Scholarships, Fellowships and Grants: Animal Behavior and Research

This guide is designed to assist members of the Eckerd College Community in identifying scholarships, grants and fellowship opportunities.

Organization Information

Zoos and Aquariums

Association of Zoos and Aquariums - Job Listings  Job listings for all accredited zoos and aquariums are posted here, a great place to get started.
American Association of Zoo Keepers - Job Board  AAZK "Opportunity Knocks" board, zoo keeper jobs and internships.

  Wildlife Parks, Refuges & Wildlife Research Organizations

National Park Service Job information available but you have to dig. Try going to individual park sites as well or government job boards.
USAJobs Database of all federal jobs, including wildlife openings. Limited utility.
National Wildlife Refuge System Excellent opportunities are available. Explained and cross-listed under USFWS below. 

US Fish and Wildlife Service 

This link opens a new browser window that in turn offers multiple links and some suggestions for finding opportunities.
Hawk Mountain Fantastic place, offers semester-long research internships with housing and pay.
PRBO Point Reyes Bird Observatory - multiple internships, stipends available
Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Internships with herps sometimes available if you search the site.
Institute for Bird Populations Offers internships with training, housing, and a stipend.
The Wetlands Institute Salt marsh ecology, internships in chelonian biology, education, aquarist assistants

NSF REU listing

The mother lode of academic research internships, usually paid, sponsored by the National Science Foundation (research experiences for undergrads)

Wildlife Rehabilitation 

Check out our additional list of Wildlife Rehabilitation Internship Opportunities 

National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association General information on careers, explanations of the field, and useful links.
Possumwood Acres Wildlife Sanctuary Interns will receive intense rehabilitation training focusing on native wildlife.
NWRA Job Listings  Searchable, national job listings, you can choose the search criteria - an excellent resource. 
Environmental Jobs & Careers  Job and internship opportunities, but the site is very broad - not limited to wildlife.
Wildlife Internship Listing Good listing of rehab and other internships, hosted by the University of Vermont.
Whatcom Humane Society Wildlife Rehabilitation Center Interns will be involved in all aspects of wildlife rehabilitation from admission to release. These unpaid internship positions are offered each year between April 1st and October 31st. The deadline for applying is March 1, 2018.
Marine Mammal Stranding Center Volunteer opportunities for those that want marine mammal experience.
New Mexico Wildlife Center Hands-on internship assisting rehabilitation staff with all aspects of care.

State Organizations

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR)

State agency for conservation, includes links to all Pennsylvania state parks. There are similar agencies in each state although the precise name and organization will vary.
State Wildlife Agencies  This page provides links to the game commissions in each state in the US and the provinces of Canada. Note that some states may have other relevant agencies in addition to the ones listed. For example, PA has the DCNR, game commission, and fish and boat commission - all with different jurisdictions.

Other Sites

Wildlife Job Postings at TAMU An outstanding site maintained at Texas A&M University. Great listings of permanent & temporary positions, internships, and other links.
NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates Listing of all NSF-REU sponsored research opportunities nationally, paid research internships.

USDA Current Job Openings

USDA Student Opportunities, internships, and Scholarships

The USDA offers a number of openings related to wildlife, animal control, and animal welfare. Often overlooked.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Network for Environmental Management Studies (NNEMS), environmental fellowships
Institute for Wildlife Studies Some seasonal and full-time positions, also picked up at the Texas A&M job board.
Dolphin Research Center Unpaid internships in FL working with dolphins and/or sea lions. 
Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute BDRI

BDRI engages people worldwide in scientific projects to participate as students, volunteers in hands-on research with wild bottlenose dolphins in Sardinia, Italy.

