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Wildlife Kirtlandia Intern

Cleveland Museum of Natural History / Posted February 15, 2023

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History (CMNH), founded in 1920, is located in the heart of University Circle, five miles east of downtown Cleveland, Ohio. Considered one of the finest institutions of its kind in North America, the Museum offers an incredible visitor experience, attracting roughly 275,000 visitors a year.

Building on its strong foundation of excellence in education and research, the Museum is poised to transform itself. CMNH will invite and engage a broader audience in the exploration of science and the natural world by revolutionizing the way it presents natural history. The Museum has currently launched a capital campaign to support a dramatic renovation and expansion of its facilities and exhibits. This ambitious plan will position the Museum to play a leading role in regional and national efforts to improve science education and increase scientific literacy.

The CMNH is seeking a dynamic, creative and energetic individual who is passionate about the Museum and its mission; exhibits strong organizational and administrative skills; is looking for new challenges; and enjoys working in an enthusiastic and fast paced environment.

Department: Wildlife

Supervisor(s): James Nemet, Sarah Foegen


  • 27 hours per week for 11 Weeks.
  • 8am-5pm, Sun., Mon., Tues.
  • May 21-Aug.12, 2023 (Final Student Presentation Aug 12th)


The Kirtlandia Intern/Volunteer for the Wildlife Division will be assisting Wildlife Specialists with the daily care, training and enrichment of the animal collection at CMNH which includes a variety of birds, mammals and reptiles. This intern will also participate in a science-based animal research project that will benefit the student’s knowledge as well as the animal programs at CMNH.

Required to Apply:

1. Write a letter of interest (1-2 pages) that:

  • Explains your choice of preferred research areas 
  • Mentions your interests, previous work experience and other pertinent information that might support your application 
  • Indicates how you expect to benefit from your experience as a Research Intern

2. Two letters of recommendation submitted to Jnemet@cmnh.org

Application Deadline – March 1, 2023

General Information:

  • Duration: a total of 320 hours, exact dates to be arranged with direct supervisor:
  • 27 hours per week for 11 Weeks.
  • 8am-5pm, Sun., Mon., Tues.
  • May 21 - Aug.12, 2023
  • Compensation: $15 per hour, plus up to $200 for expenses for materials required by the project, minus payroll deductions
  • Who May Apply: Students who are currently attending an accredited college or university as an undergraduate (college sophomores, juniors, and seniors), or who have graduated from college within the current calendar year


  • Daily food preparation for all animals
  • Daily cleaning of animal living areas as well as animal support and Wildlife staff areas including equipment and laundry.
  • Collect animal data and record the information in the online database.
  • Provide behavior based environmental enrichment to animals as assigned.
  • Assist with the monitoring of health and behavior of the animals.


  • Intellectual curiosity and a passion for science, nature and conservation
  • Ability to pay attention to details and follow directions
  • Good organizational skills
  • Basic computer skills

Opportunity Behavior Factors:

  • Communication: Comfort with public speaking as an outstanding ambassador for CMNH by interacting with guests during programming. Ability to communicate with CMNH staff at all levels.
  • Initiative: Interest in learning new information and skills in the areas of animal care and welfare.
  • Professionalism: Ability to remain calm and professional through stressful or ambiguous circumstances; able to calmly interpret information and solve problems.
  • Teamwork: Ability to work with in a team including permanent staff and management, sharing useful information with team.
  • Ability to show team spirit and treat team members with cooperation and respect, support and comply with decisions

Physical Volunteering Conditions:

  • Ability to lift objects weighing 50 pounds
  • Comfortable at working at elevated heights with ladders and stairs
  • Working, walking or standing for extended time periods throughout the day
  • Indoor/Outdoor, all weather conditions


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