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Lemur Conservation Foundation (LCF) offers a Primate Husbandry Internship and Field Research internship at our facility in Myakka City, Florida.

We are not currently accepting applications for our Primate Husbandry Internship. You will find information about the internship and qualifications below. Watch this page for future opportunities.

While these internships are targeted primarily to undergraduate students, graduate students are also welcome. 

If your interest is in conducting research at the reserve, please visit our Research at the Reserve page for more information.

Introduction to Field Research Internship:

 For details click here.

Primate Husbandry Internship:

LCF's primate husbandry internship offers an exceptional opportunity to receive training at an AZA certified-related institution, with a strong commitment to conservation, education, and animal care. The Primate Husbandry Intern will be trained in these high standards of care, including training in proper cleaning, exhibit maintenance, positive reinforcement training, enrichment, diet preparation, capture and restraint, basic medical care, recordkeeping, and daily monitoring of behavior and heath. Please note we are not currently accepting applications for this internship. Watch this page or join our mailing list for updates about when the application process will open.

LCF is dedicated to the preservation and conservation of lemurs through captive breeding, non-invasive scientific research, education, and reintroduction. Out facility sits on a 100-acre, non-public, reserve in Myakka City, Florida. The reserve is currently home to six species of lemurs in both semi-free ranging habitats and traditional indoor/outdoor habitats. The reserve is remotely located; however a variety of culture and entertainment including state parks, art museums, zoo and botanical gardens and theaters can be found in Sarasota, Bradenton, and Tampa.

Qualifications and Experience:

 - Available to work 40 hours per week for a minimum of 7 months

 - Interns should possess a Bachelor’s degree in a Life Sciences or related field from an accredited four-year college or university

 - Valid driver’s license and dependable transportation

 - Proof of negative TB test within the last 12 months and Tetanus vaccination within the last 5 years

 - Proof of health insurance

 - Available to work weekends and holidays

 - Ability to lift 50 lbs and work in all weather conditions

 - Experience working with animals is preferred

Salary and Funding:

A monthly stipend and onsite housing with utilities is provided. Numerous opportunities for personal development and growth within the position are encouraged and include the Florida Animal Care Professionals Development Workshops and FAZA (Florida Association of Zoos and Aquariums) Animal Keeper Exchange Program.

Accommodations and Amenities:

We offer accommodations on the our property for interns and visiting researchers. The Researchers' House is equipped with two bathrooms (one handicap accessible), four bedrooms, a full kitchen, dining area, washer and dryer, and shared living space. Maximum capacity is eight.

Explore the Sarasota - Bradenton area, including southwest Florida's beautiful beaches. Visit the Sarasota Visitors Bureau  and Bradenton Area Visitors Bureau.

Items Required For Your Application:

 - Letter of interest including dates of availability and any prior obligations and time-off requirements

 - Resume or CV with contact information for 3 references

 - School transcript (unofficial copies are acceptable)

 - Letters of recommendation (optional but encouraged)

Download a PDF of the Primate Husbandry Internship information here.

You can write to LCF with questions about future opportunities:

Caitlin Kenney
Acting Zoological Manager
PO Box 249, Myakka City, FL 34251


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