National Audubon Society Explore the state Audubon societies as well for opportunities close to home.
Student Conservation Association Diverse conservation positions from around the country. Volunteer although some pay living expenses. Youth Conservation Corps in some states hire upperclassmen or recent grads to direct their youth corps (see state chapters of interest and make an inquiry).
Ornithological Societies of America Listings primarily on birds (of course!). Good site for summer internships and biological technician positions.
Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge This is a 90-day unpaid position (by 4 quarters/terms) allowing one to gain experience in the zoological field.
Environmental Science.org  A great resource for finding environmental internships and information on environmental science in general.
 Loop Abroad  Loop Abroad offers two-week veterinary service programs in Thailand where students work alongside a US veterinarian learning and practicing clinical skills in a dog shelter and volunteering with elephants at the world-renowned Elephant Nature Park. Small groups, experienced staff, no pre-requisites, a hands-on curriculum, and financial aid make this trip accessible to any student who loves animals.

We welcome any feedback or suggestions you may have for improving our Career tools. Please email comments to: support@animaledu.com. Enjoy!

Scholarships

cholarships are available to cover the costs associated with course tuition, meals, lodging, and travel to attend AZA's professional training courses. The Scholarship Quick Facts table shows eligibility requirements for each scholarship and which scholarships can be applied to each training course.  Our scholarships are awarded on an annual basis each summer for the upcoming course year (September-May). Applications are posted mid-May with a mid-July deadline. Scholarship decisions are sent by early September.

AZA Scholarships

Open to individual members who work at an AZA facility

AZA's Professional Development Committee is pleased to offer the following full scholarships:

AZA is also offering two tuition scholarships, which cover only the cost of course registration:

 

AZA Scholarship Rules

Completed applications are due mid-July each year. Only one scholarship application may be submitted per individual per year. An individual cannot be awarded the same scholarship more than once. An individual is not eligible to receive any AZA scholarship more frequently than every three years. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all letters of recommendation are submitted by the due date. Applications are evaluated and recipients are chosen by the AZA Professional Development Committee, and as applicable representatives from sponsoring institutions. Recipients will be notified in early September.

All AZA applications should be emailed to scholarships@aza.org.

Please note: If you do not receive the award and plan to take the course anyway, the scholarship application does not represent a reserved space in an AZA course. To secure a space in a course you must submit a complete registration and pay the tuition in full. If you receive the award, your full tuition payment will be refunded.

 

Additional Scholarships (Central & South American Institutions)

In partnership with AZA, the Zoo Conservation Outreach Group's (ZCOG) Conservation Training Scholarship Program is also pleased to offer a number of scholarships for our international zoo, aquarium, and conservation community colleagues.

More information and applications for ZCOG scholarships are available on the ZCOG website.

Contact ZCOG at scholarships@zcog.org for questions about international scholarships.

Sponsorship

AZA's professional training course scholarships are made possible by the generous support of Disney's Animal KingdomColumbus Zoo and AquariumDenver Zoo, and Zoo Conservation Outreach Group (ZCOG).

More Opportunties

Ecological, Zoological, Conservation, and Behavioral Internships

 

Internships, Seasonal and Temporary Jobs – Texas A&M – excellent site for field biology internships. See 'Browse by Type' on right side of page.
http://wfscjobs.tamu.edu/

Student Conservation Organization - service through summer and spring break internships in national parks, government, conservation organizations (note, the Communications  Manager of Admissions Randall Rupp is a UC alumnus)
http://thesca.org/

RIT - Internship List
- excellent and up-to-date site
http://people.rit.edu/~gtfsbi/Symp/ecology.htm


Society for Conservation Biology - Jobs, Internships, Assistantships
- http://www.conbio.org/Jobs/

New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)

http://www.dec.ny.gov/about/jobs.html

Wildlife Biology and Forestry Jobs – excellent site for internships and graduate assistantships
http://jobs.forestry.uga.edu/

Ecology and Field Biology Internships – Penn State Forestry
http://www.sfr.cas.psu.edu/Employment/Job_Announcements.htm

National Science Foundation
 – Research Experiences for Undergraduates (NSF-REU)
http://www.nsf.gov/home/crssprgm/reu/reu_search.cfm

