The reserve is currently home to seven different species of lemurs
in both semi-free ranging habitats and traditional captive habitats.
Interns will gain hands-on experience in the many aspects of
maintaining an animal collection and contributing to a conservation
mission. Responsibilities include daily care of our growing lemur
colony, habitat construction and maintenance, behavioral enrichment,
maintaining the cleanliness of lemur shelters, assisting with annual
physicals and other duties as needed. The work is challenging, dirty,
and frequently unglamorous; interns should expect to work in all
weather conditions. Consequently, applicants should be in good
physical health, extremely reliable, and dedicated. Please note that
the Myakka City Lemur Reserve does not house education program
animals and physical contact with the lemurs is not allowed.
This is an excellent opportunity to gain advanced experience in a
difficult but highly rewarding field. Interns will have the
satisfaction of contributing to the physical and psychological well
being of the lemurs housed at the reserve as well as directly
contributing to the greater mission of conserving these unique and
fascinating primates. The highly trained and experienced staff at LCF
will work closely with interns. However, applicants should have some
previous animal husbandry experience and at least two years of
undergraduate course work in a related field (biology, anthropology,
animal behavior, zoology or the like).
- Typically, interns will work 40 hours per week and must be willing
to work weekends and some holidays.
- All interns must show proof of health insurance.
- The reserve is remotely located and interns must provide
their own transportation to and from the nearest town, 25 miles away.
Applications for Animal Husbandry Internships are accepted on a 'rolling' basis.
To be considered please review the instructions and requirements, then contact LCF's
Director of Research and Operations.
Interested candidates should send the following:
- Letter of introduction describing why you are interested in the
internship and what you hope to gain from it
- Resume or CV
- Two letters of recommendation, one of which should address
previous husbandry experience
Lemur Conservation Foundation is proud to offer accommodations on the
reserve for visiting interns and researchers. The LCF
Researchers' House is equipped with two bathrooms (one
handicap accessible), four bedrooms, a full kitchen, a dining area, a
washer and dryer, and shared living space. Maximum capacity is eight
A variety of cultural and entertainment options including state
parks, art museums, theaters, zoo and botanical gardens, as well as the
beautiful southwest Florida beaches can be found within 40 miles of the
reserve. Visit theSarasota
Visitors Bureau and
Bradenton Area Visitors