills they are learning in their veterinary, pre-vet, or other animal-related degree to design diets, habitats, and care regimens for the Briar Bush collection.


​Internship is unpaid; housing is unavailable.

Hours: Flexible schedule between Monday through Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm (minimum of 8 hours per week)

Internship Description and Responsibilities:

  • Assist in the routine feeding and cleaning of animals and enclosures.

  • Monitor and manage animal health though regular weighing, nail trims, and other preventative health measures.

  • Work with the Animal Curator to ensure that all animal diets, enclosure environments, and operating procedures are optimized for each species through independent online research and application of knowledge acquired through education.

  • Assist the Animal Curator with other animal care tasks as needed.



  • Previous experience working with captive animals, exotic experience preferred.

  • Must be comfortable handling all animals in collection, including cockroaches, reptiles, birds of prey, and tarantula.

  • Strong communication skills.

  • Strong attention to detail.

  • Ability to keep detailed records.

  • Ability to conduct online research and distinguish reliable information and sources through cross referencing.

  • Self-motivated; able to set and meet deadlines.

  • Must wear a face mask during entire shift.


Contact: Send cover letter and resume to Katie Fisk, Animal Curator, at

Natural Lands Management Internship

Hours: This is an unpaid, part-time, seasonal internship. It requires a minimum commitment of 6 hours per week for a minimum of three months. Work schedule is flexible.


Educational enrichments: Interns will support a restoration project funded through PA DCNR’s TreeVitalize program and Briar Bush to remove non-native plants and plant over 300 native trees and shrubs. They will receive experience in natural land management techniques, including training and practice in:

  • Native and non-native invasive plant identification

  • Manual control practices for non-native plants

  • Pruning and/or planting (depending on season) for restoration settings

A few suggested reading titles may be borrowed from the Center’s holdings. Interns learn about regional organizations, conferences, and other local networking opportunities and will be sent any related career information or opportunities of which the Briar Bush staff becomes aware.


Responsibilities may include:

  • Identification and manual removal of invasive exotic plants

  • Watering, weeding, planting and/or mulching of native plantings

  • Trail maintenance (less than 1 mile system)

  • Working with youth and adult volunteers to perform grounds work

  • Occasional assistance with program setup and routine maintenance of buildings



  • College coursework in horticulture, botany, environmental science, or related field

  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions

  • Ability to lift and carry up to 40 lbs., walk on rough, uneven terrain, use vision to identify plants and safely use hand tools


Legal Requirements: Interns who have direct contact with minors must obtain a PA Criminal and Child Abuse Check and/or other background checks. This may not apply to all interns. Background checks are performed online and are free or reimbursable for interns.

Contact: Mark Fallon, Senior Naturalist,

Deadline: Open until filled

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