USA Jobs - Government Jobs
http://www.usajobs.opm.gov/

Federal Jobs Digest
http://www.jobsfed.com/

State and Local Governments
http://www.statelocalgov.net/index.cfm

National Science Foundation – Research Experiences for Undergraduates (NSF-REU)
http://www.nsf.gov/home/crssprgm/reu/reu_search.cfm

Conservation Biology Assistantships, Internships, and Jobs
http://www.conservationbiology.org/SCB/Services/Jobs/

Animal Behavior Society – Jobs, Internships, and News
http://www.animalbehavior.org/#

Field Biology/Ornithology Internships and Jobs
http://www.birds.cornell.edu/OSNA/ornjobs.htm#25%20Nov%202003

Organization of Biological Field Stations – Summer jobs/internships
http://www.obfs.org/

US Fish and Wildlife Service
http://jobs.fws.gov/

National Park Service
http://www.nps.gov/personnel/

Zoo Jobs and Internships – American Zoo and Aquarium Association  
http://www.aza.org/JobListings/

Whale Research Internships
http://www.whalecenter.org/intern.htm

Bald Head Island Sea Turtle Conservation Internships
http://www.bhic.org/research/intern.shtml

Student Conservation Association – Internships and Volunteer Opportunities
http://www.thesca.org/

Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation
http://www.parcplace.org/jobs.html

Environmental Careers Organization
http://www.eco.org/

Primate Jobs (studying primates; you must also be a primate!)
http://www.primate.wisc.edu/pin/jobs/listings-avail.html

Mammal Jobs
http://www.msu.edu/~mcelhinn/zoology/mammaljobs.htm

Entomology Jobs, Assistantships, and Internships
http://www.colostate.edu/Depts/Entomology/

Wildlife Rehabilitation Centers
http://www.tc.umn.edu/~devo0028/

Animal Rehabilitation Centers by State
http://www.greenpeople.org/sanctuary.htm

Marine Biology and Oceanography Internships 
(Scroll down for internships):
http://www-marine.stanford.edu/HMSweb/careers.html

General Agriculture

ADM - Alliance

Alltech

American Feed Industry Association

Cargill
North Carolina Cooperative Extension

Select Sires

Southern States Cooperative
Zoetis Biometrics Internship
Beef/Dairy/Small Ruminant Internships

Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) 

Certified Angus Beef 

National Cattlemen's Beef Association Government Affairs Public Policy Internship 

Silver Spur Ranches (Equine internships also)

Sitz Angus (Accepting applications for Spring and Summer 2015; Contact Jim Sitz sitzangus@gmail.com)

WH Miner Research Institute (Equine internships also)

Equine Internships 

American Horse Publications 

American Quarter Horse Association

American Paint Horse Association

Boyle Ranch
Colorado State University Equine Breeding Farm Internship

Draft Horse Management Internship

Four Sixes Ranch

Hagyard Equine Medical Institute

Kentucky Equine Management Internship (KEMI)

Kentucky Equine Research Internship

Kentucky Equine Sports Medicine and Rehibilitation Center

Lazy E Ranch

Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital

Sombrero Ranch 

Sporthorse Breeding Internship at VA Tech.

Virginia Tech - M.A.R.E. Center Summer Internship

YardandGroom.com - Equestrian recruiting worldwide

Swine Internships 

Murphy-Brown

National Pork Producers Council Washington Internship Program

North Carolina Pork Council

Prestage Farms

Veterinary Internships 

Carolina Forest Veterinary Internship

Department of Health and Human Services - Student Trainee

FDA - Veterinary Medicine Student Programs

Hagyard Equine Medical Institute

Peterson and Smith Equine Hospital

Zoo/Exotic/Marine Animal/Companion Internships 

Association of Zoos and Aquariums

Audobon Nature Institute

Carolina Tiger Rescue

Conservators' Center Inc.

Disney

Duke Lemur Center

Greensboro Science Center Internship 2017

Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Mote Marine Laboratory

Nestle-Purina

NC Zoo